EY has appointed two new senior hires in its Corporate Finance team in the North of England, reinforcing the firm’s continued investment in its regional business.

Richard Pulford joins EY from DC Advisory, where he spent 13 years growing and leading the firm’s North West team. Prior to that, Richard spent 11 years in PwC’s Corporate Finance team across London and Manchester. Richard has nearly 25 years M&A experience, advising on over 100 completed transactions, worth over £7 billion. In 2013, Richard was voted as North West Dealmaker of the Year at the North West Business Insider’s annual awards ceremony.

Rebecca Rennison joins EY with over 20 years of M&A experience working across large private equity and international strategic trade transactions. Rebecca previously led the PwC Yorkshire Corporate Finance team and prior to that was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Raymond James in Canada, where she worked for 15 years.

Richard and Rebecca will work together with Mark Clephan to lead the team as it continues its ambition to become the leading Corporate Finance practice in the region.

Mark Clephan, Corporate Finance Partner at EY in the North, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard and Rebecca into the team. They both bring a wealth of experience in M&A space and together we can build on, and accelerate, the successes of the past few years.

“Our continued significant investment in senior talent reflects not only EY’s ambition in the North but also our confidence in the long-term outlook for the regional economy.”

Stephen Church, EY’s North Markets Leader and Office Managing Partner for Manchester said: “We’ve always offered fantastic Corporate Finance services to our clients in the North, but I’m delighted that that we now have an established and growing team here in the Manchester office.

“I would like to welcome both Rebecca and Richard to the team. Their presence here in the region allows us to further expand our offering and build on our strong credentials within this area of the market. I’m confident that their expertise and leadership will strengthen our footprint in the North and ensure that we have local people working on local transactions.”