Sean Sutton has been appointed as cyber security partner at PwC UK, and will be based at the firm’s new Birmingham home at One Chamberlain Square. A former managing director for Accenture’s UK and Ireland cyber security business, Sutton brings over 16 years’ direct experience. This includes advising clients on topics ranging from security strategy and organisational design to technical security solution design, delivery and implementation.
As a seasoned programme manager, Sutton has led some of the UK’s largest security transformation programmes including multimillion-pound capability enhancements for organisations operating in the oil and gas, utilities, energy, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors.
Sutton joins PwC as the business continues to deliver large and complex transformations for clients across the UK. His primary responsibilities will be to provide leadership for the practice outside of London and he will take responsibility for teams in the Midlands and the North. Part of Sutton’s remit will be to grow the team and continue to deliver consulting services to a broad range of clients across both regions where he has an excellent understanding of the marketplace.
He will also develop PwC’s Operational Technology security proposition, including the Industrial Internet of Things and operational systems across healthcare, manufacturing and other industries.
On his new role, Sutton commented: “I’m excited to be taking on this role at such an interesting time. Companies are going through a rapid period of change and disruption, which presents new cyber challenges and opportunities. Increasingly, there’s a need for businesses to work smarter to respond to these challenges and align cyber priorities to their corporate strategy. I’m confident we can play an important and valuable role in helping our clients navigate this ever-changing environment, especially so as they adapt and grow to face the future.”
Sutton concluded: “It’s exciting to be joining the firm at such a pivotal time for its regional growth aspirations. The company is putting more people, technology and expertise into strategic sites, including its new landmark Birmingham office at One Chamberlain Square.”
Matthew Hammond, Midlands region chairman and senior partner for PwC, explained: “I’m delighted to welcome Sean to PwC and particularly so given his focus on clients here in the Midlands and other UK markets. As our 23rd Global CEO Survey highlighted, 80% of UK CEOs are concerned about the risks of cyber threats to their business, Sean joins the team to lead our clients through the acute and dynamically changing risks and opportunities to leverage technology successfully. Businesses are wrestling with the speed of technological change, a relative scarcity of specialist key skills and a desire to accelerate digital transformation.”
Hammond also commented: “Supporting our clients to improve cyber resilience and build strong technology infrastructure is critical when it comes to achieving sustainable growth. Sean and the team are a key element in providing these business-critical services.”