PwC has hired former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore to strengthen its business team that advises on devolution issues across the UK.
Moore (pictured) will advise PwC’s “Devo Delivery Network” working with Stephanie Hyde, PwC executive board head of regions, to help PwC clients get ready “for the transition from devolution deals to project delivery.”
PwC launched its Devo Delivery Network, a team of about 350 local and central government experts working across PwC’s 31 UK regional offices, in December.
“There is no one-size-fits-all blueprint for devolution and decentralization,” said Hyde.
“That means regional settlements across England and the devolved nations will be shaped by specific local needs, the strength of the business case and the ability of local politicians, citizens and business to create viable deliver partnerships.
“These are complex and uniquely regional factors where Michael brings a wealth of experience and expertise and we are delighted that he has agreed to re-join PwC.”
Moore is a Scottish chartered accountant who previously worked at PwC. He will be based in Edinburgh and operate across the UK.
He qualified in 1991 and worked in PwC’s corporate finance team before being elected as a Liberal Democrat MP to the House of Commons in 1997.
Moore became MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk in 1997 but lost his seat in the UK elections last May.
PwC said that as a UK government minister, Moore helped get the Scotland Act through the UK Parliament and was a member of the coalition government that introduced “City Deals” and “Growth Deals” across England.
Moore also served on the Smith Commission, which devised the principles and detail of additional Scottish devolution measures, PwC said.
“The UK is being radically re-shaped and while the public debates about devolution continue, public and private sector leaders are already implementing big changes to the way public services are shaped and delivered,” said Moore.
“After 18 years in Parliament, I am delighted to be starting a new career with the firm, focused on making devolution a practical success.”