Quentin Cole appointed UK Leader of Government and Health Industries

May 02, 2018

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I am delighted to be taking over PwC’s Government and Public Services leadership, in addition to Health Industries, which I have led since 2015.  PwC works with government and public sector clients in transport, education, central government, defence, international development, health and local government.  There are myriad issues affecting these organisations, from technological transformation and data management to political changes like Brexit. And our purpose is to support our public sector clients to face these changes and help them deliver better public services.

The sector is managing an unprecedented amount of change. Brexit still dominates the agenda for most, with implications spanning trade and customs, immigration and employment, funding and the economy. But the opportunities and challenges facing policy makers and those delivering front line public services don't stop with Brexit.

Next year’s Spending Review will be the UK’s first major fiscal event post-Brexit and will provide an opportunity for Theresa May’s government to trigger reform and innovation across the public sector in new and varied ways.  In advance of the Spending Review, a new funding settlement will be announced for the NHS to ensure the health and care system can cope with rising demand. Since 2010, we have supported major spending reviews with a programme of public engagement, helping government make better decisions and we will continue this work in advance of the 2019 review.

Alongside these major policy and spending changes, technological changes continue at pace with the moves towards digital transformation and ever greater use of data analytics bringing potentially huge benefits to our public services.  From digitising services for local government and transforming data analytics in central government to supporting smart ticketing on the transport network, we are working with our government and health clients to provide innovative solutions in these areas.

With less than a year to go until Brexit, the prospect of a Spending Review in 2019 and with new technologies disrupting and transforming the way services are delivered, it’s an exciting and challenging time for me to take on this brief.  As our Chairman Kevin Ellis set out in a recent blog, it is vital that large organisations like PwC have a clear purpose at their heart. Ours is to build trust in society and solve important problems. As I step into this role, I am clear that this aspiration is as important as ever and I am looking forward to working with our clients to help deliver it.

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Quentin Cole | Partner, UK Government and Health Industries Lead
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