Ian Pontefract

Board & Senior Management

Ian was appointed Chairman at Skarbek Associates in March 2023. Ian is a former partner at KPMG where he had a very successful 35 year career.  He was a founding member of the Transaction Services business and helped to lead significant growth, working on a huge number of transactions across the globe.

Sector and Service Expertise

Ian has significant expertise in a broad range of transactions providing due diligence services to owners that want to buy, sell or refinance their companies. In the last 20 years of his career, Ian had a specific focus on private equity transactions working across multi sectors in both the UK and overseas. He has significant experience in healthcare, consumer and industrial markets, business services and energy.

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Strengths and Career Achievements

Ian has recently retired from KPMG and is building a plural career based on his experiences and interests to date. Ian has been appointed Chairman of Skarbek with a particular focus on driving sustainable growth. At KPMG, Ian had a number of long term and successful client relationships which he worked closely with to help them to achieve their growth ambitions through executing on successful transactions.

He has a reputation for building very strong teams and working closely with his colleagues to help them to develop personally and to achieve their career goals. He was a senior member of the Transaction Services leadership team for a number of years during which time the business delivered significant growth and developed a broad range of services.

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