EY has grown its presence in Yorkshire and North East with the appointment of a senior corporate banking and business development specialist.
Alexandra Fogal joins as an Associate Partner following 17 years with Barclays working with and advising businesses across Yorkshire and the North East.
Fogal was previously Head of Business Development for the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics (MTL) sector at Barclays Corporate in Leeds where she managed numerous deals for large corporates (many based in the North of England) with a turnover of more than £50 million – from deal origination and sign-off, through to on-boarding the new client.
Prior to this, also at Barclays Corporate, she was the Business Development Director for the Yorkshire region where she managed a portfolio of high value corporate banking clients in the manufacturing sector, from owner managed businesses, to listed and PE-backed clients.
During her 17-year tenure at Barclay’s, Fogal also established and managed the national Women in Business Awards. The awards ran for six years recognising the outstanding contributions made by female leaders across the country – they also raised £50,000 for local charities. In addition, she led the Barclays’ Women Network and sat on its national Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) board.
Fogal’s new role at EY sees her developing and maintaining relationships with owner-managed, AIM-listed and PE-backed businesses right across the Yorkshire and the North East, supporting them with their immediate and future growth aspirations through EY’s broader expertise.
Suzanne Robinson, EY’s Managing Partner for Yorkshire and Humberside commented: “It’s great to have Alexandra in the team, she’ll be pivotal in supporting the region’s private businesses by introducing them to EY’s wide-range of support services to help them grow.
“She has a wealth of corporate experience, gleaned right here in Yorkshire, giving her the local knowledge to strengthen and develop our long-term relationships with businesses and provide them with the right advice to expand their market presence.”
Speaking on her appointment, Fogal added: “I’ve been working with businesses across Yorkshire for all my career and after 14 years of corporate banking experience, I know the challenges that businesses right across the region are facing when it comes to growth.
“I’m really excited to start this new role and help private businesses of all shapes and sizes with their growth aspirations by combining my network and knowledge of the local market with EY’s strengths and depth of expertise.”