David Hicks is a key member of the Newcastle tax team in Deloitte, and has been instrumental in helping to build a leading practice. In particular, his presence in the market as a heavyweight personal tax adviser has seen the team go from strength to strength, both in the region and further afield.
David is a Deloitte ‘lifer’, having joined as a school leaver from a working class family in 1990. He started his career in the Leeds office, where he gained his CTA qualification, and has been an integral part of the Newcastle office since moving to the North East in 2006. His talents saw him progress to Director in 2012, and since then he has gone from strength to strength showcasing not only his own abilities regionally and nationally, but also that of the entire team.
In Leeds, David worked in a specialist and deep technical team, which acted as a centre of excellence for the UK business. As a result, his tax talents are principally in problem-solving, and coupled with technical knowledge and his commercial and pragmatic approach, he is a go-to person not locally and across the national Private Client business.
For the last four years, David's reputation has seen him assume the position of ‘tax expert’ to the Daily Mail’s personal finance team on Budget Day. Spending the day with the team and helping them to interpret, would then take the Chancellor’s speech and the Treasury Press Releases to the Mail’s significant readership.
David also takes people development very seriously, being a ‘People Leader’ in Deloitte’s performance management process. He is responsible for a cohort of 15 or so individuals in the team.
Despite his busy diary, David is also passionate about leading a school partner relationship with Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead as part of Deloitte’s One Million Futures campaign.