Civica brings PwC veteran back to Australia in acquisition drive

Civica brings PwC veteran back to Australia in acquisition drive

Ian West heads back to Brisbane for acquisition play

Brisbane, where West will be based in his new role

Brisbane, where West will be based in his new role

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Government and enterprise-focused IT services provider, Civica, has tapped former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) executive, Ian West, to head up its mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity from Brisbane.

West, who was most recently the head of mergers and acquisitions at Capita in the United Kingdom, is set to support Civica’s expanding business development and drive future activity across the public and private sector in his new role as M&A director, international.

The new role, which he begins this month, sees him return to Australia, based at Civica’s International division in Brisbane, where he was based, during a three-year secondment during his time at PwC.

Civica said that the appointment of West will help advance the group’s objective to identify and complete new acquisitions to complement its strategy for growth in key sectors, including national, regional and local government, health and care, education, public safety and regulated services.

It should be noted that Civica has completed 12 acquisitions since 2013, most recently taking on housing technology specialist, Abritas, and human resources and payroll software business, Carval.  

Ian West, Civica's new M&A director, international.
Ian West, Civica's new M&A director, international.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ian West to the Civica Group", Civica International managing director, Richard Fiddis, said. “Mergers and acquisitions are a core element of our strategy to complement organic growth and strengthen our capability to support customers.

“Ian’s extensive experience will help shape this future business expansion and extend our product portfolio, as well as strengthening Civica’s position in our markets around the globe,” he said.

Just weeks ago, Civica, which is headquartered in the UK, named former SMS Managament & Technology Victorian state director and national industry director for government, health and defence, Benjamin Cowling, as its new Australian managing director for government solutions.

The company has a strong public sector focus in Australia, landing a deal in September worth around $200 million with the Victorian Government to support the administration of the state’s new fines system and its plan to improve its service delivery.

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