NORTH-WEST FIRM Mitchell Charlesworth has chosen long-serving partner Paul Wainwright as managing partner.
Wainwright joined the firm in 1976 and became a partner in 1987. He has headed the firm's social housing team, and also looks after doctors and medical practices.
He takes over from David Darlington, who led the business for more than 25 years. During that time the firm has expanded in Manchester and Chester, with a number of mergers and acquisitions.
"Under David's leadership, the practice has made giant steps seeing consistent growth, launching new services and expanding into new markets," said Wainwright.
"Our focus now is to ensure Mitchell Charlesworth remains a progressive and dynamic business," he added.
The firm is aiming to use more cloud-based products in the next year to make the accounting process faster and more efficient. Its recent membership of international network Kreston should see it provide more overseas services.
"It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the firm's managing partner," said Darlington.
"As part of our succession planning, I will continue to focus on leading our specialist service divisions, including business insurance, wealth management and payroll. I wish Paul every success for the future."
The firm is ranked 78th in the Accountancy Age Top 50 +50 survey of firms, with £7.3m in fee income
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