PKF Francis Clark makes ‘raft’ of senior appointments

PKF Francis Clark has announced numerous senior team appointments, as the firm continues to expand throughout the South and South-West.

The firm has appointed two new partners to the team. Holly Bedford, a mergers and acquisitions taxation expert, joins the Plymouth office following previous roles at Arthur Andersen in Reading and Chicago, and EY in London and Edinburgh. Lucinda Coleman has been promoted to partner within the business recovery team after having joined the Exeter office as a graduate trainee in 2003.

PKF Francis Clark has made nine promotions to director within the firm and seven new director appointments. The newly promoted team members are Liam Dushynsky and Adam Kefford in the Exeter office; Katie Skea, Jemima Fox, Ian Pring and Justin Gliddon in Plymouth; Chris Watts in Torquay; Peter Nyland in Poole; and Frances Kingsnorth in Salisbury.

The new appointments to director are Julian Cramp as director of marketing; James Barrett in Plymouth; Paul Stout, Lisa MacPherson and Chris Harrison in Poole; Martin Brown in Taunton; and Daniel Sladen in Truro.

John Endacott, head of tax at the firm, said: “Many of the appointments and promotions announced are tax related, and almost all of our new joiners are arriving from larger practices, mostly with Big 4 backgrounds. We’re seeing clients requiring advice of an increasingly complex nature, much of it with an international dimension.”

Managing partner at PKF Francis Clark Andrew Richards said: “The scale of our recent recruitment at a senior level has been unprecedented for the firm and we are very excited about the future.

“Over the past six months we’ve recruited some highly experienced people into this practice – and we have also seen a number of promotions of extremely skilled members of staff.

“This investment has been driven by continued growth in key areas, undoubtedly assisted and driven by our membership of PKF.”

Last year, Francis Clark became a member of PKF International, and merged with Dorset and New Forest firm Princecroft Willis. The firm has annual revenue of £38m and eight offices in the South and South-West.

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