Chantrey Vellacott DFK becomes first top-twenty practice to appoint a female managing partner

Freshwater, who was already a member of the firm’s management team, has taken responsibility at various times for finance, human resources, and the development of the firm’s IT systems.

Roberts said: ‘In this the first year of a new millennium, I am delighted to be handing on to Christine Freshwater. Her experience will enable her to build on the firm’s existing reputation of creating value for clients.’

Freshwater said: ‘E-business is impacting on all sectors of the economy from booksellers to supermarkets, and the accountancy profession will not be exempt. Opportunities will present themselves to firms like mine; my intention is for our people to take these opportunities to provide solutions of value to our clients.

‘I also intend to build on the firm’s existing position as a leading independent firm, by growing organically and via merger.

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