PracticeConsultingFreshwater becomes first woman to head top twenty firm.

Freshwater becomes first woman to head top twenty firm.

Christine Freshwater has been appointed to replace John Roberts as managing partner of Chantrey Vellacott DFK from 1 February, becoming the first woman to head up a top twenty accountancy practice. Freshwater, who was already a member of the firm’s management team, has held responsibility 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 intend to build on the firm’s existing position as a leading independent firm, by growing organically and via merger.’

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