First female board member for Smith & Williamson

SMITH & WILLIAMSON has appointed Elizabeth Chambers as a non-executive director.

According to ICAEW’s website, Chambers becomes the first female to be appointed to the firm’s board with immediate effect.

She has experience in both senior marketing and strategy roles in financial institutions and professional service firms, including positions at Barclays and Bank of America. 

Having served as chief marketing and business development officer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Chambers has also worked as a partner in the financial institutions practice of McKinsey.

Chambers currently serves as a non-executive director of Dollar Financial UK ltd, and has acted in the same role for Hibu plc and the Home and Savings Bank.

Of the appointment, Smith & Williamson’s chairman Andrew Sykes said: “We are delighted that Elizabeth has agreed to join the board of Smith & Williamson.”

He added: “She brings extensive experience of marketing, brand management and business development in both banking and professional services and we look forward to her contribution.”

Chambers will join other non-executive directors Robert Bogart, Blake Goldring, Peter Hazell and Henry Strutt.

Midlands appointment

The firm has also recruited Ashley Higgs as a director for its Midlands corporate valuations practice. He joins from KPMG, and specialises in the value of businesses and intangible assets. He has also worked for PwC and JP Morgan.

Giles Murphy, national head of assurance and business services, said: “I am delighted that Ashley is joining us and he brings a wealth of experience at a time when the demand for valuation services is on the rise.”

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