New roles for two Partners of leading Accountants

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Bishop Fleming, the fast growing Top 40 Chartered Accountancy firm, has announced new roles for two of its partners in the Worcester-based West Midlands office.

With effect from 1st January 2017, Chris Walklett, Business and International Tax Partner, has taken over as Partner in Charge of the Worcester office. Walklett joined Bishop Fleming in 2013, having previously been in practice in Cambridge and before that, was Head of Tax at EasyJet.

“Chris has had a huge impact since joining Bishop Fleming” commented Ian Smith, the outgoing Partner in Charge.

“The skills and energy he has brought have helped us recruit well, and as a consequence, the office turnover has grown by 50% in the last 3 years. In his outside roles, including membership on the LEP Board, he has demonstrated his leadership qualities and I’m sure he will make a great success of this new role,” added Mr Smith.

Also from 1st January, Ian Smith has been elected as Chairman of the Bishop Fleming partnership which has seven offices based across the South West and West Midlands. Smith’s main responsibility, working with Matthew Lee, the firm’s Managing Partner, will be for the development of the partners and senior management team within the firm.

“This is an exciting new role for me” commented Smith. “The firm’s success has attracted and retained some great talent. It is my job to ensure our talent management and succession planning is as good as it can be,” he added.

Both Walklett and Smith will continue to service their existing client bases and be based in the Worcester office.