Accountancy and business advisory firm James Cowper Kreston has announced the appointment of Alex Peak and Sue Staunton as joint managing partners, with effect from 1 May.
Peak and Staunton succeed Robert Holland who has decided against standing for re-election.
Peak joined the firm as a trainee in 1998 and was made partner in 2008. He has led the audit service line for six years and has been a member of the firm’s management committee since 2010.
He said: “This is a really exciting time for our firm and as we continue to grow we have to ensure that the managing partner is at the forefront of the running of the firm. The role of the managing partner is not just operational but one that also needs the time and effort to actively seek opportunities to innovate and adapt.
“By sharing the responsibility we can ensure that between Sue and I, we can devote the significant time required to seek out and maximise opportunities for our firm, develop and grow our staff and maintain the highest level of support that our clients require.”
Staunton joined the firm as a partner in 2004 from Grant Thornton and since then has grown James Cowper Kreston’s specialist offering to technology businesses firmly establishing the firm’s “credibility and expertise” in this sector.
She joined the management committee in 2014 and the firms said she has been “instrumental” in developing the strategic direction of the business.
She said: “We continue to live and work in a fast-paced and ever-changing world. We need to ensure that we are not just responsive to our clients’ needs but continue to be proactive as a business in embracing new opportunities, technologies and service offerings that will help our clients succeed.
“Alex and I share a common vision and have different, but complementary, skills that when combined will ensure that we are able to take our firm, staff and clients to the next level.”