Smith and Williamson has appointed Claire Burden to join the firm as its new partner.
Burden has spent 10 years in the industry, and previously worked in audit and restructuring at KPMG.
She is set to develop both Smith and Williamson’s advisory and turnaround offering, supporting businesses that are experiencing under-performance or financial pressure, primarily in businesses in the £100m to £500m turnover bracket.
Greg Palfrey, head of Advisory Consultancy at Smith & Williamson, said: “Many businesses are currently impacted by unforeseen external events, altering planned strategy, working capital and profitability.
“Claire has a breadth of board level and corporate finance experience and a commercial acumen for operational and strategic delivery.”
He added: “She has a deep understanding of the challenges businesses face and how to alleviate them. Claire will play a key role in the evolution of our national advisory offering.
“As the trusted adviser for privately-owned, entrepreneurial businesses and high net worth individuals in the UK, we are in the process of widening the scope of our advisory services and investing in growth. We are promoting internally and appointing externally as part of this.”