She takes over the role from the company’s founder Simon Brown, who moves to his new position as chairman of the business. He will be joined by Lisa-Marie Smith who takes up the position as vice-chairman.
As managing director, Bridgen will lead the business and its operations, and drive performance to deliver the agreed strategy to 2024 and beyond.
She joined the firm in 2016 as marketing manager and quickly progressed to head of marketing, before becoming a director in the leadership team.
“As a result, I’m looking forward to leading the charge as we not only navigate HMRC’s new approach to R&D tax relief, but also continue to champion a very necessary level of increased professionalism in the industry. I think that being at the forefront of this is really powerful for ForrestBrown.”
Brown added: “I’m immensely proud of the strong foundations that we’ve built over the last eight years, and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the alliantgroup family for the last three, but now’s the time for change to ensure we continue to move forward.
“With strong credentials and an appetite for success, Sara is the natural successor to take the company forward as we look to harness fresh energy and ideas to keep the business evolving.”