Mazars has appointed Lesley Fox as office managing partner in Poole, alongside Lara Brennan, who has been appointed to the national role of UK Head of SME.
The firm has also made a major investment in its future growth by hiring 10 new entry-level trainees in 2021.
According to Mazars, Fox is a “highly experienced” and “well-respected” partner at the firm and member of the Dorset business community.
Fox has been with Mazars for over 30 years and has spent her career to date working with growing and established businesses across a wide range of sectors: both regionally and across the UK and Europe.
As office managing partner (OMP), the firm said Fox will be responsible for leading the development of the firm’s business strategy in Poole.
Brennan will be responsible for setting, leading and implementing the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) strategy for Mazars in the UK and will join the international SME leadership group.
The firm also said Brennan will work closely with a diverse range of clients and lead a national team that operates from five key regions including Glasgow, East Midlands, Birmingham, Poole, and Leeds/Manchester.
The firm revealed 10 new entry-level trainees, from school leavers to graduates, are local hires from Dorset and the South West and are set to benefit from Mazars’ comprehensive training and development programmes as they build their careers at the firm.
Lesley Fox, Poole office managing partner, said: “This year we have reinforced our long-term commitment to the region, which has resulted in a growth from 50 to 77 people over the last five years, and are proud that Stephen and Lara have taken critical national roles to support the firm’s growth.
“We will continue to invest in, and develop, our people and provide a supportive environment where team members from all backgrounds can thrive. Our team is ideally positioned to support and grow alongside our valued clients – both in Dorset and across the UK.”