Azets has announced that it has jointly appointed Susanna Cassey and Graham Rigby as regional managing partners for its North West offices.
According to the firm, these “key” promotions demonstrate the firm’s commitment to growing the business in the region and promoting internally.
They will both hold the role of joint regional managing partner and remain client-facing. Rigby will be responsible for Stockport and Manchester and Cassey for Bolton, Holywell, Lancaster, Preston and Rossendale.
Azets said Rigby has worked alongside a variety of businesses, ranging from family-run SMEs and mid-market businesses through to larger international groups of companies. He manages client relationships with a “direct hands-on approach” and his experience spans a wide range of sectors including construction, logistics and distribution and legal services firms.
As a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience, the firm added that Cassey works with a “varied” portfolio of SME clients and entrepreneurs across a range of industries, including many high tech/ innovative businesses and those in the not-for-profit and education sectors, managing their audit and accounts compliance delivery as well as special advisory project work.
Upon the appointments David Travis, the previous regional managing partner, will move to a new role as non-executive chairman for the North West.
Rigby said: “We have ambitious plans to build on our existing presence across the North West through a combination of organic growth and compatible acquisitions, which in turn provide great opportunities for our people across all service lines to support the continued success of our clients.”
Cassey added: “As a result of the pandemic, we’re seeing more businesses looking to us for support in survival, revival and future growth. We’re well placed as local, trusted business advisors, having a presence throughout the North West and a strong multi-disciplinary team of experts in advisory, funding and corporate finance.”
Peter Gallanagh, regional CEO for Azets in Scotland and the North of England, said: “They have both been with the firm for a number of years and their promotions reflect their success to date and the firm’s commitment to promote from within wherever possible.”