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Tilney Smith & Williamson appoints head of Professional Services business

In his new role, Wilkes will have overall responsibility for client teams working across Assurance and Business Services, Tax and Advisory

Tilney Smith and Williamson has appointed Andrew Wilkes as the firm’s next chief Professional Services director, and he will become a member of the group executive committee at the beginning of July.

Wilkes joined the firm in 2004 and has been head of Tax for the past two years. In his new role as head of the firm’s Professional Services business, he will have overall responsibility for client teams working across Assurance and Business Services, Tax and Advisory.

He succeeds Susan Shaw who has been a member of the Professional Services Executive for the last 10 years and who has led the business for the past four years.

Shaw will hand over the reins to Wilkes in July, marking 30 years since she joined the firm. However, she will remain as a partner but return to client work before retiring next March.

On a pro forma basis, Tilney Smith and Williamson’s Professional Services operating income grew by more than 15% in 2021 over the prior year and a number of new partners were hired to support future growth.

Chris Woodhouse, group chief executive, said: “I am delighted that Andrew has agreed to take on the position of chief Professional Services director. Andrew has played an instrumental role in our Professional Services business which has enjoyed an excellent first year since our merger.

“As we prepare to re-brand to Evelyn Partners, I am confident that under his leadership it will continue to go from strength to strength. I would also like to give my thanks to the considerable contribution that Susan has made to the firm over the past three decades, including the last four years heading up our Professional Services business.”

Wilkes added: “It has been exciting being part of the journey to help build the great Professional Services business that we have today and I’m proud to have been asked to lead it as we look ahead to the next phase of growth.”

Shaw said: “Since the merger between Tilney and Smith and Williamson in September 2020, the Professional Services business has been growing at record levels, benefitting from the investment in people, partners and IT platforms. I am proud to have led the team during this transformational period.

“I believe [Andrew] is the right person to lead our Professional Services business through its next phase. Over the coming months we will be working together on a seamless transition, which will ensure that all of the good work going on around the Group, and Professional Services in particular, will continue.”

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