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French Duncan unveils new promotions and chair 

Neil Robb and Marc Vosilius have both been promoted to partner while existing partner Stephen Hughes becomes chairman

French Duncan has announced it has promoted two Entrepreneurial Services directors to partner, whilst also electing a new chair for the firm. 

Neil Robb and Marc Vosilius have both been promoted to partner following “significant” success in the Entrepreneurial Services department over the past few years, according to the group.

Robb and Vosilius have been with the firm for six and eight years respectively, and Neil has also taken on the role of head of the Entrepreneurial Services department. Vosilius meanwhile will focus on new business growth across the Central Belt.

The pair have already been working together to help guide the team of over 40 departmental colleagues through Covid-related changes to working practices, as well as the business transition to more digital accounting solutions and more wide-ranging services such as systems improvement, outsourced bookkeeping and financial advisory.

The firm also announced that existing partner Stephen Hughes, who trained with French Duncan and has been with the firm ever since, has also been elected chairman. He takes over the role from Eileen Blackburn, who recently retired from the firm. 

Graeme Finnie, managing partner at French Duncan, said: “Neil and Marc have both proven themselves within the business, providing their large client base with a truly outstanding service, whilst also providing supportive leadership to the Entrepreneurial Services team across all our offices.  

“I congratulate them both on being promoted to partner, and as two individuals only in their 30s, I feel this demonstrates French Duncan’s commitment to promoting and retaining the best talent, at whatever age and stage. My view is that if you’re good enough, you are old enough.” 

He added: “I am also delighted at the fact my friend and colleague Stephen has been elected chairman after over 32 years continuous service with the business. Stephen has been of great support to the business, and myself, over the years and he will undoubtedly bring even more to the company in his new role.”

Stephen Hughes, partner and chair at French Duncan said: “When I joined French Duncan 32 years ago as a fresh-faced graduate, I never dreamt that I would still be with the firm more than three decades later; far less that I would be the chairman of the business. However, it’s always been a great company to work for and seeing the progression of people like Neil and Marc is extremely rewarding. 

“Being made a partner at any age is an achievement, but both of these individuals have progressed rapidly in the firm – I think they both found a working environment and a team spirit in which they have thrived. I look forward to working with them, together with my other partners, for many more years to come.”  

He added: “I also look forward to my new role as chairman of the firm, in what is a very exciting phase for the business. Not only is our traditional accountancy business thriving, but we have also expanded our services into exciting areas such as HR and Health ad Safety with FD People, and robotic process automation with FD Intelligence. My journey has never been dull and neither is French Duncan’s.”

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