The national alliance of independent accountancy firms, CharterGroup, has been acquired by St Albans based CharterGroup Alliance Ltd.
Formed in 1986, CharterGroup provides services and support to leading independent accountancy firms across the UK. It helps its members achieve their growth and management goals as well as assisting with their commercial requirements and meeting their professional development needs.
CharterGroup will now be led by Derek Smith, former UK Managing Partner of a global practice, a financial and commercial management specialist, and leadership coach. Fellow directors are Frances Hall, a strategic business and HR consultant, and Andrew Williamson, a strategic development and corporate finance adviser. Louise Beddoes, the firm’s new business manager, completes the management team.
Derek Smith, knows the CharterGroup firms well. He commented: ‘I have worked with many CharterGroup members as both an independent advisor and as a consultant to CharterGroup, finding them forward-thinking and client-focussed. I look forward to working with the members to develop the services CharterGroup provides to them.
I am also delighted with the team of directors who will be taking the group forward. Not only are they all qualified accountants but all have held senior positions in practising firms and have great experience and skills. As we enter this new decade the type of support that independent firms can benefit from continues to change and our ambition is to make sure the CharterGroup firms have access to the best strategic, technical, technological and leadership support’.
Gary Corbett, former Chief Executive of CharterGroup and his co-director David Bugg said: ‘The new team have the skills, expertise and energy to lead CharterGroup successfully into the next decade. They bring both the experience of holding senior leadership roles in accountancy firms, and their skills as consultants to the group. The member firms will benefit greatly from their support, guidance and focus.’
CharterGroup Alliance took over the business of CharterGroup on 31 January 2020.