Les Burnett, the former Managing Partner of PKF Francis Clark, has been appointed Chair of PKF in the UK and Ireland.
PKF UK and Ireland comprises PKF BBA, PKF Cooper Parry, PKF FPM, PKF Francis Clark, Johnston Carmichael, PKF KLSA, PKF Littlejohn and PKF O’Connor, Leddy & Holmes. The practices were collectively named the fastest growing major accountancy operator in Accountancy magazine’s latest annual ‘Top 75 Firms’ survey.
Les Burnett joined the Torquay office of Francis Clark in 1981, becoming a partner in 1983. He became the firm’s managing partner in 1999 and oversaw the firm’s growth to become the leading firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisers in the South West, before it joined the PKF International network in 2016.
Les was nominated by his partners for an Innovative Leader Award given by the Leading Edge Alliance, the second largest international professional association in the world and went onto receive their Outstanding Achievement Award. Les retired from the firm in 2016, remaining active in business in various advisory roles.
Les takes over from Carmine Papa, Managing Partner of PKF Littlejohn, who has served as Chair of PKF UK and Ireland for the past two years.
Les Burnett said:
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the PKF family in the UK and Ireland. We’re investing heavily in our operations and people, we’re introducing additional service lines where we see opportunities to help clients, and we’re winning more work from current and new clients.
“Although we’re independent firms, we’re working together in a joined-up way, which enables us to provide clients with a highly sophisticated service. That opens up considerable opportunities for us to continue to grow in the future.
“Given my long history with PKF Francis Clark, I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Chair of PKF in the UK and Ireland. I am looking forward to working with partners to further build on those key strengths and continue to collaborate and improve the excellent client services and advice we offer.”