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Armstrong Watson LLP appoints Chairman

19th February 2018

MSI's Northern UK accounting member Armstrong Watson LLP, Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers is pleased to announce that Partner, Mike Kienlen, has been appointed Chairman of the firm. Mike is a partner in Armstrong Watson’s Restructuring Recovery and Insolvency service line and has worked for the firm for 13 years, based at their Leeds office.

As Chairman, Mike will support Chief Executive Officer, Paul Dickson, with the leadership and strategic positioning of the firm both internally and externally, focusing on business development and increasing Armstrong Watson’s presence in the Yorkshire region as well as throughout the North of England and Scotland.

Mike has over 28 years experience working in Insolvency, beginning his career as an Insolvency Junior in London with Arthur Andersen, qualifying both as an accountant and Insolvency Practitioner with Buchler Phillips and then moving to Leeds in 2000 with Kroll. In 2005 he joined Armstrong Watson as a Partner and established the Leeds Insolvency offering, which together with the Carlisle and Glasgow teams now boasts 22 team members across the North and Scotland.

Mike’s role has developed significantly during his 13 years with the firm, joining the management board in 2007 and as an equity partner in 2008. Whilst he continues to be an acting Insolvency practitioner, he is also involved with the strategic direction of the business and coaches and mentors directors and junior partners.

Commenting on his new appointment as Chairman, Mike Kienlen said “I am delighted to take on the role of Chairman. The next 5 to 10 years are going to see huge technological and cultural transitions both within Armstrong Watson and the outside market. We are extremely focused on the speed of change in the industry and to be a figurehead alongside Paul, to see us through these times, is a real honour.”

Paul Dickson, Armstrong Watson Chief Executive Officer, added: “Mike and I have served on the executive team of Armstrong Watson together for the past ten years and have seen the firm progress significantly.  Mike has been a key driver to the success of Armstrong Watson, so the move to appoint Mike as Chairman is well deserved. Mike has skills that compliment mine and as a result we work well together.  I am looking forward to working closely with Mike in his new role as we continue to make Armstrong Watson a great place to work and a great firm for our clients to do business with.”

Further news: Armstrong Watson acquires Haines Watts Glasgow Office

Armstrong Watson, Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers have acquired Haines Watts Glasgow office as part of their plans to expand the business across Scotland and the North of England.

The merger took effect 1st February 2018, strengthening the firm’s position as a leading advisor to aspirational business owners in the city and in line with Armstrong Watson’s strategic aim to become the ‘go to firm for family and owner managed businesses in the North of England and Scotland’.

The Glasgow office will offer Accounting, Audit, Tax, Corporate Finance, Insolvency, Forensic and Financial Planning services and will involve the amalgamation of the existing Armstrong Watson Glasgow branch from their Queen Street base into the new Blythswood Square office. Read the full article

About Armstrong Watson - Leeds

Armstrong Watson has been advising and protecting clients across the North of England and Scotland since 1867. With 16 regional offices from Glasgow to Leeds, 38 partners and over 400 colleagues, we’re focused enough to provide a truly tailored service and large and experienced enough to work alongside any size of business, delivering a complete remit of services equal to top tier firms.

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