Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and business advisor to SMEs, is pleased to announce that it has jointly appointed Susanna Cassey and Graham Rigby as Regional Managing Partners for its North West offices.

These key promotions demonstrate Azets commitment to growing the business in the region and promoting internally. Graham Rigby and Susanna Cassey were previously Office Managing Partners of the firm’s Manchester and Lancaster offices respectively.

They will both hold the role of joint Regional Managing Partner and remain client-facing. Graham will be responsible for Stockport and Manchester and Susanna for Bolton, Holywell, Lancaster, Preston and Rossendale.

David Travis, the previous Regional Managing Partner will move to a new role as Non-Executive Chairman for the North West.

Graham Rigby has worked alongside a variety of businesses, ranging from family-run SMEs and mid-market businesses through to larger international groups of companies. He manages client relationships with a direct hands-on approach and his experience spans a wide range of sectors including construction, logistics & distribution and legal services firms.

As a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience, Susanna Cassey works with a varied portfolio of SME clients and entrepreneurs across a range of industries, including many high tech/ innovative businesses and those in the not-for-profit and education sectors, managing their audit and accounts compliance delivery as well as special advisory project work.

Graham Rigby said:

“Our dynamic team in the North West is expanding and I’m thrilled to take a leadership role in growing the practice. We have ambitious plans to build on our existing presence across the North West through a combination of organic growth and compatible acquisitions, which in turn provide great opportunities for our people across all service lines to support the continued success of our clients.

Susanna Cassey said:

“As a result of the pandemic, we’re seeing more businesses looking to us for support in survival, revival and future growth. We’re well placed as local, trusted business advisors, having a presence throughout the North West and a strong multi-disciplinary team of experts in advisory, funding and corporate finance.”

Peter Gallanagh, Regional CEO for Azets in Scotland and the North of England said:

“Graham and Susanna’s promotions are very well deserved; they are talented and dedicated to bringing the best of Azets to their clients and colleagues. They have both been with the firm for a number of years and their promotions reflect their success to date and the firm’s commitment to promote from within wherever possible.”

“Their knowledge of the region will be invaluable in ensuring the North West region of Azets continues to be a great place to work within a growing organisation where the focus is on people achieving their aspirations and ambitions.”

“I’d also like to thank David Travis for all his leadership role in growing the North West offices. Retaining David’s knowledge and experience in the business is fantastic and I am certain he will continue to contribute hugely to the success of the business.”

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