Rowan Williams has been appointed head of Baker Tilly’s Professional Services Group.
In her new role, effective from 1 April, Rowan will lead the firm’s multi-disciplinary team of partners and managers dedicated to the professional services sector, including legal services, architects, management consultants, surveyors and other professionals.
Since joining Baker Tilly in 2009, Rowan has led the firm’s London Business Advisory team and also the Professional Services Group in the London and South regions. She is an advisory partner at Baker Tilly and is also extensively involved in the firm’s international network, RSM International.
Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Rowan was an audit partner in a top six practice managing a diverse range of clients, including partnerships, LLPs, AIM-listed companies and owner-managed businesses.
Rowan has extensive experience of working with professional service firms. She has advised many businesses on a wide range of strategic matters, and is able to bring her experience from the corporate sector into play when working with her partnership clients.
George Bull, outgoing chair of the group said: “The professional services sector contributes over £150bn to the UK economy every year, employs around 12% of the total workforce, and helps drive success in much of the rest of the UK economy.
“Over the last decade, I’m proud that Baker Tilly has built up a solid reputation as being among the very best advisers to the legal profession, providing services to UK-headquartered firms, as well as overseas firms with a UK presence. I am now delighted to be able to hand over the reins to Rowan, who will inject new purpose and direction into the group as it focuses beyond traditional legal and other firms to a far wider range of professional service providers.
“I look forward to continuing my close association with the legal sector as a member of Rowan’s team.’
Rowan Williams commented: “I’m excited to be taking on this role at a really interesting time for the professional services sector. Whilst the growing economy offers real opportunities, barriers to entry in the sector are changing, and businesses need to be nimble and stay one step ahead of competitive developments to ensure their long-term stability and growth.”