Azets appoints new regional managing partner

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Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and business advisors to SMEs, has promoted Joanne Regan to regional managing partner for its North-East offices.

The firm says the key appointment demonstrates Azets commitment to growing the business in the region.

Azets has offices in Wynyard, Guisborough, Sunderland, Alnwick, Crook, Durham, Hexham and Seaton Burn.

Joanne was previously office managing partner of the firm’s Wynyard office.

Her main focus is to continue to establish Azets in the North-East as the go-to firm for advising the SME market.

She works with a wide range of companies across a variety of sectors including agriculture, education and manufacturing.

Joanne was born and bred in Hartlepool and is passionate about the region.

She is treasurer and trustee of Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool, an organisation that is close to the hearts of most Hartlepudlians and Governor at The Hartlepool College of Further Education.

“Our dynamic and ambitious team in the North-East is expanding and I’m thrilled to take a leadership role in growing the practice,” said Joanne.

“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 to do this having a presence throughout the North-East and a strong multi-disciplinary team of experts in advisory, funding and corporate finance.”

Chris Horne, regional CEO for Azets in Scotland and the North of England, added: “Joanne’s promotion is well deserved; she is very talented and is dedicated to her clients and colleagues.

“Working with clients across the region, Joanne has been fundamental in growing our North-East offices, which is one of our strongest performing regions.

“While it’s been a challenging few months, it’s important we plan for the future and ensure we invest in the firm.

“Ensuring we continue to develop future leadership signals the confidence and commitment we have in the market and Joanne’s appointment reflects the importance we place on delivering the best service possible to our clients across the region.”