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Accountancy firm Saffery Champness has elected James Sykes to a four-year term as the firm’s new chairman.

He takes over from incumbent chairman David Macey, who has served in the role since 2013. 
 
Sykes is a specialist in advising private clients, including families with landed estates and growing commercial enterprises. He trained with Saffery Champness, having joined as a graduate in 1987, and became a partner in 1997. He has previously sat on the firm’s management board, headed its private wealth practice group, and been deputy chairman.
 
Based in the firm’s London office, Sykes will continue to advise clients across the UK alongside his duties as chairman. This will include continuing to serve on the partnership committee as well as overseeing the management of the firm in close collaboration with managing partner Rob Elliott and executive partner Ben Bennett.
 
Elliott says: “We are delighted that someone with James’ breadth of experience and deep commitment to the firm will be our new chairman. We are grateful for all the hard work that David Macey undertook during his tenure as chairman. David has played an important part in helping the firm to achieve consistent growth during the period, as we seek to become the go-to adviser to private clients and their business interests.” 
 
Sykes adds:  “I am very pleased and honoured to serve as the new chairman of Saffery Champness. It is an exciting time for our business, and I look forward to helping to lead the firm to achieving new heights in the years to come.”

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