Appointments: Baker Tilly aims for smooth handover after naming office managing partner

Paul BYRNE has been appointed office managing partner of Baker Tilly in West Yorkshire following Richard King’s decision to leave the firm to join a client in a senior position.

Mr Byrne will assume the role with immediate effect, with Mr King remaining with the firm until the end of the year to ensure the smooth handover of all projects and existing client work. Mr Byrne joined Baker Rooke in 1977.

He will oversee Baker Tilly’s offices in Leeds and Saltaire, West Yorkshire.

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