ACCOUNTANCY firm, Chiene + Tait, today announced the promotion of Carol Flockhart to managing partner, the firm’s first female managing partner during its 130-year history.
The move represents the latest step forward in a journey to the top for this driven local businessperson.
Carol has shown the ability and desire to reach the top from an early age, holding jobs from as young as 13.
Originally from West Linton, she was the first in her family to go to university, achieving a first-class degree in Business Studies and Accounting from Edinburgh University.
She joined Chiene + Tait as a chartered accountant trainee in 1994 and rose through the ranks quickly, becoming a manager in 2001 and a director in 2008. She became a full partner in 2011.
Her expertise in business support and corporate advisory means her appointment marks an important development in the firm’s offering; Chiene + Tait is long established as a top private client practice and is fast developing a corporate reputation to match.
Carol said: “I’m delighted to become managing partner. Since I joined Chiene + Tait, I’ve found wonderful and varied opportunities to learn skills and develop my career.
“For me, this is both a personal honour – and one of which I’m very proud – and a notable signifier of our firm’s long-standing dedication to training, career progression and meritocracy.
“There are no barriers here to progression: if you want it, and you work for it, you can achieve it.
“I look forward to working with our talented team to take our services and offerings to clients to the next level, while also growing the firm and helping more people make it to the top.”
Carol takes on her new role on 1 April 2016.
Today, March 7 – the eve of International Women’s Day – Carol will speak at Investing Women’s Ambition and Growth Conference dinner, addressing an audience of predominantly female entrepreneurs and investors, plus Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabel Ewing.
Carol will speak as part of Chiene + Tait’s sponsorship of AccelerateHER, the conference’s competition for fledging businesses run by women – the winner of which will receive cash and business advice from Chiene + Tait.
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