Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has appointed Andrea Bishop as Lead Partner of its South West region. Bishop succeeds Graham Randall, who led the firm for the past two and a half years.
Under Randall’s leadership, BDO has grown strongly recently, to a 160-strong team based in Bristol. Following his decision to refocus on growing the firm's insolvency and restructuring practice, BDO has appointed Andrea Bishop, an experienced audit partner who has been at the firm for 10 years, to take on the role of Lead Partner.
Prior to joining BDO, Bishop spent 10 years at EY and a year working at the CBI in London with the then Director-General, Sir Digby Jones. She has significant experience of working with large corporates and international businesses, as well as fast growth firms in the technology sector. Commenting on her appointment, Bishop says: "I am delighted to take over the leadership of our full service office in Bristol. Within the last 18 months our partner numbers have trebled, our Global Outsourcing team has doubled in size and there have been a raft of new appointments in our Audit, Tax and Corporate Finance divisions.”
Going forward, Bishop expects to continue BDO’s growth in the region – aiming to increase staff numbers by 20%, to be accommodated by taking on an additional 6,000 square feet of space at its office in Bridgewater House. “As the recovery takes hold, the market has opened itself up to new opportunities for both our client base and our people.”
“Andrea is perfectly placed to lead our team. With the support of a highly respected partnership and the dedication of the hugely talented people at BDO, I'm confident that she will continue to build upon the firm's success in the region," says Randall.