Knill James’ Kevin Powell Appointed Chairman of the UK200Group

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The UK200Group has announced the appointment of Kevin Powell as Chairman of the UK200Group’s Board.

Kevin is Joint Senior Partner with East-Sussex based chartered accountancy firm Knill James; a long-standing member of the UK200Group. He has been a member of the UK200Group’s Board since January 2014 and has served as Vice-President for the past two years.  During his tenure as Vice-President Kevin has been instrumental in developing the strategy to transform the UK200Group into a modern, progressive and forward-thinking business association.  

The UK200group is the UK’s leading association of independent chartered accountants and law firms, with international links in almost 70 countries around the world. The association brings together around 150-member offices in the UK with over 500 partners who serve around 150,000 business clients in the SME and owner-managed sectors. The Group grew by over 10% last year which reflects its’ success in helping its’ members drive performance.

Welcoming Kevin to his new role, UK200Group CEO, Declan Swan said;

“I am delighted to welcome Kevin as our new Chairman.  He brings a wealth of experience and a focused approach to leadership, that will undoubtedly contribute to the development of the UK200Group.”

Speaking of his new role, Kevin said;

“I count myself very fortunate to be taking over as Chairman during a period of exciting growth for the Group. I’m committed to continuing the modernising agenda set out in our strategic plan;’ Getting Fit for the Future.’ “

“I am lucky to inherit a fantastic Board with many talented people.  We now have a range of skills including HR, strategic planning and technology.  I am also pleased to have the support of Peter Duff, a Partner with Scottish law firm Morisons LLP, who has been elected to the role of Vice-Chairman with responsibility for marketing and business development. As I look ahead into 2018, we will pursue several key projects including:

1.         Preparing our members for GDPR

2.         Helping our members lever the benefits of digitalisation

3.         Supporting our members with marketing and business development.

We will also finalise our plans to revamp our renowned Quality Assurance and Standards (QAS) scheme.  Further developing new and better ways to benchmark data and to support practice management in firms of all sizes across the Group.”


Notes to Editors

Knill James is a leading accountancy firm based in Lewes, which has been trading for 130 years, providing services to businesses in the Brighton, Lewes and across the South East. The firm has six partners and in excess of 55 staff.

The company was formed by Mr H H Knill in 1887 in London, moving to East Sussex a few years later, and has remained in the region ever since – growing into the thriving independent firm it is today.

Knill James provides personalised services for both private and corporate clients and offers a wide variety of support and advice within Tax, Business Services, Strategy & Advisory, Wealth Management, Audit & Assurance, Corporate Finance, Payroll, Management Accounts and Outsourcing.

The firm also offers specialist expertise in such sectors as Charities & Not-For-Profit Organisations, Schools & Academies, Agriculture Food & Drink, Professional Practices, Property & Construction, Manufacturing and Healthcare.

Samantha Armstrong - Marketing Executive

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UK200Group Limited is a company registered in England & Wales. Company Number 10634903. Registered office; The Hart Shaw Building, Europa Link, Sheffield, S9 1XU.


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