WR Partners expand the Partnership with two more Partners.

04 Jun 2024

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Claire Smith and Chris Speakman, who have been promoted to the Partnership, effective 1st April 2024.

In joining the Partnership team, Claire and Chris will contribute to shaping the strategic direction of the business as well as delivering exceptional service to our clients. We believe that their experience and understanding will further strengthen our capabilities and enhance the value we provide to our clients.

Claire Smith

Claire Smith, Partner

Claire Smith has been an integral part of WR Partners’ success story, consistently demonstrating exceptional leadership, strategic thinking, and dedication to our Rural department. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Claire has proven herself as a trusted Advisor and a pillar of the firm’s success. Her deep understanding of the agricultural industry and ability to navigate complex challenges make her an asset to clients and colleagues.

Claire explains, “I am thrilled to have been promoted to Partner. WR Partners has always been the most wonderful place to work, and I am excited to join a distinguished team of Partners and take the business forward.”

Based in Cheshire, Chris’s promotion to Partnership is a testament to his outstanding contributions to WR Partners’ growth and reputation – broadening our service offering. Chris has exhibited an unwavering commitment to excellence in his work, coupled with a remarkable ability to foster strong client relationships. With over 20 years of experience in developing a team with the capability and capacity to scale, we are keen to utilise Chris’s leadership and development capabilities to drive the business forward, adding value and commercial guidance to our clients.

With Chris promoted to Partnership and the relocation of our Nantwich office, the Partnership highlights their commitment to supporting more businesses across Cheshire, improving the client experience and developing our comprehensive Audit services. 

Chris Speakman, Partner

Chris explains, I’m thrilled to have been invited to become a partner at WR Partners. This milestone is not just a personal achievement, but a testament to the collective wisdom and guidance I’ve received throughout my career.

It is an exciting time for WR Partners. Over the past few years, WR Partners has made strategic investments in client service, IT, and our people, including me in 2022, setting the stage for sustainable growth and innovation. With a focus on delivering exceptional service, I am particularly proud of our team and offerings in the Cheshire region, which stand as testament of our firm’s dedication to our clients and communities.

“We are delighted to have Claire Smith and Chris Speakman on our partnership board. Both Claire and Chris exemplify the values and ethos of our firm, and their promotion reflects their exceptional talent, hard work, and dedication,” explains Helen Spencer. “As we continue to expand our presence and services, Claire and Chris will play instrumental roles in driving our growth strategy forward and delivering unparalleled value to our clients.”

Claire and Chris’ elevation to the Partnership recognises their achievements and underscores WR Partners’ commitment to fostering a culture of excellence and promoting talent from within. Their combined expertise, leadership, and vision will undoubtedly strengthen our position as a leading accountancy firm in the industry.

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Helen Spencer

Managing Partner

Helen has guided the firm through many improvements during her time, resulting in her appointment to Managing Partner in 2019.

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