Simon Rowe takes the reins at Milsted Langdon as previous Chairman steps down

By Nick Batten on 16 May, 2023

South West-based accountancy firm Milsted Langdon has thanked Tim Close for his work as Chairman, as the firm appoints his successor, experienced Partner Simon Rowe.

Tim, who originally joined Milsted Langdon in 1989 soon after its founding, has held his position within the practice since 2019. Having helped to navigate the firm through the Covid-19 pandemic in his tenure, Tim is stepping down to focus on his role as Partner and Compliance Principal for the company.

Tim Close, Partner and Compliance Principal for Milsted Langdon

During his time as Chairman, Tim oversaw the establishment of Milsted Langdon’s new Board, and has played a role in the introduction of much greater flexible working within the practice. 

In his new role, Simon will help to oversee the future direction of the firm as it helps businesses, individuals, communities, and its own people to thrive. 

Joining Milsted Langdon in 2008, Simon is well-recognised for the breadth and depth of his expertise across a wide range of areas. 

His particular expertise in insolvency, business recovery and business intervention has proven invaluable to clients, while his guidance as a partner has helped the firm to deliver various initiatives in the last few years. 

Simon is also well-known for his international work, and he has previously helped several overseas businesses looking to establish themselves in the UK. 

Speaking about his time as Chairman, Tim said, “Stepping down from my role at such a fantastic and supportive practice isn’t easy, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the position. 

“Despite the difficulties many businesses have faced in the last few years, we have managed to overcome various obstacles to enjoy growth and help our clients achieve more. 

“My successor, Simon, is very talented and passionate. I can think of few people better suited to this role.”

Simon added, “It is a great honour to be taking over from Tim as Milsted Langdon’s latest Chairman. Tim has done an incredible job leading our firm during the last four years and has been at the forefront of our evolution and incredible growth as a leading independent practice.

“I am looking forward to taking on this role and continuing with his good work, as I help to guide the Board and my fellow partners so that the firm continues to flourish.” 

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Pictured: (Top of page) Simon Rowe, Chairman of Milsted Langdon