New accountancy group formed by Blixt welcomes Nilesh Shah as group chairman

New accountancy group formed by Blixt welcomes Nilesh Shah as group chairman

Nilesh Shah, ex-CEO of leading accountancy firm Blick Rothenberg, is taking on the role of group chairman in the new accountancy group formed by Blixt. Nilesh brings 30+ years of experience from the profession to help steer the group’s overall strategy and priorities.

Nilesh Shah, Chair of the new accountancy group, said:

“I have a passion for building high-growth, people-centric businesses. By overseeing group strategic decisions and advising on who we partner with going forward, I will ensure everyone involved in this journey is working towards our collective ambition to create a leading people-driven accountancy group. I am very excited to kick off this journey with Duncan & Toplis as the first pillar of the group. They bring almost a century of experience in developing quality talent and providing excellent advisory services to clients.”

Carl Harring, CEO at Blixt said:

“Establishing a strong and strategic group leadership team is a crucial step in the development of our accountancy group. Core to this group’s mission is to continue providing exciting growth opportunities for the talent in the businesses we partner with and ensuring we continue to push the boundaries of excellence in client service. Nilesh very much shares this mindset with Blixt and the group’s first platform business, Duncan & Toplis, and we are therefore very pleased to have him on board as group chairman. Businesses joining this journey in the future will share this mindset too.” 

Adrian Reynolds, managing director of Duncan & Toplis, said: 

“We’re thrilled to be the first business in the UK to form a platform in this exciting new venture, as we focus on growing our organisation in the years to come, both organically and through carefully selected acquisitions. Nilesh’s appointment to the role of group chairman gives us access to guidance and insight from some of the best minds in the industry as we embark on delivering Duncan & Toplis’ accelerated growth strategy. 

Adrian Reynolds, managing director of Duncan & Toplis and Damon Brain, director at Duncan & Toplis (and succeeding Adrian in April 2024 as managing director) will sit with Nilesh Shah on the board of the group. Working alongside them will be Carl Harring, CEO of Blixt, and Hamza Virjee, director at Blixt.

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