Alliott Group Welcomes Farmer as Worldwide Chairman

Colin Farmer

Colin Farmer

Colin Farmer has been named chairman of the Worldwide Board of Alliott Group.

Farmer helped to develop Alliott Group over the last 20 years from a relatively small and informal grouping of firms into a more commercially focused organization that now has a foothold in many of the world’s commercial centers.

“Colin brings unique personal and business attributes to the role of chairman that will help us to grow our geographic reach and the commercial value of the organization,” says James Hickey, CEO of Alliott Group. “His deep understanding of the needs of the owner and managers of international companies based in the U.K. and internationally combined with the strong relationships he has built through the years with member firms across the world will contribute significantly to his impact as worldwide chairman. Colin’s energy and entrepreneurial flair will be huge assets.”

Farmer states, “We are seeing a lot of disruption in the professions – it creates threats to the status quo, but also opportunities for those organizations that have a vision and are bold enough to take the steps needed to meet the changing needs of clients. Alliott Group is a pioneer in its sector and is implementing a strategic plan which differentiates it from less nimble competitors that tend to follow rather than lead. This is resulting in greater return on investment for our member firms and the community of international businesses and high net worth individuals we serve on an individual and collective basis. We have enjoyed strong leadership under Ken Miles – I now look forward to continuing his good work to develop Alliott Group – it’s a very exciting place to be right now.”

Former worldwide chairman Ken Miles, who steps down following the merger of his firm NSBN comments, “It is with a heavy heart that I leave my post as worldwide chair before the end of my term. While the merger is a very positive development for our firm, our clients and our hard-working staff, we are also extremely sad to exit such a high caliber group of entrepreneurial professional firms in which we have played an active part for over six years. It is of course difficult to quantify, but it could be that without the extra boost Alliott Group provided our visibility and reputation in the Los Angeles accounting market, we might not have been able to reach this next stage in our journey as a firm. On the other hand, our departure opens up an attractive opportunity for another growing, ambitious Los Angeles accounting firm. I am very confident that the organization will go on to achieve its innovative growth plans under the leadership of Colin Farmer.”

With Farmer being elevated to worldwide chairman, Asia Pacific chairman Jamie Towers, partner at Hanrick Curran in Brisbane, Australia, steps up to become deputy worldwide chairman.