On the back of strong growth in its corporate business practice, leading chartered accountants Francis Clark has appointed a new audit partner based in the west of the region.

Duncan Leslie joins Francis Clark from the Reading office of 'Big Four' firm Deloitte where he led the Private Companies and Entrepreneurs ('PCE') services acting as trusted business adviser and senior statutory auditor to privately owned businesses in the Thames Valley. 

The 43 year-old chartered accountant was educated in Newton Abbot and Exeter before graduating from the University of Birmingham. His role at Francis Clark will be based across the firm's Plymouth and Truro offices and will focus on delivery of audit services to larger organisations including public, private and not for profit sectors in Devon and Cornwall.

Francis Clark Managing Partner Les Burnett, said: "We are delighted to have secured the services of someone of the calibre of Duncan.  He has a proven track record in acting for some very significant businesses and will add further strength in depth to our award-winning corporate practice."

Duncan Leslie added: "Joining Francis Clark is a double delight for me.  Not only am I taking on a senior and influential role with one of the UK's fastest-growing and dynamic accountancy practices, I am also returning to the Westcountry where both my wife and I grew up.

"I have taken on a challenging role with a firm that sets their standards high and has a reputation for surpassing them.  I am very much looking forward to working with my new colleagues and making a real contribution to their already outstanding work."