A senior West Midlands accountant is the new head of an association celebrating two major landmarks.
Suk Aulak, partner and head of office at Chantrey Vellacott DFK, in Calthorpe Road, Birmingham, has been appointed chairman of DFK UK & Ireland.
The association, which was founded 15 years ago, now has 17 member firms across 31 offices stretching from Devon to Scotland and from Norfolk to Wales, as well as Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Isle of Man and The Channel Islands.
Membership allows firms to access expertise across the UK and Ireland and, through its umbrella organisation DFK International, has associate firms in more than 80 countries.
DFK International, formed in 1962, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in Paris next year along with all member firms from DFK UK & Ireland.
Mr Aulak was welcomed as chairman when the association held its largest ever conference and announced that member firms have hit the combined fee milestone of £75 million.
He said: “We are all operating in an increasingly global world and we have clients who operate right across the UK and internationally.
“The placing of exports as a central pillar to recovery by the Government, also means we have clients considering working abroad who have never done so before.
“As a result they rightly expect us to have a similar reach and to have expertise in those different markets.
“National and international spread and expertise are also a powerful marketing tool when trying to win new business.
“That would be almost impossible without membership of a wider group, which is what DFK brings us all.”
Mark Lamb, who is DFK vice-president for EMEA, said: “The association will be in good hands with Suk and I wish him all the best as he looks to achieve DFK UK & Ireland’s most important goal - continuing to work together over the forthcoming years, increasing our membership and building new collaborative partnerships.”