Chief Executive role changes hands at Wilkin Chapman solicitors

17 April 2015

Wilkin Chapman solicitors has welcomed the arrival its new chief executive, Des Mannion. Des joined the regional law firm at the beginning of April, taking over from long-serving CEO, Julia Whittaker, who had served the firm for 28 years.

Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire regional law firm, Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, has welcomed the arrival its new chief executive, Des Mannion. Des joined the regional law firm at the beginning of April, taking over from long-serving CEO, Julia Whittaker, who had served the firm for 28 years.

Julia led Wilkin Chapman through five mergers and acquisitions during her tenure, leading to it now being one of the region’s legal powerhouses. Julia is enormously proud of the achievements the firm has made and is excited to be passing it onto Des. Speaking of Des’s appointment Julia said: “It has been a difficult task selecting the right candidate for this role. I wanted to ensure we had a well managed transition and have every confidence that I am handing the reins over to the right man for the job.”

Des, previously operations director at Grant Thornton UK’s Advisory Practice in London, was drawn to the role by what he saw as a fantastic opportunity within a very well run and managed business. Des, who is new to the Humber region, will be based at the firm’s Grimsby office. Commenting on his appointment, Des said: “This area is full of talented people. Wilkin Chapman is a large employer with over 360 staff of which 50 are partners. As a professional services firm, it is all about the people. Wilkin Chapman has a great internal culture, is financially very sound, and has a strong affinity with the stakeholders and communities in which it operates. I am excited to be leading it into the future.”

Des is looking forward to settling in the region with his family. As a lover of many sporting and fitness activities and with the Lincolnshire Wolds and Yorkshire Dales on his doorstep, Des and his family will be spoilt for choice.


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