Meet the team

The CharterGroup Management Board

Derek Smith
Managing Director

Derek assists practice leaders with both their firm and personal development.

He specialises in advising professional services firms on management and leadership matters, as well as profit and capital value enhancement. He also acts as a coach and mentor to those in senior positions and has assisted many firms on dispute resolution issues.

Derek’s experience includes UK and international appointments, working both as a managing partner and a consultant.

Andrew Williamson
Deputy Managing Director

Andrew works with business owners, helping them to grow and develop their organisations from start-up through to eventual sale.

He focuses on helping management teams to build and realise value in their businesses.

Andrew has a leadership role in a dynamic accountancy practice based in the South East. Previously, Andrew held partner roles in national and international accountancy firms.

Frances Hall
Head of Strategic Development & HR

Frances is an experienced strategic consultant, coach, facilitator and trainer who works with organisations, individuals and teams to deliver interventions that positively impact the business and its people.

She has significant experience working with professional and membership bodies, commercial organisations and the education sector to develop and implement strategic initiatives.

Before setting up her consultancy business, Frances was the HR Director of a top 10 accountancy firm.

The CharterGroup Advisory Board

Some members of the alliance form an Advisory Board to assist the Management Board to drive CharterGroup forward, to help shape our focus and priorities to provide the support and services that our members need.

The Advisory Board meets regularly, and members are invited to join the group for three years.

The CharterGroup Support Team

James Charlton – Technical consultant

Richard Hemmings – Technical consultant

Steve Hall – Membership services

Nikki White – Membership services

Beth Talbott – Finance