Partner appointment signals Belfast launch for Begbies Traynor
Begbies Traynor, the leading business rescue and recovery specialist in the UK, has expanded into Belfast with the appointment of Joan Houston as a partner.
Joan was the first female chartered accountant to hold an insolvency licence in Ireland and joins Begbies Traynor from Ernst & Young in Belfast. With expertise across a broad range of corporate restructuring cases she has also dealt with a large number of corporate finance transactions over the years.
Joan has worked in many sectors with large and small cases advising stakeholders in companies, banks, government and shareholders on complex and challenging circumstances in the growth, rescue, reconstruction, recovery or insolvency of their business.
Joan Houston’s arrival strengthens Begbies Traynor Group’s presence in Northern Ireland with the firm opening its first Northern Ireland office - which trades as BTG Tax - in Dungannon, in late 2009.
Commenting on her decision to join Begbies Traynor, Joan Houston said:
“I am delighted to join Begbies Traynor. The firm handles more corporate recovery related cases in Great Britain – by volume – than any other specialist practice so this move represents an exciting opportunity for me.
“I am eager to consolidate and further enhance the firm’s base in Belfast and am looking forward to expanding the practice in the region.”
Commenting on Joan’s appointment, Ric Traynor, Executive Chairman of Begbies Traynor said:
“We are delighted to welcome Joan to Begbies Traynor. She has a first rate reputation and is well known and respected throughout the marketplace.
“We are committed to growing our presence in the local market, and hope to be able to announce further developments on our Belfast presence over the coming months.”
Ric qualified with Arthur Andersen in 1984 and founded Begbies Traynor in 1989. Ric specialises in practice management and has considerable experience in financial turnaround and dispute resolution within professional practices.