Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has announced the promotion of 20 new partners across the firm with Mark Thornton named partner in Yorkshire.

The promotions, delayed from June 2020 as a result of COVID-19, are effective from 1st January 2021.

Mark joined BDO in 2007 at manager level and has since progressed through the ranks at the firm as he has established himself as a trusted adviser to businesses and intermediaries across the region. Mark is FCA and JIEB qualified and throughout his twelve years at BDO, he has developed a strong reputation for delivering high quality results and advice to a range of businesses in the region.

Mark Thornton, business restructuring partner at BDO said: “BDO is a great place to work with a leadership team which is committed to creating a culture that allows people to develop and progress in their career and achieve their own ambitions. This supportive culture has continued – even strengthened – as we’ve all adapted to remote working. I look forward to championing this in my new role as partner.

“The past year has been a challenge for companies in the region and 2021 brings new obstacles on the horizon for those who have weathered the storm. We are well placed to support businesses across a range of restructuring opportunities as business owners re-think the way they operate.”

Nationally, the new partners have significant experience across a wide range of sectors and specialisms including the professional services, technology and media, financial services and private equity. Eight of the 20 promotions are outside of London, including Mark in Yorkshire.

Terry Jones, head of BDO in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “2020 was a testing year for businesses and individuals alike. None of us could have predicted that we’d be working as a fully-remote workforce for almost twelve months as a result of the pandemic.

“As a firm we put a number of measures in place to help us better weather the storm, including a pause on promotions earlier last year. Announcing Mark’s promotion to partner is an encouraging start to the year and so well deserved. The process to become a partner is rigorous and Mark’s commitment to leading the high standard delivery of a number of larger and complex assignments within the local market is a clear demonstration of achieving our core purpose of helping others succeed.”