A YORKSHIRE accountancy firm with offices in York has announced who will take over the reins when its managing parters steps down next year.

John Warner, managing partner at BHP, which has offices off Blossom Street, has revealed his role will be filled by audit partner Lisa Leighton and corporate finance partner Hamish Morrison.

Mr Warner said: “At BHP we embrace change, that’s why we continue to thrive. Our 150 years longevity is built on solid foundations and robust succession planning.

“I will remain active in the firm and become senior partner for the foreseeable future, but I will hand over the reins of running the business in its entirety to Lisa and Hamish as joint managing partners.”

Both 44, the duo have already been actively involved in the strategic and operational management of the business for several years.

Mr Warner will continue full-time to manage his ever-expanding portfolio of clients.

John continued: “I am extremely passionate about BHP, my clients and the profession we are in. I am still excited and enthused by new and existing clients and entrepreneurs across all market sectors. Above all, I continue to be inspired by my intrepid and pioneering team at BHP.”

Mr Morrison has been a partner at BHP for over seven years, and currently heads up the Leeds Office, while Ms Leighton joined BHP in 1995. She became a partner in 2011 and Group Head of Audit in 2015.

Mr Warner added: “Lisa and Hamish are BHP through and through. I am delighted that they will lead the firm, its five offices and our growing team of 350+ professionals into 2020. The pair will bring a new energy and drive.”