A YORKSHIRE accountancy firm has appointed its first female partner in its 102-year history.

Emma Henderson is "proud" to take on her new role at Wasley Chapman & Co, which has recently relocated to larger premises in Scarborough – a move that she project-managed.

“Being the first-ever female partner at Wasley Chapman is an incredible honour for me and I’m really proud and excited. Ever since I joined the firm in 2009, I have set my sights on achieving this goal. There’s been a lot of hard work on the way, but I’m thrilled to have finally made a little piece of history," said Emma.

Emma, who lives in Whitby, graduated as a bachelor of law from Teesside University before deciding to switch careers.

“I left university in the middle of the global recession, which put paid to my dreams of becoming a lawyer. I was originally planning to join Wasley Chapman as a receptionist, but I was encouraged to train as an accountant, which I did, obtaining both my AAT and ACCA qualifications.

“Over the years, I moved up the ranks at Wasley Chapman, but my biggest challenge came last year when I was entrusted with the relocation of our existing Scarborough office."

Emma located and negotiated a deal on new premises, a former hairdressing and beauty salon, in the heart of Scarborough.

She says: “We only had a month to transform the old beauty salon into state-of-the-art accountancy offices. It was an incredibly tight deadline, but we managed to do it – and we opened in December."

Neil Duell, senior partner of Wasley Chapman, said: “I love Emma’s drive and ambition, she’s certainly not afraid of hard work something she proved wholeheartedly to me with project-managing the Scarborough office move.

"She has great vision and flair for visual impact – we now have a great office in, arguably, the best office location in the town. I’m looking forward to welcoming her on board.”

Emma is now in charge of all the marketing, including rebranding and social media, for Wasley Chapman, as well as running the Scarborough office. First and foremost, though, she is a chartered account and business adviser.