Karen Wilson, a partner with Southampton-based Lines Wilson LLP, takes over from Lee Blunden as president of the Southern Society of Chartered Accountants.
said: "We want to reach out to businesses, from the well-established ones down to the start-ups, so they can count on our members to help guide them successfully through the maze of tax and accounting issues.
"For example, there are new tax issues facing property developers in connection with the new planning gain supplement, which will have a big financial impact.
"There is already a bewildering array of tax issues facing businesses, and they can rely on SOSCA members to assist them."Mrs Wilson added: "It's a genuine honour to be the president of SOSCA and I hope to build upon the great work that Lee has done."
...Mrs Wilson qualified as an accountant in 1990 with Basingstoke firm, Brooking Knowles & Lawrence, which is now part of the Tenon group, before spells at the south coast offices of Smith & Williamson and Ernst & Young.She
is married with two children and her
hobbies include travel, walking, swimming and pilates.