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Foot & Bowden chief executive Ruth Jackson (pictured) has been elected chair of the Plymouth and Cornwall branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Jackson qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984, joining the Plymouth firm as a management consultant in 1988. Her recent appointment as the firm's chief executive is, she says, "a forward thinking policy" which has enabled her to contribute to the growth of the firm. She welcomes her appointment as an opportunity to build further bridges between the two professions as well as highlight the role for accountants within law firms.