Eleven new members of staff have been appointed to work in the Plymouth office of leading South West chartered accountants and business advisers, Westcotts.
The group of new recruits are all based at the firm’s offices on Longbridge Road, Marsh Mills and live in or near the city.
Ben Perry, Ben Watt, Maddie Cooper, and Brooke Morey have begun their three-year apprenticeship schemes with Westcotts, while continuing their studies at Accountancy Learning Ltd, in Plymouth.
The four apprentices joined the firm from local schools in Plymouth after studying for their A Levels and are all working towards their Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) or Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualifications.
During their time with Westcotts they will gain a range of new accountancy and business advice skills, as well as broad experience across all departments at the firm.
In addition, Tom Roberts recently started in the Plymouth office as a corporate manager. Tom, a chartered accountant (ACA) joined from Dartmoor Zoo where he held the position of head of finance and latterly director of finance for several years.
He brings with him a wealth of experience in running family businesses, as well as expertise in the charity and non-profit sector. At Westcotts, he will use his wide-ranging financial knowledge to manage a portfolio of clients, as part of the business services’ team and help further develop the firm’s digital technologies.
Emma Mills joins Westcotts as an audit manager and will support a range of large corporate clients. Her audit and assurance experience comes from her previous roles in other accountancy firms and Emma has specialist expertise in the charity and non-profit sector.
Meanwhile, Alex Tozer has been recruited as a graduate trainee after spending the last sixteen years working in the hospitality sector at a senior level. Alex will be re-training as a chartered accountant with Westcotts, following his previous role as chief operating officer for the Ainsworth Collection in Cornwall.
Alex brings top-level operational experience of the hospitality and leisure sector, as well as accountancy knowledge, having worked for multiple establishments during his time in the industry.
Charlotte Carroll and Maisie Watts, both AAT qualified also join the firm and will support Westcotts’ clients working in several different sectors, on a range of accounting and tax matters. Maisie will continue her chartered studies with Westcotts.
In addition, Liberty Gleeson, and Shannon Glaysher are part AAT qualified and will continue studying while working at the firm.
Adam Croney, Partner, and Digital Services Team Leader in the Plymouth office at Westcotts, said: “We are really getting 2023 off to a strong start with the appointment of eleven new members of staff at Westcotts. It is exciting to see the team go from strength to strength and the continued growth of the firm, as well as the Plymouth office, particularly over the last twelve months and since the company’s rebrand.”
“It is vital for the future success of the firm to recruit, nurture and retain talented individuals here in the South West. While we have made some senior appointments, we must also invest in and grow our existing team for their career development.”
Simon Irvin, Head of HR for Westcotts, added: “What sets us apart as a firm is the importance that we place on career progression for our employees. We offer excellent training opportunities and career pathways where people can join us as an apprentice, we support their studies, and they work their way up the firm.
“A recent example of this was the promotion to director for one of our team members who joined us straight after leaving school. We can provide a good grounding for people in all areas of accountancy, taxation, and business advice.”
For more information about career opportunities at Westcotts, visit www.westcotts.uk/careers
Pictured, left to right: Liberty Gleeson, Alex Tozer, Ben Perry, Shannon Glaysher, Emma Mills, Charlotte Carroll, Brooke Morey, Tom Roberts, Val Doyle, Adam Croney, Ben Watts, Maisie Watts and Maddie Cooper