Finance and Accounting

Hat-trick of new recruits for growing financial firm Northern Accountants

Yorkshire-based firm Northern Accountants has expanded its workforce with the appointment of three key hires following a year of record growth leading to a 30% increase in revenue.

The trio of recruits coincide with promotions for existing colleagues too, as the business focuses on continuing to build its industry-leading service levels and innovative products offering for small and medium-sized companies.

Joining as head of internal services, Toni McCoy will oversee the internal services team to ensure clients receive the highest levels of service and delivery. An experienced management accountant, Toni previously ran her own practice and will use her leadership skills to provide specialist training and development to her fellow Northern Accountants colleagues.

She heads up a team that includes newly promoted duo James Harrison and Tyler Boston who have moved into the roles of senior financial controller and junior financial controller, respectively.

A specialist in management accounting, James Heighton has been appointed as client manager and will be part of Sally Claxton’s external services team. They will both be supported by Sarah Lockwood and Sophie Hill who have progressed in their roles to become senior financial controllers.

The third hire is Paula Kingston-Heath who has joined as group business manager. Her primary responsibilities revolve around ensuring the entire organisation is running smoothly and that clients are supported with everything from accounting records to tax advice.

Meanwhile, Jayne Waugh has moved into the position of head of cloud accounting services with the aim of helping customers access real-time accounting information via data-driven technology. And finally, Shaun Lindley will manage the business’s new self assessment company.

Speaking about the organisation’s growing workforce – which now stands at 16-strong – Phil Ellerby, CEO and founder of Northern Accountants, said: “We are incredibly proud of the business we have and central to that is our people and our culture. The new team coming in are a really good fit for us and are only going to make us stronger and build on already impressive service levels. In terms of the promotions within the team, they are thoroughly deserved and from our point of view, it is really important we recognise our team and consistently provide an environment where they can continue to develop.”

Established in 2008, Northern Accountants has bases in Leeds, Ilkley, Doncaster and Hull, and delivers a full range of accounting services including year-end accounts, management accounts, bookkeeping, payroll, R&D and tax planning.

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