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Watson Buckle starts 2020 with double Director appointment

Bradford leading accountancy firm Watson Buckle has announced the appointment of Gillian Craven and Andrew Padgett as its latest directors.

As part of its plans for growth, the two ambitious newly appointed Directors will join the existing directors in recognition of their hard work and commitment to the company.

Andrew has been with the firm since 2015 having joined from a top 30 accountancy practice. He provides advice and support with audit and accounts preparation, business advisory, and strategic planning.

Andrew is passionate about businesses in general and delivers a proactive, unrivalled client service experience to small and medium-sized entities. Andrew has also played a key role in the firm’s adoption of the latest technology which is helping its clients to remain ahead of the curve.

Speaking about his appointment, Andrew said: “I am delighted to be joining the team of Directors at Watson Buckle. The firm has come so far in such a short time and I am sure we can achieve even greater things in future.”

Gillian meanwhile, started her career at Watson Buckle in 2005 as a graduate trainee.  After attaining the ACA qualification, she was promoted to Audit Manager in 2010. Her focus has been on audit and accounting, tax, and business advisory.

Gillian leads audits for a wide variety of clients, including pension schemes and FCA-regulated businesses – always ensuring they receive a consistently high-quality service.

Gillian is very much focused on creating long-lasting relationships with clients.  She also enjoys passing on her knowledge and experience to the team to help them develop their careers.

Gillian said: “It has been a challenging but enjoyable journey getting to where I am today and I am very excited to be taking on my new role as Director.  As a firm, we offer so much to our clients and I am excited to be guiding the firm in the years to come.”

The appointment of Andrew and Gillian coincides with the retirement of the firm’s Joint-Managing Director, Susan Sedgwick, who retires at the end of 2019.

During  Susan’s 40 years at the practice, she has played a key role in the development of Watson Buckle and has been a significant influence in its growth and drive for innovation.

Susan is now looking forward to enjoying her many passions in retirement and spending quality time with friends and family.

Mark Wilcock, Managing Director at Watson Buckle, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Susan. She has worked incredibly hard alongside our other directors to make our firm what it is today. She will be missed, but we hope she enjoys a very long and happy retirement.

“It is exciting to have Andrew and Gillian as newly appointed Directors.  They have both fully invested themselves into the role and have worked immensely hard to get where they are today. I am sure they will inject plenty of new energy and ideas into the direction and success of our firm.”