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Watson Buckle appoints two new directors

Bradford-based accountancy firm Watson Buckle has appointed Andrew Padgett and Gillian Craven as its two new directors.

Padgett has been with the firm since 2015, where his role consists of advising and supporting audit and accounts preparation, business advisory and strategic planning. 

Commenting on his appointment Padgett 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.”

Meanwhile, Gillian Craven 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. She has specialised in audit and accounting, tax, and business advisory.

She 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 Padgett and Craven coincides with the retirement of the firm’s joint-managing director, Susan Sedgwick, who retired from the Bradford branch after 40 years at the end of 2019.

Mark Wilcock, managing director at Watson Buckle, added: “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.”

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