Champion has announced the promotion of David Herd, a former audit and accounts trainee, to the role of group partner.
Herd joined the accountancy firm’s Blackpool office in 2010 as part of his traineeship, before moving to Manchester to work under the company’s group tax partner, Gill Molloy, where he qualified as a chartered tax adviser.
On his appointment, Herd said: “When I joined Champion 11 years ago, I was promised the chance to earn while I learn and the ongoing opportunity to train to truly succeed in my field.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside some of the best in the industry who were happy to give up their time and share their experiences to help me succeed, and I would like to thank them for arming me with the knowledge required to reach this position.”
Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner at Champion Accountants, said: “Since David joined our team all those years ago, it was clear he had the type of ambition you don’t often come across.
“He was constantly spotting opportunities, but he didn’t just sit back and wait for other people to make things happen; he acted above his position to convert them into services that have been integral to the success and growth of the group.”
He added: “There was no other role discussed when it came to David’s next steps and progression. We want him alongside us at board level, to help shape the future of Champion.”