Mitchell Charlesworth expands team amid move to hybrid working

The homeworking policy, which has been implemented this month, allows employees to apply to work from home for part of the working week

North West accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth has made a series of senior appointments in its audit and accounts, outsourcing and wealth management teams.

In addition, the firm has announced it is making changes to its working model which will allow “greater flexibility for staff” in relation to post-pandemic working.

The homeworking policy, which has been implemented this month, allows employees to apply to work from home for part of the working week. The new policy follows on from the introduction of a flexible working day in March 2019.

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As part of a series of appointments, the firm confirmed that manager Gary Evans has been appointed to develop the firm’s outsourcing services which include management reporting, VAT returns and bookkeeping.

Evans is an expert in business process improvement and using cloud accounting technology, such as Xero and has a varied background across corporate finance, audit, and business advisory services.

It added that he has experience of both practice and industry, with time spent working as a finance manager in the construction sector. He works with many owner-managed and family-run businesses across a range of sectors, including construction and trades, property development, professional services, e-commerce and retail.

Mitchell Charlesworth also revealed that Jonathan Leatherbarrow, an independent financial advisor, has joined the firm’s wealth management team. He brings “extensive knowledge and experience” from specialist advisory roles within both private banking and investment management.

He joins the firm from St. James’s Place and has previously worked at Rathbone Investment Management and Lloyds Banking Group.

Manager Michelle Southworth has also joined the firm’s Liverpool audit and accounts team. Having worked in the accountancy industry for over 20 years, Southworth has gained “extensive experience and knowledge” in all accounting and tax matters for clients, ranging from accounts preparation and tax returns for sole traders and SMEs to carrying out audit work on large multinational corporations.

She qualified as a certified accountant in 2015 and has experience of advising businesses across a wide range of sectors, including IT and communications, leisure and hospitality and the construction industry. She has previously worked at PwC and Grant Thornton.

The firm has also welcomed assistant manager Emerald Thomas to its audit and accounts team in Chester and Charlotte Eaton (Manchester), Hannah Swettenham (Chester) and Adam Warburton (Chester) have all been promoted to the role of assistant manager.

Richard Johnson, managing partner at Mitchell Charlesworth’s Liverpool office said: “We are delighted to welcome Gary, Jonathan, Michelle and Emerald to the firm. Both our clients and our teams will benefit from their knowledge and experience.

“In addition, the promotions of Charlotte, Hannah and Adam are well-deserved and recognise the contribution these individuals make to the firm’s audit and accounts service. This latest round of appointments and promotions highlights our investment in our people and our firm and shows our ongoing commitment to deliver the highest standards of service to our clients as we support them with their post-Covid recovery.”

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