HWB, one of the region’s leading independent accountancy firms, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of highly-experienced specialists Michaela Johns and Gary Brown as directors.
Johns has joined HWB from RSM where she has been a partner for more than a decade. Her focus will be working on business strategy, development and growth with owner managed businesses (OMBs).
She also has significant experience working with charities, independent schools, academies and other not-for-profit organisations, where HWB has a strong client base. She will be working with businesses across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset in her new role.
Brown, who heads the firm’s legal specialism team and was previously an associate director, has also joined the board as a director. He has been with the firm for more than a decade and also works with a wide range of organisations from a range of industries.
Johns said: “HWB is not only a highly-respected independent firm, but also have a strong client base in these markets so the firm was a first choice for me when looking to take the next exciting step in my career.
“Working with business owners is really rewarding – it’s about working hand-in-hand with them, developing their growth plans, constructively challenging decisions, identifying opportunities and managing the risks.”
Brown said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as a director and I’m looking forward to helping with the firm’s strategy for growth.
“I have acted for firms of solicitors across the region for a number of years, building up a detailed knowledge of their requirements, and I have found this role to be very rewarding.”
Geoff Rhodes, managing director at HWB, said: “Michaela’s and Gary’s appointments for us are significant as they reflect our commitment to continue working closely with owner-managed businesses in the region and grow our client base where we have specialist knowledge.”
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