Chartered accountancy firm, Townends Accountants LLP, has appointed Hayley Hudson as a new partner at its York office following 11 years with the firm.
Hayley joined Townends as a trainee accountant in 2008 straight after sitting her GCSEs and went on to complete her AAT, ATT and ACA training, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2015.
Hayley said: “I remember being nervous about starting my role here but from day one it was clear Townends has a unique approach to acting for family run businesses. This is reflected in its invested approach to supporting staff both in developing them as members of the team and as professionals.”
Over the past decade at Townends, Hayley has seen a number of significant changes, including the firm’s expansion into new larger offices, currently spanning three locations; development into specialist sectors, such as agriculture, doctors and dentists; and ever-growing staff and client numbers.
Townends currently has a number of trainees including several apprentices and also interns on a year out from their university studies. All the trainees are at different stages on the path to becoming qualified accountants and potential future business leaders.
Townends’ services range from accounting and tax compliance through to more technical and strategic planning on behalf of a wide range of clients, some of which are familiar household names.
Most recently in Hayley’s career she has been instrumental in developing Townends’ specialist accounting service for the dental sector, PFM Dental. This specialist area has been growing rapidly and now has over 800 clients, nationwide.
Hayley added: “I am proud to be part of this successful firm. It’s great to be able to mentor the next generation of trainees and see them succeed. I am excited to see what challenges this new role brings and to work with clients both old and new.”
Jeff Williamson, a Partner at Townends, said: “Hayley’s story is a terrific example of how the opportunities for progression at Townends can be realised for those who have a strong desire to do so, as Hayley has.
“We are very pleased to have Hayley as a Partner at our York office, her strategic approach and excellent client handling skills are an asset to the business and we wish her every success.”