Baldwins appoints trio of directors at Wynyard office

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Teesside accountancy practice Baldwins has expanded its Wynyard-based team with the appointment of three highly experienced directors.

The ambitious firm, which prides itself on always looking for opportunities to grow its service and its team of experts, has employed Julie Gilhespie as corporate finance director, Sarah Hale as audit director and Greg Hare as tax director.

Having each previously worked in at least one of the big four accountancy firms, the new employees bring with them over 40 years’ experience, which they are looking forward to imparting on their colleagues, during what is an exciting period of growth for the firm.

Gilhespie, from Middlesbrough, spent more than 20 years with Deloitte corporate finance, where she was charged with overseeing a wide range of projects, including mergers, acquisitions, disposals and management buy outs.

She also gained experience raising funds off a number of significant infrastructure projects, largely involving the public sector, such as hospitals, schools, waste facilities and energy projects.

Hale, from Brotton, started her career at Ernst & Young, where she remained for 10 years working in the audit department, before making a move into industry, in a role as the Group Financial Controller of a large, private company in Durham.

Taken on with the aim of helping to develop a finance team consultancy service, she’s eager to use the knowledge she gained away from practice to bring a new perspective to Baldwins, during what is a crucial time for the firm.

Tax director Hare has worked around the UK and the far East, including Hong Kong and Singapore, during the years he spent working as a manager and senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young respectively.

His new role will see him provide a full range of tax consulting services to businesses, their owners and private clients, including esoteric planning issues and investigations work.

The trio of appointments forms part of Baldwins’ regional plan to better serve the region’s businesses and follows the formation of a North East board, announced at the start of the year.

Director Martin Baber, pictured above, second left, with the trio (picture supplied by Harvey & Hugo) said: “We are constantly on the lookout for great talent to add to our experienced team, so when the opportunity of employing knowledgeable people like Julie, Sarah and Greg came about, we acted fast to secure them.

“It has always been our intention to build a regional powerhouse here in the Tees Valley and therefore these new starters fit with our regional plans.

“The arrival of three highly experienced individuals, on top of the acquisition of SV Bye further south of the region, signals the future is continuing to look very bright for Baldwins in the North East.”

Baldwins Accountants is one of the largest, independent accountancy firms in the UK with 34 offices and over 800 staff.


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