High achievers have been promoted across all departments at PKF Smith Cooper following a year of significant expansion, which also saw 50 new starters join our company’s offices in Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham and Ashbourne. Promotions take effect from 1st January 2024.

The string of promotions will bolster the teams behind our advisory and compliance services, including accounts, audit, tax, business recovery and insolvency, corporate finance and transaction services.

Notable promotions include Julie Stringer, who has been promoted to Audit Director after 11 years at our company for her fundamental role in driving our audit service offering forward.

Josh Gurton has been promoted twice in six months, first to Assistant Manager and then to Manager, after proving himself a key player in the PKF Corporate Finance team, which was named the 6th most active dealmakers in the UK by Experian.

Deniss Sipovics has been promoted to Transaction Services Manager, as we continue to expand and invest in our award-winning business advisory services.

Our internal team has also been strengthened by promotions, with Caitlin Monteath promoted to Assistant HR Manager and Lucy Campion to Assistant Marketing Manager. The marketing and HR team celebrated award success in December, winning ‘Young Professional Team of the Year’ at the first Insider Midlands Young Professionals Awards.

Our company received further public recognition in 2023 when our tax division was shortlisted for ‘Best Tax Practice in a Regional Firm’ at Tolley’s prestigious Taxation Awards. Our corporate finance team was also shortlisted for three awards at Insider Midlands Dealmakers Awards.

James Bagley, Managing Partner at PKF Smith Cooper, commented: “Congratulations to our promoted team members and our wider team for a successful year. These promotion numbers reflect the high levels of skill and expertise we have across the company.”

“We are dedicated to investing in our homegrown talent and giving high-achieving team members opportunities to develop and progress is a big part of this, as is rewarding excellence through our biannual promotion process.”

“Alongside this and with our ambitious growth plans in mind, our search for new recruits is also ongoing and we are currently hiring for a variety of roles, from entry level and graduate right through to director.”

In June, we hired Emma Lesley as People Development Manager, a new role dedicated to facilitating training, coaching and professional development opportunities to help our talented team members reach their full potential.

Emma said: “It is great to see so many of our team promoted, especially having worked with many of them on a one-to-one basis to support their progression goals over the past six months. I am looking forward to helping more team members take the next step at PKF Smith Cooper in 2024.”

View our current career opportunities. As the home of PKF International in the Midlands, we provide a full range of accounting and advisory services, helping business owners across the region and UK to achieve their goals through tailored advice and support.