In the wake of sustained growth and new client wins, Newcastle-based independent chartered accountancy and business advisory firm UNW continues to invest substantially in recruitment and the development of its audit team.
Following the successful integration over the last 12 months of Martin Cross at partner level, the firm recently also appointed Nicola Coleman as an audit partner. Having worked extensively with privately owned entrepreneurial businesses and not-for-profit entities within the ‘Big 4’ and for a regional independent firm, Nicola was recruited to support the firm’s ongoing growth.
Nicola joins the existing audit partner team of Andrew Wilson, Fern Rivett, Dave Redhead, Anne Hallowell and Martin Cross, with the firm also announcing the imminent arrival of an audit partner currently heading up the audit division of a regional office within a ‘Big 4’ firm.
Reflecting on the senior appointments, Andrew Wilson, Managing Partner at UNW said: “Given our continued success in attracting high-quality clients and our commitment to providing them all with the best advice and service, this investment at partner level is timely.
“Our partner team possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in delivering to our expanding audit portfolio. Furthermore, they have a track record of passing on their experience to the wider team, ensuring that we are developing our own talent to become the leaders of tomorrow. I confidently anticipate promotions to partner level within the foreseeable future.
“We do not chase growth and we are not obsessed with numbers, but we know that if we have the best team, we will continue to progress. We are entering an exciting phase in the development of our business and are doing so from a position of real strength.”
Speaking of her motivations for joining the firm, Nicola Coleman said: “What really attracted me to UNW is the strength of its reputation in the region for delivering service excellence and achieving the best results for its clients. With demand for our audit services now greater than ever before, I feel like there is a real and exciting opportunity for the firm to continue to grow.
“UNW have recruited very well in recent years at apprentice and graduate level and have a great track record of developing exceptional talent. Ingrained in the team culture is a collaborative and supportive approach, with the ambition to be the best at what we do.”
Photo caption: Nicola Coleman (left) with members of UNW’s 70-strong Audit and Assurance team