Accountancy firm boosts team with senior appointments

Michelle Southworth, Richard Johnson and Gary Evans

MITCHELL Charlesworth has made a series of senior appointments in its audit and accounts, outsourcing and wealth management teams.

Manager Gary Evans has been appointed to develop the firm’s outsourcing services which include management reporting, VAT returns & bookkeeping. Gary is an expert in business process improvement and using cloud accounting technology, such as Xero.

Jonathan Leatherbarrow is an independent financial advisor who has joined the firm’s wealth management team. He brings extensive knowledge and experience from specialist advisory roles within both private banking and investment management. Jonathan joins the firm from St. James’s Place and has previously worked at Rathbone Investment Management and Lloyds Banking Group.

Manager Michelle Southworth has joined the Liverpool audit and accounts team. Having worked in the accountancy industry for over 20 years, Michelle has gained extensive experience and knowledge in all accounting and tax matters for clients, ranging from accounts preparation and tax returns for sole traders and SMEs to carrying out audit work on large multinational corporations.

Mitchell Charlesworth has also introduced a new policy which will give staff more flexibility over where they work post-pandemic.

The homeworking policy allows employees to apply to work from home for part of the working week.

Alison Lavelle, partner at Mitchell Charlesworth said: “The past 17 months have seen an enforced period of change in our working lives with the majority of staff working from home throughout this time. We are aware some have enjoyed this style of working and we see the introduction of a homeworking policy as an extension to the existing flexible working policy, which reflects the firm’s commitment to supporting our people and will further assist with greater work life balance.

“As a firm, we believe that there will always be a place for attending the office and meeting and working as a team – it allows for interaction and collaboration on assignments, improves personal development and assists in building team spirit.

“We recognise the benefits of a hybrid approach and how this will best support our people and meet the needs of our clients.”