Haworths focuses on internal development with promotion and apprentice appointment

Haworths Chartered Accountants has made a senior internal promotion and strengthened its team with the addition of an apprentice.

Dean Rodgers, a Chartered Accountant formerly acting as an accounts senior, has been promoted to client manager after 11 years with the practice, having started his tenure as an apprentice in 2009. Hoping to follow in his footsteps, Katie Tomlinson has joined Haworths having completed her A-Levels and after previously undertaking work experience with the company.

Dean will now primarily focus on strengthening relationships with Haworths’ SME clients as well as bringing in new business and driving the company’s digital and cloud accounting services. Meanwhile, Katie will gain on-the-job experience while the company guides her through her Level 4 CFAB Accounting Technician training.

Speaking of his promotion, Dean said: “I’ve enjoyed every single minute of working for Haworths and am pleased to be taking the next step in my professional development. It is such a supportive business to work for, with a real focus on nurturing and training team members to ensure we can all be the very best.

“My ambition now is to play an active role in accelerating the company’s organic growth. I’ve also amassed a portfolio of clients for whom I want to ensure we continue to deliver the most comprehensive consultancy, especially as the financial landscape is currently facing so much change.”

Both Dean and Katie are based at Haworths’ Accrington office, but the company also has premises in Settle. It has been providing high quality career opportunities from both sites for several years, having supported upwards of 10 local people to achieve CFAB qualifications or equivalent.

Commenting on her new role, Katie – who hopes to one day become a Chartered Accountant –  said: “Having had several work experience placements with Haworths in the past, I already knew the type of team I would be joining and I’m so pleased to now be a fully-fledged member.

“Given the challenge young people face to find employment in the wake of COVID-19, I feel fortunate to be able to work for an employer who cares for its staff and prioritises their learning. I’m working alongside experts, from whom I am sure I’ll gain a wealth of experience as I continue my training.”

Reflecting on his own experience with Haworths, Dean said: “If you want to achieve something in this field, Haworths is the employer to help you get there.

“Katie is already making huge progress here and has had a big impact in just a few short weeks. I’m sure she will go on to be a major success for Haworths.”