Advisory firm announces three senior appointments in bid to accelerate growth

Employment & Skills | Midlands


A Derby-based business advisory firm has made three senior appointments to accelerate its growth across the region.

Fraser Goodall has been appointed as senior director at Baldwins Accountants at Friar Gate in Derby City Centre while Gary Brockway and Steven Potter have been named as directors.

The trio will be using their 70 plus years of accountancy and business advisory experience to grow Baldwins’ Derby office, which currently services a large portfolio of SME businesses.

Goodall joins Baldwins from a Top 10 accountancy firm with experience in developing teams of tax specialists. As well as servicing clients directly, he will also be overseeing the office’s expansion into the medical and agricultural sectors.

Brockway will act for a wide range of owner managed businesses and has specialist knowledge of the agricultural sector, including sitting on the board of the ICAEW Farming & Rural Business Community Committee.

While Potter, who has 12 years of experience, has also been promoted from senior manager to director; and will take on responsibility for the office’s portfolio of audit clients, in addition to advising a range of unaudited owner managed businesses.

The appointments are the latest significant development at Baldwins’ Derby office since the firm acquired local accountants Lings and Parkinson Matthews in 2015, before moving them into their current premises at Friar Gate.

On the appointment, Goodall, commented: “There is great potential to grow our office at a time when various obstacles in the wider world are driving demand for our services. “Gary has an excellent range of contacts and experience across the East Midlands market place, which will help us to expand our client base and ultimately help businesses to thrive.

“Steven’s appointment to director at 33 years of age should also be applauded, and will provide invaluable support in helping to drive Derby’s business community forward. Being part of a wider network of 63 offices also enables us to provide businesses with access to other financial services beyond accountancy, and myself, Gary and Steven will be using this point of difference as a springboard to grow the firm.

“Our restructuring team has the potential to help businesses prepare for difficult trading periods caused by events such as Brexit, while our tax specialists can also help owner managers avoid the time-consuming process of preparing their systems for Making Tax Digital legislation.”

Baldwins, a CogitalGroup company, is one of the UK’s leading business services groups. Currently, CogitalGroup has 4,700 people operating from 150 offices in seven countries, with revenue in excess of £320 million.

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