Thomas Westcott has promoted its Financial Controller to Partner, 22 years after he began his career with the firm as a graduate trainee. Simon Cain heads the internal accounts function for Thomas Westcott, which has the largest network of accountancy offices in the South West.
Originally from Exeter, Cain joined Thomas Westcott’s Honiton office as a trainee accountant after graduating from the University of East Anglia, and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 2001.
A seven-year break from the firm saw Cain appointed Deputy Financial Accountant for the University of Exeter in 2004, where he progressed to Corporate Accountant, becoming responsible for the University’s financial statements, treasury function and accounts payable.
He returned to Thomas Westcott in 2011, after the firm created the new position of Financial Controller. Having completed a number of mergers, Thomas Westcott now has 17 offices across the South West and needed a specialist internal finance team.
Cain said: “It is wonderful to be recognised for my contribution to the firm by being made Partner. Early in my career, I recognised that my future would lie in a finance role, rather than in accountancy. It was therefore very exciting when I had the opportunity to return to Thomas Westcott to take up this new position.
“Having completed a number of mergers, the company has grown considerably since I joined in 1997. Nothing stands still here – we are constantly growing and improving so there are always new challenges and opportunities for me in this role.”
Thomas Westcott Managing Partner Shona Godefroy said: “Congratulations to Simon on being made Partner. This is a well-deserved recognition of the contribution he and his team make to the firm.
“Having recently welcomed our latest cohort of graduate trainees through our doors, it is very satisfying to reflect on how Simon has progressed in his career at Thomas Westcott. Our training programmes are all about nurturing the next generation of professionals and Simon’s success is an example of what can be achieved through dedication and commitment and from finding your niche.
“Simon’s role in heading up the firm’s internal accounting function is absolutely crucial to our success. I look forward to working with him as the firm continues to grow and develop.”