Experienced consultant Alistair Westwood is taking on the role of leading Nigel Wright’s Accountancy Practice recruitment within the Finance and Accountancy division.
A former auditor at PwC, Alistair joined Nigel Wright in 2002 and has been instrumental in developing Nigel Wright’s service offering and reputation in the North East.
Alistair’s remit will see him recruiting across all Accountancy Practice service lines, including audit and accounting, risk assurance, corporate finance, corporate recovery and taxation.
He said: “Now that the market has well and truly turned, we’re approaching the accountancy sector with a renewed vigour. I’m looking forward to re-establishing a specific focus within the Accountancy Practice market and partnering with our clients. Undoubtedly, succession planning is a key theme across all our markets and I anticipate assisting our clients in identifying their future leaders.
“During the recession and subsequent flat economy, less investment went into training and development. For the accountancy sector, this means that there are fewer newly-qualified accountants coming through.
“Now that the UK economy has returned to growth, firms are looking to gear up and there is a significant demand for the brightest talent, both within the accountancy sector, as well as within industry and commerce. An integral aspect of my role will be assisting our clients in identifying, engaging and retaining their talent.’
Richard Morgan, managing consultant accountancy and finance, added: “Alistair’s skill-set combined with his knowledge of this specific market make him an ideal person for the role and the market opportunity presented to Nigel Wright. Accountancy is a key sector in the region and it has been a central feature of our specialist service offering since Nigel set up his business in the 1980s.
“In the first few months it will be a case of picking up with old relationships and forging new ones, but our intention is to once again become leaders in the market for accountancy recruitment in the North East.
“Alistair is the third appointment into the Accountancy and Finance division this financial year, joining fellow new consultants Mark Dale and Fern Couchman. Alistair’s appointment is the next stage in our growth plan as we look to take advantage of the recovering economic and market conditions.”
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