Tait Walker expands North East team with raft of new hires

Seven new faces have joined the accountancy firm across its business services, tax and not for profit teams

John Richardson, Claire Smailes, Cally Clarke, Jonathan Smith, David Kings, Alex Booth and Gulam Arif
John Richardson, Claire Smailes, Cally Clarke, Jonathan Smith, David Kings, Alex Booth and Gulam Arif

Accountancy firm Tait Walker has grown its 150-strong team in the North East with seven hires.

The Newcastle, Northumberland and Tees Valley-based business has recruited into its business services function, specialist tax department and the Not for Profit (NPF) team.

Cally Clarke has joined the firm as business services manager; Claire Smailes as corporate tax manager; Jonathan Smith, John Richardson and David Kings as business services executives; Gulam Arif as trainee accountant and Alex Booth as apprentice.

Ms Clarke, an accountant of seven years, said: “Since I moved to the North East I have worked in the public sector, mainly with NHS bodies and local governments alongside a small charity portfolio. I recently trained the graduate cohort at PWC and I’ll be implementing these coaching skills at Tait Walker.

“I decided on moving to Tait Walker as I wanted to get back to working in depth with charities.

“Tait Walker has an impressive, expanding NPF portfolio so it’s an exciting time for me to join. I bring a range of experience, having worked with large charitable companies such as Unicef to smaller community organisations — both have different complexities and needs.”

Tait Walker’s associate partner, Simon Brown, added: “We place huge emphasis on bringing the right people into our business and our Not for Profit offering is growing.

“Further to these recent additions, we remain committed to strengthening our team as we grow. I’d encourage anyone considering a career in this area to get in touch — we are always looking to recruit good people across the firm.”

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