Firm appoints fifth partner

A NORTH east accountant and business advisers have moved to further strengthen their senior management team with the appointment of the firm’s fifth partner.

Judith Cassells has stepped up from an associate role with North Shields-based business Bell Tindle Williamson and will now take on responsibility for the financial affairs of a much larger portfolio of clients.

Judith joined the firm in 1992, initially taking on audit and accounting duties before moving into tax specialisation eight years later.

In 2006, she split her role between client service duties and a new practice manager position, taking on responsibility for the smooth running of the 35-strong firm’s daily operations.

At the start of 2011, Judith added additional staff and facilities management-related duties to her role, including implementing new staff and service development initiatives, and will continue to lead in this area in her new position.

She is the second female partner to be appointed by BTW within the last year, with Emma Hartshorne-Ferguson having taken on the role in October 2010, and she will now work alongside Emma and the firm’s three founding partners John Bell, Malcolm Tindle and Keith Williamson.

Bell Tindle Williamson provides the complete range of tax, audit and accounting services to companies right across the north east.

It works with clients of all sizes, from sole traders and partnerships up to large incorporated businesses, and is especially strong in the SME, charity and owner-manager business sectors.

Keith Williamson, partner at BTW, added: “Judith’s all-round expertise and her in-depth knowledge of our clients’ businesses have been a major contribution to the practice’s success over almost two decades, and being made a partner is a deserved recognition for this.

“Reinforcing our senior management team in this way is part of an ongoing strategy for BTW’s future development, and will help ensure we continue to provide the quality of service that clients across the north east have come to rely on.”