Leading Banbury and High Wycombe accountancy firm, Whitley Stimpson, is pleased to announce the appointment of its 10th Partner, Andy Jones, who joins the firm following unparalleled growth of its Education team, which specialises in providing Academies and independent schools with financial, audit and governance support.
Prior to joining Whitley Stimpson, Andy was Business Services Director at James Cowper where he played an instrumental role in establishing their Academy Services team and also co-authored the 2013 Kreston Academies Benchmark Report.
Whitley Stimpson’s Head of Education Services and Partner, Martin Wyatt, comments: “Andy has considerable experience in the education and charity sectors, where he has worked with and advised a diverse range of educational organisations including Academies. We are delighted that somebody of Andy’s calibre has joined the team to support our growth in this sector and look forward to continuing our work with schools around the country to help guide them through the journey of becoming an Academy and beyond.”
Andy gained his experience with two international firms, both in the UK and Australia, as well as a top 50 independent firm of Chartered Accountants. He has a strong passion and commitment to the education and charity sectors and is also a Trustee of Banbury Museum Trust, where he has been very closely involved in the creation of the charity and the transfer of the Museum undertaking from the Local Council.
“I am joining Whitley Stimpson at an exciting time which is a testament to Martin and his team who have grown the firm’s education clients considerably in a very short space of time,” comments Andy. “This is down to their expert knowledge and friendly and pragmatic approach to ensuring that schools understand the benefits and requirements of becoming an academy along with a passion for the education sector that I definitely share.”
Andy is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He also spent several years working in industry, so understands the pressures of being in business and how important strategic planning and timely financial reporting are.
Making the decision to convert to Academy status allows schools to exercise greater control over their finances and deliver the best possible value to pupils. Whitley Stimpson has established an enviable reputation for its work and audit service in the education sector and acts for a broad range of educational organisations including independent schools and over 30 Academies.
Whitley Stimpson’s accountancy specialists have provided financial advice to businesses and individuals for more than 80 years. The firm is an authorised ICAEW training employer with an acknowledged reputation for providing a structured programme of comprehensive internal seminars and highly respected industry-run courses.
For further information about the firm’s Education Services and a FREE consultation, contact: Martin Wyatt or Andy Jones on 01295 270200 or visit www.whitleystimpson.co.uk
Photo caption: Martin Wyatt welcomes Andy Jones to Whitley Stimpson