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Haines Watts adds new specialists to not-for-profit team

Leading accountancy firm, Haines Watts, has bolstered its not-for-profit offering with a trio of senior appointments across audit, tax and VAT in the North East.

The new appointments collectively bring over four decades of not-for-profit experience and come as the firm looks to strengthen their support for a sector which continues to face a multitude of challenges as a consequence of the pandemic.

Craig Henderson and Louise Cottam both join the team as associate partners, having previously worked with a diverse mix of not-for-profits and public sector clients. Craig will lead on charity audits and independent examinations, and Louise is an expert in not-for-profit tax.

Speaking on his new role, Craig said: “I’d heard great things about the people and culture at Haines Watts, and it was a team that I really wanted to be a part of. I’m really looking forward to helping the business grow and working with some really worthwhile causes across the region.”

Faye Birtwisle also joins Haines Watts as a Senior VAT Manager, having worked at a Big 4 firm for the last 15 years. Commenting on her first few weeks at Haines Watts, Faye said: “I’ve really enjoyed my first few weeks, everyone has been really friendly and it’s been lovely to get to know people from the wider Haines Watts network and speak to a new set of clients.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with charities and other not-for-profit organisations, as they play such an important role in local communities. This fits in really well with Haines Watts’ client base as I’ve already been involved in a number of projects for local North East not-for-profit organisations and am looking forward to playing my part in helping to further support these clients.”

Speaking on the new appointments, Managing Partner, Donna Bulmer said: “I’m delighted to welcome more great people to our not-for-profit team. Over the last year we’ve welcomed more charity and not- for-profit clients to Haines Watts, as well as continuing to support our long standing clients. Craig, Louise and Faye’s specialisms will be invaluable when it comes to supporting our clients in the months and years ahead.”

Haines Watts is a leading advisor to the third sector in the region, working with over 100 not-for-profit organisations. As a Top 15 firm, they deliver a wide range of services and solutions to help not-for-profit organisations to achieve their goals.

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