Southernhay-based Chartered Accountants Haines Watts, specialising in the owner managed business sector, announce that Fern Stephens, a member of the audit and accounts department, is now a fully qualified Chartered Accountant having passed her exams. This success follows the triple celebration in 2012 when three other members of the firm, Andy Chant, Emma Banfield and Ryan Lewis passed their individual accountancy exams in various areas of the business.
27-year-old Fern joined Haines Watts Exeter in 2005 when she began studying for the AAT qualification. Fern continued her studies with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) advanced stage and is now fully-qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In addition Fern has been promoted to the role of Accounts and Audit assistant manager looking after a portfolio of a variety of clients and her main area of responsibility is preparing the annual accounts and tax returns for small to medium sized owner managed businesses, partnerships and sole traders. Fern also oversees a number of audits including small and medium sized companies, pension schemes and solicitors, since gaining her ICAEW qualification.
“I am happy that the studies are now over so I can put everything I have learnt to practical use. It’s proving an interesting role working with very different types of business. I particularly enjoy the extensive variety of clients that we have at Haines Watts and looking forward to building new relationships,” Says Fern.
Ben de Cruz, Managing Partner Haines Watts says: “I am delighted that Fern is now fully-qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She has fully applied herself to gain her qualification and we are very proud of her and indeed all our staff; in particular the younger team members who are all working hard at their studies. We are investing heavily in supporting the next generation of accountants and means that we can extend the range of services we provide and ensure that our client-base get the very best service and advice.”