South West chartered accountancy firm, MHA Monahans has appointed James Keeton as partner.
James – who will primarily be based across the firm’s Somerset offices in Taunton and Glastonbury – brings with him “extensive” accountancy experience. He has spent over 20 years at some of the UK’s “most reputable” firms including Deloitte and BDO, as well as leading financial transformation and change management for a number of businesses across the manufacturing, hospitality, and leisure and tourism sectors.
According to MHA Monohans, this appointment comes at an “exciting time” as the firm has been shortlisted for the British Accountancy Awards’ title of Mid Tier Firm of the Year (£10million- £25million). This shortlisting is the second in a matter of months, coming on the back of reaching the final of the Accounting Excellence Practice Growth Firm of the Year Award in early July.
James explained: “MHA Monahans is an ambitious firm with the opportunity and ability to service a growing number of clients in the region, as shown by their acquisitions over the last two years. Somerset is a particularly exciting place to be as there is lots of potential, especially around Taunton and Glastonbury. SME businesses are the backbone of the economy and there are hidden gems and businesses with promise in the region.”
He added: “I always planned to return to practice after spending time in the industry; during which my experience grew and I learnt as an accountant and auditor. The three years I spent helping a variety of businesses developing effective reporting structures, undertaking culture and process change, and making profitability improvements has made me a more developed and empathetic accountant and more aware of the real world of business.”
Pictured above: James Keeton