South West Chartered Accountancy firm, MHA Monahans has “committed to recognising that its people are as important as its numbers” with the appointment of its first HR Partner, Sophie Austin.
The company claims that its people are its “strongest asset” and so investing in staff is “a priority for the firm in order to retain a competitive advantage.”
Sophie will help develop and deliver recruitment and engagement strategies, as well as in development plans to ensure that clients receive advice and expertise from “the best in the industry.”
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Sophie spent 12 years leading HR at logistics firm Wincanton before moving into consultancy to work with SMEs to improve their business growth and transformation through HR. She has over 20 years’ specialist and generalist experience across a range of sectors and is also a qualified Executive Coach and Facilitator.
Simon Tombs, managing partner for MHA Monahans, said: “It was important to us to recognise the importance of looking after and investing in our people and through Sophie’s appointment to the Board of Partners we believe that this will help underpin everything we do.
“MHA Monahans is an ever-evolving firm and in the last few years we have grown in size as well as grown in the number and types of services we offer, whilst still maintaining the excellent level of attention to detail and value we offer our clients. Sophie’s expertise will help us further develop our specialist HR, people management and health and safety services to reinforce our position as trusted business advisors of choice to our clients.”
Sophie added: “MHA Monahans is known for having the very best people and the firm is at a very exciting time where retaining and developing this talent will be pivotal in achieving our ambitious growth strategy.”
The news follows the recent announcement that MHA Monahans had hired James Keeton as partner.
Pictured above: Sophie Austin and Simon Tombs