Sally Webber has been appointed a new partner at Swindells accountants in Uckfield.
She joined the firm straight after leaving Heathfield Community College 11 years ago, qualified as a chartered accountant, and more recently as a chartered tax advisor.
Swindells managing partner Melanie Richardson said: “We are looking forward to Sally joining the partnership team and helping us continue to grow the business.”
Sally said she was looking forward to her new role in an industry that was constantly adapting to, and adopting, new technology.
She added: “There have been huge changes to the way every industry in the world operates and ours is no different.
“Cloud accounting, Making Tax Digital, even remote working, but the real challenge here is not to lose the human side of our business.”
Sally said she had initially chosen a career in accounting because numbers came easily to her, much more easily than letters and words. “That’s how my brain works. It was an area I had a natural comfort with, I fitted in.”
During her initial training as a chartered accountant she came a prize-winning joint first worldwide of all the candidates who sat that exam, being presented with the Carter Prize by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Now Sally continues to work with clients that she started with 11 years ago and says it is amazing to see their businesses grow alongside her career.
She added: “Working across countries with our international clients on group audits, valuations and restructuring deals has thrown up some interesting challenges over the years.”
She recalled challenges Swindells had faced over the years, from the burning down of its town centre offices in the middle of the night to tough economic times. “We’ve all gone through a lot. I think it’s a testament to the team that’s been built here that we’re still going strong.”
She said she was grateful to the firm for the training, support and guidance she had received throughout her career. “The firm is committed to developing staff internally. They have funded my training, provided study leave, and people are always around if you need to check something.”