Career success stories

Anne CowleyAnne Cowley FCA from Yarm joined the firm – then known as Baines, Goldston and Jackson – in 1989 after graduating with a degree in accounting and finance.  Anne qualified as a chartered accountant in 1993, was made a partner in 2003 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2004.  Anne provides accounting and taxation advice to a wide range of local businesses and individuals. In addition, she is on the board of trustees for a local charity.

Amelia WebsterAmelia Webster from Redcar is one of the latest people to join Baines Jewitt after graduating from Durham University with a first class honours degree in Accounting and Finance.

As part of her three year professional training programme, Amelia aims to become an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).  As well as earning a wage and gaining new skills, Amelia receives support from specialist training company Kaplan Financial.

“Baines Jewitt was recently named among the top practices in the country by the UK200Group – the UK’s leading association of independent chartered accountants and law firms. I’m therefore really pleased to be with a firm that has a fantastic reputation and invests in the capabilities of its employees.  It also feels good to put my knowledge directly into practice in a workplace setting, whether it’s helping with accounts preparation or completing VAT returns.”

Ashleigh SmithAshleigh Smith from Stockton joined Baines Jewitt after gaining a first class degree in Accountancy through the University of Northumbria.  Ashleigh obtained chartered status from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2018, which involved three years of additional study alongside her full time job. In 2019 Ashleigh gained accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), the leading professional body in the UK for advisers dealing with all aspects of taxation.  In 2016, and again in 2017, Ashleigh was named winner of the prestigious ‘Charles Urie Peat Prize,’ which recognises students’ success in the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ qualifying exams.

“I have always loved maths and working with numbers, so accountancy seemed an ideal career choice. Working full-time, whilst studying for professional status, was tough going at times. However, I’ve had amazing backing from the team at Baines Jewitt.”

Don AdamsDon Adams FCA from Yarm started in 1989, joining Jewitt, Sparrow and Swinbank as a trainee chartered accountant on a four-year training contract. Don qualified as a chartered accountant in 1993; was made a partner at Jewitts in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2003.

Gail HarbronWhen Gail Harbron from Eaglescliffe started at Baines Jewitt in 1988, it was her very first full-time job.  The supportive training and development culture which includes time off for study and exams, plus the company’s family friendly policy, was an added bonus for Gail, who is a fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

“When I started at Baines Jewitt in 1988, little did I know that I would still be here 30 years later!  I have worked under two bosses, in three different buildings and with so many amazing people. I am really grateful for the life Baines Jewitt has given me. It has allowed me to bring up my children in the way I wanted and still keep my career on track. It has given me lifelong friends, not only with other members of staff, but with our clients too.”

Grace StobbsGrace Stobbs from Ingleby Barwick joined Baines Jewitt directly from Durham University, where she graduated in Accounting and Finance.  She is currently embarking on a three year professional training programme to become an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).

“I was keen to stay in the area after I graduated, so I researched local accountancy firms. Baines Jewitt caught my attention. As well as being a well-established organisation with a great reputation, the company invests in the ongoing skills and qualifications of its employees. I was pleased to discover that everyone who works here is really friendly too.”

Jane NealJane Neal is one of Baines Jewitt’s longest standing employees, with an impressive 39 years’ service to her name.  Working as a senior accounting technician, Jane started with Baines Jewitt – then Baines, Goldston and Jackson – in 1982, following her A Levels and a brief spell on a management training programme.  Initially, Jane worked as a trainee accounting technician and has developed her skills to become a fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and a Sage expert so that she can support clients in getting the best out of their accounting software.  Jane is also well versed in bookkeeping, management accounts, payroll, tax returns and VAT returns.

“There are so many great things about working here.  For example, the flexible working hours and great maternity leave benefits enabled me to raise my family and still carve out a good career. I have also made fantastic friends and built great working relationships with clients, who trust and respect me too.”

Lewis EmersLewis Emers from Stockton joined Baines Jewitt in 2017 after studying A Level accounting at college and an apprenticeship with a small local accountancy firm, which gave him a good practical grounding in all areas of accounts, tax and payroll work.  He is now embarking on a three year professional training programme to become an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).

“I was keen to further my knowledge and experience and was thrilled to be offered a position with Baines Jewitt as a trainee chartered accountant. Baines Jewitt is a really well respected firm in the Teesside area, so it is great to be working here whilst taking my qualifications to the next professional level. My aim is to become fully qualified by the end of 2020.”

Lori SowerbyLori Sowerby from Hartlepool joined Baines Jewitt’s client payroll department, following similar roles within the private and public sector. Lori has plenty of expertise as well as qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

“I’ve been made to feel really welcome at Baines Jewitt and am pleased to have joined such a hard-working, yet friendly place of work.  As well as putting my previous years of experience into practice, there are plenty of opportunities for me to develop new skills too.”

Tara BallantyneTara Ballantyne from Eaglescliffe joined Baines Jewitt after completing A Levels at Sixth Form College. As well as gaining practical experience in the workplace, Tara is embarking on a professional training programme that includes additional study, via Middlesbrough College, towards the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualifications.

“I took part in a one week work experience placement at Baines Jewitt and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was delighted when an opportunity came up to join the firm as a trainee accounting technician.  After my AAT qualifications, I would like to continue my studies, so that I can become an Associate Chartered Accountant.  Baines Jewitt is a friendly place to work, with a supportive environment for personal and professional development.”