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Nicki Goddard David Mason and Kathryn Milward

Trio of new faces for expanding Swindon accountants

Three new recruits have joined the ranks of growing Swindon accountancy firm Banks BHG, created from a merger between two long-established practices.

New faces at the company are Kathryn Milward, David Mason and Nicki Goddard. Following the completion of the merger of Banks and BHG at the end of June, Banks BHG is now more than 30-strong.

Welsh-born Kathryn, 21, joins as a graduate trainee accountant, and has relocated from her hometown of Carmarthen.

Kathryn took a maths degree with the Open University and was keen to move to a private practice to train in accountancy.

An accomplished freestyle dancer, she said: “I used to travel to different places for dancing competitions, and I loved coming across to Wiltshire. The position at Banks BHG is perfect for me, because I didn’t want to go into one of the really big accountancy practices.”

Kathryn will now embark on her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants training to become a chartered accountant

David, 26, joins Banks BHG as a bookkeeper. He was previously with Jacquie Cook, based in Blunsdon, whose bookkeeping practice was acquired by Banks BHG. David has recently undertaken his Association of Accounting Technicians training.

Nicki, 44, has joined Banks BHG’s payroll team, which offers an outsourced payroll service. The department is growing in response to auto-enrolment legislation, which will see all employers having to automatically enrol qualifying staff in pension schemes.

Having worked in payroll for some 20 years within corporates and most recently with an accountancy practice, Nicki was attracted to Banks BHG because of the dynamism of the company.

“With the merger, the businesses is clearly growing and it appealed to me to be part of that,” she said. “Auto-enrolment is a big challenge for employers, and many will be seeking to outsource their payroll as a result, which will see our workload increase.”

Director Richard Mathews said: “We are delighted to welcome Kathryn, David and Nicki. They are a great asset to the team, as we seek to expand further and position ourselves as one of the leading accountancy firms in Swindon.”