Wrexham accountants appoint first female Partner in its 150-year … – The Leader

A WOMAN who started her career as a trainee accountant with a Wrexham firm, has been named their first female Partner.
The appointment of Rachel Coles, manager of Haswells Chartered Accountants on the Wrexham Technology Park, sees her become the first female Partner in the company’s 150-year history.
Haswells began life in the late 1800s and has consistently remained within and around Wrexham.
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Tony Thomas, a Partner of Haswells, said: “Throughout our 150-year history, whilst we have kept abreast of advancements and bring a contemporary methodology to our services, there has never been a female Partner.
“We are proud and delighted Rachel has broken our glass ceiling and we wish her well in her new role.”
Rachel started her career with Haswells in 2005 as a trainee accountant, gaining several qualifications and milestones, before rising to the position of manager in 2019. Rachel continued to work to Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), passing her final exams earlier this year.
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Rachel added: “While the finance industry has moved on apace during the last century, my appointment proves that women can have top roles within firms, even if this has never happened previously.
“I have worked towards this role for a long time and I am honoured that my Partnership cements my place in Haswells’ history and its future. It means a lot to me that the current partners believe I am the right person to take the firm forwards and clients can be reassured that business will continue as usual.
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“Haswells is very important to me as it is all I have ever known and it’s in my blood! I want to be able to give back to the company and plan to invest in trainee accountants as this is where I started nearly 20 years ago.”
Effective from April 1, 2023, Rachel’s partnership will compliment the existing partnership between Tony Thomas and Paul Harris, both of whom have been in their positions since 1978 and 1988 respectively.
Tony said: “Paul and I have lived through a number of changes – both economically and within Haswells – but one thing we have never lost sight of is the service we provide to our clients. By appointing Rachel as an additional Partner, we are future-proofing Haswells for the years to come.”
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