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Larking Gowen to welcome two new partners

Larking Gowen to welcome two new partners

Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Larking Gowen is to welcome two new partners, John Atkins and Louise Dean, who will be based at our Norwich and Colchester offices.

John currently works in the Norwich office as part of the  Corporate, Audit and Advisory Team.

He qualified as a member of the ACCA in 2014. He moved to BDO specialising in audits of UK and overseas groups, and owner managed businesses. He joined the firm in August 2016 from Grant Thornton where he had worked as an Audit Manager. 

"It was an honour and privilege to be invited to join the partner group at Larking Gowen, and I am thoroughly looking forward to starting in my new role on 1 April," he said.

"My long-term ambition was always to be an audit partner in practice. Our clients in the audit and advisory departments are big enough to present technical challenge, but small enough to have personal relationships with. It's a good work-life balance," he said.

"When I joined the firm, the key values of Passion for Our People and Client Service shone through. This was recognised when the firm won the Best Employer Award in the Norfolk Business Awards in 2019. 

"The partners knew from the outset what my I wanted my contribution to the business to be. I sat down with my partner mentor and together we created a development plan. There is always an open and honest relationship in a very supportive environment," he said.

"I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant clients across East Anglia and look forward to working with many more in the years to come. I have been supported by a great team throughout, and I look forward to continuing to train and develop our people to help them achieve their career aspirations, while also developing the firm for future generations."  

John has significant experience in accounting and financial reporting, audit and advisory services, and has mainly focused mainly on the firm's corporate business.

Louise Dean, who has been working as a Manager in our specialist medical team in Colchester, is to oversee expansion of its work in Suffolk and Essex in her new role as a partner.

Louise became ACCA qualified in 2007 and became part of Larking Gowen when the business merged with Hubbard Lloyd in 2014. She has helped look after the finances of the firm's client list of 600 GP partners and 130 practices, and has built up strong relationships with practice managers and GP partners.

"This is something I have aspired to throughout my career. I had previously worked with Hubbard Lloyd, and their merger with Larking Gowen opened a lot of doors with more opportunities for me to progress. I was able to get advice from senior staff and there was a lot of support to develop," she said.

"With maternity leave and two young children to look after, I did work part time for a while but none of that stood in the way. I currently have flexible time, with one day off in the week, and I am able to make up the hours in the evenings and at weekends. It's a perfect balance of being a mum and focusing on my career at the same time," she said.

As well as looking after her client portfolio, Louise spends time talking to trainee GPs in hospitals, and running training courses for practice managers.

"A lot of our business is word of mouth, so I see my part of my role as helping to build up our reputation. We have some challenging growth targets for the Colchester and Ipswich teams, and I will be spending my time between the two sites," she said.

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