Date posted: 23rd Aug 2022

Clive Owen LLP has appointed a new partner at its York office.

Phillipa Symington joins the firm, which also has offices in Darlington, Durham and Middlesbrough, from KPMG in Leeds.

She was born in Bristol but emigrated to South Africa with her parents at an early age.  Phillipa trained at Grant Thornton in South Africa, returning to the UK in late 2018.

As a partner in the audit team, Phillipa will work with a broad client base, providing audit and technical compliance services. She has over 18 years of experience working with owner managed businesses and has worked across many different sectors including retail, pharmaceutical, leisure and hospitality, property, technology and manufacturing.

Phillipa said: “I am delighted to be joining a firm that is so people-focused, open and inclusive in the way it works. I have never known an environment where everyone has a smile on their face all the time, but Clive Owen LLP is exactly like that. The culture is amazing and as a single mum of two children the work life balance the firm offers is perfect.

“York is such a beautiful and vibrant city and I absolutely love it. I have lived here since my children and I came back to England from South Africa.  I wanted them to have the best opportunities in life and believe that York can offer that. I am also very excited to get out into the business community and develop my contacts and professional network, supporting regional businesses.”

“My mum was born in Yorkshire, and I have family here.  The move to Clive Owen LLP has been very positive and I am enjoying getting to know my colleagues and clients.”

Clive Owen LLP recently introduced new policies which are based on two-way flexibility and trust to support the existing teams and encourage talented, motivated people to join the firm which is now one of the largest independent firms in the region and has an appetite for further growth.

Gary Ellis, managing partner, said: “Phillipa is exactly the type of talented and ambitious person we want working with us to support the firm’s growth plans.

“Her extensive audit experience and expertise will add value to our client base and support our existing audit team across the firm. Joining Rosemary Anderson, our tax partner at York, Phillipa is a very welcome addition to the team and will help the firm strengthen its audit portfolio and grow.”

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