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Moving on Up

At GWA we are committed to employing the best people at all levels in order to provide a market-leading service to our clients. As well as our new recruits, we have recently had a number of significant  promotions within our existing team that we think are worth a special mention.

Xin Zhang was promoted to Associate on 1 September. Xin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2018 and joined GWA in the same year. Since then, Xin has worked with clients from both sides of the border across a range of industries, utilising his experience in tax and general practice.

Commenting on his appointment Xin said, “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to progress my career within GWA. As Associate, I look forward to extending the relationships I have already started to build with our clients in Scotland, Northumberland and beyond.”

Dawn Barratt, who joined GWA in 2019 as an Administration Assistant, has been promoted to Head of the Administration Department. In her new role, Dawn will oversee GWA and Sandgate Services’ admin teams that are based at our Haddington and Berwick offices. Dawn’s responsibilities will include staff training and monitoring the teams’ workload and function.

David Renton has taken on the role of Head of the Audit Department. David has been with GWA for over 21 years; he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2009 and was made an  Associate in 2018. Throughout this time David has worked with clients across many different industries and has been heavily involved with Corporate Services and Audit Work. In his new  position, David will manage our Audit Team and its workload, ensure that we keep up-to-date with ever changing regulations and that GWA continues to provide a first class Audit service.

With David taking on the lead position in our Audit Department, Danielle Campbell has replaced him as Deputy Head of Accounts. Danielle first joined our Corporate Accounts department in  2015 and successfully applied to our CA Training Programme the following year; she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2019. Danielle is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her  second child but is looking forwarded to taking up her new role when she returns to work next year.

Partner Robbie Dalgleish said, “Our team is GWA’s most important asset and is what has made us successful for over 100 years. We like to give everyone the chance to develop and progress and I congratulate Xin, Dawn, Danielle and David on their promotions. I am sure they will excel in their new roles and help us to continue to deliver Quality Advice and Quality Service to all of our clients.”

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