Old Mill celebrates 100% exam success and new leadership

By Nick Batten on 26 March, 2021

South West financial expert Old Mill is celebrating after a 100 percent success rate amongst its students sitting their tax exams.

Aisha Perrott passed her final two CTA exams while her colleague Emma Swithenbank passed her final ATT exam, meaning that both are now fully qualified.

Additionally, Peter Noble and Callum Anderson both passed their latest CTA exams, and are now well on their way to fully qualifying, while Jessica Little and Joe Campbell-Orde, both passed their ATT exams.

The firm – which has offices in Wells, Melksham and Exeter – has also announced the promotion of Tax Director David Maslen to Head of Tax.

David joined Old Mill in 2004 as an accountant on the audit and advisory side, but in 2017 decided to embark on a career change and move into the world of tax, where he worked his way up to director. 

He said, “I’m delighted with this fantastic achievement within our tax team at Old Mill – a 100% exam success rate for all those who recently sat their tax exams is such an incredible result and one we are extremely proud of.

“And on a personal note, I am honoured to have been asked to take on the role of Head of Tax. The tax team is an incredibly important part of the Old Mill offering, both for clients, and in terms of attracting talent and I am looking forward to continuing to develop the team and help those within it to progress with their careers and reach their full potential.”

Over the past five years, more than 100 Old Mill staff have obtained professional qualifications across a variety of areas including accountancy, financial planning, HR, marketing and tax.

David continued, “Having obtained professional qualifications at Old Mill myself, I have experienced first-hand the fantastic level of support those studying receive – not just financially but also in terms of help and advice, with more experienced colleagues mentoring those who are working towards qualifications.

“At Old Mill, people know they’re working in a business that cares passionately about them, which in turn helps promote a culture whereby everyone wants to do their best to look after their clients and help ensure both they and Old Mill succeed.”

Kevin Whitmarsh, Head of Accountancy at Old Mill added, “This is a really exciting time for our tax team. The recent exam success shows the breadth of talent we already have within the team, while David’s promotion ensures it will continue to go from strength to strength, thanks to his calming influence, supportive character and considered approach.”

Pictured: (top of page) Aisha Perrott who recently passed her final two CTA exams (above) David Maslen, Head of Tax at Old Mill