Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has announced a new head of audit in the Midlands.
Jon Gilpin will take on the role, which is effective from 1 July 2022, and will lead the region’s 150-strong audit practice as Kyla Bellingall steps into her new position as regional managing partner in the Midlands.
Jon joined BDO in 2017 as an audit partner in Birmingham and has worked with ambitious businesses across a range of industries. He has carved out a specialism in the manufacturing sector and has established a voice as a champion of the region’s manufacturers. Jon will oversee the audit practice in its role as leading adviser to the AIM market in the Midlands and the team will continue to focus on working with entrepreneurial mid-market and listed businesses.
BDO, which has offices in Birmingham and Nottingham, has experienced strong growth in the Midlands, increasing headcount in the region by 20% in the past 12 months. Underpinning this expansion has been developing specialist teams in the regions with the skills, attributes, and experience to help clients succeed. The firm has just announced a long-term commitment to the Midlands, having invested in a new office in Nottingham city centre in addition to its Birmingham base.
Speaking of his appointment, Jon Gilpin said: “In the five years I’ve been with BDO, we’ve seen huge changes in the market as businesses have demonstrated ingenuity and tenacity to overcome new challenges and rethink the way they work. Our own team has also transformed during this period and we’re proud to support so many of the region’s most impressive businesses.
“One thing which remains a constant at BDO is our culture, which allows our people to thrive and is the key to the firm’s success. My passion is helping our people and clients succeed and I’m excited about how I can continue to do this in my new role.”
Head of BDO in the Midlands, Kyla Bellingall added: “It is fantastic to be able to announce Jon’s new role today as we continue to invest in our people in the region. Businesses face ongoing uncertainty, but our clients have remained resilient and require best-in-class advisers to help them navigate any challenges and unlock opportunities. Jon’s appointment reflects this demand and I look forward to seeing what he goes on to achieve in his role.”