On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Caroline Walpole

An accountant in her twenties has been promoted to lead the audit team at Leicestershire accountancy firm Newby Castleman.

Caroline Walpole has worked at the Regent Road head office of the company since 2012, after graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

She studied to be a chartered accountant while working at the firm and qualified after three years in 2015. Her promotion means she will be managing a team of five of her colleagues, overseeing and reviewing audit jobs for the company’s many clients.

Caroline said, “I’ve always enjoyed maths and science subjects, and even though I chose to study science at university, I grew up with an experience of accountancy as my dad is an accountant. Sometimes, during the summers, I’d even do work with him, so it gave me a great grounding in the profession.

“Returning to Leicester after graduating, I realised I wanted to pursue a career in accountancy, and I applied for a position at Newby Castleman as I knew they were a highly respected local firm.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given, and am looking forward to helping the audit team to develop their own experience and knowledge, whilst taking on more responsibilities myself.”

Chris Castleman, managing partner at Newby Castleman, said: “Caroline has been a dedicated member of our team since she started with us six years ago, and absolutely deserves this promotion. We’re confident she’ll lead the audit team to further success.”

Matthew Gray

Develop Training Ltd (DTL) has hired Matthew Gray in the newly-created role of operations manager at its Derby office.

Reporting to DTL’s operations director, John Kerr, Gray will oversee delivery of compliance training and apprenticeships across DTL’s seven UK training centres as well as bespoke courses at customers’ premises.

“DTL is a very professional and well-organised company that counts some of the biggest household names in construction and the utilities as customers, and I am looking forward to the challenge.”