New audit boss for accountancy giant

Jon Gilpin (Photo: Edward Moss)

BDO has appointed a new head of audit in the Midlands.

Jon Gilpin will take charge of the accountancy firm’s 150-strong audit practice from 1 July, the day incumbent Kyla Bellingall steps into her new position as regional managing partner in the Midlands.

Gilpin, who joined BDO in 2017 as an audit partner in Birmingham, specialises in the manufacturing sector.

BDO continues to thrive in the Midlands, increasing its headcount in the region by 20 percent in the past 12 months.

The firm recently made a fresh commitment to the East Midlands when it signed a long-term lease on a 3,500 sq ft office in Nottingham city centre.

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.”

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.”