Price Bailey makes five further senior-level promotions

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Price Bailey has announced five further senior-level promotions this month following the appointment of two new partners last week.

Price Bailey, a top 30 chartered accounting and advisory practice, has appointed two new directors, Suzanne Goldsmith in the Corporate team and Lee Sharman in the Business team and three senior managers, Thomas Birch and Matthew Hector, who are both in the Marketing and Business Development team and David Mertens in the Business team. These senior-level appointments follow the addition of Lewis Ratcliffe and Michael Cooper-Davis as partners last week.

These senior promotions help to strengthen Price Bailey’s Management team across its offices, create a solid platform for the firm to realise its plans for growth and support the firm’s vision and ethos for the internal development of team members at all levels.

Commenting on the promotions, Martin Clapson, Managing Director at Price Bailey, said,
“I am always really happy when we can celebrate promotions within the firm, especially promotions to senior positions. Therefore, I am happy that I am able to announce these senior promotions. These promotions follow not only Michael and Lewis becoming partners, but also the nine senior promotions we made in September. Well done to Suzanne, Lee, Thomas, Matt and Dave and to the other 65 promotions awarded across the firm this April.”


Suzanne Goldsmith – Director

Suzanne joined Price Bailey in 2014 as a manager in the Cambridge Corporate team. She quickly established herself as a charity and not for profit specialist and, alongside Helena Wilkinson, has won many new clients in this sector. In addition, she represents Price Bailey as a guest speaker at many sector events and webinars. Suzanne has worked in and around the Cambridge market for over 20 years. She has audited most of the Cambridge University Colleges during this time – another growth area for Price Bailey where we have recently won new clients. Outside of work, she is the Vice-Chair of Trustees of a multi academy trust in Suffolk, where she lives and the Chair of the Resources Committee in that Trust. When not working, it’s all about family time – lots of football matches with the children, dog walks and the occasional cycle ride.


Lee Sharman – Director

Lee began his accountancy career with Price Bailey, joining us in August 2006. He originally joined the Cambridge business team and spent time in the Corporate team before returning to the business team in the City office. During this time as senior manager, he has transitioned his role and responsibilities and now leads our outsourcing team based across City, Norwich and Cambridge. Lee works closely with all departments on various projects and where clients require outsourced finance support. Going forwards, Lee will continue to grow and develop our outsourcing offering. Outside of work, Lee is a long-time supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers and a car and mechanics enthusiast, currently restoring a classic mini amongst other projects.


Thomas Birch – Senior Manager

Thomas BirchThomas is a qualified and experienced Chartered Marketer and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM). He joined Price Bailey at the end of 2018 after working in the financial services and energy sectors. Over the last few years, Thomas has helped build a strong and digitally-focused team which has enhanced the firm’s digital presence. He was instrumental in developing the firm’s content hub and is currently leading the team’s delivery of a new website for Price Bailey, which is planned to launch later this year. When not working, Thomas has a wide variety of interests, including sport, charitable work, and spending quality time with his wife and two boys.


Matthew Hector – Senior Manager

Matthew HectorMatthew joined Price Bailey in 2019 after eleven years with NatWest Group. Matt heads up our BD function as well as providing direction for our front of house team. Matt has some exciting plans for the next financial year, all aiming to make Price Bailey an even better firm to do business with. Outside of work Matt has a seven year old daughter and spends his spare time doing whatever she, and his partner Laura, tell him he is doing.


David Mertens – Senior Manager

David has been with Price Bailey for over 20 years. He is an experienced portfolio holder with extensive experience within the property and construction sector, building strong relationships with a broad range of clients. Dave has a long-standing network of business contacts, and through meeting with them regularly, he plays a key role in business development within the Cambridge area. In his spare time, Dave enjoys holding up traffic by towing his caravan around the UK.


In addition to these senior-level appointments, Price Bailey has made a total of 65 promotions across the firm this month as part of its ongoing commitment to internal training, development and growth.


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