I graduated in 2001 with MEng (Hons) from Durham University. Whilst at university, I worked for a civil engineering consultancy firm, and post university for four years in manufacturing, engineering and technical engineering sales roles. I retrained as an accountant in 2005, joining Pierce. Following a short stint in industry, I rejoined Pierce in 2011 within business advisory.
I featured in Lancashire Business View's Young Un in 2008.
Qualifications and professional achievements:
- ACA qualified (2008)
- MEng (Hons) (2005)
How did you end up working for an accountancy practice?
I wanted to be involved in higher level business decisions than engineering allowed for. Having worked in both industry and practice, I enjoy the variety and challenge that accountancy practice life offers.
I am a Grade VIII player of an instrument often found in primary schools!
“I moved to the North west from my home in the Midlands in 1992 to run a business in Pendle. I was fortunate to be able to secure the professional support of Graham Boyes and his team, right from the beginning. In 2013 the business, grown from those roots, was sold and I retired. In the intervening years our enterprise had changed significantly but at every stage its development was ably assisted by advice from the same source.
The final period of my involvement in the business was concerned with its sale to our most significant customer. It was during an extended period of frenetic, sometimes traumatic activity that my fellow shareholders and I got to know and appreciate the skills and professionalism of Ben Smith. His knowledge of the process of disposal, his ability to handle the accounting complexity and also to understand the legal implications, helped to ensure a successful transaction.
It is testimony to Ben’s abilities that our purchaser has been very complimentary about his role and shares the same high regard as we have for him. I congratulate him on his well deserved appointment; Pierce has a valuable asset and one which I shall miss contact with in my retirement.” Philip Cox
"I have been in business for over 35 years. Ben is, without doubt, the best accountant that I have ever worked with" Philip (Pip) Stewart