RSM strengthens East Anglia and Cambridge offices

14 March 2019 3 min. read
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Global professional services network RSM has appointed two new professionals to its East Anglian wing. Simon Jones and James Watters have joined the firm as it looks to grow in the region in 2019.

RSM is the sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, encompassing 116 countries, 750 offices and 40,000 people internationally. The last year has seen the network collectively deliver on a strategy focused on RSM’s people, clients and future-led innovative thinking. In Europe, the firm’s progress was particularly pronounced, with revenue growth more than doubling from 2017 figures to hit 12%.

As RSM looks to build on a successful 2018, and bolster its offering for a busy new year, it has added two senior consultants to its team in the East of England. Simon Jones joins the private client services team, while James Watters strengthens the firm’s employer solutions practice in both Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge. According to a release confirming the appointments, both moves reflect the firm’s continued commitment to invest in key talent and expertise to drive further growth.

Remarking on the arrivals, Laragh Jeanroy, Office Managing Partner for RSM in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge, said, “The addition of Simon and James to our team further strengthens our ability to provide a full breadth of services to our clients. This is an exciting time for RSM and both Simon and James bring a wealth of experience and knowledge which will further enhance our team in East Anglia and the pro-active commercial and specialist support we can offer in the region.”

RSM strengthens East Anglia and Cambridge offices

Jones arrives from Moore Stephens in London, bringing 12 years of experience working in tax with individuals and businesses, with a specialism in partnership tax. His new role will see him provide wide-ranging tax advice to private clients to help them meet their personal and business objectives – including wealth protection, succession planning and dealing with change, both in their personal and professional lives and in the wider tax and business environment.

Watters meanwhile commands 20 years of experience in the employment taxes field in the UK and overseas. His career has encompassed a wide range of employment taxes compliance and planning, overseas assignment/ frequent business traveller issues and employee reward matters. He joins RSM from FTSE 100 constituent Rio Tinto, having been the Principal Employment Tax Adviser for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In his new role, James will utilise his considerable in-house experience to support employers of all sizes on arrangements to reduce costs, and efficiently manage their risk and reporting obligations.

Commenting on his new undertaking, Simon Jones said, “The RSM team have a fantastic reputation in the region and I look forward to helping to further grow this and develop the services we can offer our clients.”

James Watters added, “I’m delighted to be joining RSM during an exciting period of growth for the firm and looking forward to helping our clients address the issues they face in the frequently changing and increasingly challenging employment taxes landscape.”