Jill Jones – the former North West Regional Managing Partner of RSM – has joined fast-growing advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts as Non-Executive Director. Her appointment will further strengthen its board and support its national growth plans.

Jill was Regional Managing Partner of RSM from 2013 and more recently was also a main board director and acting COO until her departure in June 2020. She has over 30 years’ experience in accountancy, having started her career at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in the North West.

On the Dow Schofield Watts’ board, she joins fellow Non-Executive Director Heather Lauder, the former banker who oversaw the turnaround of Northern Rock and the Co-op Bank’s retail arm, the group’s CFO Nicole Burstow, COO Richard Evans and the six founding directors.

With 78 professionals and offices in the North West, Leeds, London and Aberdeen, Dow Schofield Watts ranks as one of the UK’s leading independent accountancy firms. Unlike traditional firms, it offers ‘everything but audit’ and provides a platform for entrepreneurial professionals to run their own business under the Dow Schofield Watts brand.

Jill said: “I have known Dow Schofield Watts for many years and have always held them in high regard. They are a well-respected, quality team delivering great client service. They combine ambition with integrity and share my own strong belief in the value of ethical standards and good governance.

“Their model is a refreshing alternative in the accountancy sector, offering professionals greater autonomy and flexibility than traditional firms, and encouraging greater diversity. At a time of change within the profession, Dow Schofield Watts’ exciting and ambitious plans could help reshape the sector’s future. I look forward to helping them put their plans into action.”

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James Dow, founding partner at Dow Schofield Watts, added: ‘Changes within the accounting landscape are opening up new opportunities for alternative business models like Dow Schofield Watts. As our brand and profile continues to strengthen, we are well placed to further expand our services and geographic presence.

“Jill is well known and highly regarded within professional services. Her experience in helping to grow and build RSM’s business regionally and nationally will be invaluable in supporting Dow Schofield Watts in the next stage of its strategic development.”