Financial experts Old Mill are celebrating after a 100 per cent success rate amongst its students sitting their tax exams.

Aisha Perrott passed her final two CTA exams while her colleague Emma Swithenbank passed her final ATT exam, so both are now fully qualified.

Emma Swithenbank


Peter Noble and Callum Anderson both passed their latest CTA exams, and are now well on their way to fully qualifying, while Jessica Little and Joe Campbell-Orde, both passed their ATT exams.

And the all-round exam success is not the only celebration within the tax team for Old Mill.

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The firm – which has offices in Wells, Melksham, Yeovil and Exeter – is also delighted to announce the promotion of Tax Director David Maslen to Head of Tax.

David Maslen

David joined Old Mill in 2004 as an accountant on the audit and advisory side, but in 2017 decided to embark on a career change and move into the world of tax, where he worked his way up to director. Speaking about his own promotion and the recent exam successes within the team, David said: “I’m delighted with this fantastic achievement within our tax team at Old Mill – a 100% exam success rate for all those who recently sat their tax exams is such an incredible result and one we are extremely proud of.

“And on a personal note, I am honoured to have been asked to take on the role of Head of Tax. The tax team is an incredibly important part of the Old Mill offering, both for clients, and in terms of attracting talent and I am looking forward to continuing to develop the team and help those within it to progress with their careers and reach their full potential.”

Four years ago, when David decided he wanted to specialise in tax and work towards his CTA, he was fully supported by Old Mill. In fact, over the past five years, more than 100 Old Mill staff have obtained professional qualifications across a variety of areas including accountancy, financial planning, HR, marketing and tax.

David said: “Having obtained professional qualifications at Old Mill myself, I have experienced first-hand the fantastic level of support those studying receive – not just financially but also in terms of help and advice, with more experienced colleagues mentoring those who are working towards qualifications.

David adds:At Old Mill, people know they’re working in a business that cares passionately about them, which in turn helps promote a culture whereby everyone wants to do their best to look after their clients and help ensure both they and Old Mill succeed.

Kevin Whitmarsh, Head of Accountancy at Old Mill added: “This is a really exciting time for our tax team. The recent exam success shows the breadth of talent we already have within the team, while David’s promotion ensures it will continue to go grow from strength to strength, thanks to his calming influence, supportive character and considered approach.”