Former Champion Trainee promoted to Head of Department

A Champion accountant who joined the practice as a Trainee has been promoted to the Head of Management Accounts.

Josh Morris joined Champion Accountants in 2015 in its contracts division, having recently completed his AAT. Shortly after, he moved into the audit team before joining the management accounts department in 2017, completing his ACCA qualification a year later. He will now oversee the growth of the company’s management accounts offering, having already doubled the team’s headcount while in an interim role in the last 12 months.

He said: “Achieving this promotion is the result of Champion having supported my progression over a number of years. Since joining the management accounts team five years ago, I’ve been awarded more and more responsibility and exposure to larger clients.

“Champion’s working environment is one in which every employee is encouraged to push their potential higher; the company always promotes from within, which means everyone has a chance to take the next step on their career ladder.”

With research showing a major shortage in the availability of trained bookkeepers in the UK, Josh says he’s in a prime position to ensure Champion’s clients have access to all the accounting support they might need in the coming years.

He said: “It’s no secret that businesses are struggling to identify in-house bookkeeping resource, and many are worried about the impact this will have on their credit control. As part of the growth of our team, we’ll be introducing new software and services that will ensure clients can lean on us for that need without any impact on their day-to-day roles. We have some big ideas, and I can’t wait to help the team bring them to fruition.”

This boom in demand saw Andrew Spillman-Hays recently join Champion Accountants’ Manchester HQ as management accountant to support Josh and the wider Management Accounts team.

Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner of Champion Accountants, said: “Ever since Josh joined Champion, he has demonstrated a commitment to, and passion for, his work. He’s never been fazed by trying new things and it’s this ambitious spirit that will see him build on the existing successes of our management accounts team, to ensure we can continue offering innovative products and advisory services that are fit for our clients’ modern-day businesses.”