People & Appointments


People high on the agenda with new partner appointment

Written by Peter Davison on .

Simon Tombs with Sophie AustinSimon Tombs with Sophie AustinChartered accountancy firm MHA Monahans has committed to recognising that its people are as important as its numbers with the appointment of their first HR partner, Sophie Austin.

With an impressive rate of growth over the last three years and recently awarded the Accounting Excellence Practice Growth Firm of the Year 2018 award, MHA Monahans has always recognised that its people are its strongest asset and so investing in staff is a priority for the firm in order to retain a competitive advantage.

Sophie will be instrumental in developing and delivering ongoing recruitment and engagement strategies, as well as in development plans to ensure that clients receive advice and expertise from the best in the industry.

Simon Tombs, managing partner for MHA Monahans, said: “It was important to us to recognise the importance of looking after and investing in our people and through Sophie’s appointment to the board of partners we believe that this will help underpin everything we do.

“MHA Monahans is an ever-evolving firm and in the last few years we have grown in size as well as grown in the number and types of services we offer, whilst still maintaining the excellent level of attention to detail and value we offer our clients.

"Sophie’s expertise will help us further develop our specialist HR, people management and health and safety services to reinforce our position as trusted business advisors of choice to our clients.”

Sophie has over 20 years' specialist and generalist experience across a range of sectors and is also a qualified executive coach and facilitator.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Sophie spent 12 years leading HR at logistics firm Wincanton before moving into consultancy to work with SMEs to improve their business growth and transformation through HR.

Whilst at Wincanton, her leadership of the talent agenda resulted in a national HR Excellence Award in 2016 through attracting and retaining the best people in the sector.

Sophie also brings with her expertise in working with executive teams, providing coaching and facilitation, leading change programmes, performance management, and engagement strategies with real commercial value through strong influencing, collaboration and engagement skills.

Sophie said: “MHA Monahans is known for having the very best people and the firm is at a very exciting time where retaining and developing this talent will be pivotal in achieving our ambitious growth strategy.

"MHA Monahans has an enormous amount of potential and by appointing a HR professional to the board of Partners the firm has made a clear commitment to the value of people to its ongoing success.”