People & Appointments

Partner retires after 40 years service

Written by Peter Davison.

David Wiltshire and Hannah WaitA partner at a firm of chartered accountants has retired after 40 years with the firm.

David Wiltshire, of Devizes- and Marlborough-based David Owen Chartered Accountants, was given a send-off by colleagues on Friday.

David began his career with David Owen in 1978, starting out as an articled clerk then successfully passing his chartered accountancy exams in 1984 and becoming a partner in 1990.

Michael Buckland, senior partner said: “David has been a huge asset to the firm over the years and will be greatly missed by all the staff. We wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.”

David will be leaving his clients in the capable hands of Associate, Hannah Wait. Hannah joined the company in 2014 and has been working directly alongside David for more than two years.

Having had the benefit of a long handover period, Hannah has got to know the clients and is well-placed to continue the same high level of customer service that David has provided.

Reflecting on his time with the firm, David said: "The biggest change has been in IT – the intricacies of technology and the requirement for clients to file returns and documents online. We have therefore expanded our services to meet these evolving client needs. This has driven the growth of our business services team, which no doubt will continue to grow further with the introduction of Making Tax Digital on April 1.

“Another big change that has directly affected the business is compliance. The regulatory framework around accountancy is huge compared to when I started. Our compliance department was created around 12 years ago and since then has grown astronomically – 50 percent of my time is now spent on compliance measures ensuring that that the services we provide clients meet the high standards set by our governing body.”

One thing that has remained constant – said David – is the people. “As Michael said when I first joined ‘We only employ nice people’. He is totally right and that is the main reason I’ve stayed so long. I’ve been very lucky to work with such wonderful people, we all get on like a house on fire and I’ll miss them hugely.”