Apprentice to Partner at the firm
Thursday 28th July, 2022
A chartered accountant has been made a partner at the firm he’s been working at since he was an 18-year-old apprentice.
Josh Stevens, 29, was given one of the key roles at Cornish
accountants and tax advisers RRL last month.
He joined the practice, which has offices in Newham and
Penzance, in 2012 and began his accountancy studies and training.
After working his way through his exams, Josh qualified as
a chartered accountant in 2017 and works for a wide range of clients,
including limited companies, sole traders and partnerships. He also has
experience in the charity sector.
Speaking about his latest promotion, Josh said it still
hadn’t quite sunk in, but he was looking forward to his new role at the firm
he’s grown up with.
“RRL has been a big part of my life for a long time,” said
Josh, who is married with a three-year-old-daughter. “I’ve always been allowed
to progress and move forwards in my career at RRL and been really well
supported along the way.”
Josh said he’d seen many changes at RRL over the years,
including a move to becoming
a paperless practice and embracing the more digital
ways of working.
“It’s such a different place now,” said Josh, adding that
the company recently introduced a more hybrid way of working, following the
Josh now divides his time between the Newham and
Penzance offices, as well as working from home.
“All the changes have been really positive,” he said. “We
want people to be happy in their work and home life and this is a good
Josh said his fellow partners at the firm, Steve Maggs, Nick
Skerratt and Mark Williams, are helping him to settle into his new role. His
clients are also pleased for him. Many have been working with Josh since he
joined as an apprentice.
“That’s been really nice,” he said. “All the clients have
been really great. You get to know them well over the years, so it’s good to
keep that going.”
As part of his role, Josh has significant involvement in the
audits of limited companies and charities. He’s also recently written an
article that was published locally about new Companies House
reforms which could affect many businesses up and down the country.
Steve Maggs, Tax Partner at RRL, said Josh was a great
addition to the leadership team.
He said: “Josh brings an additional breadth of knowledge to
the Partner Group and is an excellent fit as he supports our ethos of
excellence, integrity and collaboration because he has ‘grown up’ in
“His career path has been both an individual success for him
as a result of his hard work and commitment, but also an example of everything
that the firm promotes in terms of its support and development programme.
All staff are encouraged to fulfil their ambitions and they can do that within
the firm here in Cornwall, taking their careers as far as they choose.”