Pierce Chartered Accountants has appointed former banker Simon Raine as an advisor to its board of directors.

Simon joins the Blackburn-based firm to strengthen the board and will use his 35 years’ experience in finance to help develop relationships with both new and existing clients.

Prior to joining Pierce, Simon was a member of the northern management team for Swedish bank Handelsbanken, where he oversaw 12 North West branches.

Simon said:

“I’ve worked with Pierce for many years in my previous role and I’ve always been a strong advocate of the firm. They have such strong values, great local connections and a hard-working, intelligent team – which is a powerful combination.

“I’m looking forward to getting started in my new role and I am keen to build relationships with current clients as well as introducing new clients, to drive the firm to the next level.”

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Tom Wilkinson, director at Pierce said:

“Simon brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the firm and it is great to welcome him to our team.

“His banking related background will support our delivery of client funding requirements and assist greatly with banking matters.”

Simon is also a Board Advisor at BBS Law, Bridge Insurance Brokers and Together Money.  A director at FRP Advisory and a non-executive director at the Jockey Club, Haydock Park Racecourse.

Pierce has circa 65 employees and are a leading North West independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, providing audit and accountancy compliance services, as well as a range of additional value-added services such as corporate finance, forensic, research & development, corporate and personal taxation. The firm also provides management and outsourcing services including firm secretarial, online services and payroll.

For further information on how they can help your business please contact Lisa Kennery on 01254 688100 or alternatively email enquiries@pierce.co.uk.