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Mitchell Charlesworth promotes seven

North West accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth has made seven promotions, including two partners in its tax and corporate finance teams.

Alison Birch has become a VAT partner in the tax team. Alison joined the firm in 2016 as a senior manager and has worked in VAT for over 17 years, both in professional practice and industry. She has extensive experience in dealing with VAT issues in a variety of sectors including retail, media, manufacturing and healthcare. Alison has also spent time overseas assisting a large business restructure its global supply chain and has recently been assisting businesses with the introduction of VAT in the Middle East.


Jerry Scriven has been promoted to partner at Mitchell Charlesworth’s corporate finance arm, MC Vanguard and will drive future growth of the client base in Manchester. He is a leading figure within the North West financial community, providing board level advice and support for businesses across the region who are selling, acquiring or extending their businesses or require advice on funding and finance solutions.

Jerry qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990 and completed his MBA at Cranfield in 2002. Before joining MC Vanguard in 2015, Jerry worked in a variety of roles including time in industry acting as commercial director and finance director for different businesses and also as a consultant to the North West Fund for business.

The firm has also promoted Jamielee Johnston to associate. Having graduated with a degree in maths and finance from the University of Liverpool, Jamielee moved to Scotland where she trained and qualified as a chartered accountant. Jamielee then returned to the North West and joined Mitchell Charlesworth’s audit and accounts team in 2016. She has a mixed portfolio of clients, including a variety of owner managed businesses and charities.

In addition, two accountants have been promoted to manager – they are Sarah Guppy and Chris McEnaney – and Emma Houghton and Amy Taylor have been promoted to the role of assistant manager. All four work in the audit and accounts team

Brian McCann, partner at MC Vanguard, said: “Jerry Scriven is already a well known figure in the region’s financial sector with a solid reputation for completing deals for ambitious business owners. Following his promotion, he will be instrumental in driving our future growth in Manchester as well as across the North West and North Wales and will play an important role in helping clients achieve their business goals.”

Tim Adcock, partner and head of Mitchell Charlesworth’s tax team, added: “Alison plays an important role in working with both existing and new clients to maximise their VAT opportunities and streamline their VAT processes. She has expanded the firm’s VAT services, taking on additional staff to support growth, and has demonstrated her ability to provide the highest standard of service and client care.”

Photo l-r: Tim Adcock, Brian McCann, Alison Birch, Jerry Scriven, Paul Wainwright