Senior tax manager Gemma Hedges has been promoted to associate director at HWB – chartered accountants headquartered at Chandler’s Ford, near Southampton.
The new position recognises the positive impact Hedges has made since joining the Hampshire-based accountancy firm in January 2020 and underlines the company’s continued growth.
CTA qualified, a member of STEP (Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners) and a licenced probate practitioner, Hedges specialises in owner-managed businesses, covering everything from corporate restructuring, SDLT and capital gains tax, tax disputes and enquiries to inheritance tax, succession planning, trusts and estates.
She was previously employed at two leading UK firms and has more than 15 years’ experience in tax and private client management in particular.
Hedges said: "As well as continuing to support the needs of our personal and corporate clients, the promotion means I can also be more involved in the running of our business and can have a say in the strategies we adopt."
Away from the office, Hedges enjoys making the most of the beautiful New Forest area she lives in with husband Dan and seven-year-old daughter Evie. The family enjoy waterfront walks along the south coast and clifftop hikes around the Cornish coastline when they return to visit Hedges’s family home, near Bude. Hedges also enjoys playing football.
"I started playing football at secondary school and continued to play competitively at university. Since then football has been a great way to socialise with colleagues outside of work, and I’m looking forward to playing weeknight friendlies with HWB again soon," she said.
Welcoming Hedges to the executive team, Geoff Rhodes, managing director at HWB, said: "We have been impressed by the expertise and commitment Gemma has shown since joining us in 2020 and this promotion is in recognition of that. We look forward to Gemma contributing to the future shaping of HWB as we continue to grow."
Picture: Managing director Geoff Rhodes congratulates Gemma Hedges, associate director at HWB.