Baker Tilly has announced the appointment of Richard Heap as an audit partner in its Gatwick office and welcomed Sarah Nichols as corporate finance manager.
In his new role, Richard will focus on growing the client base for the Gatwick office as well as the wider southern region. He will work across service lines, with a particular focus on the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector, a specialism he has worked in exclusively since 1999.
Previously a partner with Kingston Smith in London where he led the technology and telecoms sector group and the US Desk, Richard also spent 12 years in audit at EY and PwC. During this time, he worked in senior roles for both France Telecom and Cable and Wireless on secondment, and also spent two years in transaction services.
Sarah joins the Gatwick office’s M&A team from Baker Tilly in London having previously held a regional role in Yorkshire. With eight years of corporate finance experience, predominantly working on the sale of mid-market businesses, Sarah will lead on deals in the region, and will work closely to support the business development activities of the office in the wider southern region.
Kirsty Sandwell, Managing Partner at Baker Tilly’s Gatwick office said:
‘We are delighted to welcome Richard and Sarah to the team. This is a further demonstration of our investment in the Gatwick Office and the Gatwick Diamond. We will continue to invest in key hires to broaden the strength and depth of our leadership team.'
Outside of work, Richard is a keen triathlete and is currently in training for Ironman Canada. Sarah is a cycling enthusiast who is also preparing for her first ironman triathlon challenge later this year. Both new starters represented the Gatwick office in the recently completed Tour de Baker Tilly – a 700 mile cycle from Glasgow to London which has so far raised more than £17,000 for charity.