Randall & Payne brings home British Accountancy Award

Randal & Payne Gina holding award on stage

Gina Gardner of Cheltenham accountancy company Randall & Payne has been awarded the ACCA sponsored Rising Star of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards, otherwise known as ‘the Oscars of the accountancy industry’.

One of seven finalists for the Rising Star of the Year category, Gina received the award at a glittering ceremony held at the Grosvenor House in London, which was attended by over 800 guests from the UK’s leading accountancy firms, hosted by Mock the Week star Josh Widdicombe.

Gina is a trainee corporate tax accountant and the only trainee among the finalists for her category. She has achieved a huge amount in a short space of time having started as an apprentice at 18, and quickly went on to become MAAT qualified in 16 months which usually takes around three years, and also gained an AAT Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills. Her commitment to training is indisputable, becoming first in the firm to attempt the new joint ACA/CTA programme.

Gina joined the corporate tax team nearly two years ago and became an extremely valued team member, taking on a considerable amount of responsibility for her trainee status, developing her own client portfolio. Gina has embraced the challenge of winning and guiding clients through the Research & Development (R&D) claim process. The addition of Gina to the team has increased capacity such that we have been able to almost quadruple our clients’ annual tax savings from R&D Tax Relief.

James Geary, head of corporate tax and Gina’s line manager said: “Her ability to network effectively is wonderfully natural, and she regularly comes away with leads to follow up as well as receiving numerous positive testimonials from clients who specifically comment on her competency, professional manner, and how nothing is ever too much trouble.”

Rob Case, partner and overall head of tax, said: “Gina has won an amazing accolade and we are incredibly proud of her development and performance at Randall & Payne. It goes to show what you can achieve when you put your mind to it and we are delighted that he culture and environment here has helped Gina achieve her potential.”

Vicky Link, partner and head of accountancy, was also a finalist for New Partner of the Year but narrowly missed out against stiff competition. Tim Watkins, Managing Partner at Randall & Payne said: “We were all thrilled to see Vicky get short-listed for the New Partner of the Year. The nomination recognises the hard work and fresh approach Vicky has brought to the firm and to the accounts team that she so ably heads up.”