Simpkins Edwards strengthens rural and agricultural team with appointment of new Director of Rural Services

Devon chartered accountancy firm Simpkins Edwards, which has an office in Barnstaple, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Hayes as Director of Rural Services. Jonathan joins from PKF Francis Clark, where he held a similar Director position in its Exeter office for the past eight years.

Jonathan’s appointment further strengthens Simpkins Edwards’ specialist agriculture and rural business team. Jonathan joins Partners Lynn Woodward and Mary Jane Campbell, and fellow directors, Jo Tope and Julie Rose, who together head up the firm’s rural client work, supported by Tax Partner, Chris Bowker.

Jonathan grew up in a farming family and, as a chartered accountant, has worked predominantly with the farming and rural community for over 25 years. He will be tasked with providing top quality advice and support to Simpkins Edwards’ client base throughout Devon and Cornwall.

Commenting on his appointment, Jonathan said: “Farms and rural businesses are the backbone of the economy in this region. Most are family-owned and almost all need specialist advice on income and capital taxes. Many will also benefit from succession planning and inheritance tax guidance. Having advised businesses and individuals in the farming and rural community for years, I feel well placed to join Simpkins Edwards’ talented and experienced team.”

Lynn Woodward, Senior Partner at Simpkins Edwards, commented: “Jonathan is a well-respected specialist in the rural business sector. He has a strong tax background and will add significantly to the firm’s breadth of knowledge and expertise.”

Simpkins Edwards has offices in Barnstaple, Exeter, Bovey Tracey, Holsworthy, Honiton and Okehampton.