Azets appoints Richard Stephenson as director of ABAS department

The Aberdeen office of accountancy and business advisory firm Azets has made a further senior hire with the appointment of Richard Stephenson as director of the firm’s Accounts and Business Advisory Services (ABAS) department.

Azets appoints Richard Stephenson as director of ABAS department

Richard Stephenson

The ABAS team oversee the technology-led delivery of all compliance services such as year-end accounts, VAT returns, management accounts and business advice.

Richard Stephenson joins Azets during a period of rapid growth for the business in the North-East and will play a key leadership role driving the development and expansion of the ABAS team.

Mr Stephenson brings more than 12 years’ experience to the role having worked in private practice advising a wide range of businesses across the North-East and in senior positions for businesses. He has extensive knowledge of the complex and fast-changing field of compliance and with the development and implementation of strategies to manage clients’ obligations in a timeous and cost-effective manner.

Richard Stephenson said: “I have been aware of the expansion of Azets’ in the North-East and am attracted by the ambition of the team leading the business. ABAS and compliance are critical to every business and top quality advice is essential. Azets is making significant investment in technology needed to deliver compliance services and in the development of the staff and I am really looking forward to supporting Azets’ growth potential.”

David Booth, Aberdeen regional managing partner, added: “We are delighted that Richard has chosen to join the firm. Richard has worked for both large and small accounting practices and has valuable industry experience. He has worked with a wide range of clients during his career and will play a key role helping to support our managers as we look to further grow this part of our business. Our clients and staff will benefit greatly from Richard joining our growing office and we look forward to working with him.”

Azets has also appointed Andreas Mitchell who joined from AAB as an Audit Assistant Manager to work in the audit team.

The Aberdeen office of Azets recently added a further 2000 sq ft of space, expanding the Albyn Place business to 6000 sq ft and with the capacity to grow the office to 100 staff by the end of 2022.

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