New year brings new promotions for #TeamDoddies

Dodd & Co, one of Cumbria’s leading accountancy firms, are delighted to announce that 2019 commences with three promotions following an earlier announcement that Tax Manager Simon Kirkbride is the firm’s newest Partner.

The firm which now employs over 170 staff across its two offices in Carlisle and Penrith has promoted three staff to management positions with effect from 1 January 2019. The New Year is off to a flying start for #TeamDoddies as they continue to ‘grow their own’, bringing staff up through the ranks to form a well established and experienced team. Dodds also welcomed 14 new trainees to their apprenticeship programme in September, highlighting that the firm is going from strength to strength as they develop skills and offer progression within the firm.

In the Penrith office, Linette Hall has been promoted to tax department manager and Victoria Tait will become small business manager. Ricky Taylor who joined Dodds in 2016 has also been promoted to client manager at the Carlisle office.

Linette, originally from Essex, has worked for Dodd and Co for 18 years and is qualified both as a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser with expertise across all taxes. She is particularly experienced in trust and estate matters and she advises clients on Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax planning as well as helping our healthcare clients negotiate the tax traps associated with their NHS Pensions. She’s thrilled to have been promoted to department manager and said “I have been in the tax team for all of my time at Dodds and have always enjoyed assisting with the recruitment and training of our talented new starters.  I look forward to my new role as our growing team meets the challenges of a constantly changing tax system, continuing to provide excellent pro-active service to all of our clients.”

Victoria Tait came to Dodds on a placement year whilst at University in 1993 and officially joined the company in 1996, meaning she’s been #TeamDoddie for a fantastic 22 years! She works within the family businesses team and has been promoted to small business manager. During her long service with Dodds, Victoria has worked closely with various clients on their management accounts and often solves complicated office software issues. Her experience and expertise make her ideally placed to deal with family businesses, local retailers and tourism offerings amongst many other small businesses. Victoria said “I’m absolutely delighted to have been promoted, I love being a doddie and I am lucky to work with such a great team. I’m really looking forward to a new challenge for the year ahead.”

Ricky Taylor, who lives in Kirkbride with his wife Danielle, has been part of Dodds tax team for over 2 years. He has been promoted to client manager and specialises in personal tax, family businesses and capital gains tax. Ricky said “I am really excited about my promotion and am looking forward to starting in my new role. When I first started at Dodd & Co, it was made clear to me that there would be opportunities to progress throughout the firm and I would like to thank the partners for their continuous support with my development.

I already have a good relationship with a number of clients and I am keen to expand my portfolio whilst maintaining a high level of service. I am extremely passionate about advising clients on their businesses and am actively looking for options to minimise tax liabilities.”

Alison Johnston, Staff Partner at Dodd & Co commented, “We are absolutely delighted to announce these internal promotions, it’s superb to have such a strong and established team here at Dodd & Co and brilliant to see staff achieve progression within the firm. Being able to offer promotions to three members of staff who have a combined service of 42 years accentuates the success of our ‘grow your own’ culture which we are known for.”

At Dodd & Co, over half of the 50 Partners and Managers have been with the firm for over 10 years and more than a third for over 20 years. Nearly all of Partners and Managers in the Accounts and Tax departments hold Level 7 professional qualifications (Masters level.) Two thirds of them attained their qualifications whilst employed by Dodds.

Contact: Lauren Moody on 01768 864466 or email

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