New technical and audit partner appointed at Garbutt + Elliott

Leeds and York accountancy, advisory and audit firm Garbutt + Elliott have started the New Year with the appointment of a Technical and Audit Partner to the expanding firm.


Claire Needham joins Garbutt + Elliott following 19 years working at KPMG where she was most recently leading the Accounting Advisory team across the North of England as well as providing audit services to the Yorkshire market.  Her client base ranged across AIM, PE backed, privately owned and FTSE 100 companies across several industries including retail, manufacturing, house building, speciality chemicals, logistics and professional services. Claire has provided technical accounting advice to a variety of businesses under both IFRS and UK GAAP, including acquisition and fair value accounting, GAAP conversions, adoption of new accounting standards, and advice around group re-organisations.

Claire joins Garbutt + Elliott at a successful time for the firm, after it was recently awarded the Best Employer in the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards. She is the third partner to join the Garbutt + Elliott team in the last year.

Speaking of her appointment, Claire Needham, Technical and Audit Partner at Garbutt + Elliott said: “I am excited to join Garbutt + Elliott and be part of an ambitious and growing firm who have had tremendous success in the last year. I have worked with a wide range of businesses of different sizes and sectors and am keen to share my experience with my colleagues and clients. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on many businesses and their financial reporting, and it is vital we work together to support our clients to mitigate risk and respond to ever-changing regulatory accounting and reporting requirements.”

Russell Turner, Managing Partner at Garbutt + Elliott added: “I am delighted to welcome Claire as technical and audit Partner to the Garbutt + Elliott team, she brings with her a wealth of experience and an impressive track record.  These are exciting times for our business and Claire’s appointment reflects our continued commitment to invest in our people and deliver specialist services to our clients through genuine experts.  Last year our turnover increased by 28% and Claire, alongside our other audit Partners, will lead our expanding team through the next phase of our growth. We are always looking to attract the best people to join our business and we’re proud that our culture of genuinely caring for our staff and clients continues to differentiate us.”

Garbutt + Elliott recently won Best Employer at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards. In presenting the award, the judges said that the Garbutt + Elliott team demonstrated “a commitment to people at every level… it’s the winner’s commitment to staff wellbeing that really stands out.”

Garbutt + Elliott is one of Yorkshire’s larger independent firms of chartered accountants, auditors, and advisors with offices in Leeds and York. Today the firm has 205 staff, including 15 Partners, offering tailored services for individuals and businesses.