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We’re delighted to announce that one of our newly-qualified accountants, Jo Davey, is on top of the world after her final accountancy exam results saw her finish in the top five globally.

Figures from the ICAEW show that Jo, who joined us as a trainee in 2012 and works in our Axminster office, came fourth out of 3,800 students worldwide who took the globally-recognised exams.

Jo says that even though she had a good idea she’d done well after studying hard it was still a shock to learn she had finished in the top five in the world, adding: “Gaining my full professional qualifications has been tough going at times but my colleagues have been very supportive and, as a firm, Thomas Westcott has given me every opportunity to succeed, including allowing time off to attend special training in Gloucestershire, for which I’m very grateful.”

There was also previous success for another of Jo’s colleagues, Mark Johnstone, who works in our Exeter office and who also sat the ICAEW exams, finished just outside the top 10 globally in eleventh place last year. 

Jo grew up in Honiton and attended the town’s secondary school before studying maths, physics and biology at Exeter College. After college she gained a place at Plymouth University and studied accounting and finance, before joining us here at Thomas Westcott.

Jo and Mark’s achievements are the latest successes for our firm which has “training office” status under ICAEW rules and is also authorised for training and post-qualification training by the ACCA and AAT.

At any time we have 20 or more trainees learning their profession across our network of offices and Jo and Mark’s positive attitude, professional approach and a desire to succeed are typical of the calibre of young people we attract, and their success should provide our clients with peace of mind that they will continue to receive the very best advice.

(Jo Davey & Shona Godefroy)