Stopps graduated with an Honours degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia, then went on to qualify as a chartered accountant.
He joined Smith & Williamson in 1987, and began working on building his expertise in management buy-outs, de-mergers, disposals, and acquisitions of companies.
He has worked as the National Head of Tax and Partner in the charities team at the firm. In 2013, he joined David Cobbs as Co-CEO and he is Managing Partner of Tax and Business Services.
Why did he make the power list?
Stopps is number 38 on the Financial Power List 2018. Alongside Cobb, Stopps has overseen a range of initiatives to boost the top 10 firm in the past 12 months, including the creation of a five-year client-focused strategy, aiming to increase revenue, profitability and assets under management. The firm will be looking to take advantage of market conditions and other opportunities in the coming year – building on 2017 results which saw the firm crowned National Firm of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards.
Smith & Williamson
Smith & Williamson are a leading, independently-owned financial and professional services group. They have been looking after the financial affairs of individuals, families, and businesses for more than a century.
The firm have 12 offices across the UK, Ireland, and Jersey and over 1,700 employees. In September 2017 their funds under management and advice were around £19.5 billion, and they are the 8th largest firm in the UK according to the Accountancy Age Top 50+50 rankings 2017.
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