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Aston steps up into JW Hinks managing partner role

LONG-SERVING JW Hinks accountant Neal Aston has been named its managing partner.

Aston, who joined as audit junior in 1984 and even met his wife Carole at the firm in 1987, takes over from Paul Jones in the lead role.

Jones has led the firm for seven years, which has seen it integrate two other practices into the fold, and structural changes made to drive both core and specialist services, and consider new lines of fee income.

“I hope to continue building on the changes that myself and my fellow partners have implemented over recent years,” said Aston. “I think it only fair that we recognise the contribution that Paul has made to the firm not only during his time as managing partner but as a partner beforehand. Paul is Hinks ‘through and through’ and led us during the recent recession and was instrumental in managing our two mergers in 2012.”

Jones said: “Having worked with Neal for some considerable time, I know that he has the drive and enthusiasm to move the firm on to the next phase of its life, ensuring the continuity of client service that has enabled JW Hinks to be a successful independent firm of chartered accountants since 1896.”

JW Hinks is an Edgbaston-based practice, with eight partners.

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