Mother and son of Capel Hendre recruited into the team of accountants
A mother and her son are the latest recruits to a local accounting firm.
Claire Ibbitson and her eldest son, Rhys, of Capel Hendre, both recently started working for the accounting firm Ashmole & Co. Claire is based in Llandeilo and Rhys works in the Ammanford office.
For over 14 years Claire has worked in education, teaching accounting at all levels at Coleg Sir Gar and Gower College in Swansea. She has in fact trained a significant number of Ashmole and Co staff over the years and helped them achieve their AAT and ACCA qualifications.
Now that Claire’s children are older – Rhys is 18 and her younger sister, Sara, 16 – Claire has made the decision to return to practice and joined Ashmole & Co as a graduate accountant.
Prior to teaching she trained at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in Swansea and worked as a financial controller in the travel and incentive industry.
Welcoming Claire to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo and Llandovery Ashmole & Co offices, said: “Claire’s appointment will strengthen our entire team. We are delighted that she is joining us. Thanks to Claire’s extensive experience, we can provide our local clients with high quality auditing, accounting and tax services. We are also fortunate that Claire has agreed to give private lessons to our trainee accountants.
Ashmole & Co currently has a dozen trainee accountants and one of them is Claire’s son, Rhys.
Rhys Ibbitson attended Ysgol Dyffryn Aman until Grade 11 when he chose to leave school and start an AAT Level 2 course in Accounting in September 2020. He also started at Ashmole & Co as a trainee.
Rhys said: “My family and I are delighted to have had this opportunity to gain qualifications, while having the corresponding practical experience. Initially it was difficult to absorb so much information while learning the basic tasks, but over time it became less difficult. Seeing my improvement and being able to perform tasks at a high level are the most rewarding parts of the job.
On a day-to-day basis, Rhys helps the team complete VAT returns, takes customer phone calls and helps them answer their questions.