Independent advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts, has appointed Judith Cope as its new Group Financial Controller to support its continued expansion.

Judith has over 15 years’ experience in finance. A qualified accountant, she started her career in audit with PKF and most recently was Finance Manager with Greenacres Group, a woodland burial park business which was part of the Bibby Line Group.

At Dow Schofield Watts she will work across all the businesses in the group including its private equity arm PHD Equity Partners, and be responsible for managing all day to day financial issues, reporting directly to the board. Her appointment comes during a period of expansion which has seen the firm launch a number of initiatives such as its international network Pangea M&A and Dow Schofield Watts Angels.

James Dow, founding partner of Dow Schofield Watts, said: “Judith has a very strong track record in financial management and will be a real asset to our team. Her appointment reflects our commitment to invest in the business to accommodate our ambitious growth plans.”