ROB VAUGHAN, one of Ashmole & Co’s longest serving partners, is putting his calculator away for the final time at the end of this month when he is set to retire.

Rob joined the accountancy firm as a qualified accountant in 1995. Born and bred in Haverfordwest he worked in the town centre office for four years before moving to become a Partner in the Swansea office in 1999. After moving to Swansea, he also worked for a day a week in the Ammanford office for a few years.

A lot of changes have taken place during Rob’s time with Ashmole & Co. When he started there were just three main offices in Carmarthen, Ammanford and Haverfordwest. The nature of the work has also drastically changed with advances in technology over the years. 

Rob said, “The years have flown by. I’m pleased to say that some of my clients have been with me since I started all those years ago and I’ve worked with some fantastic businesses including ones that have now been passed down through generations of the family. It has been a privilege to work with and help so many local companies and individuals.”

Rob has worked with Evan Pritchard Contractors Ltd since his early days in Haverfordwest as well as Knight and Brenchley Tool Hire in Swansea, to name just two on his long list of clients.  

Although sad to say goodbye to Rob, the Swansea office has taken advantage of this opportunity to promote two new Partners who will be looking to expand the team further and take on additional staff in the future. When Rob became Partner of the Swansea office there were six staff and as he leaves there are 13 members of the team.

Sam Keith and Christine Daultrey will join Dave Morgan as the resident Partners in the firm’s Swansea office from 1 April 2022.

Sam qualified with a first-class honours degree in Accountancy and Finance from Cardiff University in 2007 and became a qualified accountant (senior member of the team) in 2010 after passing her ACCA professional examinations. She lives in Port Talbot and is married with two children. During her spare time she helps coach rugby with Aberavon Green Starts and she also trains and teaches karate, something she has been doing since she was 9 years old.

Christine worked for a printing company based in Llansamlet before joining Ashmole & Co.

She qualified with an accountancy practice in Bridgend where she worked for four years. She then moved to Hammond & Davies accountants before it was acquired by Ashmole & Co. Christine has worked with Ashmole & Co since April 2016. She lives in Cwmtwrch. Christine represents Ashmole & Co at the networking group BNI (Liberty Chapter) and in her spare time enjoys walking her dogs with her partner Phill.

Rob is looking forward to pursuing other interests after he retires. He’s hoping to travel more and will have time to train his new rescue dog as well as enjoy running and cycling. Rob was part of the Ashmole & Co team that ran Cardiff Half Marathon to raise funds for Wales Air Ambulance. You can donate to the team’s justgiving page here: Vinal Patel is fundraising for Wales Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (justgiving.com)

Ashmole & Co Chartered, Certified Accountants is celebrating its 125th anniversary as they have been established since 1897 and are one of the largest accountancy and auditing practices in Wales, operating from 13 offices throughout south and west Wales.