A leading Cumbrian accountancy firm has appointed a new corporate tax director.

Becky Bowness joins Armstrong Watson from PwC, where she has spent the last six years in its London International and M&A tax teams.

She spent a year in its New York office, having began her career in Carlisle and spending her first 12 years advising clients across Cumbria and the North East.

Armstrong Watson said she will play an important part in the development of Armstrong Watson’s services to significant regional corporate businesses across Cumbria and the North East.

She said: “I am excited to join Armstrong Watson’s growing and ambitious tax team, the passion to developing this practice to be a flagship tax advisory firm in the region is inspiring.

“There are some fantastic businesses across Cumbria and the North East and I look forward to providing them with the quality of advice and support they deserve.

“I am committed to supporting Armstrong Watson’s vision to grow our tax advisory team.

“I loved working across the region at the start of my career and I feel I have really come home now.

“I can’t wait to get out into the market, working with our current and future clients to support them in growing their businesses.”

Jim Meakin, Armstrong Watson’s head of tax, added: “Becky’s appointment is another key milestone in the development of Armstrong Watson’s tax team, as we look both to ensure that we can meet the more sophisticated needs of our client base in challenging circumstances, as business becomes increasingly international and more complex; and to grasp the opportunities to look after the requirements of significant regional businesses.

“An important part of our talent acquisition strategy is to bring on board able people who have gained the highest quality training and experience but really understand the needs of entrepreneurial regional businesses.

“Becky perfectly fits this strategy and we are delighted to have her back as part of the tax team.”

The firm has 16 offices across the north of England and Scotland.