Armstrong Watson appoints new Partner - Douglas Russell


Armstrong Watson is delighted to announce the appointment of Douglas Russell, new partner at its Dumfries office.

Douglas brings a wealth of experience to Armstrong Watson after spending 27 years in the profession, 17 of which were at partner level, initially with Scott & Paterson and most recently in Baker Tilly's Edinburgh office.

His main expertise is looking after Owner Managed Businesses over a range of sectors but with a particular focus on the Professions and Agriculture. This includes Board Advisory work and encouraging clients to focus on strategy in their businesses. Recent focus is on growth and succession planning and managing client/bank relationships given the difficult current banking/economic environment.

Douglas also brings key specialisms to complement the existing Armstrong Watson offering in Commercial/Fiscal Valuation services, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support work.

He is delighted to be joining an ambitious and progressive firm with excellence of client service as one of its core values, matching his own personal aspirations. He views Armstrong Watson as having a strong brand and excellent growth potential in the north of England but has personal ambitions to assist growth in a Scottish context with particular reference to south-west Scotland and beyond. He recognises the importance of being part of a firm that has the "Local Touch" of a range of key services in each of its individual offices, but with the "National Reach" of access to specialist input throughout the firm and in an international context through International network partners, where required to satisfy clients needs.

With specific reference to Armstrong Watson’s Dumfries and Lockerbie offices, Douglas acknowledges the solid foundations laid by Aidan Taylor and the local partner team, and is relishing the challenge of driving further growth and consolidating and extending the firm's position as "Adviser of Choice" in south-west Scotland. He looks forward to working with the key intermediaries in the area to further that goal and build strong relationships as we strive to help our clients focus on riding out the remaining recession and being in a position to take advantage of the upturn when it arrives.

Douglas says, "I am delighted to be joining Armstrong Watson, a firm which recognises the importance of delivering excellent compliance based services, but more importantly believes in the importance of fully understanding its clients’ businesses and the motivations and aspirations of these business owners. This enables the partners and staff in the firm to tailor advisory service offerings exactly to the needs of the client business and deliver true value. This aligns exactly with my own philosophy and aspirations."