Adrian Ingleton stepping down

Adrian Ingleton Stepping Down

Retirement beckons for a well-known accountant and familiar face in agricultural circles.

Adrian Ingleton will step down as a partner at RNS Chartered Accountants next April, enabling a smooth handover in the meantime at the North Lincolnshire practice.

Fellow partner Gary Makinson will take on greater responsibility in the agricultural team based at the firm's Brigg office on Bridge Street.

Christopher Driver, another member of that team, will become an associate partner.

Adrian said: “Gary and Chris have built considerable experience in the agricultural sector and I know I will be leaving clients in good hands.

“This period between now and 30th April will ensure there is a smooth handover. Our focus, as always, is on the first-class service we provide our clients.”

Adrian's late father, Michael, was a Lincolnshire dairy farmer who, given the changes to farming, advised his son to seek a career elsewhere.

The 60-year-old, who lives in Crowle, trained at the then RN Store and returned to the firm in 2008 as a partner.

“I am sure I will miss the work once I leave,” said Adrian. “There have, inevitably, been ups and downs but I enjoy what I do.

“I have some really good clients who I have known for a long time, some 35 years. I shall miss colleagues too.”

It will allow him and wife Nichola, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on 5th October, to spend more time in their property near Barnstaple in Devon, originally bought by his parents.

“I have been visiting Devon every year since. It is a beautiful part of the world. There is nothing better than surfing here in the sunshine.

“But Nichola and I do want to travel further afield. We have been on short haul holidays to the likes of Spain, France and Italy and taken the family to America, but we would like to go further afield and visit Australia and New Zealand.”

Their daughter Emma (29) works for the University of Leicester while son Adam (27) is a doctor at the Royal Stoke University hospital in Staffordshire.

Chris, President of the Humber branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), was looking forward to taking on additional responsibility.

“I've been fortunate to work with Adrian and Gary and build my knowledge of the farming sector,” he said.

“I've recently qualified to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and I look forward to being able to offer specialist tax advice as well as accountancy.”

Gary has been at RNS 18 years and an equity partner the last two.

He said: “I've worked with Adrian and a number of his clients for some time now and look forward to supporting them further in the future.

“Partners are only a small part of the team which supports our clients. We have experienced staff in the agricultural team who will also provide the continuity.”

Senior partner at RNS, John Heeney, said Adrian will be missed.

“He's a highly respected figure in agricultural circles,” said John. “But we are fortunate to have a blend of younger people and experience in the agriculture team and I know the first class service our clients expect will continue.

“The changes will be communicated to clients explaining the gradual changes.

“Adrian's going nowhere for a while, which will enable Gary and Chris to further build client relationships and expertise before he retires.”

To contact Adrian, Gary, Chris and the agricultural team, contact the Bridge Street office in Brigg on (01652) 655111 or email

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