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Hillier Hopkins LLP

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We are delighted to announce the promotions of Sam Hodson and Matt McParland to Principal. The promotions follow a period of sustained growth.

The firm now has 19 principals (or partners) and 232 staff across its offices in London, Watford and Milton Keynes.

Sam Hodson is one of Hillier Hopkins’ home-grown talents. Having joined the firm in 2011, he now becomes a Principal in the firm’s Audit team continuing to work with his portfolio of owner-managed businesses, FCA-regulated firms, academies and golf clubs. As part of his work with golf clubs, he leads the firm’s annual survey of Members and Proprietary Golf Clubs across the UK.

Matt McParland is a Principal in the firm’s four-strong Finance team. He rejoined the firm in 2022 as its finance director having previously worked at the firm as an audit manager between 2001 and 2006. His promotion is in recognition of the strategic role he plays in managing the growth of the firm.

Hillier Hopkins has achieved organic growth of 11% in the last year and successfully integrated three mergers with Minney & Co, Colin Gray & Co and Priority Payroll Services in the last 12 months.

Sam Hodson said: “As the audit landscape evolves due to regulatory and technological changes and pressures, we at Hillier Hopkins continue to provide our clients with compliant audits whilst delivering our own brand of friendly expertise. Hillier Hopkins has a first-class audit team and I am thrilled to be promoted to Principal and look forward to further contributing to its growth and development.”

Matt McParland said: “Hillier Hopkins is a successful and rapidly growing accountancy firm. At the heart of the firm is the professionalism and support of its business services teams, including the four-strong finance team. I was excited to return to the firm in 2022 as its finance director and thrilled with this promotion, which recognises the strategic role I play.”

Alex Bottom, Managing Principal at Hillier Hopkins said: “The entire firm joins me in congratulating Sam and Matt on their achievements and promotions to Principal. As Gold Accredited Investors in People, we have a strong culture of training and development of our people, so it is great to see our team reach Principal level and we look forward to the contributions they will bring to the firm over the coming months and years.”

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Sam Hodson - Director at Hillier Hopkins

Sam’s experience in statutory audits and other assurance engagements covers a range of specialist client sectors including FCA regulated businesses, Professional firms, Academies and Golf Clubs, in addition to working closely with Owner Managed Businesses and UK subsidiaries of overseas parents. Sam aims to develop a rapport with his clients to ensure a smooth audit process whilst providing a holistic accounting service.

Contact Sam at or on +44 (0)1923 634467


Matt is an Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting gained through several roles in both practice and industry. As Finance Principal Matt has responsibility for all financial governance and reporting of the Group and oversees all aspects of the Group finance function.

Contact Matt at or on 01923 634 320