Ben Brownson recognised in Accountancy Age 35 under 35 rankings

Published on June 20, 2024 by RPG Chartered Accountants

We are delighted to announce that Ben Brownson has been recognised in the Accountancy Age 35 under 35 rankings.   These celebrated awards,  The Accountancy Age 35 under 35, in partnership with AJ Chambers, seek to highlight rising stars of the accountancy profession, featuring 35 aged under 35 who have made great professional contributions to both their the field and their individual firms.

You can see the feature here and you can read Ben’s citation below.

Many congratulations Ben!


Ben Brownson, Group Director and Head of Operations, RPG Chartered Accountants

Ben Brownson, at 29, serves as Group Board Director and Head of Operations at RPG Chartered Accountants in Manchester, a top 100 practice. After joining RPG from Deloitte in March 2022, he has swiftly risen through the ranks, becoming COO within 21 months. His recent election on 1st  May 2024, as the youngest ever board member of DFK UK and Ireland (“UKI”), a national group within the DFK International accountancy association, underscores his rapid professional ascent and the recognition of his contributions to the field.

Ben has been instrumental in leading RPG’s digital transformation project, transitioning the firm from a traditional practice to one with a robust technological foundation. His unique use of technology, centered around Microsoft as the core vendor, has set RPG apart within the sector. This strategy has empowered employees, enhancing operational efficiency and client service quality. Ben’s leadership in technology and being one of the most progressive thinkers in the sector, has made him a prominent public speaker on the topic, with engagements at international forums, technology webinars, and Accountex alongside Innovate UK in May 2024.

One of Ben’s notable achievements at RPG is the evolution of the traditional secretarial team into a high-performing operational team focused on project management and transformation. Built from scratch within a year, this team has played a crucial role in adopting technology efficiently and according to best practices. His efforts have significantly improved RPG’s operational processes and have ensured a sustainable growth trajectory.

In addition to his internal contributions, Ben manages a diverse portfolio of clients, including individuals, listed companies, and notable transactions such as leading the firm’s largest ever transaction for a delighted client in 2023. His advisory-led approach has driven significant client growth and satisfaction, initiating 16 new clients in early 2024 alone.

Ben’s impact extends beyond RPG. He has been involved in developing academic curricula at both college and university levels and has chaired the DFK Emerging Leaders program for EMEA and UKI. His contributions to professional education and development have been substantial, reflecting his commitment to fostering future leaders in the accounting sector.

Moreover, Ben has overseen the transition of RPG’s administrative team into a skilled Project Management and Operations Team, enhancing the firm’s technological transformation. This approach ensures each team member has a clear career development pathway, a relatively unique aspect within the sector. His leadership has streamlined costs, improved overall business functions, and fostered a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.

Ben’s dedication to mentoring and professional development is evident in his enhancement of RPG’s trainee accountant recruitment program for September 2024. His efforts have resulted in increased external engagement, greater employee involvement, and a high calibre of candidates, enriched with personal touches and a sense of humor true to RPG’s culture.

Beyond his professional achievements, Ben has been involved in several charitable ventures in senior positions, affirming his commitment to societal improvement. His broad impact in both his professional and community roles demonstrates his dedication to advancing the accounting profession and contributing positively to society. Ben Brownson epitomises young leadership in the accounting sector, with a proven record of driving innovation, operational excellence, and exceptional client service.

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