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Founder of the practice I trained in private practice with a 5 partner Accountancy firm in County Durham & Teesside, before moving into Industry. I spent ten years in Financial Controller & Finance Director roles in the Manufacturing, Engineering & Printing industries, which gave me a much more hands on experience of running businesses. All three Companies I worked for experienced significant growth during my time with them, providing constant challenges managing Finance. Experience of Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers, as well as closing down non profit making divisions was all part of the fun!
My love in business is being able to save clients money, in whatever way I can. From tax planning to advice on minimising costs and maximising profits.
Outside of work I love to spend time with my wife (Michelle) and our dogs (TJ and Sookie) enjoying the outdoors, especially the Lake District. We also love to travel and explore, particularly North America & Canada. I am also a big Meat Loaf fan, often combining the travel to America with Meat Loaf concerts over there, having seen him perform at 7 different venues in the US, with hopefully more to come.
Also known as...
Forrest (as in Gump) – apparently it is because at times I am a mind boggling genius … but at other times a bit of a numpty.
Originally trained as a Chartered Engineer where I worked with British Steel I quickly became a Turn-around Manager specialising in improving the performance of business units – often leading to their sale. After running and selling my own company to an American Multinational I trained as an accountant initially with CIMA and then transferring to ACCA. During my training I was amongst the top ten ACCA students internationally and recognised accordingly.
Specialist areas include Turn-around and growth issues; Venture Capital schemes such as EIS and SEIS as well an International business.
At the weekend you will find me outdoors on horse-back, hiking or cycling although as I get older I may be more likely found at the theatre or a concert.
I have had a wide and varied international career ranging from setting up overseas subsidiaries to running a family owned SME.
I am very practical and my down to earth approach is ensured by my love for the outdoors and especially horses. After all "all men are equal in the turf and under it".
A family of three "broadly" grown up children has kept me busy at other times.
The old man of the office!
Last year they put the right number of candles on my birthday cake, but didn't dare light them all for fear of burning down the building.
I worked for H.M. Customs & Excise for several years, employed mainly on VAT duties and left Customs in 1980 to set up as a VAT consultant, but this developed into a general accountancy practice. I sold up in 2000 to take on the Jacob's Ladder Inn in Falmouth with my wife Marnie. Whilst it was a fabulous 6 years it took most of our money to keep it going, and the money ran out in 2006.
Since The Jacobs Ladder I have worked for two different Chartered Accountancy firms providing expertise in VAT and all other senior accountancy services.
I bought a dilapidated Victorian terraced house in April 2011 which I spend most of my spare time and money doing up. I also have a battered VW camper which is slowly being sorted.
I used to cycle to work in Redruth and Hartlepool, and have, on occasion, cycled from Hartlepool to the office.
I'm renowned in the office for the quality of my jokes.
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"Roadkill" due to picking up dead rabbits and pheasant when out on my bike.
I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and moved to England when I was 15 to be closer to family. I joined Stuart Hall & Co in September 2010 after completing my A levels at Wolsingham 6th form and I was Stuart’s first employee, (I don’t think any of the other candidates turned up) he gave me my first real job (it is a real job no matter what Stu and Abi say), and he supported me through all of my AAT exams, which I completed in 2014.
I spend most of my weekends (and money) at the Cinema, I’ll literally watch anything. I am currently in the process of growing a full on Pirlo beard (and failing).
Likes: Films and Stuart's car (hopefully by saying this he will let me drive it)
Dislikes: Harry... he's a bit of a tool.
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Stuarts idea because we had too many Davids, I was named after Luke Skywalker the apprentice Jedi, and also because nobody will call me Dodger after the apprentice in Oliver Twist (Which is a miles cooler name).
I started working at Stuart Hall and Co in 2011 as a trainee accountant and ever since then I have worked my way up through my exams and am currently qualified at AAT level. The main reason I enjoy working at Stuart Hall and Co is the fact that hard work does not go unnoticed. This was proven when I received the unofficial employee of the year award in 2014. In my spare time I enjoy eating and going to the gym, though not at the same time, and getting dangerously addicted to poor American television series' on Netflix.
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Harry – Simply named after Harry Potter. The wizarding phenomenon.
I joined the Stuart Hall & Co team as an apprentice in September 2014 and am currently working towards completing my AAT Accounting Qualification. This is my first full time job after completing my A-Levels and I couldn’t have asked for a better start into the world of work!
Outside of work as well as attending dance classes myself, I enjoy assisting my teacher with various classes for younger children. I am a keen cinema goer, restaurant experimenter & shopper; all of which I carry out with my amazing family & friends.
Likes: Birthdays (a Stuart Hall & Co bake off!)
Dislikes: James' version of the alphabet (an OCD filer's worst nightmare)
I joined the practice in the summer of 2015 after working for a large manufacturing company as a management accountant. At the start of 2015 I completed my CIMA studies and became a Chartered Accountant. I also have a degree in Accounting and Finance.
I always said I would never work for an accounts practice as I find it far too boring to just look at numbers all day and prefer to work with a business to move it forward. After meeting both Stuart and Abi I knew this was not a normal practice and after meeting Luke and Harry I know it is definitely not a normal practice!
Outside of work I watch a lot of sport, especially football, and like to try to keep fit by running and rowing. I also watch a lot of films and when I have time read a number of books. At home I live with my girlfriend Katerina and have two pet cat/kittens. Out of the 3 of them I don't know who causes more damage to the house.
After working 2 years in an admin based role and completing my AAT Level 2 Qualification, I decided to look for a job which would allow me to focus on accountancy. I joined the Stuart Hall & Co team in September 2015. I work Monday to Thursday in the office and attend college on a Friday.
In my spare time I enjoy going on weekends away, shopping, trying out new restaurants, going to the cinema and watching Sunderland play.
Likes: Travelling and Helen's cakes
I joined the Stuart Hall and Co family in May 2016 just in time for a birthday cake! After completing my A-Levels, I jumped from various different jobs which weren't really me but they all helped. So I thought, what do I want to be when I decide to grow up? Sat in an office with this crazy bunch did not cross my mind but I suppose it's where I ended up!
When I'm not eating or sleeping, in my spare time I'll be found driving or attending some form of car show/event, watching terribly addictive rubbish on TV or spending too much time painting my nails only to pick it off the next day and making a mess in the office, oops.
Likes: Sweeties & Mermaids
Dislikes: Onions!! & Thunder& Lightening
I joined BCCA in April 2016. Having started life riding racehorses, an accident forced a change of career. Having completed my NCFS, I embarked as a freelance Farm Secretary, and since then, I have worked in accounting practices north and south of the Border, as well as being part of the admin/accounts team on a country estate.
All my spare time is spent with my dogs (now increased to 3), which I enjoy walking – even in the rain – and training and competing at agility.
Likes: Irish Rugby, Horse Racing and Rallying
Dislikes: Shopping, Celery
After leaving school, I was employed by the Inland Revenue, as a Revenue Executive, working in Vinovium House in Bishop Auckland. I left after 10 years through voluntary redundancy, to join my husband’s family business employed as Payroll and Office manager. This continued for 20 years, however ended when we lost our entire workforce as a result of our main customer going into administration. During this time, I also owned two florist shops, which were sold to my manager when she made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In 2014 I decided to get a 'proper' job and worked in the Payroll Department at Esh Construction Ltd until May 2017. Our department relocated to the Head Office earlier this year, so I decided to look for a new job closer to home. A friend forwarded the advert for the position of Payroll Coordinator at Stuart Hall and Company, adding 'this sounds like a great place to work, could be right up your street', and how right she was!
I have 3 grown up daughters, who have all flown the nest within the last year, so I love to spend time with them on a weekend. I miss them all but not the ironing pile. My husband and I bought a touring motorbike last year, to celebrate our ‘new found’ freedom. We went touring in the Alps for 2 weeks, covering almost 3000 miles and visiting 7 countries, which was an amazing experience. We try to get out most weekends when the weather is good. We have one dog named Billy, who regularly goes on sleepovers to my daughters house so that we can get away on the bike.
I started working at Stuart hall and co in September 2017 with Sommer which meant we were both in the same boat and I had an immediate friend which was really helpful starting a new job. However, everyone made me feel so at home and everyone was really canny. Before working at Stuart hall and co I worked at Diggerland and learnt how to drive and operate a 22 tonne digger which was scary. However, I enjoyed my time there and gave me loads of life skills which helped me get to where I am now.
When I’m not eating my weight in food I love spending my time around horses. I love horses and literally any other type of animal. If I could I would have a houseful of pets. I have a cat at home called Mr Jinx and he is the love of my life. I also used to have a horse called misty which kept me active even when I didn’t want to be.
Likes: Animals (a lot)
Dislikes: seafood (No thanks)
In September 2017, I joined Stuart Hall & Co in the form of an ATT Apprenticeship, which I am currently working towards completing. Before joining, I had completed my A-Levels and was looking for somewhere with a friendly environment where I could continue to grow my knowledge and skills, I certainly found it at Stuart Hall & Co!
Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my friends mainly shopping and walking through Hamsterly Forest, one of the most beautiful places to walk if you have pets. Personally, I have a little Border terrier named Rascal, which is an unusual name but with all the escaping she likes to do it fits her perfectly. I also love to ride horses and currently have a shire horse named JD who is very much a gentle giant.
Likes: Animals, Tea & Strawberries
Dislikes: Squids (they Just look Funny)