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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.
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.
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.
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 Stuart Hall and Co in September 2014 as an apprentice after finishing my A-Levels. In March 2018 after 3 years of exams, I completed my AAT Accounting Qualification and plan to go on to do further studies.
Outside of work I enjoy holidays, weekends away and going out for drinks and food!
Likes: Baking cakes for birthdays in the office!
Dislikes: Anything that isn’t perfectly organised.
I joined Stuart Hall and Co in September 2015 as an apprentice, since joining I have finished my AAT qualification and recently started ACCA studies.
Outside of work I like travelling to different cities in the UK, trying different restaurants and sampling cocktails. I also enjoy going to the cinema and going on holidays.
Likes: Office Bakes
I joined Stuart Hall and Co in April 2018 to help Matthew build up the Stockton Office that opened in 2017.
I started my Accountancy career in 1990 in practice and stayed with the same firm of Accountants for 9 years before moving on to new challenges within the Accountancy field. Over the next 18 years I’ve had varying roles from Accounts Assistant to Management Accountant in different types of companies including Retail, Charities, the Public Sector and the Motor Trade. This enabled me to broaden my Accountancy skills and experience working in alternative environments. Having thought about moving back to practice for a couple of years, the opportunity arose for a position within Stuart Hall and Co., which after a month of working here I am delighted to say was definitely the right move for me.
Outside of work I like to spend time with my boyfriend Ted and my dog Alfie. Ted is currently building a campervan so hopefully we will have plenty of weekends away this year, travelling to places in the UK (and maybe Europe) that we have never been to before – Alfie in tow. I also like to go to bootcamp on a regular basis (almost everyday) which I thoroughly enjoy. This has inspired me to complete the annual Total Warrior obstacle course when I can, which I hope to do again this year.
Likes: Dogs & Cake & Holidays
Dislikes: Liver & Sprouts
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 AAT 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)