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Meet the Team

Robert Brown - Managing Director

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
BSc (Hons) Geography - University of Manchester

Experience & specialisms: I have a deep rooted enthusiasm, developed over 29 years in practice, for owner-managed businesses. This was first borne out of a background in Audit and Assurance in a Top 15 National Firm, now extending into tax planning, and trying to be a supportive and proactive 'business-friend' to Landers' clients. I am always curious, and always interested in how they do what they do, and how they can become more successful as clients of our firm. The clients I look after range from from start-ups, through management successions, to £30 million turnover household names. Recent projects I have hopefully been a help with include;

Outside work: Keen (if not good) guitar player, 5-a-side footballer (after a fashion), Newcastle United (living in hope rather than expectation) member. Good Wine (an 'amateur' as the French mean it), Native Americans, landscape, and (when I have my anorak on) railways (model and the real thing). I also chair a Finance Committee as a Governor of a local Middle School.

Martin Matthews - Director

Qualifications: Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Experience & specialisms: Martin joined Landers as a client manager in 2003 having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a medium sized firm of Accountants in North London. Martin quickly began to build a portfolio of owner managed businesses across a variety of Industries and varying in size between start-ups and multi million pound international companies.

Recent work:

Outside work: Martin enjoys most sports, especially football, although he is more of a spectator these days. He is also a keen DIY enthusiast and willing to try his hand at anything at least once.

Chris Floyd - Director – Head of Tax

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
Chartered Tax Advisor
Member Of The Association of Taxation Technicians

Experience & specialisms: After spending the first 8 years of his career learning the internal workings of the Inland Revenue (now HM Revenue & Customs) Chris jumped ships to gain experience in the real world. His experiences on the dark side ranged from processing tax returns to collecting tax and assisting in the prosecution of tax fraud. Since leaving HMRC Chris’s experiences have widened further to include helping people to minimise their tax liabilities through careful planning and defending clients against HMRC enquiries.

Outside work: When not spending time with his family Chris is an avid motorsport fan. He tries to combine this with his other long term passion, photography, whenever the opportunity arises.

Nicola Bethell - Client and Payroll Manager

Qualifications: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) finalist, HND Business and Finance, SAGE financial forecasting

Experience & specialisms: Nicola has been in practice since 1998, gaining experience of all types of businesses from sole traders to multi million pound companies. She has been involved in many company sales achieving the best possible outcome for the client, helping companies from start up, ongoing financial and strategic planning and advice, along with preparation of accounts, auditing and preparation of monthly management accounts and VAT returns. She also runs monthly payrolls for clients offering payroll compliance advice.

Outside work: Travelling, scuba diving, gardening and amateur photography are her main interests.

Ellen Williams - Office Manager

Qualifications: RSA/IBT III

Experience & specialisms: Ellen joined Landers in January 2000. During this time her role within the company has evolved and is now very diverse. She really enjoys her regular contact with clients and is always happy to help. Through her continuous development at Landers she now also looks after the company secretarial function for the company as well as ensuring the day to day smooth running of the office.

Outside work: Ellen enjoys spending time with her family and when she gets the time, golf, tennis and Pilates.

Sharon Gobey - Admin Assistant

Qualifications: Pitmans - Intermediate, Elementary & Advanced

Experience & specialisms: Sharon joined Landers in October 1997 as a receptionist/secretary.

Over the years she has developed her skills and gained an invaluable knowledge of what keeps things ticking at Landers.

Working part time now, in a mainly administrative capacity, Sharon works behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of day to day business within the office. She is a first point of contact, providing a friendly and efficient service, either on the other end of the telephone or when meeting and greeting visitors.

During her time with us she has married and has 3 children.

Outside work: Sharon enjoys spending time with her family and shopping!

John Moore - Client Manager

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Administration specialising in finance
Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)

Experience & specialisms: John joined Landers in June 2008, having previously gained 5 years’ experience working for a small chartered accounting firm. He is responsible for administrating a range of clients from sole traders to auditable limited companies. During this time he has developed a number of skills including bookkeeping, statutory reporting, management accounting, taxation and auditing.

Outside work: Sport – football/badminton/tennis/weights/running.
Film, music and computing enthusiast.
Grimsby Town FC.
DIY aficionado.

Will Hakon - Client Manager

Qualifications: Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Experience & specialisms: Will joined Landers in March 2013, having previously gained 3 years experience working in a small chartered accounting practice, dealing with a mixture of clients from sole traders through to audits.

Since joining Landers he has continued to train and expand his knowledge with a wide range of clients and is nearing the end of his studies to become a qualified member of the ACCA.

Outside work: Anything car or motorsport related and frequently golf!

Claire Rumble - Client Manager

Qualifications: Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)

Experience & specialisms: Claire worked for her first practice in Hertford for 7 years gaining lots of experience with audit clients. She then worked for Landers for 3 years as a client manager, but left in 2003 to help her father run his own practice in Watford. When he retired in 2014 she returned to the Lander’s team. She now manages a mixed portfolio of sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. She carries out a variety of work including management accounts, VAT Returns, general compliance work and has a good working knowledge of Sage Line 50.

Outside work: Claire is married with three young children. When she has some free time she enjoys baking, arts and crafts and cycling.

Tarnia Elliot - Tax Manager

Experience & specialisms: Tarnia joined Landers in 2013 with over 10 years experience in the personal tax field. Having previously worked in Central London, Tarnia managed a diverse portfolio of clients where her responsibilities included completing tax returns, P11Ds, liaising with HMRC and all matters relating to client affairs. Her vast hands-on experience coupled with her organised, efficient and personable approach makes her a hugely qualified Tax Manager.

Outside work: Tarnia is kept busy looking after her young family and enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys keeping herself fit and running. She has completed several 10K races and is currently training for a half marathon.

Amanda Codling - Client Manager

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA)

Experience & specialisms: Amanda joined Landers in May 2015 having previously gained over 20 years accountancy experience working for small and medium firms, both in Public Practice and in Commerce. She is responsible for a portfolio of clients for whom she manages the compliance work and always aims to ensure clients receive the best possible service and advice.

Amanda enjoys working with growing businesses, solving their challenges and providing valuable information and assistance. She specializes in business development and profit improvement for owner managed businesses along with online accounting.

Outside work: Reflexology, family, WI, Manchester Utd, genealogy and going to the cinema.

Michael Baxter - Client Manager

Qualifications: Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) MSc Physics – University of Sussex, BSc (Hons) Physics – University of Surrey

Experience & specialisms: Michael joined Landers in October 2013, having previously gained 19 months experience working in a small chartered accountancy practice.

Since joining Landers, he has continued his studies towards the ACCA qualification whilst gaining practical experience.

Outside work: Michael enjoys playing guitar, bass, and piano.

 


 

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