Malcolm Sinclair – B Com. FCA
Experience: Originally from New Zealand, Malcolm qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers working for them in both New Zealand and Australia before transferring to central London. Joining the practice in 1990, Malcolm acts primarily for SMEs and has had many years experience providing audit and commercial planning advice to business owners throughout all stages of the business lifecycle, from start-up to succession and exit planning. In addition to accounting and tax compliance work, Malcolm provides practical advice to business owners as well as helping with commercial solutions to day-to-day problems. He has expertise on a wide range of business issues and detailed knowledge and experience across a wide range of business sectors including travel, financial services and property development. Keen to establish long-term business relationships, he has acted for a number of his current clients for over twenty years.
Stuart Wright – Bacc (Hons) FCA
Experience: Stuart trained and qualified with Baker Tilly before leaving in 2000 to join Virgin Atlantic as their Group Financial Accountant. He left in 2002 and moved to Berkeley Homes where he was the Finance Director in charge of their West London operations. He joined Barnbrook Sinclair in 2006 after completing a 6 month placement as the interim Divisional Finance Director at Logica (Space & Defence). Stuart became a Partner of Barnbrook Sinclair in 2009 and he now looks after a wide range of corporate clients and has assisted from initial business start ups through to company sale events, including the sale of a defence and security technology company to an AIM listed Plc and the sale of a recruitment company to ReThink Group.
Stuart is also involved at a local level with the Woking Chamber of Commerce, and having been the Treasurer for a number of years and the President of the Chamber from 2014 to 2016, he now sits on the main executive committee. He is a firm believer in the fact that Woking is a great place to do business and his various roles within the chamber is a natural extension of his commitment to the local business community.
Being involved in local issues, Stuart is also a keen supporter of the Woking & Sam Beare hospices, and cycled from London to Paris to help raise funds for the hospice.
Andy Carpenter – FCA
Experience: Andy joined Baker Tilly in 1998 and progressed from trainee all the way through to director. He spent 10 years in the audit team ultimately looking after the Guildford office’s large Owner Managed Business clients before transferring across to the Accounting and Advisory team to grow it from a small business unit to a team capable of dealing with complex financial reporting, management reporting and outsourced finance director assignments. Andy has detailed experience in a broad range of sectors ranging from Financial Services, Property & Construction and Travel & Retail with the common specialism of dealing with the issues and providing practical solutions to the problems encountered by Owner Managed Businesses.
He joined Barnbrook Sinclair in April 2012 to assist them with their larger clients and to grow the business in his areas of expertise developed at Baker Tilly and he became a partner of the firm in January 2013.
Leo Bentley – BSc (Hons), CTA
Experience: Leo qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 2002 before joining the Private Client Team of Baker Tilly in 2007. Leo managed the Private Client Team, was on the firm’s national unincorporated business tax group and was responsible for the majority of the office’s partnership clients. Due to the diverse affairs of his clients, Leo has a wealth of experience in dealing with all aspects of personal tax matters with a primary focus on income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax and non-UK domicile issues.
Leo prides himself on building close working relationships with his clients and strives to develop the trusted advisor status that all clients deserve. He has a particular emphasis on being approachable, quick to respond and ensuring that the complex world of taxation is explained in a clear and concise manner.
Leo joined as a Partner of the firm in April 2014.
Alison Holmes – BA (Hons) ACA
Experience: Alison qualified with BDO Binder Hamlyn in London before moving to work for the WH Smith Group as a Group Accountant and then for Waterstones in a strategic planning role, her spell in industry lasting six years.
Following a decision to return to private practice, Alison joined Barnbrook Sinclair in 1996, at the time when Self assessment for income tax was introduced, and she helped the firm to develop its personal tax client services. Thereafter she developed a client portfolio consisting of small owner-managed businesses, sole traders and partnerships and personal tax clients, many of whom she has now advised for many years and who rely on Alison’s sound commercial advice in running their businesses and organising their taxation affairs.
Ben Spittle – BSc (Hons), FCCA
Experience: Ben began his training in 1997 with a small practice in Hampshire before moving to Baker Tilly to finish his studies and broaden his professional experience. Developing his accounting and business advisory skills during 15 years within the accounts team, Ben was ultimately responsible for a large portfolio of Owner Managed Businesses. He prides himself on providing his clients with exceptional service, giving sound professional advice and practical business solutions to a diverse range of client sectors including retail, professional services, investment companies, construction and tradesmen.
Ben has significant financial modelling expertise for a variety of client sectors, designing and developing bespoke Excel models that produce integrated financial reports with an array of flexing options to allow the client to consider all appropriate ‘what-if’ scenarios. Other specialisms include LLPs and general partnerships, start-ups, management accounts and KPI analysis. Ben joined as a Partner in Barnbrook Sinclair in September 2013.
Michael Vernon-Dier – FCCA
Experience: Michael joined Baker Tilly in 1989 and qualified in 1994. Post qualification he worked in the audit team and progressed to audit manager before leaving in 1998 and joining a smaller practice as a partner. As a partner, Michael’s worked on corporate clients and helped to develop and expand the firm’s SME team. During his time at that practice, he worked with clients in a number of industry sectors, advising on a broad range of issues as well as dealing with all of the expected compliance requirements. Consistent throughout this time was Michael’s focus on working with clients to help them with the financial aspects of their business and to avoid surprises. Michael joined as a partner of the firm in November 2019 to enhance the advisory offerings of the practice.
Jo Kavanagh – FCCA
Experience: Jo has been with the practice since 1994 and qualified in 1997. Before joining Barnbrook Sinclair, Jo spent six years with a similar sized practice in Essex working on all aspects of accounting and taxation for a variety of both corporate and non corporate businesses. Since joining Barnbrook Sinclair, Jo has focused on the corporate businesses and has built up a client portfolio comprising limited companies of varying sizes. Jo has acted for many of these clients for a number of years. Jo’s role includes advising on company incorporations and new businesses, corporate accounting, interim management accounting, corporation tax and self assessment tax returns for Company Directors.
Robert Gregory – FCA
Experience: Robert began his training in 1980 with Menzies and qualified in 1985.
Before joining Barnbrook Sinclair Robert spent 19 years with a similar sized firm in Surrey, working on all aspects of accounting and taxation for family owned businesses, both corporate and non-corporate.
Robert joined Barnbrook Sinclair in 2004 and his client portfolio consists of owner managed businesses, sole traders and personal tax clients, a number of whom he has advised for many years.
Hannah Burke – FCCA
Experience: Hannah joined the practice in 1997 as a trainee. She qualified with the firm and has progressed through to Senior Manager. She specialises in supporting the partners on all the larger corporate clients with an all round knowledge of Management Accounting, Financial Reporting and Corporate Tax. She works very closely with most of the firm’s larger clients, acting as a key point of contact for the day to day ad-hoc queries of the accounts teams as well as working on the year end compliance services. She therefore has a detailed understanding of the more complex accounting software package Sage Line 200, as well as Sage Line 50.
Lesley Gregory FCCA
Lesley trained with a local firm of Chartered Accountants qualifying in 1991. Lesley has worked in both professional practices and in Industry.
Having joined Barnbrook Sinclair in 1997 she looks after a variety of clients both corporate and non corporate dealing with their accounting and taxation requirements, specialising in the smaller SME businesses.
Victoria Knight ACCA
Victoria joined the firm in 2012 as a trainee accountant and qualified with the firm in 2017. Victoria’s role has developed to being a key part of the audit team and assisting with the larger corporate clients. As well as this, Victoria maintains her own portfolio of SME’s and assists with the monthly, quarterly and annual compliance requirements of these clients.
Lauren Brooker BSc (Hons) ACCA
Lauren joined the firm in May 2017, having previously trained with a smaller firm in Berkshire since 2012. Lauren previously worked in the pharmaceuticals industry after graduating, having a background in science. She works mostly on the firm’s corporate clients and assists with monthly, quarterly and annual compliance.
Rebecca Karon ACCA
Rebecca started her training at a small firm in Guildford where she successfully passed her AAT exams. She joined Barnbrook Sinclair in 2016 where she completed her studying towards ACCA in October 2018.
Rebecca assists with ensuring clients are getting to grips with the Making Tax Digital legislation and has implemented various different softwares with a wide range of our clients. She particularly enjoys this side of her work. Using her knowledge of the cloud software packages she helps select the software that best suits the client and will provide support throughout the transition process.
Rebecca mainly deals with SMEs and the day to day ad-hoc queries from her portfolio of clients.
Sammy Tod ATT
Sammy started her tax career with Baker Tilly in 1987, focusing specifically on Corporation Tax obtaining her ATT qualification in 1997.
During her career she has obtained experience dealing with R & D and RDEC claims for both SME’s and large companies and has extensive experience in dealing with ATED reporting obligations. In recent years she has developed her tax experience to include Personal tax and joined Barnbrook Sinclair in September 2018, bringing additional experience to the growing tax team.
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