I was born in Doncaster and moved to Tyne and Wear in 1987 to do my Accountancy degree in Newcastle. I commenced as a Chartered Accountant trainee with Jennings Johnson (in Sunderland) in 1990 and qualified in 1993. I stayed with Jennings Johnson who later got taken over by Tenon and then became RSM Tenon, one of the top 6th/7th accountancy firms in the UK/world. A few years later Baker Tilly acquired RSM Tenon and following the closure of the Sunderland office I felt it was time for a change and joined my fellow director-shareholder colleague at Debere Limited, a small independent Chartered Accountants/Chartered Tax firm of Accountants/Tax Advisors, based in Washington. As at June 2017 we have 13 employees including myself and Tony Tomlin, our Tax Director, and are currently looking at expanding to 15 employees within the next couple of months. We have a wide range of clients ranging from sole traders, partnerships to limited companies ranging in turnover from £10k to £43M but the majority of clients have a turnover between £250k and £5M. We have a number of local charitable clients, including some where we carry out the outsourcing (i.e. preparing their monthly management accounts).
I am married and live in Washington with my husband, 3 children and chocolate Labrador called Bentley. As well as being an unpaid taxi to our 2 younger children, I enjoy going to the gym, going on dog walks, socialising with friends and going on holidays with family and friends.
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