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Southend: 01702 433313
Maldon: 01621 874590
I established Devonports in 1994 with a handful of personal friends as clients and since that time the practice has continued to grow. I am a Fellow Member of the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) as well as Chair of the IFA’s Member Advisory Committee (MAC), and Ambassador for the Essex Branch of the Institute.
I enjoy keeping busy and, in particular, being able to look after and advise my varied client base, which includes small micro businesses to medium size clients, especially in this ever-changing world of compliance and tax changes. I make sure that clients are both fully informed and compliant, and that they take advantage of the tax breaks that are available to them. My friendly manner ensures that the fear factor is removed for clients. Indeed, most comment that I am unlike any other accountant that they have ever met.
I live with my partner, who I have been with for over twenty years. I enjoy fast cars and fine dining and the odd bottle of champagne.
Having been involved in many areas of financial services for a substantial number of years I set up LAS Partnership in 1997 with the object of being a proactive firm of Accountants who told clients what they needed to hear, not what they wanted to hear. I also had the relationship with all my clients that I worked “With” them not “For” them. I have always had a very frank and direct approach to problems and problem solving and it is something that my clients have always been very grateful for. This different to normal attitude proved very successful and as I had known the team at Devonports for over fifteen years the decision to merge with such a likeminded company was not very difficult and it brought together two teams of very client focused professionals.
Out of work I enjoy any water sports whether sailing or motor boating and travelling around the country with my wife and our dogs. Like Ian, I also have a penchant for nice cars and good cognac.
I joined Devonports as an accounts clerk in February 2003, and have worked alongside Ian ever since. In April 2014, I became a director of the company, looking after my own portfolio of clients, as well as assisting Ian's clients. I am fluent in three languages, including Italian and Albanian. I am the ‘all-rounder’ of the team, being able to assist both companies and individual clients in all areas of accountancy. My friendly manner and approachability ensure that clients feel at ease when talking through any issues.
I enjoy playing football and participating in outdoor sports and sailing. A keen traveller with a Mediterranean background.
I qualified from Southampton University with a degree in Physics in 2009 and in 2010 joined (what was formerly LAS Partnership) to undertake my Chartered Accountancy exams and learn how to practice the right way, not just how the textbooks would lead you to believe you should. My internship with PWC in the summer of 2008 made me realise that I craved a more personal and direct relationship with my clients. The merger with Devonports has allowed to me to continue this client based focus albeit on a much grander scale with the support of a much greater team behind me.
In 2014 I qualified with the ACCA and I am now a fellow member of the IFA and the IPA as well as the ACCA. My focus is always on quality over quantity and focussing on the bigger picture, looking forwards and being proactive is a much more arduous task than looking back and being reactive, but it is often the most rewarding and financially prudent path.
In my spare time I am a keen sailor and have been racing competitively since I was 9 years old. I enjoy playing snooker and golf, I am a Marvel obsessive and if I am not spending time with my wife and three young children, I can be found in my workshop making custom woodworking tools and making whatever creations I can possibly dream up!
Having joined Devonports in July 2014, I was made a director in March 2018. I now have amassed over 12 years of experience in practice having started my career when I left college in 2006. I gained my ACCA qualification in 2012 and obtained my practising certificate in 2014. I am committed to the profession and enjoy all aspects, from the basics to the very technical, as well as helping clients on a day to day basis with their business needs.
I am a family man and, having got married in 2013, I now have two young children who keep me busy most weekends with football and dancing. When I am not at work or spending time with the family, I enjoy socialising with friends and when the opportunity arises, I like to play football and many other sports, although with a young family these are now the priority.
I joined Devonports in January 2020 when they merged with the practice I was a partner in. I have been working in the accountancy industry since leaving school and have 25 years’ experience and am a fellow member of the Institute of Financial Accountants.
I have a range of clients and their businesses in my portfolio and have a vast knowledge of the construction industry scheme. I love helping my clients and there is nothing better than seeing them succeed and grow their businesses.
My son and stepchildren keep me very busy outside of work and I enjoy socialising with my friends and family when we can. Travelling is a great passion of mine and there a lot of places in the world I want to go and visit.
Since starting my accountancy career in 2011 I have amassed over 10 years’ experience in practice and after joining Devonports in 2017, I have worked my way up to Client Portfolio Manager.
I manage a wide range of clients, but mainly specialise in limited companies regulated under FRS102 and 102a. I also have great knowledge in VAT, CIS, corporate and personal tax and other technical matters, where I spend much of my time troubleshooting for clients.
I’m also a great advocate of paperless working and, as the digital age is upon us, I think it’s extremely important to use accountancy software to efficiently report real time information, especially with the upcoming MTD changes with HMRC.
Outside of accountancy I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, going to the gym, cars and fixing things.
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Junior Accountant and Payroll Clerk
My accountancy career started in 2006, where I gained experience working in practice whilst studying for ACCA. Since qualifying in 2011, I have worked in both industry and practice. I have vast knowledge in accounts, bookkeeping, VAT, CIS and payroll for small and medium companies as well as personal tax for individuals, in various business sectors.
Having joined Devonports in 2021, I look forward to building new relationships with both my colleagues and clients, assisting them in all aspects of accounting.
My spare time is spent with family and friends, normally with lots of food and drink.
Client Portfolio Manager
I joined Devonports in November 2019 bringing 15 years of experience in accountancy practice including 2 years of working as part of a tax advisory team at a top 30 firm. I am a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and I have passed my Chartered Tax Advisor examinations. I enjoy meeting clients and sharing my thorough knowledge of business.
In my spare time I like to follow English football in particular Southend United. I love holidays in warmer countries during the summer relaxing by a pool after working hard during the year.
I started at Devonports Accountants in June 2015. I assist with weekly, fortnightly, 4 weekly and monthly payrolls, along with monthly CIS returns as well as VAT. My skills and experience have been gained from working for 20 years in Accounts offices. I have had a gap to have two children who are now grown up, and have now returned to full time work.
I joined Devonports in 2008 as a bookkeeper and have over 20 years’ experience in both practice and industry. Within Devonports my main responsibilities are Bookkeeping and VAT, and I enjoy talking to clients and assisting them.
I am married and have a son, who keeps me busy out of work hours. A keen reader, I have just joined a book club.
I joined Devonports in 2010, assisting with general reception duties and the Property Management portfolio together with bringing in new systems, including the launching of the Fee Protection Scheme.
Today I am the Office/Practice Manager, where my responsibilities include assisting the directors in the day to day running of the business and ensuring that the office runs smoothly. I am always available to clients to assist them with their queries and concerns, so please contact me.
I was recently made an honorary member of the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) and since 2013 I have assisted the local ‘IFA Ambassadors’ with running the various networking events in both the East Anglia area but also in the South East, a role that I enjoy and has brought me into contact with many professionals from all sectors of the financial arena.
Outside of work with the family now grown up and moving away, my weekends are more free and this allows me to spend time with my husband, with friends and always with the dog. I enjoy visiting restaurants and trying new foods, and still bake cakes when I have the time.
I have been with Devonports since 2005, having previously spent 20 years in the banking industry. I am responsible for the secretarial side of things and reception.
I am a keen tennis player and a lifelong Southend United supporter. I live with my partner and our Fox Terrier Stanley and tortoises Sidney & Sparkle.
I joined Devonports in June 2018. I graduated from the University of Modena "Marco Biagi Departments of Economics”, where I studied Business Management and worked in Italy from 2009 to February 2018. After getting married I moved to England to build my life with my husband.
My role at Devonports includes bookkeeping, Vat returns, accounts preliminary preparation and payroll.
Currently I am studying in association with the IFA to improve my knowledge in English tax law.
I enjoy keeping busy and in my spare time I like being with my nephews. My hobbies are reading books, travelling and shopping.
I joined Devonports in October 2018 and am currently undergoing a Business Admin Apprenticeship.
My main role involves monitoring compliance with strict AML (Anti Money Laundering) regulations.
This means inputting, checking, uploading and retrieving information, ID and proof of addresses from our clients and maintaining our AML database.
Other duties include submitting confirmation statements to Companies House and answering the telephone and directing calls as appropriate.
My hobbies and interests are Sport, TV, Films and going out with my friends.
I’m a massive Spurs fan and often go and watch games with friends and family whilst enjoying a beer, or two!
I have spent my entire working life in the financial services industry. I began my career in retail banking before joining a private bank in London where I spent 18 happy years in a variety of senior roles.
Throughout my career I have been committed to continuous professional development and as well as completing a number of professional qualifications, I recently attained the Diploma in Advanced Mortgage Advice.
I have spent the majority of my working life in the financial services industry. I have been a mortgage and protection administrator for over 11 years, ensuring clients’ mortgage applications progress smoothly through to completion. Over the years, I have built up close relationships with most lenders’ mortgage underwriting staff. This experience is often the key to helping push a mortgage case forward when things get complicated.
Karina previously worked in the automotive industry. She is studying to become a bookkeeper and payroll administrator.
Karina carries out routine and Company Secretarial matters and is building relationships with our clients. She runs many of our payroll services and prepares VAT returns for some of our bookkeeping clients.
Karina enjoys spending time with her family and in the school holidays, going on camping trips around the UK.
I joined LAS Partnership in August 2017 as Office/Administration Manager.
My responsibilities include ensuring the smooth running of the office, onboarding new clients, dealing with Companies House matters, managing our OneDrive, SmartVault and TaxCalc systems, chasing clients for paperwork, sending out invoice reminders and general day-to-day admin.
I’m a mother to a 10 year old daughter so a lot of my time is spent with her! When I have spare time, I enjoy long walks, spending time with friends and family and cooking.
I joined Devonports as of September 2020 as an accounts semi-senior, with 3 years prior experience within an accountancy practice.
My role involves preparing financial accounts, VAT returns, tax returns, payroll and any other assistance that may be required of myself. Along with this I am also currently studying AAT finishing my level 3 and progressing towards level 4. I am hoping to complete my AAT courses and further continue studies and eventually be ACCA qualified in the future.
I am 22 years old and frequently enjoy watching football and supporting Southend United, along with going to games with friends and family. Along with this I am very competitive when it comes to fantasy football which I spend most my weekends working on! Along with this I enjoy watching other sports such as tennis and cricket and hanging out with friends and drinking on the weekend.
Since joining LAS Partnership in 2015, I have achieved an AAT qualification for both Level 3 and Level 4. I am currently studying for the ACA CTA Joint Programme qualification of which I expect to complete within the next 12 months.
Since starting my accountancy career, I have progressed through bookkeeping, payroll, CIS and now I am responsible for the Tax affairs of a significant number of our clients, specifically Personal Tax and Self-Assessment. I have developed a keen interest and understanding of property taxation and have undertaken several property declarations to HMRC under the Let Property Campaign. I enjoy the intricacies of HMRC enquiries and complaints, with my primary focus always being on assisting clients to resolve any tax related concerns or issues.
Since merging with Devonports in October 2022, it is abundantly clear that we all have an extremely bright, cohesive and evolving future ahead of us!
In my spare time, I very much enjoy walking, socialising with friends and family, baking, travelling and sitting down to a thrilling TV crime drama.
I joined LAS Partnership in 2017, and since that time I have completed my Level 3 & Level 4 AAT Qualifications. I am currently studying towards my ATT CTA qualification.
Since starting I have gained experience by working on the book-keeping, payroll and CIS. My current role at Devonports LAS consists of overseeing payroll and CIS for Maldon clients as well as preparation and submission of VAT returns.
I joined Devonports as an apprentice in September 2020. I am currently studying AAT Level 2 Bookkeeping Controls and working towards my AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting qualification. I have previously achieved my AAT Level 2 Bookkeeping Transactions.
During my spare time I enjoy playing football as well as many other sports and spending time with friends and family. Outside of the office, my other interests include a huge passion for cars and enjoy having meals and watching TV.
I am passionate about helping SME Business owners. I am a Chartered Accountant with strong strategic financial and commercial background. I have held various board level roles including – COO, Finance Director and Operations Director. I have vast experience across a range of sectors including Professional Services, Technology, Shipping, Recycling and Education. I use this breadth of experience and knowledge to help grow entrepreneurial and innovative SMEs. I give clients straightforward and clear advice having spent years on the other side of the fence running a business.
I also have vast experience of the innovation space- specifically specialising in Research and Development tax credits. Many businesses undertake significant R&D activity without even realising they qualify. We regularly get clients £000s in R & D tax credit repayments. I am always looking to help companies with this extremely valuable area of tax planning.
I enjoy keeping fit, I am a big fan of my Peloton, I love world travel – I backpacked around the world with my wife for a year and a half. My other passion is food and I am love regularly dining out.
I am a qualified Chartered Certified accountant and have operated my own practice since 2000.
I have a wealth of experience working with owner managed businesses of various sizes in many and varied industry sectors. My client base is diverse but with a particular emphasis on the construction industry. I also carry out several Independent Examinations for small local charities.
I joined Devonports LAS in April 2023 and bring my own client base within the Devonports LAS family, which will increase the services that can be provided to them.
I enjoy spending my leisure time with my wife and family and enjoy live music. I can also be found at London Stadium where I am a West Ham United season ticket holder.
I joined Devonports in March 2021 and hold a Master’s degree in Finance Accounting and Auditing. I have experience in collecting and analysing data, database management and report preparation.
I have a vast knowledge of bookkeeping, payroll and finance software and am committed to the accounting profession in order to learn and grow further my career. My role involves processing the payroll for our clients, preparing financial accounts, VAT returns and recently I have been involved in preparing Personal Tax for individuals. I am currently undergoing my ACCA qualification and hoping to complete it as soon as possible.
I enjoy reading and searching for thought-provoking information, not necessarily work-related. Also, I love to travel when there is no pandemic going on.
I joined Devonports straight out of college in July 2022, where I obtained my Level 2 and 3 in AAT, Financial Studies, and Business Studies. I will be working towards achieving my AAT Level 4 qualification and am hoping to complete this by the summer of 2023.
My role consists of assisting in the preparation of financial accounts, VAT returns, tax returns, and any other general assistance that may be required of myself.
During my spare time, I enjoy watching/playing basketball and football as well as spending time with friends and family.
I have recently joined Devonports LAS as a Junior Accountant and Payroll Clerk. I hold a Bachelor and Master degree in Accounting and Finance.
In my previous job, I've been working within the Finance Department and have gained a lot of knowledge and experience.
I am very hard-working person and always looking forward to new challenges.
I see Devonports LAS as a good opportunity to grow more professionally as well as personally.
During my free time, I enjoy watching movies, reading books and spending time with my family.
I recently joined Devonports as an Accountant, having completed my Bachelor's in Business Administration and Master's Degree.
I have a proven experience in the finance and accounting department of an international company.
I have worked with different financial software and managed a large set of clients in the accountancy terms.
I am very passionate about cooking and love spending my free time with my loved ones.
I hold a Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree and for the last 4 years I have worked as a clients’ support manager, and previous to that have obtained 3 years’ experience as an online fraud analyst officer.
I have also obtained 9 years’ experience within the customer support field and projects operation area with Multinational companies, maintaining the work-flow standards and procedures by improving accuracy, quality assurance, efficiency and productivity.
I'm a sport cars lover, WTCC and BTCC races are my favourite shows. I also like fishing and sailing trips. However, my current basic hobby is collecting diecast cars models, besides enjoying time with my family as much as I can.
I joined Devonports LAS in October 2023. I hold a Msc. in Accounting and Auditing and am currently undergoing my ACCA qualification. I have been working in the accountancy industry for 8 years since I was a student, managing national and international based clients operating in different industries.
I have a deep knowledge of accounting, financial software and IFRS, being able to complete the full cycle of accounting ending with preparation of Financial Statements. Over the past 2 years I have been also preparing corporate sales tax returns for all USA countries.
I love reading classics and travel, feeling guilty lately for abandoning my guitar. Traveling makes you wise! Once you see the world, your problems become very small.
I joined Devonport in September 2023 and hold a MSc in Finance & Accounting. For the last 7 years I’ve worked as an account/finance manager in an international marketing agency, where I would assist in forecasting, budgeting reports and bookkeeping. I have also been involved in marketing projects and media planning where I gained experience in data analysis & reports. Later I joined a firm in the position of Accounting Associate in a New York based CPA office, where I gained a lot of experience in bookkeeping, payrolls, Sales tax, new business applications and tax return filings. My goal is to start the ACCA as soon as possible.
Even in the world of finance a good sense of humour is the secret sauce to success.
I like to travel, hang out with my family and friends and an animal lover.
I recently joined Devonports LAS as a Junior Accountant and Payroll Clerk and hold a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Master degree in Marketing.
For more than two years now I have been working in a Finance Department and have worked with international corporates in different industries. Being part of the Devonports LAS team offers me a an opportunioty to further my career in accounting and motivates me to never quit learning and improving myself.
My passion is reading classic novels and also travel in different countries around the world. I love trying new things in life and challenge myself in my personal life as well as in my professional life.
I joined Devonports LAS in August 2023, less than one month after graduating with a Bachelor degree in "Banking and Finance".
Previously, I had some experiences at various accounting offices, where I started to get used to and understand the process of accounting and bookkeeping. I am very happy to become part of the Devonports LAS working team. Furthermore, I firmly believe that it is a big step forward for me at such a young age and will help me succeed in my professional goals and interpersonal relationships.
Apart from that, since the age of 5 years old, I have been playing music. I am a pianist and keyboarder, serving for bands and young singers in live sessions and also organizing and taking part in various concerts, festivals and cultural events that include music. I am a fan of '80s, '90s and early 2000s rock n roll and hip-hop music. In addition to that I am a big football fan.