Our Team

Meet our team...

Paul Worthington ACA ACMA ATT CTA – Managing Director

Paul trained with a Practice in East Yorkshire after leaving university and then pursued a ten year career in travel becoming Finance Director for Skiworld Travel Group. In 1998 he was appointed Head of Finance for Europe and The Middle East for The Sportsworld Media Group PLC. By virtue of his vast experience in commerce his particular skill is the ability to provide practical business consultancy advice to clients to help them grow and develop their own businesses. Paul is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Management Accountant, Taxation Technician and Chartered Tax Adviser. He is also a member of the ICAEW Tax and Financial Reporting Faculty.

Emma Newnham FCCA CTA – Client Services Director

Emma joined the Practice is September 2015 from Shaw Gibbs, a large Oxford Practice, where she was a director. She spent 12 years with them specialising in advising both individual clients and SME’s on taxation and accountancy. Emma is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants as well as being a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Emma is also Head of Legal Services for the Practice having passed her Probate exams in June 2016, as a result the Practice is now licenced by the ICAEW to carry out non contentious Probate work.

Chris Paterson FCCA – Business Development Director

Chris joined the practice in 2017 and became a Partner in 2019. He qualified as a chartered certified accountant in 2015 and has a wide range of experience with clients across many different sectors. Chris enjoys working with start up businesses, particularly in the tech sector where he has specialist knowledge of R&D claims, SEIS/EIS investments and employee share schemes. He is currently on the final hurdle of his Chartered Tax Adviser qualification.

Gary Hamilton FCCA – Senior Associate

Prior to joining the firm in September 2019, Gary worked for a large practice with offices in Oxford & London where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant. Gary’s specialism lies in providing clear and pragmatic advice to individuals, owner managed businesses and larger corporates across a range of sectors. Gary is adept at forming effective remuneration plans for his clients and working with them to create sound financial plans for the future. His clear approach helps his clients understand and implement the accountancy and taxation advice he provides.

Patricia Rizan FCA - Associate

Following our successful merger in December 2018 we are delighted to have Patricia working with us as an Associate. She has worked for many years running her own Practice in Burghfield Common and has built up a diverse portfolio of private individuals and businesses to whom she has provided invaluable advice and expertise during this time.

Kirsty Cove ACA – Senior Practice Financial Accountant

Kirsty joined us in February 2019.She graduated at Cardiff University in 2012 with a degree in Accounting and Finance and afterwards commenced an ICAEW training contract qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2016. Kirsty specialises in Financial Reporting compliance for small companies and manages a portfolio of clients, oversees our bookkeeping department and leads our client making tax digital implementation programme.


Kate Pollinger FCA CTA – Tax and Payroll Manager

Kate joined the Practice in February 2017, she trained with PWC after leaving University specialising in tax, after 14 years she moved to Deloitte as Senior Manager in employment taxation. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and England and Wales and also qualified in 1996 as a Chartered Tax Adviser. She left Deloitte in 2008 for a career break to focus on her two boys and has now returned to work. Kate oversees our payroll function as well as assisting clients with the implementation of auto enrolment and advising on personal tax matters. She works Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Henry Lloyd MAAT ATT – Senior Account Manager

Henry joined the Practice in March 2013, he is a qualified Accounting Technician and member of the Association of Taxation Technicians. He is currently studying for his exams with the Chartered Institute of Taxation specialising is personal tax and owner managed business taxation. Henry has a portfolio of clients for whom he completes monthly management accounts and he also prepares annual accounts and individual tax returns.

Jalal Hussain MAAT – Senior Account Manager

Jalal joined the Practice in January 2015 and has since successfully completed his AAT training gaining his MAAT qualification in summer 2017. He is currently studying for his ACCA qualification. Jalal works for a range of client’s accounts, bookkeeping and preparing VAT returns and is particularly experienced in cloud accounting packages such as Xero, Quickbooks, Sageone, Clearbooks and Kashflow.

Jordan Watkins – Senior Account Manager

Jordan joined us in June 2019 after returning from a six month worldwide trip. Prior to his travels he worked in Practice for five years managing a portfolio of more than 60 Xero clients so he has an intimate knowledge of Xero and it’s functionality. He graduated at Reading University with a degree in Economics and is an ACCA finalist having passed 13 out of his 14 modules with just his final paper to sit in September. Jordan helps clients with VAT, tax and accounts queries and is also experienced in using Freeagent, Quickbooks and Kashflow.

Lauren Taylor – Account Manager

Following a successful work experience placement in February 2018, Lauren joined us full time in July 2018. She completed a fast track AAT course at Reading College completing both levels 2 & 3 in June 2018 with distinction. She is now studying for level 4 and is hoping to qualify as a MAAT in 2019. Lauren manages her own portfolio of clients, looking after their bookkeeping requirements, VAT returns and accounts preparation.

Tara Loft – Account Manager

Tara joined the Practice in October 19 as a trainee accountant. She is currently working towards her AAT qualification. Previously Tara has worked in finance roles in both the UK and Melbourne. Tara assists Kate with payroll as well as looking after her own portfolio of clients assisting with bookkeeping, VAT returns, management accounts and accounts preparation.

Susie Peat – Senior Bookkeeper

Susie has a wealth of accounting experience having worked in Finance for 3M, Dell, Moore Stephens and Vale & West. She is CIMA part qualified and joined us in September 2018 to head up our bookkeeping department. She looks after the regular bookkeeping assignments for a number of our clients.

Karen Hall – Senior Bookkeeper

Karen has worked for over 20 years in finance and office management with roles overseeing sales and purchase ledger functions as well as managing company HR and payroll. She has experience in multi-currency accounts, cashflow and management accounts. She is also an experienced Sage Line 50 and Xero user and manages her own portfolio of clients keeping all their accounts up to date.

Manpreet Bansal – Bookkeeper

Manpreet joined the Practice in September 2019 after working in banking for 8 years. She has achieved her City and Guilds in Bookkeeping and is currently working towards her AAT advanced diploma in Bookkeeping. Manpreet is a Xero certified advisor and manages the bookkeeping for several of our clients.

Julie Newman – PA and Practice Manager

Julie joined the Practice in May 2016 to undertake the much needed role of Practice Manager. Julie acts as PA for both Paul and Emma and also ensures the smooth running of the Practice and in many cases will be client’s first point of contact. Julie has a long experience in accounts and office administration and prior to joining worked for the University of Reading.

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