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Meet the Team

Roy Adams

Roy Adams FCA Partner

Roy joined Beresfords in 1972. During his time at the practice, Roy has worked across a range of business sectors, helping companies with their accounting, auditing and compliance requirements.

Key Sectors

Motor dealers, Care Homes and Flat Management companies.

Primary Business Skills

Patience, good verbal communication and astute commercial awareness.

Outside of work

Roy is a keen Badminton player (and treasurer of his club) and also enjoys time on his allotment.

Phillip Hindle

Phillip Hindle FCCA MAAT Partner

Philip has been at Beresfords since 1984. As well as managing business development and the expanding portfolio of services for Beresfords, Phillip works closely with clients on their audits, advising on their corporate and personal tax planning, as well as business sales and acquisition.

Key Sectors

Phillip is an affiliate member of the British Franchise Association (one of only 10 accountants in the UK) and has specialist experience and knowledge of working with franchises

Primary Business Skills

Communication, management and commercial awareness.

Outside of work

Phillip enjoys cycling, rugby and travel. He is also an award winning fundraiser for Pilgrims Hospice.

Dan Payne

Dan Payne FCCA MAAT Client Manager

Dan joined Beresfords in 2005. On a day to day basis Dan manages a portfolio of clients, oversees trainees and, as a certified Xero partner, advises on the power of cloud accounting.

Key Sectors

Public houses and farms.

Primary Business Skills

Analysing and investigating, initiative and flexibility.

Outside of work

Dan enjoys playing hockey (he is also Treasurer at the Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club), golf, eating out and socialising.

Vicky Payne

Vicky Payne FCA BSc (Hons) Client Manager

Vicky has been with Beresfords since 1998. Vicky gets involved in a number of different areas at the practice including helping clients with management accounts, year-end accounts, bookkeeping software support, company/personal tax returns, VAT returns and bookkeeping.

Key Sectors


Primary Business Skills

verbal communication, analysing, investigating and initiative.

Outside of work

Vicky collects elephants, baking cakes as well as Latin and Ballroom dancing. She is also a volunteer at Broadstairs Sailing Club.

Peter Allen

Peter Allen FCA Ashford Office Manager

Peter has been working within the accountancy sector since 1990. During that time, he has amassed a wealth of experience, working across a range of sectors helping business owners prepare their accounts.

Key sectors

Finance and engineering

Primary Business Skills

Verbal communication, commercial awareness, analysing and investigating

Outside of work

Peter enjoys the cinema, going to concerts and has a keen appreciation of wine

Simon Osbourne

Simon Osbourne MAAT Office Manager

Simon is able to distil 30 years’ experience in the financial sector (as well having first-hand experience of running a business) into his role as Office Manager.

Primary Business Skills

Analysing, investigating, self-motivation, planning and organisation

Outside of work

Simon enjoys going to the gym, travelling and watching movies.


Stefan Burgess ATT Personal Tax Manager

Stefan joined Beresfords in the summer. Stefan has extensive knowledge of personal, income, capital gains and foreign taxation.

Primary Business Skills

Self-motivation, flexibility, efficiency

Outside of work

Stefan enjoys sports, movies…and chocolate.

Bryan Pearce

Bryan Pearce Accounts Assistant

Bryan has been at Beresfords for 37 years. During that time, he has been responsible for accounts production, management accounts and personal tax.

Key Sectors


Primary Business Skills

Communication, planning, organising and then analysing and investigating.

Outside of work

Bryan enjoys reading, badminton and golf. He also has two unpaid treasurer positions.

Mary Hollett

Mary Hollett MAAT Accounts Assistant

Mary has 20 years' experience working in practice. She has experience in preparing accounts for corporate and unincorporated businesses, and the preparation of charity accounts. Mary also gets involved in preparing VAT returns, preparing wages, and bookkeeping for clients using Sage line 50 and Xero online accounting software.

Key Sectors

Charities, Farms

Primary Business Skills

Analysing and investigating figures, self-motivation and communication.

Outside of work

Mary enjoys spending time with her two young daughters (especially on camping and caravanning holidays) as well as going to the gym and cycling.

Tania Leighton

Tania Leighton FMAAT Accounts Assistant

Tania brings nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting sector to her role. Her working day consists of analysing paperwork, Bookkeeping, producing draft accounts and quarterly VAT Returns.

Primary Business Skills

Analysing and investigating, written communication, planning and organisation.

Outside of work

Tania enjoys singing, socialising and reading.

Since 1995 Tania has been a search and Rescue Officer for H M Coastguard. She was awarded the Chief Coastguard’s Commendation Medal for Bravery in 2002 when she saved the life of a 10-year-old boy from the sea in gale force conditions.


Jessica Abrahams MAAT Accounts Assistant

Jessica has recently joined the Beresford’s team. Jessica is an all-rounder who primarily is responsible for preparing accounts.

Primary Business Skills

Self-motivation, analysing and investigating, planning and organising

Outside of work

Jessica is kept too busy by her children to have any hobbies

Vanessa Packman

Vanessa Packman Accounts Assistant

Vanessa has been with Beresfords for 8 years. During that time, her main areas of work have included preparing accounts to draft, creating management accounts, bookkeeping and VAT returns.

Primary Business Skills

Flexible, organised and good with time management.

Outside of work

Vanessa enjoys dancing, yoga and spending time with family/friends

Kirsty Catt

Kirsty Catt Bookkeeping & Accounts Assistant

Kirsty is training to become a qualified accountant. She has experience in bookkeeping and organising and inputting data into Xero (she is a Certified Xero advisor) as well as preparing VAT returns.

Primary Business Skills

organising, analysing and communication.

Outside of work

Kirsty likes to bake, sing and walk.

Kirsty is a volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House Charity, an organisation that aims to raise money to house families with very sick children.

Nicola Griggs

Nicola Griggs Payroll Manager

Nicola processes and manages monthly and weekly Payrolls. She also answers payroll queries and sets up pension schemes for auto enrolment.

Primary Business Skills

flexible, self-motivated and efficient.

Outside of work

Nicola enjoys fine art, horticulture and Scrabble

Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies Accounts Assistant

Originally the owner of a small accountancy practice, Rachel has 30 years’ experience with Beresfords, helping owner managed businesses with their accounts requirements; primarily Accounts preparation, VAT returns and bookkeeping

Primary Business Skills

Verbal Communication, Commercial awareness, self-motivation

Outside of work

Rachel enjoys reading, bowls and travel

Josh Hindle

Josh Hindle Trainee Accountant

Josh was a summer signing for Beresfords. Josh is part way through his AAT qualifications and is looking to utilise his IT skills within the business as well as assist with Book keeping and accounts preparation.

Primary Business Skills

Drive, flexibility and self-motivation.

Outside of Work

Josh enjoys playing and watching rugby, going to the gym and listening to music.

Glynis Saunders

Glynis Saunders Administrator

Glynis has been with Beresfords for the last 17 years. Along with Sue and Pat, Glynis helps keep the Beresford office running smoothly

Primary Business Skills

Written communication, organising and planning and time management

Outside of work

Glynis enjoys travelling, swimming and reading

Sue Robinson

Sue Robinson Administrator

Sue works closely with Glynis and Pat offering office support

Primary Business Skills

Verbal and written communication, flexibility and time management

Outside of work

Sue enjoys dancing, reading and gardening

lucy Jane

Lucy-Jane O'Malley-Brown Administrator

An experienced administrator, Lucy-Jane recently joined after completing her AAT qualifications. Lucy-Jane has primarily been brought on board to work on Book keeping, preparing accounts to draft as well ascompleting and filing VAT returns.

Primary Business Skills

Analysing and investigating figures, demonstrating initiative, drive and enthusiasm for her subject.

Outside of work

Lucy-Jane enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her friends and family (and spending money boosting the UK retail sector). Using her commercial acumen, Lucy-Jane raises money for ABC; a Charity funding pioneering research to improving detection and treatment of cancer.

Pat Gare

Pat Gare Administrator

Pat has been with Beresfords for the last 20 years. Also with Sue and Glynis Pat provides administrative support

Primary Business Skills

Written communication, organisation, time management

Outside of work

Pat enjoys reading and travel

Lesley Parker

Lesley Parker Xero Trainer

With a wealth of experience in bookkeeping, Lesley is the Xero Accounting Trainer. She works with clients to ensure their Xero queries are answered and they get the most from the Xero programme.

Primary Business Skills

Flexibility, self-motivation and tenacity.

Outside of work

Lesley enjoys photography, golf and cooking

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith Administration Assistant

Lisa came on board in January 2017 to help the administration team with daily tasks.

Primary Business Skills

Self-motivation, written communication and time management

Outside of Work

Lisa enjoys walking her 2 dogs and having fun with her 3 children. Lisa also gets fully involved with volunteer work for a religious charity.