Staff Directory

Martin van Beek - Director

Qualifications: FCCA

Martin has been with Ashleys for over 20 years. A Dutchman by birth, Martin has lived in England for over 25 years. A self-proclaimed ‘multi-skilled’ accountant, Martin’s mix of skills and experience have been deployed across a varied and diverse client base to deliver measurable results. Many of Ashleys’ clients have given testimony to Martin’s ability to help them grow and succeed.

Sarah Evans - Audit Manager

Qualifications: BSc FCA

Sarah is a graduate of Sheffield University, where she studied Geography. She has 10 years experience of working for one of the Top 4 accountancy firms in the UK, where she rose up through the ranks to become Audit Manager. Sarah joined Ashleys in 2003 where her focus is on the audits of limited companies and groups.

Lisa McCole - Director

Qualifications: ACA MAAT

Lisa joined Ashleys in 2000 and gained her Chartered Accountant status in 2005. She now successfully manages her own portfolio of over 150 clients, dealing with all their queries and providing numerous services including auditing, annual and management accounts preparation, VAT return preparation, company formation and incorporation and Sage computer training.

More recently Lisa has been involved with managing our pioneering new range of added value services offered to clients, including providing cashflow forecasts and benchmarking reports.

Alistair Forsyth - Tax Manager

Qualifications: CTA ATT

Having joined Ashleys in 1999, Alistair is furnished with experience of working at one of the top 4 accountancy practices in the UK and with HM Revenue and Customs. This combined with his Chartered Tax Advisor status, Alistair provides an array of tax related services.

These include compliance issues be it completion of personal tax returns, corporation tax returns capital gains and inheritance tax calculations to tax planning including saving taxes by incorporating sole traders / partnerships, methods of profit extraction and capital taxes planning.

Alistair will also discuss many other methods of helping businesses from our range of value added products. Alistair ensures that all matters are dealt with in a clear and comprehensible manner.

Ken Jones - Payroll Manager

Ken joined Ashleys in 2009 bringing with him over thirty years experience in payroll in both systems and payroll administration. When he is not running payrolls Ken can be found running the streets of Hertfordshire in preparation for his next marathon.

Kate Lendrum - Accounts Senior

Qualifications: ACA

Kate, a maths graduate from Leeds university, trained and qualified at one of the top four UK accountancy firms. She gained her Chartered Accountant status in 2008. Kate joined Ashleys in October 2015 and is responsible for the preparation of financial statements as well as dealing with day to day client queries.

Taylor Patterson - Semi Senior Accountant

Qualifications: MAAT, part qualified ACCA

Taylor has been with Ashleys since the beginning of September 2012, after having moved to the area from Scotland. She achieved her AAT qualification in September 2015 and is currently studying to become ACCA qualified. Her main duties at Ashleys include the preparation of accounts, VAT returns and dealing with day to day client queries.

Chloe Hemmings - Trainee Accountant

Chloe originally started in March 2015 as our reception administrator. As of March 2016 she decided to move into our accounts team. She is currently studying towards her AAT qualification.

Leanne Morgan - Accounts Senior

Qualifications: MAAT

Leanne joined Ashleys in 2004 fresh from school. She achieved her AAT qualification a few years ago.  Her main focus is the preparation of financial statements and dealing with day to day client queries ranging from Sage to VAT returns.

Heather Harvey - Accounts Senior

Heather joined us in December 2002, having previously served with a well-known accountancy firm.  Her focus is on Corporate accounts.  Heather co-manages a wide portfolio of diverse clients.

Rose Marsden - Office Clerk

Rose is a busy mum who has been with Ashleys since 2003. She works part-time, dealing with the day to day duties of the office and works alongside the Business Centre Coordinator to help ensure that the office is kept in an orderly fashion.

Sarah-Louise Mutton - Business Centre Coordinator/PA

Nancy Cummins - Credit Controller

When not chasing the Ashleys Debtor List, Nancy is a mild mannered family orientated person.  Not afraid to speak her mind at any time or location, as the senior partners know, she is the first to offer help in any crisis and is a valued and loyal member of our team.