Our Team

At Thorne Widgery we’ve a great team of experts dedicated to getting you the numbers you need to help your business grow. So you can put a face to the name, the team members you’re most likely to have as one of your first points of contact are shown below:

Stephen Smallwood

Managing Director

Stephen’s ambition is to make accountancy more accessible to all by providing straightforward advice and a comprehensive service offering. His vision is the driving force behind the firm’s creative approach and he continues to implement new initiatives that enhance and support his clients’ business growth.

stephen.smallwood@thornewidgery.co.uk


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Daniel Crowther

FCCA, ACA, MAAT
CEO

Dan joined TW in 2001 and his primary role is to deliver an outstanding service to his varied portfolio of commercial clients. This includes being truely pro-active and solving problems before they even become one. Effective tax planning and advice are a huge part of this.

daniel.crowther@thornewidgery.co.uk


Kevin Tong

FCCA, ACA
Director

Kevin has a wealth of experience providing financial business advice to companies and individual clients, mainly working in the Agricultural, Charity and Education sectors. Kevin aims to see his clients prosper through maximising their tax benefits, strong financial planning and making the most of business opportunities.

kevin.tong@thornewidgery.co.uk


Martin Davies

Director

Martin has been with the Company for over 25 years, providing effective accounting and tax advice to clients in the corporate sector and taking care of their statutory and compliance requirements. As a Director, he is also a valuable member of the Senior Management Team.

martin.davies@thornewidgery.co.uk


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Andy Edwards

ACIB
Commercial Director

Prior to joining TW Andy spent 25 years with Barclays as a Business Manager where he advised owner managed businesses of all sizes. It’s this wealth of experience that makes him a creative problem solver and the natural choice to help clients in any bank negotiations. In addition, he works closely with TW’s X for Education (XfE) team. XfE is a brilliant financial management solution for Academy Schools and MATs that is so simple to use, once adopted, no-one wants to part with it.


Vanda Williams

BSc, ACA, CTA
Director of Tax

Vanda joined TW over 30 years ago and has acquired a great deal of knowledge during her time heading up the Tax Department. Being an expert on trust and estate matters, Vanda gives respected advice on often complex personal financial affairs or those with investible assets and is a trusted source of advice for many of our long standing clients.


Lisa Weaver

FCCA
Head of Audit and Assurance

Lisa joined the team as Audits and Accounts Manager in 2012 and has over 20 years of accounting experience. With an in-depth knowledge of the charities, education and other non-profit industries, she is particularly involved in developing our services to meet the needs of clients in these sectors.


Lizzie Roberts

ACCA, MAAT
Commercial Client Manager

Lizzie joined us in 2010, progressing through the TW Apprentice Scheme to gain full qualification. She works alongside Dan Crowther assisting him with the management of his client base.


Sam King

Sam King

ACCA, MAAT
Head of Xero and X for Education

Sam joined the team in 2013 and is our Xero accounting software expert, overseeing training with clients on the Xero system, together with responsibility for internal training. Sam is a full ACCA and AAT member. Sam is always looking for opportunities where new technologies and innovations can assist the practice and our clients.


Sarah Jenkins

BA (Hons), ACCA
Client Manager

Sarah joined TW in 2010 after moving from the banking sector and is ACCA qualified. She uses her agricultural background to look after a number of agricultural clients as well as managing a variety of commercial clients.


Jarrett Hawkins

ACCA, MAAT
Accounts Manager

Jarrett joined TW in 2011 and has since completed his ACCA and AAT qualifications. His role within the company involves working alongside Martin Davies to manage his corporate portfolio.


Greg Smith

ACIPP
Payroll Manager

Greg joined Thorne Widgery from another local accountancy practice, which was based across the Midlands and Hereford, where he has focused on Payroll, mainly including making sure systems work for business and making sure that people are compliant with payroll legislation. Working with all types of clients, from single director companies all the way up to companies with more than 100 staff, Greg believes that staff are and always will be the most important asset to any company.


Rebecca Jenkins

ACCA, MAAT
Lead Audit Manager

Rebecca joined TW in 2010 as an HGTA accounts apprentice, and has since gained her AAT and ACCA qualifications to become a fully qualified accountant. Her role within TW involves managing audits of Charities, Companies and Academies and assisting, Lisa, Head of Audit.


Jessica Pritchard

Jessica Pritchard

ACIM BA (Hons)
Sales & Marketing Manager

Jessica has a diverse background in marketing, but has always been focused on producing creative campaigns that build up brands and her work at Thorne Widgery is no different. Incorporating the innovative aspects of the firm into her own work she is always striving to make the brand more recognisable, be it via social media, the press or by word of mouth. Being very results driven she likes to see the growth that the practice is enjoying.


Katie Davies

BSc (Hons), AAT
Head of Bookkeeping

After previously spending 10 years in the leisure and retail industry, Katie brings her wealth of customer service experience to her role of managing the bookkeeping team, and VAT jobs. At TW she’s relishing working with a wide range of businesses.


Paul Beechey

Production Manager

Paul joined TW after a 25 year career in the motor industry. With the help of Xero Practice Manager he manages the smooth running of TW’s production team, ensuring all jobs get done efficiently, effectively and on time. He oversees the processing of incoming records and the TW archive system in addition to dealing with health and safety issues and liaising with any contractors working on site.


Janet Brimfield

Head of Reception and PA to Stephen Smallwood

With her vast experience in customer care Janet’s the perfect candidate to ensure the smooth running of reception and to manage Stephen! She co-ordinates a fantastic team that work well to ensure all at TW have the background support they need.


Kylie Toms

BSc
Business Coordinator

Kylie joined TW 2 years ago, previously working in a clinical environment making her ideal as one of our first aiders. Kylie has brought strong organisational skills and an outgoing personality to help drive business forward, with XPM by her side! Kylie mainly deals with new clients helping ensure they have a smooth introduction to TW.


Paul Turner

BA (Hons), DipIP PFA
Independant Financial Advisor

Paul is our in-house Truly Independent Financial Advisor. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning over 25 years, he advises both personal and corporate clients on matters such as pensions, life assurance, investments, Inheritance Tax planning as well as business and shareholder protection.

paul.turner@thornewidgery.co.uk


Megan Smith

Tax Manager

Megan has over 25 years experience in tax accountancy, moving to TW from Baker Tilly in 2014. She deals with the tax aspects of a varied client portfolio.


Charlotte Toon

ACCA, MAAT
Accounts Senior

Charlotte joined TW in 2015 after 5yrs at Santander. She loves working with numbers but found long-term, banking wasn’t offering the career opportunities she was looking for particularly in auditing. Having successfully passed Level 4 AAT and now recently completing her ACCA studies, Charlotte looks forward to passing on her knowledge & experience to other new apprentices.


Rebecca Mason

ACA, MAAT
Senior Accountant

Rebecca joined TW in late 2017 after completing her ACA qualification, having worked in practice for 7 years across a wide variety of clients gaining experience in accounts, audit, VAT and tax. She is looking forward to continuing to develop her skills and career whilst assisting Lizzie and Dan preparing and reviewing client accounts.


Hannah Ayres

Hannah Ayres

Audit and Accounts Senior

Hannah joined TW in 2013 as a HGTA apprentice and is now working towards ACCA. Her role within the company is in the Audit team and includes visiting clients onsite to carry out audit work for both internal and Financial audits and preparing accounts for clients. Hannah is also involved in the development of less experienced members of the team.


Hollie Moore

BA (Hons)
Accounts Semi-Senior

Hollie joined TW after completing an Accounting Degree, and is now continuing studies with ACCA. Her role mainly consists of preparing company accounts, VAT returns and management accounts. In addition, she is involved in training clients to use Xero and assisting with any queries they may have.


Eliza Thompson

CFAB
Audit & Accounts Semi-Senior

Eliza came to TW with more than four years’ experience at a Big Four firm, where she worked in their busy audit team. Her experience includes working with both public and private sector clients, including those in the media and technology, pharmaceutical, nuclear and manufacturing industries.

Eliza has worked with both UK and overseas counterparts of multi-national corporations, including the FTSE 250. She is currently studying towards the ACA qualification.


Elaine Hussey

Payroll Client Manager

Elaine joined the company in 2006 and is responsible, with Angela, for coordinating our clients’ payroll on a weekly, fortnightly and monthly basis, as well as processing their year-end paperwork. With over 20 years of Payroll experience, Elaine has enjoyed building a good rapport with her clients and ensuring that everything is processed on time.


Michael Ambler

BSc (Hons)
Trainee Accountant

Joined TW after completing a mathematics degree at Cardiff University and now studying towards ACCA qualification at Newport. Enjoy playing and watching football and tennis and playing drums. Michael joined TW because of its reputation and the desire to become an accountant, and is now working in our busy Audit team.


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Angela Warren

Payroll Assistant

Angela joined Thorne Widgery in 2016 bringing with her many years experience within payroll. She works alongside Elaine and assists clients, in particular our education clients, with all of their payroll needs including regular submissions to HMRC together with pension and BACS processing.


Wendy Pullen

ACCA, MAAT
Accounts Senior

Wendy joined TW in 2014 after 25 years at Baker Tilly and has invaluable experience in preparing accounts for sole traders, partnerships, small limited companies and charity accounts. Wendy works extensively with the agricultural team preparing accounts for clients whose businesses include poultry, dairy, arable and fruit.


Julie Skinner

Tax Assistant

Julie gained over 10 years’ experience in personal tax whilst working within the investment division of a large firm of Solicitors in the South East. She joined TW to return to tax around 3 years ago following a break to bring up her son. Previously she has run a family owned villa rental business. Julie works primarily in personal tax but also assists with the preparation of trust accounts and returns.


Lyddia Pearson

MAAT
Bookkeeper

Having been self-employed for more than 10 years, Lyddia decided she wanted to experience more time working within a practice and so joined us in 2019. She has good software knowledge including experience with Xero, Quickbooks, Sage and charities software. With experience of working with a wide range of sectors, including churches and charities, schools and consultancies, Lyddia is well-qualified for the role.


Harvey Lewis

Accounts Trainee

Joined in August 2016 after leaving Aylestone School, where Harvey enjoyed Maths and IT. Studying AAT in conjunction with HWGTA Apprenticeship


Jan Stephens

Administration Assistant

Jan works closely with the Tax Department for all their administration requirements and manages all the tax books in progress. As Events Co-Ordinator she always ensures everything is ready to a high standard for all TW seminars and conferences.


Francesca Taylor

Administration Assistant

Francesca divides her time at TW between overseeing all incoming client records and providing invaluable support to the reception team.


Steve Goodwin

BSc
FTC Project Data Analyst

Steve joined us in January 2018, where he works part-time between his family farm in the Golden Valley and here at Thorne Widgery. He has a post graduate degree in fresh produce from Harper Adams University and is also currently enrolled with the Tesco Future Farming Foundation. He has a real passion for handling data which has led him to pursue a career with us.


Lisa Heeps

Receptionist and Administrator

With 28 years experience in all departments within an accountancy practice, Lisa is able to support the Client Managers and our clients working with Janet and the admin team.


Michael Young

Developer

Michael joined us in May 2018. As our developer he specialises in our innovative work and is very experienced with a number of software’s including Javascript, PHP and Swift to name a few.


Evan Cooper

Cloud Integrations Specialist

After deciding to do an accountancy apprenticeship, Evan interviewed at many firms. Thorne Widgery was the one that stood out, due to how lively, friendly and happy the employees were. Evan now works in the innovations team supporting Sam.


Ben Morgan

Accounts Trainee

Starting in August 2018, Ben joined TW after already gaining experience in accounts departments in various other places. He is now studying for AAT level 3. Although only being with us for a short period of time, Ben has already worked through the books of a range of clients from Consultants to Builders to Lorry Hire.


George Tindale

Accounts Trainee

George joined us in July 2018 and is now studying Level 4 AAT. From completing A Levels in Statistics, Physical Education and Modern History, George found working with numbers most appealing so he is now working with us in our Agricultural team. After researching many different accountants he found that we were the best fit for him as we take on many apprentices who train and develop with us.


Aaron King

Accounts Trainee

After 4 years of being a pastry chef, Aaron has joined us at TW as an accounts trainee. He has previously completed A Levels in Computing, Mathematics and Business Studies making him an ideal recruit with our focus on technology and innovation.


Taranjit (Taz) Kalket

BA (Hons), MAAT
Accounts Trainee

Taz joined Thorne Widgery in July 2019 having previously worked at another practice in Herefordshire alongside his studies at university, where he achieved a first-class degree in Accounting and Finance.During his time in practice, he has worked mainly with sole traders, but he is looking to expand his expertise during his training at Thorne Widgery. He will be working within the firm’s audit team and is looking forward to interacting with clients and working on-site, as well as completing his studies for the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualification.


Ben Roberts

BA (Hons) 
Accounts Trainee

With a degree in Business Management, Ben joins the practice with a good knowledge of the business environment. He joined our accounts department in August 2019 and is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification, alongside assisting clients from a variety of sectors.


Alex Lancett

Accounts Trainee

Working in the accounting team, Alex has previous experience supporting a business analyst at publisher Newsquest prior to beginning his training in August 2019. With A levels in Business Studies, Psychology and Statistics, Alex has a lot to bring to the role and is working with clients on a range of matters.