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Meet Our Team – Professional, Passionate and Positive

Our team is professional, passionate and positive in continually striving to provide clients with outstanding accountancy and taxation advice.

We have a structure where each client manager is tasked with getting to know you and your business, your goals and objectives, likes and dislikes so that we can genuinely provide you with relevant proactive advice.

Alexander & Co is dedicated to training and encourages all staff to reach their full potential. The Investors in People award accredited to Alexander & Co is one clear indication of this high standard of training that every person receives.

Angela Backhouse

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

I have experience in working with a variety of clients: sole traders, partnerships and limited companies in connection with their differing accountancy and taxation affairs and requirements. In particular I can also:

  • Help train our clients in best book keeping practice to ensure they have the systems in place to provide regular and meaningful management information
  • I am always looking for new ways to find new business opportunities both for ourselves and for clients
  • Help you to introduce systems to enable your team to run your business when you are not there
  • I am always looking for new ways we can support our clients

Angela Backhouse

What I do at Alexander & Co

As an accountant here at Alexander & Co, my responsibilities entail managing a portfolio of clients, being their first port of call for any assistance they may need, and ensuring that they receive first class service at all times. I am also responsible for completing their accounts, tax returns and other accounting services.

As a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, I am able to advise on both accountancy and taxation issues. I am also studying towards my ACCA Chartered Accountant Qualification.

Fascinating Facts

I recently moved down to Cornwall from Leeds in Yorkshire, and adjusting nicely to the lifestyle change.

I won a brand new car fully signed by One Direction!!

I try to be an active person and spend much of my spare time either running or trying to surf! I am currently training for my next attempt at the Cardiff Half Marathon!

Holly Alexander

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

I am the Payroll and Auto Enrolment Manager and can help with all your queries regarding payroll & auto enrolment. Whether we process your payroll or not, I can provide you with answers to your payroll & auto enrolment questions. I can help you prepare contracts of employment appropriate for the members of your team and will also be developing our new Automatic Enrolment service to help you deal with the current pension reforms which will affect all employers.

Holly Alexander

What I do at Alexander & Co

I deal with all payroll needs and sub contractor returns. This includes weekly and monthly payrolls, advising on PAYE and NIC payments due and running end of year returns online. I advise on all payroll queries that may arise, including statutory maternity and paternity pay, statutory sick pay, holiday entitlements and the minimum wage.

I will be in touch with all our business clients over the coming months to discuss the implications of automatic enrolment as they affect your business and offering our new Automatic Enrolment service.

Fascinating Facts

In my spare time I enjoy getting out and about (and often very muddy!) in the beautiful countryside with my dog, Herbert. I am a big fan of tennis, and it is my dream to go to Wimbledon one day. I am an avid reader, and always have a book or two on the go, and I drink a lot of tea!

Richard Alexander

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

  • I can help you grow your business
  • I can help you pay a lot less tax
  • I can help you keep more of your hard earned cash

Richard Alexander

What I do at Alexander & Co

Anything I like really as I’m the head honcho; but I’m pleased to say our team here bring me back into line if I stray too far!

Seriously though, I spend much of my time advising clients, particularly in looking for advanced tax planning opportunities to help them pay less tax. I’m also responsible for developing and implementing new services, marketing and growing our own firm, and for training our team. I’m passionate about my work, client care, and in delivering a truly proactive service to all our clients.

Fascinating Facts

  • I once met Eric Morecombe in the gents rest room at a British Heart Foundation fundraising dinner. Unfortunately I can’t repeat on these pages what we he said to me, or my reply, but it was one of the funniest moments of my life.
  • Having enjoyed and successfully completed the London Marathon in 2007, I am once again in training. Previously I managed to finish in 4 hours 35 minutes, raising over £4,000 for the Sailors Society. My aim for both time and charity in the 2013 London Marathon are more modest. After all, I am older now!
  • I enjoy good food, wine and keeping fit, and believe that to have an open, healthy and enquiring mind, you must have a healthy body. To keep fit I mainly run, but I also cycle and go to the gym when I can. I love walking and rock climbing, and generally being outdoors.

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Claire Payne

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

I can advise you on all tax queries including income tax, corporation tax, VAT, PAYE and CIS.

I have extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with HMRC enquiries therefore being in a stronger position to advise clients who find themselves in the unfortunate position of having an enquiry opened.

I always consider all reliefs and tax opportunities available advising or preparing tax returns which helps ensure you pay, or are given the opportunity to pay as little tax as is legally allowable.

Claire Payne

What I do at Alexander & Co

My role here is diverse; as well as being our tax manager I am also responsible for all personnel matters throughout our business and can advise clients on this complex area of the law. I also look after our practice management and workflow systems.

I review all our tax work to ensure we achieve or exceed the promise we make to keep our clients tax bills as low as permitted. I also help advise both clients and colleagues on tax matters and any queries they may have. I ensure our systems are working properly and our front of house reception and administration team is functioning brilliantly all the time. I help to identify improvements and training needs wherever these arise.

Fascinating Facts

I am a home baking, karate fighting mum of two who used to hurdle for Devon! I am a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Association of Taxation Technicians.

Stephanie Stock

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

As a qualified accountant I have experience in working with a variety of clients: sole traders, partnerships and limited companies in connection with their differing accountancy and taxation affairs and requirements. In particular I can also:

  • Help train our clients in best book keeping practice to ensure they have the systems in place to provide regular and meaningful management information
  • Assess new business opportunities both for ourselves and for clients
  • Help clients structure their businesses and affairs in the most efficient tax manner
  • Help you to introduce systems to enable your team to run your business when you are not there
  • I am always looking for new ways we can support our clients

Stephanie Stock

What I do at Alexander & Co

I am PA to our managing director, Richard Alexander and also an ACCA qualified accountant. My position has two main aspects. My PA responsibilities involve assisting Richard with the growth of our business; in particular the implementation of our marketing plan and ensuring our internal reports and forecasts are up to date and monitored regularly. My accountancy responsibilities entail managing a portfolio of clients and completing their accounts, tax returns and other accounting services as well as providing advice and assistance where needed.

Fascinating Facts

  • Justin Lee Collins was at my wedding reception. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t know who he was!
  • I enjoy dancing, shopping, and getting together with friends and some nice food.

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Paul Reynolds

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

As an ACCA qualified accountant I have experience in working with a wide variety of clients: sole traders, partnerships and limited companies in a variety of different sectors and sizes. I can assist in connection with all manner of accountancy and taxation affairs and requirements, as well as auditing.

In particular I can also:

  • Help train and assist clients in Sage bookkeeping
  • Assess new business opportunities both for ourselves and for clients
  • Help clients structure their businesses and affairs in the most efficient tax manner
  • I am always looking for new ways we can support our clients

Paul Reynolds

What I do at Alexander & Co

I am one of two client managers here at Alexander & Co. My responsibilities entail managing a portfolio of clients, being their first port of call for any assistance they may need, and ensuring that they receive first class service at all times. I am also responsible for completing their accounts, tax returns and other accounting services.

Fascinating Facts

  • I have recently moved to Cornwall from the Midlands, the lure of the beach being too strong!
  • I have a passion for cars, when my head isn’t buried in accounts and tax books, it will be trawling Auto Trader or I will be outside polishing my car. I also hope to do a mechanics course in the future in order to maintain my own vehicle and become an amateur racing driver.

Derek Jeal

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

I can help you with business planning and in the event of difficulties arising in your business can advise on insolvency, alternatives to bankruptcy or liquidation and in business recovery strategies.

I can advise with regard to tax planning for individuals and in particular Capital Taxes such as Capital Gains and Inheritance Tax.

I will always be trying to find a solution to issues and one of my maxim’s is “There is no such thing as a problem, only a solution waiting to be found”.

Derek Jeal

What I do at Alexander & Co

As a consultant my role is diverse in providing accountancy and insolvency advice. My role is to support client managers in advising clients and giving the best professional outcome. I work across a wide spectrum of cases encompassing not only my speciality (insolvency), but having been a chartered accountant for 38 years can draw on a wealth of experiences and knowledge, from solutions to accounting matters to complex tax planning, from retirement and succession issues to company and partnership formations and dissolutions. If you think you have a problem, I hope to have a solution.

Fascinating Facts

My interests encompass sailing, property renovation, landscape gardening, playing violin, piano and brass, walking and travelling. To relax I need to be “busy”. This year I fitted out a camper van and drove 5,000 miles to Crete and back, (taking a spa bath with us).

My creative pursuits energise my accountancy tasks and demands, enabling a fresh dimension and perspective in the workplace.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of R3 (The Association of Business Recovery Professionals)

Victoria Thorpe

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

I’m always here to answer any queries or concerns clients may have; if I don’t initially know the answer, I will do my utmost to find out. I do a little payroll so I’m confident to help in these areas. Sage is a love of mine, so any Sage related queries, I’m your girl. I am AAT and part ACCA qualified.

Victoria Thorpe

What I do at Alexander & Co

I prepare client accounts from manual and computerised records. I also prepare client’s VAT returns. I try to keep a positive mind about everything and I think that a smile can help most situations. I love to learn and I like a challenge so I try to venture into new things when I can. I have worked in practice prior to Alexander & Co, but in between I was self employed as a sole trader for a while. I much prefer the office atmosphere and I think that we have a great team here on both a professional and personal level.

Fascinating Facts

My ultimate love is running, oddly I use this as my relaxation time. A morning run across the beach come rain or shine is the best start to any day. I try to keep as fit and healthy as possible, however my weakness to the contrary is a good curry. I’ve not ventured as far as a full marathon yet, although I keep threatening it. I’ve completed three half marathons with a personal best of 1:51. My running buddy is my lovely puppy Jess.

I have only lived in Cornwall for eleven years, but I would never move away now, the sea air and the relaxed attitude are definitely for me.

My only claim to fame is that as a teenager I appeared on Top of the Pops. Sadly not as an artist, just as an audience member, but I’ve still (somewhere) got the VHS with it on. I had a conversation with Dannii Minogue and went home with Skunk Anansie’s drumstick.

Kevin Cornford

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

As a member of both the Association of Accounting Technicians and Association of Taxation Technicians, I am able to advise on both accountancy and taxation issues. This includes anything from general bookkeeping queries to the tax efficient removal of funds from a company. I also have a sound knowledge of the Capital Gains Tax rules.

Kevin Cornford

What I do at Alexander & Co

I work alongside a variety of businesses including Sole Traders, Partnerships and Limited companies. My day to day activities mainly consist of the preparation of VAT returns, year end accounts, personal tax returns and general compliance work. I have also been actively involved in company incorporations and business disposals.

Fascinating Facts

I am quite an active person and spend much of my spare time either playing golf or working hard in the gym.

Debra Watts

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

I have a sound knowledge of Sage accounting software also payroll using Iris and Sage packages.

Debora Watts

What I do at Alexander & Co

As a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, I assist in the preparation of client accounts and Vat returns. I cover and support a variety of business form sole traders, partnerships and Ltd companies.

Fascinating Facts

I really enjoy keeping fit; mainly by running but also I enjoy swimming and going to the gym. I completed the Virgin London Marathon in 2011 and raised £500 for a local Hospice.

Alice Mann

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

I work in our reception and administration team to help ensure we provide all of our clients with the best possible support and service at all times.

Alice Mann

What I do at Alexander & Co

My priority is to meet and greet our clients and to put them in touch with the person they need to meet or speak with, usually their client manager, as quickly and efficiently as possible. If I’m unable to help you immediately, I ensure that you are called back within a maximum of two hours.

I work Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays and generally assist in the smooth running of our office.

Fascinating Facts

  • I once appeared (and talked) on ‘Kilroy’ & had lunch with Bob Holness who was also on the show!!!
  • I met Roald Dahl on a few occasions, appearing in the local paper once & have a book signed by him.
  • David Bellamy helped me with a Brownie Project!!!
  • I have a gorgeous 11 year old who keeps me on my toes!

Jackie Millward

What I can do to help you

(my specialist knowledge)

My priority is to meet and greet our clients and help put you in touch with the person you need to meet or speak with, usually your client manager, as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you’re unable to speak with someone who can help you immediately, I ensure that you are called back within a maximum of two hours.

Jackie Milward

What I do at Alexander & Co

I work in our reception and administration team alongside everyone at Alexander & Co to ensure we provide all of our clients with the best possible support and service at all times. I always try and see things from the client’s point of view.

I am in charge of our electronic filing system and ensure that our procedures are followed so that everyone at Alexander & Co can always lay their hands on your records and correspondence; even if they have not specifically conducted work on your affairs previously.

Megan Hickmore

What I can do to help you

I answer the phone and greet clients and put you in touch with the team member you need to meet or speak with, usually your client manager, as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you’re unable to speak with someone who can help you immediately, I ensure that you are called back within a maximum of two hours.

Megan Hickmore

What I do at Alexander & Co

I am currently undertaking a Business Administration apprentice at Alexander & Co. I work alongside Annie and Jackie in the reception and administration team and help out with a lot of different aspects of work within the admin team.

Fascinating Facts

I’m an animal lover, with a variety of pets, one being a hedgehog called Orinoco.

Gary Stocks

What I can do to help you

I have worked in accounts practice for the last 11 years, and in this time I have worked on sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, limited liability partnerships and charities. I have also studied AAT & ATT which gives me a good understanding when preparing accounts and dealing with taxation.

Gary Stocks

What I do at Alexander & Co

I am a client manager, and therefore have a portfolio of clients. I ensure all deadlines and filing requirements are met. I am also responsible for completing client accounts, tax returns and other accounting services. We work as a team in order to meet the work demand and offer proactive advice to help our clients.

Fascinating Facts

I have lived in Cornwall all my life and moved into my own place in 2009. In my spare time I play pool for a team in the village. I have always had a keen interest in cars and all motorsports. During the summer months I play tennis and go on cycle rides, weather permitting of course.

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