OUR PEOPLE

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Our people set us apart from other accountants as they help us to maintain our caring and helpful ethos. These are the people you will be working with at Bells Accountants.

JOANNE

Managing Director

I take ultimate responsibility for everything that happens at Bells Accountants, from business development to client care. I go out to meet new and existing clients, organise seminars and education sessions, and I also run networking and mastermind events. I also offer a VIP programme, where I provide business consultancy services in addition to our usual accountancy services.

I left school at 18 and went straight into an accountancy practice as an office junior. I moved up the ranks, moved to a different firm five years later and then eventually went out on my own. I am now a practicing member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. The best thing about being in this industry is meeting other business owners, learning about their journey, and becoming a part of their business success.

Bells Accountants takes up the majority of my time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are so many crossovers between business and personal life and many of the people I know through networking and various industry events have become firm friends as well. I’m very staff focused so I am always available for my team, whether they want to talk about business or chat over a cup of tea.

ANNIE

Client Manager, Kenley practice

As Client Manager, my main duties include preparing accounts and tax returns for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. Customer care is very important to me and I make sure people receive a response within 24 hours. When a client tells me that they feel better after talking to me, this is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

I have a National Certificate in Business Studies and am qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. I have worked in accountancy for 32 years, gaining valuable experience working for various companies. I enjoy working here in particular because of my lovely colleagues. We are all busy people, but we always make time for a catch up. We’re in good company as accountants – did you know that Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, from Led Zeppelin, and comedian Eddie Izzard were all accountants before their showbiz careers took off? Personally, I’ve put my showbiz career on hold and I’m going to stick to accountancy…

Out of the office I love reading, cooking and music. I regularly go to festivals and concerts. I spend plenty of time walking my dog and also enjoy a Zumba class when I have the energy! I also visit art galleries and museums in London and take trips to National Trust gardens in the countryside.

ALI

I work on bookkeeping and VAT tasks. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I always work with accuracy, speed, and attention to detail. As a self-taught bookkeeper, I worked for some big businesses and gained excellent experience before coming to Bells, including Philips Electronics, Nestle, and Aon. I like to make sure I provide a good service and keep clients happy at all times.

I love working at Bells, there’s a great atmosphere in the office. I would describe a typical day for me as busy, eventful, funny and productive. I can honestly say that I laugh every single day – with my colleagues and not at them, I promise!

Outside of work I enjoy socialising and spending time with my family, perhaps planning our next family holiday together.

IAN

Practice Manager, Kenley practice

My role involves ensuring clients receive the best service possible, and giving staff the support they need to deliver this excellent service. During a day in the world of Bells I usually manage to enjoy my first cup of tea in peace, then it all starts to get busier as the phone starts to ring…

I am registered with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, but I’d say my most important qualification is my 30 years of experience. I began accounting life as a trainee accountant, back in the days when computers were a rarity, and worked there for seven years. I have worked in a range of positions since, dealing with corporate clients as well as individuals. I enjoy working at Bells because I work with good people, both my colleagues and my clients. We’ve got a great team here in the Kenley branch.

When I’m not sitting at my desk I like to keep active. When injury cut short my rugby-playing days I trained as a SCUBA-diving instructor, and after diving for many years I now enjoy walking as a pastime. See the trend of slowing with age?!