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I like to think of myself as a mixture between Captain Kirk and Miss Marple, boldly going through the wonderful new skyscape of cloud accounting but with a lifetime of experience in solving our clients' accounting issues and making the day to day running of their businesses easier and less time consuming.
Let’s face it, the majority of us hate number crunching and I’m no exception. Despite being an accountant, accountancy stuff per se really isn’t my thing. What I do love is working with our clients to make their lives easier and more profitable by enabling them to focus on what they do best. That’s why I’m passionate about Xero and all the integrated Apps in the cloud. We now have very sophisticated accountancy software easily available at a price small businesses can afford, taking care of all the boring bits. Accountancy really shouldn’t be this much fun!
I started my accounting career in 1978 with a small local firm in Chichester before moving to London and then Atlanta with what is now KPMG. So I have seen it all from the “dreaded” carrier bag full of bits and pieces (often with a distinct aroma of cigarette smoke or even cow manure!) to working on the affairs of multi-national firms.
Whilst working with large multi-national firms was a great experience, I far prefer working with my current client base: smaller owner managed businesses who face a number of issues where we can really make a difference: from helping to grow their business, dealing with disputes between shareholders and everyone’s favourite; keeping HMRC happy!
I am responsible for the tax planning for our clients but firmly believe that the “tax tail should not wag the dog” (i.e. it needs to be right for the client, simple to understand and any risks fully explained). Lyra, our trainee receptionist (see her biography below) is getting used to this phrase, but definitely looks a little worried when she hears it!
On a personal note, I enjoy playing golf but need to point out that, contrary to the popular belief that accountants spend all their time on the golf course, I am a much better accountant than a golfer. I also enjoy watching rugby at Chichester Rugby Club where I used to play for the Gladiators (very much the social side of the Club, as this was the fifth team), catching up with all the gossip and reliving moments of triumph and disaster!
I’m Sarah – the friendly voice on the end of the phone!
I have worked for Rowdens for 9 years and deal with payroll, bookkeeping, VAT, admin, a little bit of accounts production and anything else which comes my way.
Being originally from a catering background, I know all about running cafes, pubs and restaurants and use that experience to help our clients with those types of businesses.
The best part of my job for me is client contact – I really enjoying speaking to people, helping them resolve problems or just having a catch up to see how things are going.
Hi I’m Mikayla - The least photogenic of the team!
I joined Rowdens as a newly qualified accountant in April 2015 and despite many years' experience in the industry, I still have my sense of humour intact (athough it is sometimes suppressed for those on the ‘naughty client’ list).
I have always been very sociable and so the personable service we offer at Rowdens combined with having such wonderful colleagues are the underlying factors that make my job so enjoyable. (Guys, no cheques accepted - cash only!).
Embarrassingly, I must confess that I do really enjoy number crunching and problem solving which is rather fortunate in my position. My main role is the completion of clients' annual accounts and tax returns. I also assist clients with day to day bookkeeping issues and reviewing the current business position.
I look forward to meeting you soon...if I am not on holiday, AGAIN!
My name is Lyra and I am currently in training to become the office receptionist.
I look forward to welcoming you to the office once I am fully trained. I am currently quite wilful and determined to do my own thing; pretty much like some of the clients that come to see us. If they are subject to the same training regime as me, then their accounting and tax affairs will soon be in good order.
In my brief visits to the office I have overheard “the tax tail should not wag the dog”. I am not worried, but I am keeping my eye open for this tax tail, as I do not want it wagging me!
Unlike the directors I am open to bribery in the form of treats and tummy tickles!