One thing is certain - we want to be that extra member on your team; to be there when you need business advice and a sounding board for ideas. It's our job to listen, understand and advise.
We're not here to tell you what to do but it is our role to offer the benefit of our professional expertise as part of your team. When the path ahead is sometimes unclear, we deftly cut through the noise and provide clarity and guidance.
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!
Hi I’m Mikayla. 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!
I started in accountancy in 2008 and qualified ACCA in 2014 and CTA in 2017.
I joined Rowdens in March 2019 and am one of the managers.
My primary role is the preparation of accounts and tax returns. I also enjoy training and supporting other team members and dealing with day to day client queries.
Outside of the rock and roll world of accountancy I am a keen football fan, a Newcastle fan with a Pompey season ticket (work that out). I am also the proud owner of Max, Portchester’s most famous island dwelling dog (Google it).
Hi I’m Handre – sometimes known as Anton (a bit of a funny story)!
The world of accountancy is changing and I believe we need to change with it. It is all there to make life easier.
Having joined Rowdens in 2018 I have had the opportunity to work with a positive, forward thinking team that embraces the business solutions that are available to use in the wonderful world of cloud accounting. Xero I have found to be a very intuitive and a user friendly system providing management information.
I have a hospitality background with a focus on client care and understanding client needs and expectations. I really enjoy finding solutions to business accounting systems and advising on the options available to make your accounting and reporting easier.
I joined the Rowdens team in January 2020.
Whilst having two young children I decided to learn something new, which led me to study towards my AAT qualifications. Having always been a geek at heart, I fell in love with number crunching and problem solving of bookkeeping and accounts.
I love being part of the Rowdens team as they provide a personal service to their clients as well as a great level of support to each other. I am learning lots from my colleagues and love getting to know all the clients.
Hello, I’m Cassie – the friendly trainee who is eager to learn!
I am currently combining working at Rowdens with studying at college to boost my personal and professional ambitions.
In the office you’ll find me learning as much as I can which means having a go at everything from working in accounts, to bookkeeping, payrolls, answering the telephone and filing important documents.
Accounting is my favourite job in the office because I like maths and am meticulous. It has also given me an insight into various different businesses. I am very lucky to be the trainee as I get lots of support from my colleagues and have half the stress.
Hi I’m Marcus – I joined Rowdens in February 2021 in Lockdown and am looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and clients face to face at some point!
I am AAT qualified and am working towards completing my ACCA qualification. I have worked in finance since I was 17 from starting as an apprentice to now being almost a fully-fledged chartered accountant.
My favourite thing about the job is accounts preparation because I love working with numbers and enjoy bringing the figures to life, not only to fulfil our clients’ statutory obligations but to help them understand what is happening in their businesses. I also enjoy watching companies grow year on year and offering support with processes on how companies can improve.
Hi I’m Ashley – I joined the Rowdens team in March 2020 after qualifying with AAT last year at another accounting practice. I have spent most of my working life in retail before I decided to retrain.
It’s a great set up here with all the systems in place. When I joined Rowdens, I was new to Xero and Dext (formerly Receipt bank) and have been amazed at how much time the software saves us and clients.
My role is the day to day bookkeeping, Vat returns, CIS returns, payroll and accounts preparation. I’m always happy to help out when needed and love helping clients with their queries.
My name is Lyra and for those of you who have followed my career, I began work at Rowdens' as office receptionist. I have recently been promoted and my current position is Head of Barketing due to my popularity on social platforms!
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!