Meet the Phillips Frith team – we’re a friendly
bunch of bean counters!
Every member of the Phillips Frith team is trained to the highest standards and we are proud to be a training office for students of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Jane Webb and Ian Chalmers are the Phillips Frith Limited Liability Partnership members and, alongside their team of Chartered Accountants, Registered Auditors and Administrators, they will take a personal interest in your business.
As one of our clients, these are the team members you will most likely speak to on a day-to-day basis:
Jane Webb FCCA
Jane is a Partner of the business and has been with Phillips Frith for over 25 years. She has lived in Cornwall all her life.
“Many of my early working years with the firm were spent out of the office auditing the accounts of companies of all sizes. I have always therefore believed in seeing at first-hand how a client’s business operates so that I can give the best advice and this is true more than ever today.”
Ian Chalmers FCA
Ian originally trained and qualified as an accountant with a firm in Cambridgeshire going on to join Phillips Frith in 1981 after relocating to Cornwall. He is a Partner of the business.
“Nearly all of my clients are family-owned businesses, both large and small. Planning for tax saving has always been a large part of my work but advising this type of business has become more complex over the years, requiring a closer working relationship and an understanding of family dynamics.”
Andrew Prouse FCCA
Andrew has been with us for over 25 years and is our most senior member of staff. His work centres around the more complex aspects of personal taxation and assisting small businesses. He has a reputation for being approachable and down to earth.
“I recognise that the world of taxation and accounts can be intimidating, particularly for new businesses, and try to do all I can to demystify the process.”
Sarah Pope FCCA
Sarah has been with us for over 20 years. She specialises in work on solicitors accounts and spends much of her time visiting clients to assist them with a variety of work including more complex VAT and management accounts.
“Within my role at Phillips Frith I enjoy working with clients both in and out of the office. Getting to know them and understanding their business so that I can tailor my assistance to suit their specific needs.”
Zoe Derriman FCCA
Zoe has been with Phillips Frith since leaving school over 20 years ago. Zoe does a lot of work on charity audit and accounts and on accounts for other slightly more unusual types of organisations, including FCA-regulated businesses, where the compliance rules are incredibly complex and need a specialist auditor on hand.
“Over the years I have enjoyed working with a large variety of corporate and not-for-profit organisations. I believe in providing a pro-active service when it comes to auditing, which includes providing our clients with recommendations on how they can improve their controls and systems.”
Amy Sole ACA
Amy has also been part of the team since leaving school and has completed her training with the firm gaining the ACA qualification in 2008. Amy is an audit and corporate specialist dealing with some of Phillips Frith’s largest clients. She is also a keen runner and member of Cornwall Athletics Club, competing locally, nationally and worldwide.
“A number of the clients I am in regular contact with, I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years throughout my developing career in the firm. My role has therefore grown with their businesses and it is always satisfying to see the successes of clients and be able to provide advice on how they may be able to improve and grow further.”
Daniel Riches ACCA BA (Hons)
Daniel joined the firm and relocated to Cornwall in November 2016, having trained and qualified in Chelmsford, Essex. He is very experienced in the SME market and has always enjoyed working with owner managed businesses. Whilst having a core background in audit and accounts preparation, Daniel is also skilled at business planning, forecasting, valuations and implementing cloud-based bookkeeping systems.
“I like meeting clients and building a relationship with them, getting to know the people and their business. When you understand a client’s goals you can provide additional advice and recommendations, which really adds value. Accountancy is generally about looking backwards but I prefer to look forward; and when you do, you can make a real difference.”
Nick McKerron ATT
Nick is our accounting software expert and is highly experienced in Sage, Xero and many of the other accountancy software programs on the market. He’s quite ‘techy’ and is always on hand to talk you through any issues you may be having. He is also the perfect person to get your new business up and running with its software or to help you to transition from one system to another.
“In this world of superfast information, it is important to stay current with all the systems and apps that are available to not only compile historical financial information, as is our tradition, but to help our clients look forward, plan and budget for the future.”
Pete joined the firm in 1990 and is an invaluable assistant to Jane. He works on a range of corporate, personal and trust tax matters and has the unenviable task of keeping our tax and accounts software up to date.
“Working in a constantly evolving digital environment is challenging but rewarding when we can make compliance processes quicker and easier for us and our clients.”
Karen works within our Payroll Bureau here at Phillips Frith and will liaise closely with you on all aspects of your Payroll including employee tax codes, PAYE and National Insurance Contributions and of course the new pension auto-enrolment scheme.
“I understand how time consuming running your payroll each month can be and that’s why I’m here to help take as much of the stress away from you as possible. We work closely with you to ensure you comply with all the latest regulations and will help implement your own efficient payroll system to make life that little bit easier for you.”
If you visit our offices here in St. Austell, Sharon will probably be the first person you meet or the first person you speak to on the phone. She has been the Phillips Frith receptionist since 2002.
“I really enjoy building a rapport with our clients and being the helpful, friendly voice that greets them. I look forward to talking to you soon and welcoming you to Phillips Frith.”