Chartered accountants who aren’t like all the rest

These are our team members: our problem solvers, business advisers and wealth growers – people who listen, help, advise and make an exceptional cup of tea (a drastically underappreciated skill within the accountancy world).

Geoff Miles FCA - Partner

Geoff Miles FCA – Partner

Geoff has many years’ experience of working with owner managed businesses, charities and associations, and individual taxpayers.   During more than 20 years as a partner in a medium sized City practice, his additional roles included acting as a charity trustee and providing forensic accounting expertise, including giving evidence as an expert witness in litigation cases, and 15 years as the practice finance partner. In 2001 he formed Hammonds Chartered Accountants to act for businesses and individuals throughout the south east.   Since then the practice has gone from strength to strength, helping its clients not only in accounting and taxation matters, but also in business development and planning, business benchmarking, profit improvement and wealth management.

Claire Vickers - Client ManagerClaire Vickers – Client Manager

Claire joined Hammonds in 2005.   Prior to that she gained significant experience in merchant banking, shipping, insolvency, and e-commerce, and worked for one of the largest City practices. Since working in general practice Claire has helped several of our clients to streamline their administration, helping them to save valuable time.   She is responsible for a portfolio of owner managed businesses, dealing with their accounting, taxation and other compliance requirements. Claire system tests and provides training on various software products including Sage and the firm’s free bookkeeping software.   She heads up our cloud accounting solution for clients.   Claire has first-hand experience of running an e-commerce business as she runs her own web based business.

Peter Liong ACCA - Client and Audit ManagerPeter Liong ACCA – Client and Audit Manager

Peter has experience from practice, having worked in accountancy firms locally and in London. He is involved in producing accounts and personal and corporate tax returns, and in heading up our auditing service. Peter has used a wide range of accounting software, including Sage, Iris and the cloud accounting package Xero. In terms of taxation, Peter has experience in aiding clients in their dealings with HMRC and is always looking for tax planning opportunities to help clients save tax.  He has a keen interest in keeping up to date and implementing the various changes affecting the accounting industry, including FRS102 and the new dividend tax regime.

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Milena Grimshaw – Practice Manager

Milena joined Hammonds in 2014.  Her role is to look after Hammonds new client set ups, company secretarial work, and general day to day running of the office.  Prior to joining Hammonds she worked in government and also in the blue chip company finance sector.

Rachael Burke – Payroll ManagerMeet the team here at Hammonds Chartered Accountants (1)

Rachael has been working in payroll for 15 years and holds the Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Payroll. She has varied and extensive national and international experience for large corporations, having worked on in-house payrolls in the finance and technology sectors as well as in the bureau environment. Rachael runs our payroll bureau, ensuring that our clients’ payroll needs are met and technical questions are dealt with, and provides a help line to those clients who run their own payrolls.

Glen Vaughan ATT CTA - Taxation ConsultantGlen Vaughan ATT CTA – Taxation Consultant

Glen is a Chartered Tax Advisor and has 37 years taxation experience, initially training with the Revenue, then working in various Top 20 City accountants, before forming his own specialist taxation consultancy in 2002. His expertise covers income tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax, inheritance tax, UK and overseas trusts, and dealing with Inland Revenue investigations. His approach is a pro-active one, including planning to reduce taxation liabilities and to increase clients’ wealth. He has a keen interest in keeping up to date and implementing the various changes affecting the accounting industry, including FRS102 and the new dividend tax regime.

Paul Swan Dip PFS – Financial Planning Consultant

Paul Swan Dip PFS – Financial Planning Consultant

Paul began working in financial services in the late 1980s, gaining experience before joining his family’s financial adviser practice.   In 2004 the practice joined Positive Solutions as a partner firm. Positive Solutions now has some 1,200 partners in total, and via its partners it provides the full range of financial service solutions. Paul is a general IFA with experience and expertise in family financial planning and advising directors and staff of owner-managed businesses.  For larger company pension schemes he works with a corporate IFA within Positive Solutions, and via a vast contact list of trusted associates and colleagues has access to specialist advice such as a mortgage adviser and commercial funding.