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Stuart Swinbank FCA

Telephone: 01325 382828

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Position: Director

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Management and Chemical Sciences from UMIST, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Experience/specialisms: I have experience of working closely with a number of owner-managed businesses including a number of doctor practices. I provide an all round service from bookkeeping and management reporting to planning and financial decision making. Prior to Sanders Swinbank I worked as a manager for 2 firms of Chartered Accountants based in Darlington and Middlesbrough.

Outside work: I am married to Jill and have three adult sons. We live on and manage the family farm in County Durham where we keep a small flock of sheep and two boisterous sheepdogs.

David Sanders FCA

Telephone: 01325 382828

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Position: Director

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Mathematics from Durham University, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Experience/specialisms: I have significant experience of working closely with Owner Managed Businesses, especially limited companies. I specialize in corporate advisory and business development work. Prior to Sanders Swinbank, I worked as a partner in the Darlington office of an international firm of chartered accountants, having qualified with another international firm and spending 2 years in Zambia.

Outside work: I am married to Maggie and like to keep fit through gym work and fell walking and playing Bridge. I also enjoy watching rugby (both codes) from my armchair having given up playing Rugby Union many years ago.

Emma Hetherington FCCA

Telephone: 01325 382828

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Position: Client Manager

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Studies from the University of Northumbria, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants

Experience/specialisms: I started working at Sanders Swinbank in 2000 and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002. I deal with a varied portfolio of clients providing many accountancy services, these include accounts, audit, tax, payroll, VAT and bookkeeping. I also specialise in providing on going advice and support to medical practitioners and owner managed companies.

Outside work: I am married to Michael and we have three young children, therefore life at home is rather hectic but fun too. As a family we love going on holiday and I also enjoy socialising with friends.

Jen Cooper FMAAT

Telephone: 01325 382828

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Position: Client Manager

Qualifications: Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians

Experience/specialisms: I joined Sanders Swinbank in 2000. I manage a varied portfolio of clients including owner managed businesses, not-for-profit organisations, medical practitioners and working menís club, providing a wide range of services including accounts, bookkeeping, payroll, taxation and audit. I also provide software support to clients managing their own bookkeeping and VAT.

Outside work: I enjoy reading, dales walking (avoiding cows wherever possible) and armchair sports watching.

Katie Walton BA FCCA

Telephone:01325 382828

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Position: Client Manager

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance from the University of Teesside, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants

Experience/specialisms: I manage a variety of clients and provide accounts, tax and on going advice and support to a range of businesses. I also specialise in medical accounts and have significant knowledge of the NHS pension scheme.

Outside work: I am a keen horse rider and spend most weekends competing my horse at British Eventing, I am also the secretary and treasurer of Darlington & District Riding Club. I am an active team member and have represented the riding club at both area and national level. I also have links to Stockton Yong Farmers Club, although now too old I still help out now and again as a club leader.

Sandra Chowns-Smith MAAT

Telephone: 01325 382828

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Position: Client Manager

Qualifications: Member of The Association of Accounting Technicians

Experience/specialisms:I trained with Grant Thornton and then spent time in Industry. I have been back in practice since 1994 and really like the diversity of the work and meeting the clients. I manage a range of clients but specialise in medical accounts, tax, superannuation etc. along with on-going support

Outside work: Now my children are all grown up, I enjoy spending time with family and friends (pub quiz team member) and taking the family dog for long walks. I spend a lot of time watching sports and follow my childhood team OUFC.

Lisa McCready MAAT

Telephone: 01325 382828

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Position: Client Manager

Qualifications: Member of The Association of Accounting Technicians

Experience/specialisms: I provide accounts, bookkeeping, tax and payroll services to a number of clients. I am also currently studying to become an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Outside work: I enjoying watching various tv boxsets, reading crime fiction and looking after/spoiling our Patterdale Terrier Kaylapop!

Daniela Gummerson FCCA

Telephone: 01325 382828

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Position: Client Manager

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants

Experience/specialisms: I joined Sanders Swinbank in March 2014 having previously worked for over 17 years for two other chartered accountancy practices in Darlington, in multi disciplined roles, gaining experience in accounting, auditing, personal tax and corporation tax. I have a wealth of knowledge in tax and accountancy with extensive experience and expertise in dealing with contractors, freelancers and small owner managed businesses across a wide variety of business types and sectors. I currently have a varied portfolio of responsibilities and act for a wide range of individuals, partnerships, companies and charities and I am a highly approachable adviser. By understanding the clientsí needs and the way they operate I feel I can support them and allow them the time to run and grow their business.

Outside work: I am kept busy by supporting my two young boys in their various hobbies and activities. Whenever possible I enjoy travelling to new destinations abroad (mainly to warmer climates). When the time permits I also enjoy playing tennis, reading, music and theatre.

Jen Gibson

Telephone: 01325 382828

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Position: Receptionist and Client Payroll Administrator

Experience/specialisms: I have worked at Sanders Swinbank for over three years. I enjoy my role as a receptionst as I get to meet all different types of people and no two days are the same. As the receptionst I am the first point of contact for clients so I will be one of the first smiles you will see. I am also responsible for payroll and assisting the client managers with client administration.

Outside work: I enjoy spending time with my husband and three grown up daughters. I also enjoy eating out, weekend breaks and foreign holidays.