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Meet The Team

We are a dedicated team which strives to provide success to our clients in regards to all their accountancy needs. Our team is very close-knit and ensures that a unified support is provided to you whenever you need it. With expertise covering all aspects of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services, we are well placed to take a holistic view to planning for the future as well dealing with specific matters.

Mark Williams FCA – Partner

Qualified in 1981 as a Chartered Accountant aims to offer a “commercial” view to business. Is passionate about clients affairs and enjoys the challenge of improving their profits and saving them tax. Advice is both creative and practical and tailored to each clients needs. Believes that having robust and timely management accounts information enables clients to make informed decisions in the current economic climate. Attention to detail and a grasp of the larger issues ensure a good all round service is provided. Hobbies include driving an old Porsche Speedster and working in his garden at weekends.

Paul Smith FCA – Partner

Qualified in 1991 as a Chartered Accountant his training in a medium sized practice has been invaluable in servicing the clients of Williams & Co. Since becoming a partner in 1997 he has become a specialist in solicitors and other professional practices. Able to advise on both accounts and tax matters he is capable of offering a tax saving and compliance service to clients. Assisting clients with management accounts enables the opportunity to not only improve profitability but also mitigate tax liabilities. Paul has been at Williams & Co since 1992 and is well regarded by clients and the local business community.

Chris Brown FCCA – Associate

Chris joined us in September 2013 and a qualified ACCA. His training was in general practice so he can turn his hand to most problems that clients throw at him, delivering accounting & auditing services. He has a wide variety of clients in his portfolio – and prepares monthly & quarterly management accounts, providing data on performance & profitability. Chris is our resident Xero expert – speak to him about transitioning onto Xero & using technology to streamline & improve your business processes.

Henry Williams ACA – Associate

Henry joined us in January 2015 and is a qualified ACA. His training was at RSM in the small business department and he has also spent 2 years in assurance and audit.  Henry produces regular management accounts for a number of clients to ensure they are fully up to day with the performance of their business and able to make informed decisions about their business.

Oliver Sawyers ACCA

Ollie joined us in September 2013 having obtained degree at the University of West of England in Bristol in History & Politics. He has recently passed his final exams and qualified as a Certified Accountant and is happy to help with any queries you may have. Ollie recently jumped on the property ladder and is now into the joys of DIY!

James Brooker CTA ACCA

James joined in April 2015 and during his time at WACO has passeed both ACCA and CTA. James prepares management accounts as well as being our in-house tax technical expert.

James is another one of our keen hockey players, playing for Reigate Priory HC Men’s 1s. He is also a cricketer, playing for the Mogador Wanderers during the summer months.

Jennifer Townsend ACCA

Jennifer joined from another local small Practice in September 2019, and has now completed her ACCA exams. Jen prepares management accounts and year-end accounts.

Jen is currently planning her wedding, using her spreadsheet knowledge to great effect!


Siobhan Gault

Siobhan joined in April 2018 and is studying AAT. Previously worked as a bookkeeper from a multi-enterprise company, and is proficient in Sage. Siobhan is a keen fair-weather dogwalker in her spare time.

Conor Bowden

Conor joined WACO in January 2022 and is studying towards his ACCA. He graduated with an Accounting and Finance degree from the University of Essex in 2021. He has always enjoyed working with numbers, so it was inevitable that he would become an Accountant!

In his spare time Conor enjoys going to the gym and dog walks.

Ben Harris

Ben originally completed a successfull work experience spell back in 2020, which gave him a taster of the world of accounting. He’s back for a sandwich year, so we can’t have put him off the world of accounting yet! In his spare time Ben is a keen squash player.

Gillian Pearson

Gill is our receptionist, typist and works with all our admin team in making the office run smoothly. Please leave a message with her and you can be sure it will be passed on.

Maisie Todd

Maisie joined us in Jun-21 and assists Gill on Monday’s and Tuesday’s.

Alison Simpson

Alison is in charge of our payroll department and currently overseas 240+ payrolls for clients. Alison has been with us since 1995 and works Monday to Thursdays. Alison and her team have become proficient with the challenges of auto enrolment. If you require a payroll service or information regarding payroll, then please contact her.

Sam Clarke

Sam works with Alison and Christine in the payroll department. Sam has been with us since 2013 and has gained much experience in her time with us. Sam works full time and manages her own payrolls and also assists Alison and Christine.


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