I am a Partner at Smith Cooper. My work here involves audit, accountancy, taxation and general business advice on a variety of issues including business planning and strategy, particularly in the health care and food and drink sectors.
What can I do for your organisation?
I can offer you business advice based on my experience in accounting and finance of over 26 years.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 after training with a sole practitioner. On qualifying I joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Nottingham to work in their General Practice department. During my time with the firm I was promoted to Assistant Manager. Deloitte Haskins & Sells merged with Coopers & Lybrand in 1990 and I headed up their Middle Market department, being promoted to Senior Manager in 1991
Between 1994 and 1997 I took a career break which was spent in absorbing the culture in Holland with my husband’s job. After this I rejoined Coopers & Lybrand in Derby to build up the Middle Market group in this office. Coopers & Lybrand merged with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1998 and I worked for this firm until February 2002 spending the last year in Nottingham. I then joined Smith Cooper in February 2002 as a Senior Manager in their Audit & Assurance group. I was promoted to Partner in July 2005.
Throughout my whole career I have been involved in dealing with owner managed businesses with turnover ranging between £1m and £100m in a wide range of business sectors.
I have sat on the Board of Governors at an independent girls’ school since 2007. In 2008 I became Chairman of the Audit Committee at Derby College and also became a member of the Corporation at that time. I was subsequently elected as Chair of the Corporation at Derby College from March 2011.
I have expertise working with clients in a wide range of sectors, notably: healthcare, food and drink and a number of charity organisations.
In the healthcare sector, I currently look after several businesses who are involved in pharmaceuticals and care homes, specifically, homes for adults with learning difficulties. I have also been involved in a number of transactions in this sector, both acquisitions and disposals and due diligence reviews for banks.
My interests outside work revolve around keeping fit. I love to run, cycle and work out at the gym. After all that and looking after the family and two dogs in any spare time I like to relax either with friends or a visit to the cinema.