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The Team

DIRECTORS

JOHN GARDNERJOHN GARDNER - FCA
DIRECTOR

This year sees 25 years since John created Gardners Accountants.

It is over 30 years since John first started in accountancy and yet the pleasure gained from seeing clients develop their businesses into successful organisations and knowing that he has had the opportunity to play a part in their success, he says, remains as exciting and absorbing as ever.

MELANIE LANGTON-DAVIESMELANIE LANGTON-DAVIES - ACA, FCCA
DIRECTOR

Melanie trained as an accountant with a firm in Chester qualifying in 1995. In 1997 she decided she needed a new challenge and as a result joined the firm as a manager in Holywell. She later obtained her practising certificate and became a partner in 2003.

She takes an active role in the overall running of the practice and she has a diverse portfolio of clients.

CONSULTANTS

 MALCOLM MELLORMALCOLM MELLOR - FCA
CONSULTANT

Malcolm has recently joined us after we merged our two practices. He was a long established practice in Holywell and we look foward to working with him and his clients.

 GARETH POWELLGARETH POWELL - ACA, CTA
CONSULTANT

Gareth joined Gardners in 2005 after graduating from Aberystwyth University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm and subsequently as a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Gareth works on a diverse client portfolio ranging from large PLC audit clients to farming partnerships.

ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT

 LAURA PAELAURA PAE - FCCA
SENIOR CORPORATE MANAGER

Laura qualified as an Chartered Certified Accountant(ACCA) in January 2008. She worked with a Wirral based practice from 2004 and joined Gardners in December 2009.

The Key senior member of the Corporate team she is now involved with a wide range of clients on accounting and audit issues, working closely with the Directors.

Laura, who lives in Sychdyn, enjoys the gym, socialising with friends and is a keen football fan.

 SIMON ROBERTSSIMON ROBERTS - ACCA
SENIOR CORPORATE MANAGER

Simon is a fully qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and qualified Accounting Technician. As well continuing to develop his role at Gardners, he enjoys outdoor activities.

He is a key member of the Corporate team and provides support and advice to our corporate clients.

HEATHER LANEHEATHER LANE
CLIENT MANAGER

Heather joined Gardners in July 2017 after gaining 28 years experience and various qualifications within Banking and Management.

Heather likes to spend any spare time dog walking and with her family. She also loves to travel.

 PAUL STANLEYPAUL STANLEY - FCA
ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Paul, a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, has recently joined us when we merged with M R Mellor & Co.

He has a long list of experence and works closely with clients to ensure they're up to date.

 CHRIS VERNONCHRIS VERNON
ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Chris graduated in 1987 and has been with Gardners for over 20 years during which time he has gained in-depth experience in a wide range of accountancy work across sole traders, partnerships, companies, societies, clubs and charities.

He lives in Holywell, is interested in history and has an eclectic interest in music.

 MARY MORRISSEYMARY MORRISSEY
ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Mary has worked with Gardners since 1996.She prepares accounts for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies and also prepares and submits VAT returns.

Mary enjoys keeping fit and walking as well as dressmaking.

 NORMA SMITHNORMA SMITH
ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Norma has been with Gardners since 1996. She prepares sole trader, partnership and limited company accounts as well as preparing and submitting VAT returns.

Norma is always an excellent trainer for other members of staff and clients in preparing records, book-keeping and usage of Excel.

 JOANNE BALDWINJOANNE BALDWIN - ACCA
ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Joanne worked in banking for 18 years before joining Gardners in 2002. She is a qualified accounting technician and is a fully qualified Chartered Certified Acountant(ACCA).

Her role a receptionist combined with practical accounting skills is a real boon to clients who call or contact by phone and gives a quality of front line service not usually available in many practices.

Joanne enjoys travelling, particularly skiing holidays, as well good food and wine.

 ROBERT OLDFIELDROBERT OLDFIELD
ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Robert works closely with a range of clients in VAT, Accounts and Record Keeping.

 JENNY YOUNGJENNY YOUNG
ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Jenny worked in a private company for 18 years in accounts and payroll. She now uses her wide experience to carry out book-keeping and accounts work at client's premises and also delivers training in the use of accounting software such as SAGE and Kashflow.

Jenny was born and brought up in Holywell where she lives with her husband and two children, she enjoys socialising and travel.

She is currently studying for the AAT qualification

 GILL LUNTGILL LUNT
ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Gill worked for many years in banking and has joined Gardners to work with clients to ensure their book keeping is accurate and up to date.

She is currently studying for her AAT qualification.

 DYFAN PHIPPSDYFAN PHIPPS
TRAINEE ACCOUNTANT

Dyfan recently obtained his Degree at Bangor University and we are pleased to have been able to offer him a trainee position to study for the ICAEW exams.

 CARMEN WILKINSONCARMEN WILKINSON
ACCOUNTS CLERK

Carmen has also joined us from M R Mellor and is skilled in dealing with accounting issues and also payroll.

She is currently studying for her AAT qualification.

RICHARD LEACHRICHARD LEACH
TRAINEE ACCOUNTANT

Richard joined Gardners after running and managing his own small business operations within the leisure industry. He has recently changed career to accountancy and now studying towards ACA ICAEW professional qualifications.

WILL HAPGOODWILL HAPGOOD
TRAINEE ACCOUNTANT

Will joined Gardners as a Trainee in July 2017 after finishing his AAT Level 2. He has recently begun studying towards his ACA ICAEW qualifications. Away from the office Will is a keen ice hockey player, representing Great Britain at youth level in Hong Kong.

 RHIAIN DOWDING RHIAIN DOWDING
TRAINEE ACCOUNTANT

Having completed her A-levels in June 2017, Rhiain began working at Gardners in September 2017 as a Trainee Accountant and is enrolling to study for her ACA ICAEW qualifications.

Outside of the office, Rhiain has cycled from Chester to London for charity, and has a great love for dogs.

Edward LaveryEDWARD LAVERY
TRAINEE ACCOUNTANT

Edward joined Gardners in September 2017 and is about to complete his AAT qualification. He enjoys golf and football in his spare time and is a Liverpool fan.

TAX DEPARTMENT

 Jeanette Benoy JEANETTE BENOY
SENIOR TAX MANAGER

Jeanette's tax career spans more than 35 years. She gained her experience initially working with HM Revenue and Customs as a Tax Officer before moving into private practice in 1985 to work for a national firm of accountants. Since then she has developed her skills and knowledge working on all aspects of personal taxation.

Jeanette looks after a large and varied portfolio of Personal Tax clients providing a compliance and advisory service.

Outside work Jeanette enjoys scuba diving and is a qualified pet dog trainer.

Joanna RobinsonJOANNA ROBINSON
TAX MANAGER

Joanna joined Gardners in December 2015 and assists with the advisory and tax compliance needs of our clients, be it Income, Trust, Capital Gains or Inheritance tax. Joanna's background is in Expatriate Tax and Social Security and has previously worked in London and Manchester. Joanna moved to North Wales with her husband and daughter when her husband became a United Reformed Church minister in Rhyl.

Joanna's interests outside of work involve Church activities and Zumba.

CERYS JONESCERYS JONES
TRAINEE TAX ADVISOR

Cerys joined Gardners in July 2017 straight from the University of Liverpool, after studying for a degree in Accounting & Finance. She is now studying for her ATT qualification. In her spare time, Cerys likes to socialise with friends and is a member of the Young Farmers Club. She also enjoys walking with her dog Taffy.

ADMINISTRATION & PAYROLL DEPARTMENT

 ALISON HUGHESALISON HUGHES
OFFICE MANAGER

Alison has been with Gardners since 1990 and from those early days has covered all office administration roles- as well as payroll, VAT and tax! Her knowledge of all things historical, the practicalities of the IRIS accounting system, and internal accounting are key to smooth running of the office.

She also supports the Directors in Human Resource and Health & Safety issues and the in production of management accounting information.

 KAREN MCMANUSKAREN MCMANUS
SECRETARY

Karen has also joined us from M R Mellor's and was their Secretary for many years.

FIONA ROBERTS FIONA ROBERTS
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Fiona has over 30 years work experience in different industries ranging from administrative to finance roles, including over 10 years experience as a financial analyst.

Fiona has four children and enjoys spending time with her family, going to the theatre and walking her dog.

GRACE QUINNGRACE QUINN
RECEPTIONIST

Grace has over 20 years administration experience covering all levels from Receptionist through to Personal Assistant.

Her Customer Service and Organisational skills are of the highest standard and she maintains an enviable degree of integrity in everything she does.

Having left the Emerald Isle to travel, she has now been settled in North Wales for 13 years.

KATE LANGTONKATE LANGTON
PROJECT MANAGER

Kate joined Gardners in August 2017 and has over 20 years experience in business development and operations management, working predominately for large International Retail organisations in London. She is a keen walker and spends some of her free time with her dog finding new walks in her local area and also enjoys arts and crafts, regularly taking part in local craft fairs.

Lisa OmrayLISA OMRAY
PAYROLL ADMINISTRATOR

Lisa is an important part of our expanding payroll team. She processes all types of payrolls and enjoys communicating with clients and ensuring their questions are dealt with on a timely basis.

JO LAWSON JO LAWSON
PAYROLL ADMINISTRATOR

Jo comes to us fresh from 6 years living in the beautiful state of Virginia, which she says is a lot like Wales for it’s scenery. In her past she has worked in the Travel industry and most recently at a Winery.

In her spare time she follows Motorsport along with her husband, loves to travel, does scrapbooking, and is currently studying Moons and Planets… There could be an astronomer in her yet.