Partner Profiles

Meet the partners working at Stephenson Smart & Co.

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Ivan Walker Senior Partner

Fellow of ICAEW (FCA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

Qualified in 1991, Ivan provides advice and guidance to business start-ups and owner-managed SMEs and specialises in Farming and ABC circulation audits. He has served as a governor at Nassington School and is currently a trustee for his local Village Hall.

“The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing clients I have advised achieve their professional and personal aims and ambitions.”

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Garry Wiles Partner

Fellow of ICAEW (FCA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

Whilst working with a broad base of corporate and individual clients on a daily basis, Garry’s particular area of expertise is in providing accountancy and taxation advice and services to small and medium sized businesses and high net worth individuals. He also acts as Financial Director of Stephenson Smart’s Financial Services Company.

Garry currently serves as an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of The Longhurst Group, a role he has occupied since 2016.

“After more than 30 years of working with a wide range of businesses and people, I feel that I can make the greatest difference to clients who allow me to get involved on a regular basis in all of the financial aspects of their business – rather than just acting as the ‘year end’ accountant.”

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Paula Lawson Partner

Chartered Accountant (ACA)

Paula was appointed Stephenson Smart’s first female partner in 1998, after qualifying in 1993. Her trademark down-to-earth and common sense approach to business management works exceptionally well for the owner-managed businesses she advises and guides. Paula also acts for charity clients of all sizes and constitutions.

“New start-up businesses need a lot of support to develop and realise their potential. I offer guidance and often act as a sounding board on all aspects of running a business, especially the financial issues.”

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Robert Burborough Partner

Chartered Accountant (ACA), Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA)

Rob qualified in 1995 and provides a wide range of general accountancy services to a diverse range of business sizes and sectors and has built up a strong portfolio through client referrals and recommendations.

“People have a perception of accountants, so it comes as a pleasant surprise that we are able to relate to our clients in a very normal way, talk to them as normal people, as well as do a good job for them”

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Kerry Hilliard Partner

Chartered Accountant (ACA), Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

Kerry qualified in 2000 and sees her subsequent appointment to Partner of Stephenson Smart & Co as one of her greatest achievements. A well-qualified ‘all-rounder’ with a specialism in audits for Registered Social Landlords, Kerry looks after the financial affairs of SMEs across a variety of sectors, including construction, retail, professional services, business consultancy, nursing homes, subcontractors, farmers, pubs, motor repairs and many more.

“Building relationships with people to help them manage their financial affairs more effectively is very rewarding”.

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Andrew Abbott BSc (Hons)Partner

Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA)

Andrew gained his qualifications in 2001. As well as helping the firm’s large portfolio of owner-managed businesses, Andrew has particular experience in advising clubs and associations on financial matters.

“Financial stability is very important to most people’s lives, so it’s good to see the added value our services can bring to a business, organisation or individual.”

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Sue Reynolds Portfolio Manager

Member of Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)

Sue has been working at Stephenson Smart since September 1984, and gained her ATT qualification in 1994.

Her portfolio of clients consists of small and medium sized audit clients, giving her experience on audit planning and finalisation along with a good working knowledge of FRS102 and FRS102 1A, sole traders and partnerships, in both accounts preparation and taxation. Sue also has a good working knowledge of Xero, SAGE and SAGE One.

“I enjoy most the ability to help clients set up their own record keeping to enable them to use the financial information to run their business profitably and to have the financial tools available for expansion if required.”