Meet the Team
John Neighbour – Director
Much of my working life is spent trying to ensure that my clients pay no more than the correct amount of tax. This involves planning to ensure that their affairs are organised tax-efficiently, whilst ensuring that they stay within the law. I get great satisfaction when I can achieve those objectives and also from reassuring clients who are worried about communications they receive from “the taxman”!
Keith Grover – Director
There’s a lot of variety in the nature of the work that I do and the type of clients that I deal with – each day is different and has its challenges.
Although I work hard, there is not a long-hours culture, which helps me to achieve a good work-life balance. And my colleagues are nice people to work with.
There is also the work involved in developing the practice. This involves building strong relationships with clients and contacts, getting new clients and working with the HB team, all of which I enjoy.
Karen Chase – Director
I primarily deal with the audits and accounts services at HB and look after our team of qualified and trainee accountants. I have been with HB since university and I love everything about my role. I especially enjoy having been able to help our clients grow over the years and being able to always offer them the fantastic service and support that myself and all at HB provide.
Colin Wilkinson – Manager
I pride myself on providing the best service possible to my clients. Whether problem solving, or performing compliance work, dealing with a wide range of clients in a wide range of business sectors certainly means that there is never a dull moment. I always knew that passing my cycling proficiency test would prove vital to my career in accountancy.
Karen Robbins – Manager
I am responsible for the preparation of management accounts and financial statements for a wide and varied range of clients. I also get involved with preparing corporate and personal tax returns. I enjoy building up long-lasting relationships with my clients and like to ensure I give them the best possible service. I like the variety my role provides.
Catherine Hill – Manager
Working alongside Karen Risley I deal with the audit and accounts. Whilst carrying out audits with all of my clients, I try to help them improve their controls and make recommendations on how their company can improve their processes. I enjoy working with all my clients each year and trying to add value to a service that so many companies view as ‘it has to be done’.
Barrie Chase – Manager
I am involved in dealing with the audits of our clients as well as preparing management and yearly accounts. I enjoy building relationships with all of my clients and ensuring I can provide the best service possible to them.
Bradley Hearn – Trainee Accountant
I am currently studying ACA at HB Accountants. On a day to day basis I am involved with client audits and the preparation of accounts. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the audit team and visiting clients on-site. I look forward to progressing my training and working towards my ACA qualification.
Ben Blackmore – Trainee Accountant
I am currently part of the HB Accountants team as an apprentice currently studying my AAT Level 4. During the week my role is to assist the team on audits and the preparation of accounts for clients, this includes both visiting the clients off site and working in the office, and by being able to have the variation of being in the office and out with the team this allows me to build a good relationship with both my colleagues and clients, something that I thoroughly enjoy. I look forward to completing my studies and enjoying the very promising future that I have in front of me with HB Accountants.
Jane Dunn – Payroll Manager
My role is to primarily provide a payroll service for our clients. This is my first experience of working with clients and I must say, I am enjoying it very much. Being able to provide a reliable service and ensuring that our clients remain compliant with HMRC is important to me.
Charlotte Nicholson – Business Administrator
I deal with the day to day running of the office as well as organising events including our very popular ladies lunch and various local fairs and exhibitions. I am also involved in the marketing of the firm and fundraising for our local charities. I especially enjoy taking on the responsibility of the arrangements of events from start to finish.
Amy Armitage – Tax Manager
I work alongside John Neighbour to manage the Tax Department at HB Accountants and am CTA qualified. I started to take a keen interest in tax while studying towards achieving my law degree from the University of Reading, since graduating I have worked in finance and tax roles and enjoy the challenging work environment a career in tax offers. We offer a wide range of tax services here at HB Accountants including: Tax Compliance, Tax Dispute and Tax Advisory services, meaning my day to day working life is diverse and interesting. I especially enjoy assisting our clients from start to finish with advisory projects to ensure that their tax affairs are organised in the most efficient manner possible.