Meet the Team

We have huge pride in our team, our client feedback highlights our availability and helpfulness no matter how small an issue is, innovative solutions and advice, our large knowledge pool and experience, and above all our friendly and efficient approach.

Management Team

Bernard

Bernard Brosnan

Chairman

Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA)

The firm was founded by Bernard in 1987. He ran the practice from his office in Hipperholme for 20 years at which point the firm moved to its present location. He is now winding down his full time involvement in preparation for retirement.

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Adam

Adam Brosnan

Managing Director

Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA)

Adam joined the practice in 2001 after qualifying on a graduate trainee program with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Adam has successfully built solid relationships with both organic and 'merged' clients, as well as the steady stream of new referrals our clients introduce him to. He has been the protagonist behind the acquisitions the firm has made over the last decade, overseeing the complete process from initial exploratory meetings through to completion.

Adam doesn't dislike anything as anyone who knows him will attest to.

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Kate

Kate Powell

Director

Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA)

Kate joined the practice in 2009 as part of the Brosnans acquisition of Bradford based chartered accountants Fearnside Marshall. Kate is well versed in all aspects of accountancy, audit and tax and is involved in all areas of the practice.

Kate shudders at the thought of sleepless nights, disorganisation and strawberries.

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Sharon

Sharon Hutchinson

Director

Sharon joined the practice in 2010 as Practice Development Manager; her previous 12 years were spent in Business Development at PricewaterhouseCoopers and latterly 4 of those at KPMG. Sharon has been recruited to increase the external profile of Brosnans and improve all internal systems to increase operational efficiency.

Sharon shows an aversion towards greed, laziness and conspicuous consumerism.

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Laura Brain

Laura Brain

Associate Director

Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA)

Laura joined Brosnans in 2017, having been a partner at a firm of Chartered Accountants in Leeds/Bradford for ten years. The move enables her to work much closer to home whilst still managing her client portfolio. Laura has 19 years' experience in accounts, audit & taxation advisory roles, she qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001. Her specialisms are charity and not-for-profit advisory work (accounts, gift aid, tax, VAT) & software installation/set up/training (Quickbooks, Xero, Sage)

Believe it or not one of Laura's greatest dislikes is long commutes...followed closely by disorganisation and fish (in food or swimming format)

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Audit & Accounts Team

Amanda

Amanda Belfield

Accountant

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Amanda joined the firm in 1991; her main responsibilities are audit and accounts preparation.

Amanda takes a great deal of offence from Cliff Richard and New Year's Eve.

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Accounts Team

Peter

Peter Branch

Accountant

Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ACIS)

Peter had worked for 26 years at G Tattersall, a Huddersfield firm which was acquired in 2001. He undertakes all areas of accountancy, VAT and book keeping.

Peter is vexed by traffic, poor hygiene and social media.

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Stephen

Stephen Patefield

Accountant

Stephen joined the firm in 2007 and undertakes accounts preparation and book keeping.

Stephen enjoys everything except Sharon's emails requesting information, rats, warm white wine and anything flavoured with aniseed.

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Graham

Graham Marshall - Consultant

Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA)

Graham was one of the founding partners of Fearnside Marshall whom we acquired in 2009, he is in the process of winding down to retirement and now acts as a consultant. His duties include all aspects of accountancy and tax.

Graham's dislikes are TV programmes that include any of the following: X, Big, Dine, Jungle, Essex and Idol, closely followed by excel spreadsheets.

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Nina

Nina Hampson

Accountant

Nina joined the practice in 2008 as part of G H Senior & Co, her duties include annual accounts preparation, VAT, management accounts and payroll.

Nina considers that the world would be a better place if there were no movies ending in a dog death, no Go Compare television advertising and no chocolates flavoured with coffee.

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Karen

Karen Hague

Accountant

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Karen joined the firm in 2009 as part of the Fearnside Marshall package, her duties include book keeping, management accounts, company secretarial, and annual accounts preparation. Karen also acts as our back up super efficient office administrator.

Karen becomes very agitated with txt spk abbreviations and scroungers.

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 Rachelle Wheatley AAT

Rachelle Wheatley

Accountant

Associate of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Rachelle joined our practice in March 2016, and is currently studying for her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and hopes to fully qualify in 2018.

Rachelle likes to avoid traffic, lazy people and mushrooms.

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Aimee Robinson

Aimee Robinson

Trainee Accountant

Aimee joined the practice in August 2016 as a trainee. She is qualifying as an Associate Accounting Technician on day release, and hopes to continue her studies to chartered level.

Aimee feels queasy at the thought of mushrooms, Donald Trump and the sound of loud eating.

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Karen Grieve

Karen Grieve

Karen joined Brosnans in 2017 as a book keeper, her specialism is Sage book keeping. She joins us with 15 years of accounting experience.

Karen has a couple of intolerances: one of which is the popular dislike of fish bones, and the other is the sadly unpopular dislike of Facebook.

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Tax & Accounts Team

Lorna

Lorna Brewer

Accountant

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

Lorna joined the practice in 2015 with 30 years of experience in all areas of taxation and accounts, including audit.

Lorna would rather avoid precipitation, prunes and pessimists.

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Craig

Craig Smith

Accountant

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)

Craig joined the firm in 2010 with the acquisition of R S Tennet & Co based at Heckmondwike. He has a dual role of accounts preparation and tax returns.

Craig exhibits no sympathy for almost everything, but top of his list are Ferrero Rocher and cyclists.

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Payroll Team

Lorraine

Lorraine Robinson - Payroll Manager

Lorraine joined us as Payroll Manager in the Summer of 2012, she brought with her over 30 years experience of payroll management gained in a variety of industries, from local businesses to large multi-national enterprises, consequently she has had exposure to all matters regarding salaries and benefits.

Lorraine, who only exudes calmness can be heard to tut at reality television and bad driving.

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Ann Folan

Ann Folan - Payroll Assistant

Ann joined our Payroll Team in October 2015 with over 15 years experience in book keeping and payroll.

At the top of Ann’s dislikes are people moaning about problems instead of solving them, mice and Turkish Delight.

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Joanne Sykes

Joanne Sykes - Payroll Assistant

Joanne has 22 years payroll experience, gained at Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and a local chartered accountancy practice.

Joanne, is one of a number of our staff who strangely share a hatred of olives, other dislikes include dogs not on leads and cold callers.

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Administration

Julia

Julia Strudwick

Practice Administrator

Julia is our front of house wonder woman; she deals, as if by magic, with all the office administration and reception.

Julia cringes at the smell of lamb cooking, dusting and an "I'm entitled to" attitude.

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Olivia Roberts

Olivia Roberts

Trainee Accountant/Customer Service

Olivia joined us after deciding University was not the right career path, she completed her A levels in 2016, and has now commenced the Accounting Technicians course, the first year of which concentrates on Customer Service as well as an introduction to book keeping, bank reconciliations and basic accounting duties

Aside from disliking University, she is yet another member of staff with a firm dislike of olives and politics.

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The High Bentham Team

Debs Gardner

Debs Gardner

Accountant

Part Qualified Associate of Accounting Technicians

Debs has gathered a wealth of experience in industry and practice since starting as a finance junior in 1987, through to a Management Accountant, and latterly with an accountancy practice in Lancaster before joining Brosnans in 2017. She has worked with sole-traders, partnerships and limited companies on accounts, book keeping and other general practice duties.

Debs finds ear hair, dirty finger nails and clutter distasteful.

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helen

Helen Handford

Practice Administrator

Helen joined the firm in 2006 as Practice Administrator.

Helen's background includes secretarial and administrative roles with Royal Ordnance Factories and the Civil Service. She assists the accounts and tax department with the day to day office administration of the practice and dealing with client enquiries.

Dislikes: rudeness and olives of any colour, stuffed or unstuffed, in oil or brine, on trees or in jars.

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Chris

Chris Downey

Tax Senior

Chris is a former Inland Revenue Executive Officer who left the Civil Service in 1985 since when she has worked in the tax department of accountancy firms in Liverpool, Preston, Skipton and Lancaster. She is our gamekeeper-turned-poacher and has over thirty years experience dealing with personal tax matters. She joined the firm in 2008 and her main responsibilities are handling personal tax returns, tax planning, and assisting in the handling of Inland Revenue Investigations.

Chris vehemently dislikes negativity.

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Lucy

Lucy Atkinson

Accountant

Association of Accountant Technicians (MAAT)

Lucy began her accounting career as an administrator and book-keeper for a small local business. After qualifying as an AAT she moved into the the practice practice in 2010. Her duties include VAT and book-keeping, management accounts, preparation of annual accounts along with company and individual tax returns.

Lucy is not a fan of cucumber.

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Louis Beales

Louis Beales

Trainee Accountant

Louis joined the practice in 2017 as a trainee, having gained a year of experience with a Lancashire firm of accountants... He is currently studying towards his Associate Accounting Technician qualification.

Louis is known to be antagonistic towards coffee revels, SPIDERS (yes, in capital letters), and continuous paper form.

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The Keighley Team

Tim Eddison

Tim Eddison

Consultant

Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA)

Tim joined Brosnans when his firm, Eddisons, was acquired in 2016. During his working life Tim has spent equal amounts of time in Industry and Commerce and in the Profession so can empathise with both sides of the spectrum.

He enjoys walking and all sports involving a ball, except tennis, and dislikes weather forecasters and any form of shellfish.

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Chris Eddison

Chris Eddison

Consultant

Chris joined Brosnans following the acquisition of Eddisons in 2016. He has lost count of the number of years he has been dealing with accounting and taxation as there are not enough beads on his Abacus.

Whilst Chris enjoys cooking and eating, he definitely gets a bee in his bonnet about poorly prepared risotto.

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Chris Tordoff

Chris Tordoff

Practice Manager

Chris joined the Brosnans team in 2016, having worked for a firm of Chartered Accountants in Pudsey for the last 15 years. Chris brings with him 25 years of experience in accounts and taxation. Chris has been selected to manage the office based on his approachability and proactive attitude. He will be responsible for managing the office on a day to day basis and acting as support to both clients and staff.

A perfect day for Chris would be one that does not involve cooking or shopping.

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Freda Akram

Freda Akram

Manager

Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA)

Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA)

Freda joined the practice in 2017 as a manager at our Keighley office. She has over 17 years experience working with owner managed businesses, providing them with compliance support, proactive tax advice and business advisory services. She manages a portfolio of non audit and unincorporated businesses, leads the professional training programmes for staff across our three offices, and is part of our team driving and assisting our clients with cloud computing in readiness for Making Tax Digital.

Freda qualified as a Chartered Certified accountant in 2004 and achieved her Chartered Taxation Advisory qualification in 2016.

She displays negativity towards negativity, bad parking and disorganisation.

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Elizabeth Worsencroft

Elizabeth Worsencroft

Accountant

Elizabeth joined Brosnans Brighouse with the Fearnside Marshall acquisition, and has now joined the Keighley team due to her Aire Valley residence and a corresponding HUGE reduction in commuter time!

Elizabeth is a key member of the Brosnans team with vast experience in book keeping and management account services, annual accounts preparation, payroll and Sage.

Elizabeth's personal dislikes include olives, shopping, long commutes and ALL domestic duties.

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Jill Crowther

Jill Crowther

Payroll Administrator

Jill started working for Eddisons at the age of 17, she left temporarily to work directly for a client and built up her book keeping, VAT, and payroll skill base, only to return to Eddisons. Jill now is the main point of contact for Payroll.

Jill will be at her least impressed state if presented with a plate of sausages and/or offal.

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Beth Whitaker

Beth Whitaker

Trainee Accountant

Beth joined Eddisons in 2013 as a secretary after realising working with children was not for her! After a year she progressed to accounts clerk and commenced studying the AAT course.

A competitive Keighley staff member…she HATES losing! Almost as much as red meat.

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Selina Hussain

Selina Hussain

Trainee Accountant

Selina joined us in 2017 on the apprenticeship scheme, having achieved distinctions in her BTECH course and has now commenced the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.

Selina is hostile towards heights, creepy crawlies and red meat.

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Mandy Mitchell

Mandy Mitchell

Practice Administrator

Mandy joined Brosnans in April 2016 with a stack of experience in clerical and administrative duties gained mainly in the field of a finance function. She carries the burden (yet copes!) of being the Keighley office wonder woman and organising us all.

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