Everyone at Friend & Grant is dedicated to delivering the best business, tax and accountancy advice and exceptional service to every one of our clients.
Mark Friend BSc ACA
Mark Friend is a Chartered Accountant and member of the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). He works with a portfolio of clients on planning and business development, and on helping them to reduce tax and to create and protect wealth.
Scott Russell FCCA
Scott joined the practice in 2009 and qualified in 2010 as a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
In 2016 Scott became Head of Accounts with responsibility for dealing with the day-to-day affairs of a portfolio of business clients.
Scott also leads on all the firm’s audits.
Simon Laurie BSc FCCA
Simon joined Friend & Grant in March 2009, and since February 2013 he has been a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In 2014 Simon joined the firm’s management team and works closely with the directors on a portfolio of business clients.
Before joining us Simon completed a joint honours degree in Marketing and Accounting at Canterbury Christ Church University achieving a 2:1.
Luke Anderson ACA
Luke joined our Accounts Team in August 2012 and passed his AAT examinations first time. Luke completed his exams and became a qualified Chartered Accountant in November 2017.
Luke’s work is focused on helping our business clients to save tax, save time and build wealth.
Chris Shaw ACA
Chris joined Friend & Grant in June 2014 as a graduate trainee accountant in our accounts department. Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant in September 2018 and is ACA qualified.
Bryony joined the firm in September 2016 as an apprentice working in our Accounts Department. Bryony is currently studying for the AAT qualification.
Nick joined the practice in September 2018 as an Apprentice Accounts Assistant. He’s already started studying for his AAT exams and is currently attached to the accounts department.
Jack joined the our Accountancy firm in October 2017 as an apprentice working in our Accounts Department. Jack will be completing a combined Level 2 and 3 AAT apprenticeship.
Sophie joined the practice in September 2016 as an Apprentice working in our Taxation Services Department.
Sophie is currently studying for the AAT qualification. Once completed, she will go on to study tax further with the ATT exams, and then may even become a Chartered Tax Adviser.
Christie joined Friend & Grant in November 2018 as an Apprentice Accounts Assistant and is currently attached to our taxation services department.
Gavin Hooker BSc (Hons) FCCA FMAAT
Bradley Medhurst MAAT AATQB
Cloud Projects/Business Support
Bradley joined our Tax Department in August 2015 and then moved to the Business Support team in September 2016. His client base includes sole traders, partnerships and small limited companies. Bradley works with these businesses to assist with the bookkeeping and the preparation of both statutory accounts and management reports.
Bradley is AAT qualified and is currently studying for his Chartered Accountant qualification. He is an expert in Cloud Accounting as he is a Xero Certified Advisor, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and also a Sage One Certified Advisor.
Melissa Harle MAAT
Cloud Projects/Business Support
Zoe joined us in December 2015 to head our payroll services department. Zoe has had a varied career working primarily in secretarial and bookkeeping roles. For the last 5 years Zoe has worked in practice, responsible for managing the payroll department. She is a Xero Certified Payroll Advisor.
Julie Edwards is most likely to be the first person you talk to as she is our receptionist. She also acts as PA to Mark and is responsible for company secretarial matters.
Julie joined Friend & Grant in 2004. She really enjoys meeting the clients and getting to know them.
Paige joined Friend & Grant in October 2016 as an apprentice working in an administrative and communications role. Paige has completed her Level 3 Business & Administration qualification, and completed her apprenticeship coming in the top 3 out of 100 students.
Paige is also responsible for the firm’s social media and assists with the marketing. You’ll meet Paige when you visit the office.
Karen Seymour-Jones BSc (Hons)
Customer Services Officer
Karen joined the accountancy firm in November 2016 as our Customer Services Officer, acting as a liaison with all of our clients.
Karen has a first-class honours degree in Psychology. She previously worked as a legal PA for law firms in London, Sydney and Auckland.