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.
Mark established the business in 1992 from scratch. Initially working from home, he has successfully built the practice to the business it is today. Mark has experienced all the trials and tribulations of building a successful business and loves nothing better than helping his clients to succeed.
Scott Russell FCCA
Head of Accounts & Business Support
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 & Business Support 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, as a graduate trainee 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 & Business Support Team in August 2012 as a trainee accountant. Luke completed his exams and became a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the ICAEW in November 2017.
Luke works with the directors on a portfolio of business clients specialising in the retail sector. is focused on helping our to save tax, save time and build wealth.
Bradley Medhurst MAAT AATQB
Lewis Pyne ACA
Lewis joined our Accounts & Business Support department in June 2016 as a senior. Lewis has the AAT qualification and works primarily on accounts preparation for limited companies.
In August 2019 Lewis completed his studies, passing every exam first time and is a Chartered Accountant ACA.
Bryony Banham AAT
Bryony joined the firm in September 2016 as an apprentice working in our Accounts & Business Support department.
Bryony has successfully completed studies and is now AAT qualified and has already started her ACA studies.
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 & Business Support department.
Eritobi is an Accounting and Finance graduate who joined the firm in July 2019 as a trainee accountant in our Accounts & Business Support department. Eritobi is current studying for the ACA qualification.
Jack is a Mathematics & Finance graduate who joined the practice in August 2019 as a trainee accountant in our Accounts & Business Support Department. Jack is currently studying for the ACA qualification.
Rekha Pal ACCA
Rekha joined our Accounts & Business Support department in November 2019.
She is ACCA qualified and works primarily on accounts preparation for limited companies.
Darren works as member of our Tax Department, dealing mainly with our smaller clients. He is also responsible for general tax compliance work. His portfolio of clients is largely made up of self-employed and partnership businesses, and includes property developers & investors, rental property owners and our high-net-worth clients.
Darren first started working for Mark as a trainee in 2000, when Mark was a sole practitioner. Darren joined the firm’s management team in 2014.
Slava Knazevs MA ATT
Slava joined the practice in 2018 working in our Tax Team to specialise in corporation tax. Slava is also our expert in dealing with research and development claims and has helped companies secure valuable EIS and SEIS funding.
Slava is also ATT qualified and is now training towards becoming a Chartered Tax Adviser.
Sophie Purdue MAAT
Sophie joined the practice in September 2016 as an Apprentice working in our Tax Department.
Sophie has successfully completed her AAT qualification and is now studying tax further with the ATT exams, with a view to becoming a Chartered Tax Adviser.
James Thomson ATT
James deals with personal tax return preparation and provides capital gains tax advice to our clients to help reduce their tax burden.
James joined the tax department in 2017. James specialises in dealing with the personal tax affairs of high net worth individuals.
James is ATT qualified and plans to become a Chartered Tax Adviser in the coming years.
Christie joined Friend & Grant in November 2018 as an Apprentice and is currently attached to our tax department.
Gavin Hooker BSc (Hons) FCCA FMAAT
Julie joined Friend & Grant in May 2019 as a Payroll Supervisor, having previously worked within a large payroll team in a top twenty accountancy practice.
Julie runs payroll services for our clients; making sure that everything payroll related runs smoothly.
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 was nominated for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award at the Mid Kent College Student Awards, coming in the top 3 out of 100 students.
Paige is 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 firm in November 2016 as our Customer Services Officer, helping to onboard all our new clients and providing ongoing administrative support to all our existing 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.
Carol Nicholson FCCA Cert CII(MP)
Carol joined us in April 2019 to manage our internal accounts. She’s a qualified accountant with a wealth of experience working in practice and industry. Carol is with us on Tuesdays & Thursdays and works as an accounts manager in industry the rest of the week.
Carol is also a Xero Certified Advisor and has wide experience of Sage accounts and payroll programmes.