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Meet the Team

Everyone at Friend & Grant is dedicated to delivering the best business, tax and accountancy advice and exceptional service to every one of our clients.

Directors

Mark Friend BSc ACA - Managing Director - Chartered Accountant Kent - Friend and Grant

Mark Friend BSc ACA

Managing Director

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.

Andrew Grant FCA - Director at Friend and Grant - Chartered Accountants Rochester, Kent

Andrew Grant FCA

Director

Andrew Grant is a Chartered Accountant and fellow of the ICAEW. His portfolio includes growing businesses where he finds business, accounting and tax solutions to ensure they maximise income, protect wealth and reduce tax.

Accounting Services Team

Scott Russell FCCA - Head of Accounts - Friend and Grant - Chartered Accountants Kent

Scott Russell FCCA

Head of Accounts

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 - A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - Friend and Grant

Simon Laurie BSc FCCA

Accounts Department

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 - Qualified Chartered Accountant at Friend and Grant - Accountants and Tax Advisers, Strood, Kent

Luke Anderson ACA

Accounts Department

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 - Accreditied Chartered Accoutant at Friend and Grant - Leading Accountants in Kent

Chris Shaw ACA

Accounts Department

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 Banham - Accountant Apprentice - Accounting and Compliance Department - Friend and Grant

Bryony Banham

Accounts Department

Bryony joined the firm in September 2016 as an apprentice working in our Accounts Department. Bryony is currently studying for the AAT qualification.

Lewis Pyne AAT - Senior in Accounts Department - Accounts Preparation for Ltd Companies - Chartered Accountants - Friend and Grant

Lewis Pyne AAT

Accounts Department

Lewis joined our accounts department in June 2016 as a senior. Lewis has the AAT qualification and works primarily on accounts preparation for limited companies.  Lewis is now studying for the ACA, Chartered Accountant qualification.

 

Nick Arnold - Apprentice Accounts Assistant - Accountants Department - Friend and Grant - Chartered Accountants Kent

Nick Arnold

Accounts Department

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.

Dan Stearn MAAT - Accounting Technican - Accounts Department - Friend and Grant - Chartered Accountants Kent

Dan Stearn MAAT

Accounts Department

Dan joined our Business Support team in May 2017.  He is an experienced qualified accounting technician. Dan has quickly been brought up to speed in Clouding Accounting and is now a Xero Certified Advisor, a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and a Sage One Certified Advisor. Dan will be studying with us to pass the chartered accountancy examinations.

Jack Tuffin - Cloud Accounting Apprentice - Friend and Grant - Accountants Rochester, Kent

Jack Tuffin

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.

Taxation Services Team

Jan Friend CTA - Head of Taxation Services - Friend and Grant - Chartered Tax Advisers Kent

Jan Friend CTA

Head of Tax

Jan Friend is a Chartered Tax Adviser and, as head of the Taxation Services Team, is involved with all tax matters, business and personal. Jan looks after a portfolio of high-net-worth clients as well as being our probate services and estate planning expert.

Darren Hughes - Taxation Services Expert - Tax Compliance for SMEs, Property Investers and High Net Worth Individuals - Friend and Grant

Darren Hughes

Tax Department

Darren works as member of our Taxation Services 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 - Specialist in Company Tax Returns and R & D Tax Credits - Reducing Tax -Friend and Grant

Slava Knazevs MA ATT

Tax Department

Slava specialises in company tax returns and research and development tax credits (R & D tax credits) and has helped companies secure valuable EIS and SEIS funding.

Sophie Purdue - Apprentice - Taxation Services Department - Friend and Grant - Chartered Tax Advisers Kent

Sophie Purdue

Tax Department

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.

James Thompson ATT - Specialist in Personal Tax Returns Preparation and Capital Gains Tax Advice - Friend and Grant - Chartered Tax Advisers Kent

James Thomson ATT

Tax Department

James deals with personal tax return preparation and provides capital gains tax advice to our clients to help reduce their tax burden.

Christie Inns - Apprentice Accounts Assistant - Taxation Services Department - Friend and Grant - Chartered Accountants Kent

Christie Inns

Tax Department

Christie joined Friend & Grant in November 2018 as an Apprentice Accounts Assistant and is currently attached to our taxation services department.

Cloud Accounting and Special Projects

Gavin Hooker BSc (Hons) FCCA FMAAT - Head of Business Support - Cloud Accounting Expert Kent - Friend and Grant

Gavin Hooker BSc (Hons) FCCA FMAAT

Head of Cloud Projects

Gavin joined Friend & Grant in July 2016 having previously worked for a local top twenty accountancy practice. He has a wide range of experience in Accountancy working with owner managed businesses of various sizes and sectors.

At Friend & Grant, Gavin works closely with a portfolio of business clients to provide support on cloud-based accounting software.

Gavin is a Xero Certified Advisor, a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and a Sage One Certified Advisor.

Bradley Medhurst MAAT AATQB - Cloud Accounting Expert - Friend and Grant Accountants Strood

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 - Bookkeeping, Management Accounts, Certified Cloud Accounting and Financial Advice - Friend and Grant

Melissa Harle MAAT

Cloud Projects/Business Support

In 2016 Melissa joined our Business Support department to specialise in bookkeeping, management accounts and cloud accounting.

She is a Xero Certified Advisor with payroll and migration certifications too. Melissa is also a certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Online and is Sage One Certified.

She enjoys interacting with clients, helping them to achieve their business goals through providing accurate financial advice and information.

Payroll Services Team

Zoe Tapson - Head of Payroll Services Department and Xero Certified Payroll Advisor - Friend and Grant

Zoe Tapson

Head of Payroll

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.

 

Administration Services Team

Julie Edwards - Receptionist - PA - Friend and Grant - Chartered Accountants Rochester, Kent

Julie Edwards

Receptionist/PA

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 McNair - Administration, Communications, Social Media and Marketing - Friend and Grant - Chartered Accountancy Firm Rochester

Paige McNair

Receptionist/PA

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 - Customer Services Officer - Friend and Grant - Chartered Accountants Rochester, Kent

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.

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