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.

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.

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

Simon Laurie BSc FCCA

Accounts & Business Support

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

Luke Anderson ACA

Accounts & Business Support

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.

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

Chris Shaw BA ACA

Accounts & Business Support

Chris joined Friend & Grant in June 2014 as a graduate trainee accountant in our Accounts & Business Support department. Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant in September 2018 and is a member of the ICAEW.

Chris works with the directors on a portfolio of business clients specialising in the manufacturing, engineering and haulage sectors.

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

Bradley Medhurst MAAT AATQB

Accounts & Business Support

Bradley joined our Tax Department in August 2015 and then moved to the Business Support team in September 2016.  Bradley has successfully passed his AAT exams and is now training to be a Chartered Accountant.

He is an expert in Cloud Accounting as he is a Xero Certified Advisor, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and also a Sage One Certified Advisor.

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

Lewis Pyne ACA

Accounts & Business Support

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

Bryony Banham AAT

Accounts & Business Support

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

Nick Arnold

Accounts & Business Support

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

Eritobi Akintoye

Accounts & Business Support

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 Gray

Jack Gray

Accounts & Business Support

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.

 

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 Tax 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 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 - Specialist in Company Tax Returns and R & D Tax Credits - Reducing Tax -Friend and Grant

Slava Knazevs MA ATT

Tax Department

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

Sophie Purdue AAT

Tax Department

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 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.

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 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  and is currently attached to our tax 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 has been pivotal in providing cloud-based accounting software solutions to our business clients.

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

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

Payroll Services Team

Julie Uden

Julie Uden

Payroll Department

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.

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

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

Carol Nicholson FCCA Cert CII(MP)

Finance Manager

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.

 

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