Meet The Team
We are a dedicated team which strives to provide success to our clients in regards to all their accountancy needs. Our team is very close-knit and ensures that a unified support is provided to you whenever you need it. With expertise covering all aspects of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services, we are well placed to take a holistic view to planning for the future as well dealing with specific matters.
Simon J Worswick Partner
Simon specialises in company audits and looking after charities. In addition to his specialism he provides accounting and taxation advice to owner managed businesses.
Having graduated from Manchester Polytechnic, he then went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Kieran Brophy Partner
Kieran has over 30 years’ experience advising in accounting, taxation and auditing matters. He also has specialist knowledge in the agricultural and medical sectors.
Having graduated from Manchester University, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He also sits on the ICAEW Healthcare Significant Interest Group.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching his children play sport around the country. He also enjoys mountain biking and jogging. For many years, he has been Director and Trustee of Chorley Help the Homeless.
Stephen Gardiner ACA CTA Director
Stephen attended Chorley Grammar School and joined the firm in 1978 as a Trainee Accountant.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and became a member of The Institute of Taxation in 1986.
Stephen joined the partnership in 1994.
Cheryl Hammond Manager
Cheryl is a very experienced member of our management team. She has a wealth of knowledge assisting businesses and their owners with the day to day running of their companies and partnerships.
She has specialist knowledge in VAT, book-keeping and annual accounts.
Cheryl is also a certified ProAdvisor in QuickBooks Online.
Andrew Hilton BA (Hons) ACA Manager
Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has specialist knowledge in the healthcare sector.
He also specialises in advising owner-managed businesses from start-up through to disposal.
Andrew has a broad range of clients in many diverse sectors, consequently having wealth of knowledge with companies, audit, tax and GP partnerships.
Andrew is a Xero certified advisor.
Rachel Hilton Manager
Rachel is a qualified Accounting Technician and works with small businesses and their owners as well as healthcare clients.
She is also a certified ProAdvisor in QuickBooks Online.
Rachel is also a Xero certified advisor.
Nicola Hardy MAAT FCCA Manager
Nicola has over 25 years experience working in general practice with a wide range of clients. She advises on accountancy, company and personal taxation and VAT matters, to name a few.
She gained her AAT qualification and then became ACCA qualified in 2000.
Nicola is a Certified QuickBooks Proadvisor.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and attending Zumba classes.
Alana Webster Manager
Alana joined the firm in September 2017. She has a wealth of knowledge within the healthcare sector and has worked with mainly GPs for 13 years.
Alana is a Certified QuickBooks Proadvisor.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, including two dogs.
Andrew Simm BSc(Hons) FCA Manager
Andrew joined the firm in February 2018 and is based in our Chorley office. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001, and has worked at a number of practices in the North West, specialising in all aspects of general practice.
Andrew is a Xero Certified Advisor.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife Emma and two young boys. He also enjoys as singing and being involved with his local church. Andrew serves as governor at a local primary school, as well as being trustee for a multi academy trust based in Bolton.
Sophie Clarke Accounts Semi-senior
Sophie joined the firm in July 2016 and is studying towards her AAT qualification.
She is based at our Chorley office and works with VAT returns, accounts and prepares book-keeping for clients.
Sophie is a Certified QuickBooks Proadvisor.
In her spare time, she travels nationally to show jump with her horse Woody.
Alex Keefe Accounts Semi-senior
Alex joined the firm in August 2016 and is currently studying towards his AAT qualification.
He is based at our Chorley office and mainly prepares accounts in addition to book-keeping and VAT returns.
Alex is a Certified QuickBooks Proadvisor.
Alex is a keen Football supporter of the blue side of Manchester. He also likes to travel, particularly ski trips.
Jean Evans Payroll administrator
Jean has been with the firm for 16 years and is very experienced in payroll.
She has a vast knowledge in all things payroll including auto enrolment, employment rights and the NHS pension for employee’s.
Michelle Higham Administrative assistant
Michelle joined the firm in November 2007 and has completed a Private Secratary’s diploma. She is based in our Warrington office and provides secretarial, administration and book-keeping support.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog, holidays, foreign languages, mountain biking, country walks, tai chi and photography.