Our People

Everyone here at Clarkson Cleaver & Bowes Ltd has a strong background in accountancy, taxation and business advice, often gained by working with some of the big names in the profession. The backgrounds to some of our key staff members are shown below, but if there’s anything else you’d like to know just ask – we’re always pleased to tell you!!

Sarah Clarkson,
Chartered Accountant (FCA)
Director

Sarah cut her teeth in accountancy more than 20 years ago, becoming a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton at the start of the 1990s. As she worked with a wide range of small and medium sized businesses across Buckinghamshire and beyond, providing business advice, accounting and auditing services, Sarah gained invaluable experience in looking after the financial affairs of these companies.

Sarah would later reunite with her colleagues from Grant Thornton but not before she’d enjoyed time working in two other large accountancy practices, each with an impressive array of clients. Her skills in advising businesses to maximise profits became finely honed during this time, but Sarah believed she could offer even more if she could do it ‘her way’.

In 2003 Sarah joined up with two of her former colleagues to establish Clarkson Cleaver & Bowes Ltd. Since then the practice has developed a strong regional reputation as a provider of excellent accountancy, taxation and business advice to small and medium sized businesses.

Kathy Cleaver
Institute of Financial Accountants (FFA)
Federation of Tax Advisors (FFTA)
Director

Kathy’s career in accountancy began as soon as she left school, training in taxation at a local practice and then at Grant Thornton where she studied for the Chartered Institute of Taxation exams.

It was whilst she managed the taxation affairs of a portfolio of owner managed businesses and the sometimes complex needs of personal clients at Grant Thornton that she met Sarah. Sarah and Kathy worked as a team to provide a complementary range of services to the same clients.

Kathy left Grant Thornton to become part of a new local practice that specialised in looking after limited company contractors. Following the successful sale of this business she joined forces with Sarah to form a new and successful regional practice, based upon their extensive experience in looking after small and medium sized businesses.

 

Helen Linford 
Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA)
Associate Director

Helen’s established a real passion for helping her clients since joining Clarkson Cleaver & Bowes Ltd, not only with meeting their many varied accountancy and taxation obligations but also with practical and effective business advice too.

Helen’s route into the accountancy profession came after first enjoying a successful and different career as a client service manager. Her experiences gained in her previous career means Helen brings a fresh perspective to her work for the many varied clients that count on her dedicated approach. She prides herself on looking at our services from our clients’ point of view, helping to make the experience of dealing with accountants comfortable rather than confusing.

Although an expert in producing management figures and using a range of accounting packages, Helen’s continued commitment to delivering improvements to the way we do business benefits both our clients and her colleagues alike.

 

Tracey Edge 
Association of Tax Technicians (ATT)
Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
Client Manager

Tracey has seen life on both sides of the fence, before making the change to work in an accountancy practice just under 10 years ago she had spent the early part of her career working for a number of ‘in-house’ accounts departments.

Tracey enjoys the fact that her role with Clarkson Cleaver and Bowes Ltd is about providing much more than efficient processing and compliance services. Working as part of our team she has had the opportunity to develop her potential as an advisor. Her broad business experience coupled with her professional experience and technical training mean that Tracey is well placed to provide advice that will make a positive difference for our clients.

 

 

 

Andrew Holland
Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
Client Manager

Andrew joined us as a trainee in 2007 and now manages a portfolio of clients. He continues to study towards the exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) having already been successful in passing the Association of Accounting Technicians exams. During his time at Clarkson Cleaver and Bowes Ltd Andrew has gained experience in providing a full range of services for our clients. He uses his experience and expertise to ensure that matters of accounting and taxation compliance run smoothly as well as to provide guidance and advice to his clients.

 

 

 

 

Amanda McCooke

Office Manager

Amanda provides many different skills to her colleagues at Clarkson Cleaver & Bowes, none so more important than keeping everyone else’s focus on our work for clients. Joining us in March 2013 as our Office Manager, Amanda’s organisational and project management skills are helping us improve our high levels of client service.