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Ian Jarvis

Managed Services Director

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Career History/Qualifications

Ian studied at the University of Leeds where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Computing and he then worked in Software Development before deciding to study Accountancy in 2006. He became a Chartered Accountant in 2010.

Ian worked with SME and fast-growth businesses as an auditor with the big 4 before joining Clive Owen LLP in 2015 having experienced all aspects of owner-managed business accounting. His affinity for and interest in management accounting and financial systems led to him developing his expertise in this field.

Experience and expertise

There has never been a better time to run a business because of the availability of technology that was once reserved for large corporations. Ian has a unique blend of accountancy and programming skills which complement each other perfectly in the digital age.

He subsequently created a specialist department within the firm to deliver all aspects of managed services. Ian has developed the COMS team from start-up to an eight-strong team in under four years.

The COMS team specifically utilise technology as an enabler for business to increase efficiency and reduce cost. His specialism is reviewing client’s current financial operating systems and providing cost-effective reporting solutions.

On the accountancy side, the COMS team offer:

  • Training of clients finance and bookkeeping staff
  • Objective regular review of client produced management accounts
  • Outsourced VAT and bookkeeping
  • Outsourced management accounting
  • Full Virtual Finance Officer (VFO) function including forecasting

As well as accounting skills, Ian and his team can also provide specialist advisory services in the following areas;

  • Cloud accounting systems and supporting applications.
  • MRP (Materials Requirement Planning), Workflow, POP/SOP (Purchase Order Processing / Sales Order Processing),
  • Applications than can improve efficiency and business performance such as Expenses and Forecasting apps.
  • Ian also works alongside the Clive Owen IT Division assisting in the creation of bespoke cloud software to meet clients’ specific needs.
  • Creating bespoke analysis and presentation software for clients which can extract financial information from their existing accounting systems

Ian spends most of his time consulting with clients regarding digital integration and attending client board meetings to analyse and present critical financial data.

With the implementation of Making Tax Digital and the rise of accounting technology that can transform business, his areas of expertise allow him to offer accounting systems consultancy to clients helping them to make informed decisions based on more timely and accurate financial information.


Industrial Computing (BSc)


Professional memberships/directorships

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales.

Volunteer member of the Durham Tees Valley board of Young Enterprise

Career highlights

Passing all his professional exams first time.

Being given the promotion to manager within a year of being at a top-four firm shortly before deciding to move on after the birth of his daughter.

Creating Clive Owen Managed Services (COMS) and being the first line of support for clients is satisfying every day.

Did you always want to be an accountant?

I wanted to be an airline pilot so I joined the University Air Squadron and was lucky enough to get some flying hours in.

Hobbies and interests

Cyclist, runner and keen on all things outdoors.




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