I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 after training with a small practice in County Durham. I joined Clive Owen in 1987 and became a partner in 2000.
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
Experience and expertise
I manage the grants and state aid advisory work carried out by the firm, alongside providing more general accounting and advisory services to a small number of owner managed business clients.
My specialism in grants work can be traced back over 25 years. Shortly after joining Clive Owen I developed a comprehensive financial modelling spreadsheet, an updated version of which is still used today by the practice. This presented opportunities to work with growing businesses looking for funding and led to extensive work in the area of grant applications. This specialism has grown, particularly with Regional Growth Fund related work during the last seven years, and the practice is now recognised as one of the leading advisors in this field, not just within the North East region but also much wider afield.
Establishing and developing the grants and state aid advisory offering for the firm, to the position today where Clive Owen LLP is recognised as a leading adviser in this field. During this time we’ve helped clients access funding that has directly led to the creation and safeguarding of over 25,000 jobs.
Did you always want to be an accountant?
At 16 I’d narrowed the choice down to Architect or Accountant, eventually deciding on accountant from a growing interest in business and commerce. The reality is I’d never progressed beyond the letter ‘A’ within the school’s career advice bookshelf; being a Zoologist was never an option!
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