Bob Blencowe - Partner
Bob was educated at the local grammar school, Magdalen College School and then joined the practice after completing his university degree in 1972, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant 1979 and became a partner in 1981.
Bob adopts a hands on approach providing tax efficient solutions to everyday and exceptional problems clients have with both income and capital taxes.
During the summer months you will find Bob playing competitive bowls on the green.
Throughout the year Bob takes an interest in all sports played with a ball.
Ashley Painter - Partner
Ashley joined Blencowes in July 2007 and became a partner in April 2008, he qualified as an Accounting Technician in 1995 he then built on his career by qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002 and became a fellow member in 2007. Ashley is also a full member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Ashley has a wide range of accountancy and audit experience gained whilst working in a public practice in and around Northamptonshire, ranging from the preparation of accounts from incomplete records and carrying out the statutory audit for a variety of limited companies.
During his career Ashley has also spent some time within industry at a medium sized company, gaining valuable experience of the financial management of daily operations. This now proves invaluable when advising owner managed businesses.
Ashley also works closely with individuals and businesses reviewing their individual requirements and tailoring tax efficient solutions in accordance with their objectives.
Ashley enjoys competitive sailing during his spare time.
Garry King BA - Client manager and audit senior
Garry joined Blencowes in July 2008 on a training contract to become a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). Garry’s role is to assist the accounts department with the production of financial statements for small to medium sized businesses, as well as preparing Tax Returns for those clients as required. He also assists on audit assignments.
Outside of work, Garry’s interests include war gaming, history and modem languages.
Jackie Hemmings - Payroll and Company Secretarial Manager
Jackie joined Blencowes in May 2010, during this period she has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in all payroll matters including the operation of auto-enrolment. Jackie is also responsible for all our corporate secretarial services ensuring our clients statutory company registers are maintained and electronic submissions professionally managed.
Ian Burston – Client Manager
Ian is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants he also holds BA (Hons) in Business Administration. Ian has worked in the public practice since 1998 and has a wealth of experienced to support our clients. Ian currently manages a portfolio of our clients and assists the directors with various taxation and accounting assignments. Ian as experience in dealing with tax computations and planning, management accounts, accounts preparation, audits, VAT and advising clients on a whole range of taxation issues.
Outside of work Ian spends his time with his wife and young children, he enjoys watching his home town football club and going to see his favourite comedians.
Daria Szweda - Payroll and Office Administrator
Daria has been developing her experience since joining Blencowes in 2007 and is now an integral part of our payroll department. Daria also assists in all the administrative duties of the business.
Originally from Poland, Daria speaks 4 languages and studied Russian at school.
Her travels have taken her to France, Germany, Demark and Morocco, but her favourite destination is visiting her family in Poland.
Daria is artistic and has a flair for fashion and interior design. She is teaching herself pyrography, the art of burning pictures into wood.
She likes to keep fit by going to the gym and walking her friend’s Chihuahua-cross, Teddy.
Daria enjoys listening to live music, particularly heavy metal.
Christine Faulkner - Client manager and payroll support
Christine is a qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and joined Blencowes in 2013. Christine has a strong back ground in supporting businesses in their accounting records and payroll requirements. She is also heavily involved in the preparation of sole trader, partnership and Statutory Financial Statements. Christine is intent on developing her career and is currently studying towards the Chartered Accountants examination’s.
Outside of the office it would not be unusual to find Christine on the bowling green.
Toni Bott - Client manager
Toni is a qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and joined Blencowes in November 2013. Toni joined us from one of the three principal mid-market accountancy firms where she gained an array of excellent experience working for businesses and charities of various sizes. She is also heavily involved in the preparation of sole trader, partnership and Statutory Financial Statements. Toni is determined to develop her career and is currently studying towards the Chartered Accountants examination’s. Toni has a real flair, commercial acumen and a dynamic approach to our clients.
Outside of the office it would not be unusual to find Toni cooking up a storm in the kitchen and coming up with new recipes.
Sarah Robinson - Client and Audit Manager
Sarah is a qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and joined Blencowes in July 2015. Sarah is a key member of our team and has excellent abilities in dealing with our clients accounting and taxation requirements. Sarah has also supported Blencowes with regards to developing our audit services and is now our Audit Manager dealing with medium sized businesses and all our clients the audit requirements. Sarah has a strong determination and intends to complete the final examination of the Association of Certified Charted Accountants in the next 12 months.
Outside of work you will catch Sarah enjoying walking and keeping fit.
Lisa Parsons - Client Manager
Lisa is a part qualified member of the Association Of Chartered Certified Accountants and joined Blencowes in September 2015 on a part time basis. Lisa has worked in public practice since 2000 and during this time gained a wealth of experience dealing with family run businesses. Lisa can turn her skills to an array of accounting roles, such as management accounts, VAT Returns, cloud based software, preparing clients personal and corporate tax returns.
Louise Purves – Client Manager
Louise is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and joined Blencowes in November 2015 on a part time basis. Some of Louise’s training was with a large multinational firm of accountants and has worked in public practice since 2002. During these years Louise has gained considerable experience in dealing with corporate and personal taxation affairs.
During Louise’s spare time she enjoys reading and spending quality time with family and friends.
Suzanne Gray – Payroll and Client Support Administrator
Suzi joined the team in April 2017. Suzi has a degree in administration, accounting and finance with a huge amount on knowledge and experience, a valuable member of the team, Suzi manages a portfolio of clients providing a variety of services from Bookkeeping to payroll and VAT.
Outside of the office Suzi likes to go to the gym, she also enjoys watching rugby and wild swimming.
Lesley Lane - Accounts senior
Lesley Joined the Blencowes team in January 2019, she has been an associate member of the Institute of certified bookkeepers for 19 years. Lesley has previous experience working in an accountancy practice and a wealth of experience dealing with payroll, VAT returns, bookkeeping and management reports using various types of accounting software. She is in the process of gaining her ACCA qualifications.
During Lesley’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, learning to play the piano better, reading and country strolls
Tom May – Trainee Accountant
Tom joined Blencowes in September 2019, after leaving Magdalen College School and completing his A levels. He is currently on the ICAEW’s programme to become a qualified member of the Association of Chartered Accountants. He assists our accounts department in many ways from preparing company, sole trade and partnership accounts to personal tax returns to completing VAT returns. Tom’s knowledge base is fast increasing through gaining experience in practice as well as his studies.
Outside of the office Tom likes to go to the gym and play rugby.
Hannah Dunkley - Accounts & Audit Senior
Hannah is a part-qualified ACA student with one Advanced exam left to sit. She joined Blencowes in May 2020 having previously studied Accountancy at the University of Nottingham and worked for a Big 4 company alongside her degree. She was with the Big 4 firm for 4 and a half years progressing up to Senior Associate level before deciding to join Blencowes. She has experience with a variety of audits, on a varying size scale and has completed CPD on topics such as External Auditor training, Alteryx, Managing audits, Compliance, PCAOB training and Inventory auditing to name a few.
In her spare time Hannah enjoys online learning have completed diplomas in events management, astronomy, genealogy and pharmacy. She is currently studying for a diploma in UK Employment Law having experience with some aspects of contract, tort and company law from University and her previous ACA studies. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and visiting historic sites such as National Trust and English Heritage sites at the weekends.
Rob Blencowe – Client Manager
Rob joined Blencowes in April 2020, having previously worked at KPMG in technology audit and at Waypoint Partners, a corporate finance firm specialising in creative agencies and technology firms. Whilst at KPMG Rob completed the ACA training and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the ICAEW.
Having studied French and Spanish at university Rob is a keen traveller, especially to Provence where his in-laws live.
At home in Oxford, Rob can mainly be found roaming the local footpaths and country pubs, or feeding his two cats.
Donna Rowan Gold – Client Manager
Donna is a part-qualified member of the ICAEW and is AAT qualified. She has worked in accountancy practice for more than twenty years, gaining a wealth of experience with owner-managed businesses along the way. She ran her own accounting practice for several years, and joined Blencowes in September 2020.
Donna has a degree in Knitwear Design, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Loughborough University, where she graduated summa cum laude. It was while working as a maths teacher that Donna started studying accountancy, beginning with the AAT.
Outside of the office, Donna has a wide variety of interests, particularly music. She plays the oboe with the Nene Valley and Naseby Concert Bands, and the clarinet with the Northampton Concert Band. Her most memorable playing experience was in 2018, when she played the oboe in the largest Double Reed Ensemble in the World, setting a new Guinness World Record in Granada, Spain.
Chloe Bradford – Trainee Accountant
Chloe joined Blencowes in June 2019, and is currently studying for the Association of Accounting Technicians exams. Chloe is responsible for preparing statutory accounts and VAT returns, providing technical support to our Client Managers.
Chloe is a trained pastry chef, and spent some time working in hospitality before moving into finance. Her accountancy career started in the audit department of a medium-sized firm, where she became Semi-Senior Auditor.
Animal-lover Chloe is devoted to her pet dog, Stan, a caramel-coloured Cockapoo. He came to her as a rescue and Chloe delights in spoiling him.
Travel is one of Chloe’s major hobbies and she has travelled widely, visiting nearly every continent. She loves cooking, especially Italian food.
Chloe is amiable and easy-going and loves spending time with family and friends.
Martha Horan – Office Manager
When you phone the office, often the first cheerful voice you will hear will be Martha’s. With a background in Travel and Tourism, Martha spent many years working in the hospitality sector, first as a manager with a well-known restaurant chain, and later as Conference Centre Manager for a local League One football club. Capable and organised, she joined Blencowes in October 2020.
Outside of work, Martha is a dedicated marathon runner! She is currently in training for the London Marathon, having completed the Gosport half-marathon last October in 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Martha loves to bake in her spare time - her speciality is brownies. And, when she is not in the kitchen, she can be found travelling the world. Favourite destinations include America and the Far East. One of her most memorable trips was backpacking round Thailand in 2019 – and her next stop is Australia.