Gary Sargeant FCA – Founding Partner

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Gary trained in the West End City of London, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1982. He was admitted as a Fellow in 1992

Gary founded the firm on the following major principles:

  1. We would undertake all of our work promptly.
  2. We would communicate well with clients.
  3. We would be proactive in our advice.

Gary's view is his part in building the talented team of people we now have and helping our clients prosper has been undoubtedly his greatest achievement.

Gary’s biggest ambition for the future is to help and create an environment where our clients and our staff can succeed.

Some may say that Gary has too many hobbies. His biggest passion, most people will know, is his interest in Formula 1, followed closely by travel, photography and scuba diving.

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Joanne Brown FCCA - Partner

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Jo joined the firm in 1991 as a trainee accountant and qualified in 2000. Jo runs a portfolio of larger Limited Companies dealing with the production of audit and accounts work, corporation tax returns and all other yearly compliance work. Other areas where Jo can assist are; liaising with the Revenue regarding tax enquiries/ investigations, advice re business sales and acquisitions and general bookkeeping and payroll advice. Jo became a partner in the practice in July 2006 and then subsequently went on to have her two children Harvey & Archie. Jo is in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Her time is very much split between work and the children so she has very little spare time, but if she does manage to grab some free time, she likes to read and of course, as all women do, shop!

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Elaine Pavis FCA MAAT - Managing Partner

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Elaine qualified as an Accountant in 1992. She joined Gary Sargeant + Company on 22nd May 2000 as a portfolio manager and became an equity partner on 1st May 2010. She runs the largest portfolio in our accounts and audit department and is often deemed our "sage expert".

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Joanne Spry FCCA – Partner

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Jo qualified as an accountant in 1993 and joined Sargeant Partnership LLP in January 2001. Jo is a client manager looking after various clients that include solicitors, charities and small limited companies. Jo is currently working 3 days a week, allowing her time to play tennis and have extra time for her various hobbies. Jo has 2 children and enjoys travelling with her family. She is also a massive Take That fan!

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Client Managers

Simon Smith FCCA – Client Manager

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Simon joined the firm is September 2008 as an Audit Senior and qualified as a member of the ACCA in 2011. Simon is now a Manager and runs his own portfolio of clients. Simon deals with many of our larger limited company client’s which include multi-national group consolidations and deals mainly with Audit/Accounts production, providing management account services and preparing Corporation tax returns. Simon also has a lot of involvement in providing advice to our clients in respect of R&D and the associated tax benefits that can be obtained.

Simon is the proud father of two daughters Jessica and Alice who he enjoys spending time with when he is not working. Simon is also a very keen sportsman and in his spare time can often be found on the golf course or at the Emirates watching his beloved Arsenal.

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Rebecca Andrews – Client Manager

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Becky joined the firm in May 2013 as an experienced Accounts Assistant in the Small Business Department. Over the past six years she has worked closely with the managers assisting with the continued growth of the department and the expansion of our Bookkeeping and VAT departments. Becky is now a Manager and runs her own portfolio of clients as well as managing the Bookkeeping and VAT department. Becky deals with many Sole Traders, Partnerships Accounts and Self-Assessment Tax Returns, and overseas a majority of the firms Bookkeeping and VAT work. She is currently studying her ATT to gain further tax knowledge.

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Tax Department

Karen Bhatti – Tax Manager

Karen started her career in tax at one of the top 4 City Firms in London having gained her ACCA and ATT exams prior to that. Due to starting a family, Karen put her studies on hold though continued with her career in tax and worked for more local firms in Kent.

Karen specialises in Personal Tax Compliance and Advice and has recently enrolled to study for her Chartered Tax Advisor exams, where she is hoping to provide more assistance to clients with Inheritance Tax and Trust matters.

Karen has three young children who she spends most of her free time with. She has recently added to the family a cheeky Pug and when she wants to relax then Karen turns to Yoga for some ‘me time’.

Gemma May AAT ATT – Tax Senior

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Gemma started her career in accountancy at a small firm in Bromley in 2003 after taking a year out to travel. There she completed her AAT qualification before moving to a top 10 accountancy firm also in Bromley. Since then she has completed her ATT qualification and has 17 years’ plus experience providing personal tax advice to a diverse range of clients.

Gemma works four days a week in our personal tax department providing our clients with the advice and assistance they need.

When Gemma is not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Gemma is a fitness enthusiast and in the past has represented Great Britain at age group level in triathlon, travelling to Lusanne and Hawaii to race.

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Ian Gregory - Tax Associate

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Ian started his career in tax working for the Inland Revenue as it then was. After working for several large firms of accountants he was working for a national firm of tax consultants when he first came across Gary Sargeant + Company of Swanley. Having enjoyed some successes advising the firm and resolving matters with the Inland Revenue, Gary asked him to become the firm’s Tax Associate.

Ian specialises in advising on all forms of direct taxation for individuals, trusts and companies.

Ian has two daughters, one who aspires to be a lawyer and the other to be an economist. When not reading tax books such as the Red books, Ian sometimes turns up at his local golf club and tries to play golf.

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Payroll Department

Jane Croxton ACCA – Payroll Manager

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Jane started at Sargeant Partnership LLP in July 1999 as an administration assistant. After a couple of years she moved into the accounts department and started studying for her ACCA qualification where she went on to qualify in February 2008. Jane has since moved into the payroll department where she has taken the role of payroll manager. Outside of work Jane enjoys spending time with her family, socialising with friends, Kettlebell classes and walking her beagle.

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Company Secretarial

Sarah Pearson ACA – Practice Accounts Manager

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Sarah joined the firm on a part time basis in 1996. She qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1989. Sarah’s main responsibility at the current time is as the practice accountant. She is also responsible for the Company Secretarial department and provides managements accounts for clients. She is married with two teenage daughters and a mad terrier. The past ten years have been spent on a very hands on self build project; her aim at the moment is to live in a house that is completely finished. The end is in sight, so Sarah and her husband have now turned their attention to the garden, the aim being to transform what was a field into a lovely garden.

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