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Meet The Team

Andrew Ireland FCCA – Managing Director

Andrew has been with Lanham and Company for his whole career having joined as a trainee in 1989.  He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1995 and is also a statutory registered auditor at the practice.

Andrew heads the audit team and throughout his career has been closely involved with our charity and not for profit client base.   In addition to co-coordinating the ‘Finance Director’ service he runs the team filling the ‘Finance Controller’ gap within client companies, assisting the directors with financial reporting and decision making to achieve their business goals. Andrew also holds responsibility for staff training and HR at the practice.

Outside work, Andrew’s interest in the entertainment industry has led to involvement with an independent record label and a lighting company.  He also is a keen target shooter and martial artist.

Tel: 01799 533125

Stewart Wakefield FCA – Finance Director

Stewart trained with a major regional firm of Chartered Accountants and joined us in October 1993 as a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Stewart’s specialist client base is in property companies and as a result of this he has a wealth of knowledge in group structures and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) as well as the many different taxes involved. Whether it be income tax, VAT, stamp duty, capital gains or inheritance tax Stewart will be able to guide you in the right direction.

He is responsible for the company’s IT and keeps Lanham and Company technologically advanced and constantly improving in efficiency and effectiveness. He is also a driving force behind the promotion of QuickBooks Online and other cloud technologies as we move to digital taxation

Stewart’s other interests are mainly sporting, including skiing, cycling and football.

Tel: 01799 533124

Matthew Porteous FCCA: Tax Manager

Matthew trained with a medium sized practice of Chartered Accountants in Cambridge, qualifying in 2001 as a Chartered Certified Accountant. He joined Lanham and Company in 2008.  Matthew’s client base is primarily small to medium sized businesses, looking after their accounting and taxation needs and dealing with self-assessment for personal tax clients.  Out of work, Matthew enjoys travelling and is a regular theatregoer.

Tel: 01799 533129

Victoria Anderson ACA – Audit Manager

Victoria joined Lanham and Company in 2007 having spent the majority of her career with Ernst & Young. She then spent several years working in an internal audit function within the NHS before moving back into practice.  Her work includes planning and reviewing audit work, supervising and training team members and report writing.

Tel: 01799 533126

Ben Monk FCCA

Ben joined Lanham and Company as a trainee after finishing Sixth Form in 2006 and completed his qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2013.  Ben works across various areas of accountancy, including audit, accounts preparation, payroll and bookkeeping. He specialises in answering VAT queries and looking at the industry specific VAT issues a business needs to be aware of. Ben is a QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisor and as such is skilled at dealing with any QuickBooks Online questions that a client may encounter.

Away from the office, Ben enjoys cooking, pub quizzes and watching sport. He is also a fan of live comedy.

Tel: 01799 533127

James Watts MAAT

James worked in accounts at IT and Shipping companies before joining in February 2016. He qualified as an Accounting Technician in November 2017 and is working towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.  James assists with a number of the services we offer including property companies, group accountancy, accounts production, tax returns and audits.

Outside work, James travels all over the country to watch Football, Rugby and Horseracing and plays tennis.

Tel: 01799 533128

Nicholas Watts MAAT

Nick trained to become AAT qualified at a local firm of accountants before joining Lanham and Company in July 2016. He is currently working through his ACCA qualification with the intention to become a fully qualified chartered accountant. Nick is responsible for the book keeping and VAT for a number of clients and assisting them with their queries. Nick is also an advanced certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks online so provides clients with training on QuickBooks to get started along with ongoing support. He is also responsible for processing and producing reports for the payroll for several clients and ensuring they are compliant. Nick’s interests include football, running and skiing.

Tel: 01799 533123

Kate Torbett

Kate joined Lanham and Company in February 1999 as a part-time receptionist and administrator.  Over the years her knowledge has increased and she is now full time and in addition to her  initial roles supports the Accounts and Audit team as well as carrying out Company Secretarial tasks for our clients.

In her spare time she enjoys dog walking, reading and spending time with her family.

Tel: 01799 533120

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