Meet Our Key Personnel

Adam Lacchin FCCA CTA
Tax Manager

Adam qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2010 and having developed a strong interest in taxation subsequently qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 2015.

Completing his training at a local firm Adam has a broad knowledge of taxation topics including Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax and VAT.

Adam has experience in dealing with business disposals and exit route planning for small business owners including company purchase of own share arrangements. With a background in dealing with SME’s, Adam is well positioned to provide advice in respect of tax efficient remuneration and benefit planning, as well as the use of tax advantaged employee share schemes to aid the retention of key employees.

Outside of work Adam enjoys playing the guitar and cooking for family and friends.

Alastair Crawford FCA
Director

Alastair is one of the firm’s Senior Statutory Auditors, and is responsible for the non-charitable audit work which the firm carries out.

These audits vary from small companies where external funders require independent confirmation of the accounts, like Research and Development Companies, up to large groups with turnover in excess of £15m.

He has substantial experience in Independent Fostering Agencies, and was leading advisor on the creation of the first such entity in the UK. Also a founding Trustee of the children’s hospice Demelza House, he has a large number of client companies limited by guarantee, both charitable and non-charitable. Alastair also advises on the sale and purchase of general family companies and fostering agencies.

Alastair is a Chartered Accountant having trained with a top twenty firm of Chartered Accountants in the City of London, and qualified in 1982. In 1984 he decided on a move to Kent, waving goodbye to the daily commute, and in 1985 joined Williams Giles, where he became a partner of the firm in 1987.

Outside work he is a school Governor, and has been Chair of the Finance Committee for ten years. Now that his two children have left university, he is hoping to spend more time travelling with the extra funds that he is now able to keep his hands on! When not travelling he enjoys keeping his large garden under control.

Alex Ffrench FCCA DChA
Academies and Not-for-Profit Director

Alex is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and responsible for a portfolio of Academies and Not-for-Profit clients and leads the firms Charity provision.

Prior to joining Williams Giles Alex spent 9 years at a top 10 firm specialising in the Not-for-Profit sector. He has extensive experience in working with charities, academies, housing associations and FE Colleges, providing a range of services including External Audit, Internal Audit, Risk Management and Financial Reporting. He has spoken at numerous charities seminars and conferences including the Investec Agenda series of seminars. He has worked for the Education Funding Agency, interviewing free school applicant groups.

Alyson Howard FCCA DChA CF
Director and Senior Statutory Auditor

Alyson is a Chartered Certified Accountant and Director and Senior Statutory Auditor at Williams Giles where she heads up the academies team.

Specialising in Statutory and Regularity Audit she also advises schools considering academy status and going through the conversion process. She advised on the first academy PRU and agreed revised funding streams with the DfE in light of the business case and has also worked with schools converting with PFI contracts. With a strong Corporate Finance background she has also developed an academy-scoped financial due diligence process for Academy Trusts being asked to take on and sponsor schools with financial difficulties or in special measures.


Anna Carter FCCA
Accounts Manager

Anna qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2011 and joined Williams Giles as a Manager in the Accounts and Bookkeeping team in the Autumn of 2017.

She has over 10 years’ experience in the profession.

Anna didn’t always dream of being an accountant, but sort of settled into it after leaving school. Now she loves her job and has a real passion for helping business owners improve their profits, have a better work / life balance and get more from their numbers. She can’t imagine doing anything else!

Anna brings her experience of a wide number of industries to the team, including language colleges, engineering, vehicle advertising and branding, construction and landscaping. Anna takes a special interest in reviewing accounting systems and recommending better solutions for all types and sizes of business, making the most of technology available to give business owners, managers, bookkeepers and accountants more time to spend doing the things they love.

Outside of work Anna goes walking with her 2 mad spaniels, goes kayaking with her mad friends and borrows other peoples’ children to go camping because she’s mad (and a Scout Leader).

Daniel Tremain FCCA
Small Business and Healthcare Director

Daniel joined us in March 2012 to head our Specialist Medical Sector.

Daniel is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has worked in practice since 1997. Initially training in all aspects of Accounts, Audit and Taxation, he was fortunate to work on a wide range of clients giving him a broad knowledge of individuals, partnerships, and companies, with a particular interest in their accounting and computer systems.

Since 2004 he has specialised in accounts for GP surgeries, from single handed GP’s to Limited companies with multiple practices. This consisted of accounts preparation in a nationally recognised specialist format, tax compliance and planning, and completion of all types of superannuation certificate. Outside of these annual routines Daniel has advised on issues regarding federations, retirement, surgery premises, partners’ capital, financing, salaried GP versus partner, staffing and many other items relating to a modern practice.

Daniel has a real passion for this sector leading to an interest in all medical related and associated accountancy work which has now extended more recently to dentists, care homes and pharmacies.

Away from the office Daniel enjoys cycling and may be seen riding down the local lanes or testing his endurance at various sporting events or charity rides around the country. He has played basketball for a local club since 1995, but is not sure how many more seasons his ankles will hold out.

Most of his spare time is spent with his wife Jennifer and their three young children, who enjoy nothing more than a sunny day at a local park.

Emma Hawkins
Payroll Manager

Emma joined Williams Giles in April 2014 to take over responsibility for managing the payroll department and overseeing its extensive client portfolio.

She is also supervising and running the implementation of auto-enrolment for all our clients.

Emma has a wealth of payroll experience and knowledge, having worked in payroll for almost 20 years and the accounting industry for the last 7 years. She is renowned for her calm and patient manner and is a great source of advice and help for any clients needing assistance on payroll matters.

Outside of work Emma is married with 3 children and enjoys socialising with friends and going to the theatre.

Georgina Fisher FMAAT
Accounts Manager

Georgina joined Williams Giles in 2016; she is a fellowship member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and qualified back in the 1990s.

Georgina has over 20 years’ experience, in recent years this has been largely working with Limited companies, whether it be new start-ups, bookkeeping advice, management accounts or year-end accounts preparation and also has experience working with both Sole Traders and Partnerships.  Georgina has been using Sage accounts for many years, but more recently has become familiar with cloud based bookkeeping packages and has also been responsible for both solicitors and client account audits.

In her spare time, Georgina enjoys being with her daughter whether it be watching her horse riding or taking the family dog for a walk. She also enjoys reading.


Joanne Thompson
Foster Care Manager and Personal Tax Specialist

Joanne has worked in the tax department at Williams Giles since 1997 and has specialised in the taxation of foster carers since that time.

Joanne can often be found touring the country giving presentations to groups of foster carers, keeping them up to date with all of the peculiarities of tax law that is important to them.

Joanne is married with two children and enjoys keep fit and tap dancing.

Lesley Carrington FCCA CTA
Tax Director

Lesley is a Chartered Certified Accountant and is also a Chartered Tax Advisor. She joined Williams Giles in September 2015 and heads up the firm’s Tax Department.

Lesley qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1990 after training in accounts preparation, taxation and audit within a medium sized firm of Chartered Accountants in Kent. She found that what she really enjoyed though was the challenge of tax and in particular tax planning and handling tax enquiries. She therefore qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 2000 and worked closely with the firm’s clients across the sectors including the not-for-profit sector, manufacturing and service industries. She was a founder and an equity director in a boutique Accountancy and Tax practice firm from the end of 1998 where she specialised in taxation issues and transactional work in the small and mid-market until August 2015.

Lesley is a member of the committee of the Chartered Institute of Tax Kent Branch.

Outside work Lesley is married to Mark with whom she has two children. She enjoys long walks in the country with her labrador, Millie, sailing, and making silver jewellery.

Neil Langford
Cert BMT
Business Consultant

Neil joined us in April 2017 after 34 years with Nat West Bank where he was a Senior Relationship Manager within the Commercial Sector dealing with SME’s up to £25m turnover.

Neil has a vast knowledge of commercial financial requirements and is able to package deals for most of the major lenders. Other areas of expertise include: banking facilities, company formations, advice and mentoring to SME’s and mid corporates, improvement to sales performance, cash flow analysis, preparation of business plans and assistance with funding and grants.

Away from work Neil is Vice Chairman of Swale Youth Development Fund a charity he has been involved with for many years. He also enjoys travelling and is an avid football and motor sports fan.

Sam Ketcher ACCA
Audit and Accounts Manager

Sam qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2014 with a top 30 firm prior to joining the Audit department at Williams Giles in September 2014.

Sam has a wide range of experience and manages a portfolio of external and internal audits as well as charity accounts’ assignments.

Sam spends a large amount of his time working with a variety of different charities and academies and has a good understanding of how the not for profit sector operates.

In addition to Sam’s not-for-profit assignments, he is also heavily involved with the firm’s corporate audits which include multi-million pound turnover entities.

In his own time, Sam enjoys keeping active by playing football and hockey as well as taking long countryside walks with his partner.


Sam Rylah FCCA
Accounts Manager

Sam is a Chartered Certified Accountant and joined Williams Giles in 2000.

She specialises in Fostering Agencies, Sessional Workers, Solicitors SAR, Construction Companies and Subbies, but also looks after a wide portfolio of owner managed businesses in many other interesting industries.

With 17 years’ experience in Financial Accounts, Audit, Tax and Cash Flow Forecasts. Helping business’s start-up, providing VAT, P11d's and Accounting Software advice.

"I believe taking the time to understand how your business is run is key to good advice and tax planning".

Married with two cheeky young boys, she still finds time to socialise and practise Yogalates.

Symon Barkway FCCA
Small Business and Technical Director

Symon is a Fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

Symon is a Fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants who also holds an honours degree in Accounting and Finance, obtained from the University of Kent.

He qualified in 2006 having joined Kreston Reeves immediately after graduating and has gained experience in a number of areas prior to joining Williams Giles in July 2012.

Symon has a wide range of experience covering Statutory Audit, Internal Audit, Accountancy, Personal and Corporate taxation and VAT together with general business advice and assistance. Whilst working in practice since 2000, he has also undertaken a number of secondment assignments ranging in duration from two weeks to nine months. These assignments have given him the experience of working closely with clients in their own organisations providing accountancy support, assisting with statutory compliance, assessing their internal controls and providing assistance with management reporting.

Whist undertaking these roles, Symon has worked with a vast range of clients including the construction industry, hoteliers, retailers, film and media companies, and a range of other sole traders, limited companies and partnerships.

Symon has assisted a number of clients with business start-ups and enjoys assisting clients from day one and helping them to grow their businesses and achieve their business goals.

In his spare time, Symon enjoys dining out and visiting friends and family. Outside of this, Symon has a young baby daughter who seems to occupy any otherwise “spare” time!

Wendy Crawford FCCA ACA
Managing Director

Wendy is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and completed her training both in industry and practice.

She originally joined Williams Giles back in 1984 as the practice manager, and over the years has developed a particular interest in the IT side of the business. She now looks after all of the day to day running of the firm, and is a strong believer that keeping up to date with technology is an important ingredient for success in today’s business environment.

Outside of work, she is keen on gardening and travel.