Our Team

Partners

Mike Berry FCA CTA FABRP

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : mrb@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


Mike Berry - Partner

Position

Senior Partner

Qualifications

Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Chartered Tax Advisor
Fellow Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.


Experience & Specialisms

Mike Berry qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and has been a partner in the firm since July 1973. In addition, Mike is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation qualifying in 1969. He is also an Insolvency Practitioner and a Fellow Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. The Insolvency Licence enables Mike to undertake Members Voluntary Liquidations which is a useful support to overall tax planning matters.

Mike regards himself as a general practitioner but with a strong emphasis on the taxation side where he is well versed in all areas with particular reference to Tax Enquiries; Capital Gains Tax; Inheritance Tax planning; business reorganisations; capital allowances. Mike also has a strong interest in farming clients and with all small and medium enterprise businesses as well as working with a considerable number of showmen.


Outside work

Mike’s main interests outside of accountancy centre upon rugby football where he was a playing member of Bridgwater & Albion Rugby Rugby Football Club between 1965 and 2015 compiling 1595 appearances. He has been President of Bridgwater & Albion since 1999 and since retiring from playing, has continued to train and referee where appropriate and acts as the club’s ambassador in the promotion of both the club and the game itself. Mike’s other interests are also sport-dominated with a strong passion for cricket both at club and county level – he is also President of Wembdon Cricket Club; he enjoys playing golf; road cycling with an annual trip to France thrown in; and a healthy interest in most other sports including an annual trip to the skiing slopes of the Alps. He is also a strong follower of the live music scene in the area with particular attachment to anything Irish, Scottish or Gaelic – he attends gigs on a regular basis with artists ranging from classical and operatic to folk and rock.

Nigel Blannin BSc FCA

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : nab@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


Nigel Blannin - Partner

Position

Partner

Qualifications:

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Sussex.


Experience & Specialisms:

Nigel has worked for Maxwells in Bridgwater since 1980 and has been a Partner of the firm since 1982. He originally trained with Kidsons in Brighton. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976. The majority of his client portfolio consists of family owned limited companies and professional practices. Although best described as a General Practitioner in common with all the Partners in the firm, Nigel's particular areas of interest are Auditing, Business Development, Corporation Tax Planning and undertaking the role of mentor to growing businesses.


Outside work:

In the past Nigel has been the Financial Director of Burnham & Berrow Golf Club and a Governor of Cannington College, a large local land based agricultural college and was Chairman of the Audit Committee. Nigel lives near Weston-Super-Mare and has strong links with the local business community in that area.


Clive Hall-Tomkin FCA

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : clive@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


Clive Hall-Tomkin - Partner

Position:

Partner

Qualifications:

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales


Experience & Specialisms:

Clive’s enthusiasm has helped mould our dynamic team. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 through a Devon practice and moved to Maxwells in 1992. The work hard, play hard ethic led to Partnership in 1995.

Clive likes to work with business owners and managers to promote profitability. Specialising on developing their business and analysis via Management Accounts has helped to improve many client’s bank accounts. Expertise in taxation matters aims to keep it there! Accessibility and communication in plain English is the key so that liaison with their accountant seems second nature.

Outside work:

Clive’s interests include playing golf and football, along with go-karting, tennis, skiing in the winter and trekking in the summer, leads to an active social life. His two sons are following suit.

Debbie Villis BA FCA CTA

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : debbiev@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


Debbie Villis - Partner

Position

Partner

Qualifications:

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting & Finance
Chartered Tax Advisor
Head of Legal Practice


Experience & Specialisms:

Debbie first came to Maxwell’s in 1989 for work experience and then proceeded to obtain a training contract whilst she attended college and subsequently university. Debbie studied Accounting and Finance and won the Tolley's Tax Prize for the highest mark in her final year Tax paper.

Debbie then commenced her training contract at Maxwells and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Debbie decided to continue with her interest in tax and became a Chartered Tax Advisor in 2003. She then became a partner in Maxwells in the same year.

Debbie’s tax qualification has enabled her to give all types of tax advice from setting up a small business to Inheritance Tax planning. Debbie enjoys meeting all types of clients from the local sub-contractor through to the large property company. This has meant she has gained vast experience in a number of different areas which enables her to advise on all of the different taxes and the interaction of them.

Debbie has also advised clients on their business systems and looked to eliminate inefficiencies within. This has involved implementing computerised accounting packages, payroll systems and time management processes.

Debbie is also licenced by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales to carry out the reserved legal activity of non-contentious Probate.

Outside work:

In her spare time Debbie enjoys running and walking in the vast countryside of Somerset.


Philip Littler FCA AABRP

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : philip@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


Philip Littler - Partner

Position

Partner

Qualifications:

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Associate of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.


Experience & Specialisms:

Philip qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978 with a national firm in Bristol. He joined the predecessor firm of Maxwells in 1979 and became a partner in 1990.

Philip is an all-round General Practitioner but with specific knowledge of Company Audit, Solicitors’ Accounts and Personal Insolvency. He is also the Secretary and Treasurer of ICAEW Chartered Accountants South West, a post which he has held for many years.

Outside work:

Philip is well known locally for wearing colourful ties and a large beard which has never been shaved off in more than 40 years.

His interests are primarily public transport and related infrastructure and he can often be found at bus stations, railway stations and airports.

Adam Turrell BA FCA

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : adam@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


Adam Turrell - Audit Partner

Position

Partner

Qualifications:

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
BA (Hons) Degree in History at Keele University


Experience & Specialisms:

Adam trained with a local Somerset firm, then moved to Bristol as part of the internal audit dept. at Sun Life, and finally joined Maxwells in 1995 as a manager in their corporate department.

Adam is experienced in all aspects of company financial reporting, taxation and audit procedures, and has particular knowledge of fraud investigations, internal control reviews and corporate consultancy.

Outside work:

Adam enjoys any sports which involve fresh air, speed and water, so skiing, wind-surfing and coasteering are high on the agenda, although golf and rock concerts are favourite 'relaxing' sidelines. He also enjoys military history and gives 'lectures' on various battles to anyone who will listen!


Mike Villis ACA FCCA

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : mikev@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


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Position

Partner

Qualifications:

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants;


Experience & Specialisms:

Mike joined Maxwells as a trainee accountant in 1989. He qualified as a Certified Accountant in 2002 and a Chartered Accountant in 2008. As a trainee Mike was involved in numerous audits and accounts of small and medium sized companies. Mike then gained considerable experience in all aspects of both corporate and non-corporate accounting and has attained a good knowledge of the taxation of those entities and personal taxation. He has also become a qualified Sage software advisor and has a good knowledge of all software from Excel through to accounting software such as Xero & QuickBooks. Mike maintains the IT infrastructure within Maxwells. He also enjoys advising clients in the use of their IT and in their day to day processing. This enables the client to get what they want out of their own systems and helps them to monitor their own profitability. He is happy to remotely log in to clients systems and give straightforward advice to enable them to achieve this is the best way possible.

Outside work:

Mike enjoys spending time with his family, socialising with friends and trying to keep fit… usually in that order! He enjoys watching all sports and keeps trying to improve his golf handicap.

Jon Shorney BA ACA

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : jon@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


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Position

Partner

Qualifications:

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting & Finance
Head of Finance & Administration


Experience & Specialisms:

Jon joined the firm as a trainee accountant in 2001 following his graduation from the University of the West of England with a BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting and Finance. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005 and became a partner in the firm in May 2013. Whilst specialising in large corporate audits, Jon has gained considerable experience during his time at Maxwells dealing with a diverse range of unincorporated and incorporated businesses. Clients value how approachable Jon is and his practical, knowledgeable and straightforward advice along with his regular contact means he is able to build strong relationships. This enables him to obtain an understanding of how their business works to achieve their long term goals. Jon is also licenced by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales to carry out the reserved legal activity of non-contentious Probate.

Outside work:

In his spare time Jon enjoys spending his time with his young family, socialising with friends and playing sport of any kind. The attrition of rugby combined with Jon’s brittle bones means however, that Jon spends more time enjoying less competitive sports notably cycling and skiing.


Gavin Roberts FCCA

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : gavinr@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


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Position

Partner

Qualifications:

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Experience & Specialisms:

Gavin joined Maxwells after leaving sixth form college in 2004, he developed his accountancy and business advisory skills whilst training ’on the job’ and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2008. Gavin became a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2013.

Gavin works with owner managed businesses in the SME sector helping them to develop their business assisting with accountancy, taxation and business advice. Gavin is fully qualified in Sage and Quickbooks Online as well as being well versed in a myriad of other software systems regularly assisting clients with their accounting system selection, installation and training requirements. In addition, Gavin specialises in international VAT implications and Research & Development Taxation Reliefs.

Outside work:

Gavin is kept very busy with his children and his wife (who is also an accountant… just imagine the pillow talk!!). When he is not enjoying family life he gets fully involved with a number of local organisations.

Gavin is a keen fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, he is the Chairman for the Bridgwater Friends of Cancer Research UK helping to organise many fundraising efforts throughout the year and heads up The Bridgwater Half Marathon annually. He also volunteers in key roles for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life series across the South West.

Gavin has a keen interest in amateur theatre, he is Chairman of Bridgwater Amateur Operatic Society and has been known to tread the boards in a number of shows. He currently thrives in assisting the production team in achieving some fantastic performances.

Gavin’s passion for performance and arts extends to Carnival where he performs pivotal roles for Masqueraders Carnival Club based in Meare, Glastonbury. This sees him compering mouse races, bar tendering, stewarding, organising the dairy wholesale operation at Glastonbury Festival as well as lending his hand to building the cart and performing on the 100 foot dynamic spectacle that is the November cart entry.


Managers/Tax Department

Nicola Hayes ATT

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : nicolah@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


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Position

Tax Manager

Qualifications:

Association of Taxation Technicians
STEP Diploma in Trust & Estates
Taxation of Trust & Estates
Trust & Estate Accounting


Experience & Specialisms:

Nicola has worked at Maxwells since 2010, after spending the previous 10 years working for 'Big Four' firms, including spending a year offshore. She mainly deals with the personal tax affairs of high net-worth individuals who range from farmers, directors of family-run businesses and larger private firms to family partnerships and Trusts. Her main specialisms are Capital Gains Tax, Non-Resident and Non-Domicile issues and Trusts.

Outside work:

Nicola’s interests outside of the office include travel, baking, live music, reading and rugby.

Martin Batten

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : martin@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


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Position

Tax Manager


Experience & Specialisms:

Martin trained with HM Revenue & Customs and then advanced this when he joined Maxwells in April 1987. Martin specialises in personal taxation on high net worth clients with expertise in dealing with HMRC enquires. He also specialises in taxation within the Construction Industry Scheme and Company taxation.

Outside work:

Martin is an all-round sportsman having represented the County at most sports in his younger days. However these days you will mainly see him on the squash court or the shores of North Devon. Martin has been a keen surfer since his teenage days and nothing has changed there.


Jodie Maisey ACA CTA

Phone : 01278 423008

Email : jodiem@maxwellsaccountants.co.uk


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Position

Manager

Qualifications:

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.


Experience & Specialisms:

Jodie first came to Maxwells as a work experience student in July 2004 on an initial 2 week basis and then ended up staying for the entire summer holidays. After 2 years studying for her A Levels and AAT qualification at Bridgwater College she joined Maxwells on a permanent basis in September 2006.

Jodie qualified as a Chartered Accountant in September 2010. After taking a bit of a break from studying, she began training towards the Chartered Tax Advisor exams in early 2013 and qualified in September 2015.

Jodie covers all areas of accountancy and taxation on a daily basis, involving unincorporated businesses, Limited companies and charities. Jodie specialises in all aspects of Company taxes including Company and Group restructuring. Jodie also specialises in VAT and in particular transactions involving land and property. Jodie assists clients with a range of accountancy systems but has vast experience of Xero and QuickBooks accountancy software programmes.

Outside work:

Jodie is a keen traveller and enjoys holidays in the sunshine. Outside of work Jodie likes to spend quality time with her friends and family including her many pets!

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