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Meet the Team

Clive Vernon Clive Vernon - FFA, FFTA

Clive is an Incorporated Financial Accountant and is the founder and Director of the firm. He has been in the accountancy profession for over thirty years and consequently has a wide range of experience, including four years as Finance Director of a local private group of companies and many years as a small business and taxation adviser. In the office he has a strong empathy with the varied client base but, when "off duty", he has the misfortune to be a lifelong fan of Tottenham Hotspur FC! Apart from virtually all sports, his other interests include music - including singing occasionally! - and creative writing (for fun at the moment but still hoping to be published!). Having recently relocated, Clive now operates from our Aberdeen office – VA Moves to Scotland

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James Gosling James Gosling - ACCA

James joined Vernon Associates in 2003 and as Director, is a key member of the team. After 10 years of hard work, James was rewarded with directorship in late 2013. He is responsible for daily work flow in the office and does so with a client empathy which is the hallmark of the firm. James qualified as a Certified Accountant in 2010. He is interested in most sports and is a keen fan of Liverpool FC, which might be a question mark against his sporting judgement!

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Terry Friday Terry Friday - BA ACA

Terry joined the VA team in 2013 and progressed to Director in April 2016. Having qualified as a member of the ICAEW in 2009, he successfully obtained his practising certificate 2 years later. In sync with the rest of the firm, Terry has a keen interest in all sports, but having hung up his football boots, he now spends a fair amount of his spare time playing bowls. When Terry isn’t out on the green he can often be found lining the pockets of local restaurateurs.

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John Robertson John Robertson - FCA

John is a Chartered Accountant with many years' experience who, like Clive, has worked in commerce as well as the profession. Having qualified with a professional Practice, John was Finance Director with a manufacturing company until 2003, following which he preferred to use his experience to help and work on behalf of other small businesses. John is a keen and active member of Woodley Light Operatic Society and the VA team have often watched his performances cavorting on stage in a series of singing and dancing roles! The Society's two or three productions per year are always well supported but he hasn't yet been persuaded to sing in the office...!

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Mary Stephenson Mary Stephenson - MAAT

Mary joined us in summer 2008 and is AAT qualified. She handles many aspects of accountancy for the business, but has a special interest in payroll and manages payroll for all clients. With her big family growing up, Mary is finding she has time to rediscover her former interests of walking and gardening. Mary is our resident office star baker, we all look forward to Thursdays when Mary brings us treats, ranging from gingerbread towers to cherry bakewells!

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Danielle Meaden Danielle Meaden - MAAT

Danielle joined the VA team in April 2014. Having formerly qualified as a hairdresser, Danielle opted for a career change, deciding to study accountancy. She completed her AAT qualification shortly after joining us, and is now flying through her ACCA qualification. When Danielle is not studiously revising for exams she enjoys shopping, cycling and going on holiday.

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Louise Rose Louise Rose - MAAT

Having worked in industry for a number of years, Louise moved into practice in 2011, shortly after completing her AAT qualification. Louise joined the VA team in December 2014 to assist with the provision of our accounts preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services. Outside of the office, Louise enjoys spending time with her young family, shopping, and going on luxury holidays.

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Jo Harper Jo Harper – MAAT

Jo joined the firm in July 2015 having previously worked in another practice. She is nearing the end of her ACCA studies and hopes to continue to progress at a fast pace to become qualified. Outside of the office, Jo is a big fan of music and enjoys attending festivals with friends.

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Imogen Forsaith Imogen Forsaith

Imogen joined the firm, as Office Administrator, in July 2015 after finishing her BA at Cardiff University. She officially took on the role of Trainee Accountant in September 2016. She has passed her first 3 ACCA exams and plans to take more this year. Outside of work her interests include following the NFL (American Football) and cooking for friends.

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Marie Marie Simpkin

Marie joined VA in September 2016, having worked in the travel industry for a number of years. Marie works as an Office Administrator and also handles a number of our client's payroll. Outside of work, Marie enjoys visiting new countries, supporting her sons play football and reminiscing about her back-packing days!

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Zoe Zoe Smeed

Zoe joined the team in November 2017 after starting her AAT Level 4 training. She aims to be AAT qualified by the end of 2018 and progress onto studying ACCA. Zoe enjoys travelling to a variety of places; from city breaks to sunbathing on the beach. Outside of the office she enjoys shopping with friends and relaxing spa days.

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Zoe Nicky Kinch

Nicky is our newest team member and will be working in the administration department. Nicky is returning to work after spending time with her three boys. Her favourite past time activity is enjoying the sunshine; whether that be in the garden, supporting her son on the side of the football pitch or seeking it out around the world during our winter months.

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