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Mention Revell Ward to anyone in the Huddersfield business community, and the chances are they have met one of the team.
about Revell Ward

Get to know us, at Revell Ward

Our team are the faces of Revell Ward and they’re rooted firmly at the heart of the business community. Understanding their clients, their plans, their problems, and their dreams – and then tailoring their service to match – is what we are all about.

Our team is led by our three directors, Karen Borowski, Lesley Sutton and Jennifer Davies, see more below
meet our

Directors

Karen Borowski
Karen Borowski
Director
After starting out at Grant Thornton in 1991, I’ve been with Revell Ward since it started in 2008 when I was part of the MBO team that bought out our client base from Mazars.
My main role is to...

head up the Revell Ward audit team, but I’m always working on our own marketing and HR, too.

I get the most satisfaction from…
seeing people achieve their ambitions and being able to say I played a part in getting us there.

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…
seeing my favourite client sell-out (for a handsome sum, might I add!)

What makes Revell Ward different is…
the fact we start by asking ‘why’? If you don’t know why you’re doing something, how do you measure the value of its success?

Jennifer Davies
Jennifer Davies
Director
I started at Revell Ward as a graduate trainee, having impressed the partners during my summer work experience before my final year at university, and have been here ever since.
My main role is to...

look after a mixed portfolio covering accounts support for small to medium-sized businesses, including year-end work as well as financial administrative support throughout the year. I’m ‘hands-on’ for the best results, and also oversee our payroll bureau which is much more exciting than it sounds.

I get the most satisfaction from…
making things better. By this, I mean helping clients to improve their business systems, in particular the finance side of things. It’s really satisfying to transform an area that’s causing headaches into one that is running smoothly and providing valuable information to the business owner.

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…
getting to know some amazing people inside and outside the business, and also being involved in the things we do outside of work such as owning and riding a tandem with Karen.

What makes Revell Ward different is…
the fact we receive client feedback reminding us that we are special and they’ve found our help a refreshing change from what they’ve been used to elsewhere. What keeps coming up is our “happy to help” approach, so maybe that’s it?

Lesley Sutton
Lesley Sutton
Director
I started my career in audit where I trained to be a Chartered Accountant. By the time I’d qualified, I’d realised that audit was not for me and that I was really interested in tax (yes, it can be interesting!) So, I moved to a middle tier firm to become a Chartered Tax Advisor. I joined Revell Ward in 2009, not long after the practice was bought from Mazars.
My main role is to...

head up the tax practice. That means I oversee all of the tax work we do and provide strategic tax advice alongside my team. I specialise in providing tax advice to families and owner managed companies.

I get the most satisfaction from…
solving tax problems for my clients and taking away the worry that tax issues can often create. Working with owner managers and families rather than a finance team is rewarding, (and often challenging!) as they have a direct interest in the business.

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…
developing excellent working relationships and becoming trusted tax advisor to several families who have been clients of Revell Ward for many years, in some cases since the 1960’s, being introduced to and gaining the trust of the younger generations as they take over the business and family affairs.

What makes Revell Ward different is…
that we can offer access to specialist advice locally, particularly on the tax side, which is only usually available in much larger firms. In addition, we have the attention to detail and speed of service associated with a smaller practice…the best of both worlds!

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meet our other

Team Members

Louisa Turner
Tax Manager
Having trained as a Chartered Accountant in the Corporate Tax department of Deloitte in Leeds. I spent over 10 years working for the Halifax/Lloyds Banking Group, before joining Revell Ward in 2015.

My role sees me managing the corporation tax compliance for audit and outsourcing clients, including advice on tax payments, calculation of tax provisions and the submissions to HMRC. I also support Lesley, our Tax Director, on advisory work such as share schemes, corporate restructuring and acquisitions.
My main role...

sees me managing the corporation tax compliance for audit and outsourcing clients, including advice on tax payments, calculation of tax provisions and the submissions to HMRC. I also support Lesley, our Tax Director, on advisory work such as share schemes, corporate restructuring and acquisitions.

I get the most satisfaction from…

helping clients to understand their tax position and ensuring they are able to minimise their tax liabilities and also their tax risk.

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…

the variety of our client base and the diverse range of tax issues that arise. There’s always a new challenge!

What makes Revell Ward different is…

everyone’s desire to do their best for our clients. The time I spent previously working in an in-house role helps me to identify with a client’s perspective.


Harvey Preston
Tax Advisor
I have been with Revell Ward since the beginning in 2008. I first started in our outsourcing team, so I have experience on the accounting side, together with the AAT qualification that I achieved. I later decided to move into our tax team, gaining my ATT qualification and focusing on our wide range of private clients, such as business owners, high net worth individuals and trusts.
My role is to...

work closely with Lesley, our Tax Director, to provide and manage a tailored service to match each of our client needs. This includes tax compliance requirements, filing tax returns etc., and tax advice, such as remuneration and inheritance tax planning.

I get the most satisfaction from…

spotting an opportunity for how a client can be more tax efficient and then implementing ideas to achieve it.

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…

there have been many, some big, some small, but each one important. I am looking forward to making many new ones in the future!

What makes Revell Ward different is…

we are far more than just Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Client service is everything to us.


Louise Walker
Audit Manager
After starting my career at a small firm of chartered accountants in Stoke-on-Trent, I joined the Revell Ward team in 2000.
My main role...

involves reviewing the audit work and financial statements prepared by other members of the audit team and keeping them all ship-shape!

I get the most satisfaction from…

knowing when we’ve really helped a client. For example identifying errors that will save the client money going forward or seeing their management information systems improve from recommendations we have made.

It’s good to know that we provide more than just a bog-standard audit report; we can really make a difference!

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…

watching the graduate trainees that I have helped to train turn into confident and professional qualified accountants. I’m pretty proud of that!

What makes Revell Ward different is…

we pride ourselves on our close relationships with our clients and work hard to provide the best service possible. My attention to detail also helps to ensure we deliver a quality audit!


Donna Simons
Payroll Supervisor
I joined Revell Ward in 2016, after working in Payroll most of my working life, and completing my Foundation Degree in Payroll Management.
My role is to...

supervise the payroll team at Revell Ward, ensuring that all our clients receive their reports, so that their employees can be paid accurately and on time.  I support and train the junior members of the team so that we offer a high quality service.

I get the most satisfaction from…

knowing that we do deliver a quality service to our clients.

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…

knowing that we aren’t just a forgotten service, that payroll has an impact on everyone no matter what rate of pay they are on

What makes Revell Ward different is…

we are a team, and we understand that every calculation we do, affects someone’s take home pay.


Karen Armitage
Manager
I have worked in practice since leaving school, gaining my AAT qualification and reaching the position of manager in the Leeds office of an international firm. I joined Revell Ward in 2018 to manage the accounts and business services team working primarily with Jennifer, our director.
My role is to...

manage the team as we prepare year end statutory accounts and management information for a variety of clients. We also support some clients in an ongoing financial role providing bookkeeping assistance, credit control and VAT compliance.

I get the most satisfaction from…

producing information to enable clients to understand their business and see how it has performed over the period

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…

I enjoy working on a variety of clients and feeling that you can make a difference

What makes Revell Ward different is…

we are a small friendly team who are able to work closely with clients providing that personal touch and be there on the end of a phone or in person if needed.


Linda Wheelwright
Manager
Having spent my working life in industry in a variety of businesses and becoming part CIMA qualified along the way, I made the decision to move to practice in 2022.
My role is to...

take on a variety of different tasks including preparing management accounts, helping with bookkeeping queries, lending a hand in payroll and anything else which fits my skill set. One day is never like the last!

I get the most satisfaction from…

providing clients with accurate and relevant information on which to base their decision-making.  I also help to mentor new apprentices and enjoy passing on a real-world perspective to complement their learning.

My Revell Ward highlight so far has been…

looking at the way things are done and helping to improve processes to try and work in a more efficient way.

What makes Revell Ward different is…

they are an employer who values their staff and considers employee happiness to be an important measure of their success, whilst offering a professional service at all times.


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