About Us

Our People

Meet the team below and found out about the staff at Bright Brown.

Directors

Mike Russell FCA Director

Mike Russell FCA Director

Mike trained with a medium sized firm in Eastbourne and qualified in 1990. Mike moved to a large firm in Southampton in 1991 and spent 7 years there as a manager. Mike joined Bright Brown in 1999 as a senior manager and became a partner in 2001. Mike spreads his time between our Newport office and our Southampton office and has a broad client base in each. Mike also looks after our clients in the legal profession and medical profession. Mike heads up our tax department and specialises in providing tax-planning advice.

Mike is a passionate supporter, and Season Ticket holder, of Southampton Football Club - something he is prepared to admit to ….. this season!

Tel: 01983 537625
Email: m.russell@brightbrown.com

David Stevens ACA Director

David Stevens ACA Director

David joined Bright Brown in 1999 having completed a HND course in Business at the Isle of Wight College. David qualified in 2002 and became a director in 2005. David is a Registered Auditor and has an extensive portfolio of clients ranging in size between small sub contractors to medium sized companies and charities. David specialises in both personal and corporate taxation, including trusts and estates. David also spends a considerable amount of time looking for tax planning opportunities across our entire client base.

David has a young family and when he gets some time to himself he enjoys horse-riding and going to the gym.

Tel: 01983 537620
Email: d.stevens@brightbrown.com

Mark Paxton FCCA Director

Mark Paxton FCCA Director

Mark trained with Garbetts, qualifying in 2001. Since qualifying, Mark has built an extensive client portfolio, which covers all industry sectors, and which ranges in size from personal tax clients and sole traders to large limited companies. As a director, Mark is also involved in day to day business management and it is this personal experience that he draws on when advising clients about their own business.

Tel: 01983 537609
Email: m.paxton@brightbrown.com

Gavin Kelly FCCA Director

Gavin Kelly FCCA Director

Gavin joined the firm in 1999, having obtained a degree in Economics from the University of Portsmouth and qualified as a Chartered Certified accountant in 2003. Gavin has an extensive portfolio of clients which cover all industry sectors and is particularly strong with corporate and charity reporting. If there is a technical question … Gavin is your man! In addition, Gavin is responsible for our firm’s computer systems, including the administration of our network.

Gavin is the proud father of two young sons and enjoys spending time playing with them and their toys! Gavin describes himself as a “gadget guy” which does not go down too well with his wife!

Tel: 01983 537610
Email: g.kelly@brightbrown.com

Managers

Betty Fokias Practice Manager

Betty Fokias Practice Manager

Betty trained with Deloitte Touche in Cardiff and, after qualifying in 1975, moved to their London office as a manager in their business services department. In 1990 Betty spent a year in Spain auditing for Spicer Oppenheim in their Gibraltar office. After gaining several years’ experience in industry, Betty joined Bright Brown in 1998 as a senior manager and became a partner in 2001. For many years Betty was our Registered Auditor and managed an extensive portfolio of clients. Betty is now our practice manager and ensures the smooth running of the business overall.

Tel: 01983 537607
Email: b.fokias@brightbrown.com

James Palmer FCCA Accounts Manager

James Palmer FCCA Accounts Manager

James joined the firm in 2001, having obtained A levels in Pure Mathematics & Statistics, Physics and Business Studies, and qualified in 2007. James manages a substanial portfolio of clients, ranging from Small sole traders to Medium sized limited companies. James has a particularly strong background with the Legal profession and Medical practices.

James enjoys spending time with his young family, but when commitments allow, he enjoys the occasional music festival such as Download or Bestival. He is also a keen Spurs supporter.

Tel: 01983 537603
Email: j.palmer@brightbrown.com

Kay Arnold FCCA Accountant

Kay Arnold FCCA Accountant

Kay initially joined the firm in 1999 and qualified with the Association of Chartered Accountants in 2000. She has had a variety of roles including tax manager, audit manager and has been involved in the accounts preparation for both large and small companies and charities. After two years away Kay re-joined the firm in 2016.

Kay loves to travel and recent destinations include India and Peru.  Closer to home she enjoys dancing and fitness classes, gardening when the weather is good, and spending time with her young grandchildren.

Tel: 01983 537606
Email: k.arnold@brightbrown.com

Karen Long FMAAT Bookkeeping Manager

Karen Long FMAAT Bookkeeping Manager

Karen joined Bright Brown in 1996 and qualified as an Accounting Technician in 1998. Karen has overall responsibility for our management accounts support team and ensures that the firm delivers a quality bookkeeping package for those clients who do not wish to maintain their own records. Karen also supervises the preparation of monthly management accounts for a number of our larger clients, managing a team of support staff. In addition, Karen spends a significant part of her time providing Sage support to our clients either at their premises or over the telephone.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys modern jive dancing and earlier this year became a demonstrator for Team Le Roc. When she’s not dancing, Karen enjoys walking, baking and handicrafts including making jewellery and has just completed her first handmade 18th century period costume.

Tel: 01983 537618
Email: k.long@brightbrown.com

Mandy Phillips Payroll Manager

Mandy Phillips Payroll Manager

Mandy joined the firm in 2001 from the retail sector and qualified as an Accounting Technician in 2003. In addition to maintaining our own book-keeping records and preparing our own management and annual accounts, Mandy undertakes the same work for some of our clients, using whichever system best suits our clients. Mandy is fully trained on, and very experienced in, the Sage suite of products and provides Sage support to our clients, either at their premises or over the telephone.

In her spare time, when Mandy isn’t out walking around the beautiful Isle of Wight, she enjoys baking and all manner of crafts including embroidery, sewing and lace making.

Tel: 01983 537623
Email: m.phillips@brightbrown.com

Accounts and Book-keeping

Natasha Palmer Accounts Technician

Natasha Palmer Accounts Technician

Natasha joined Bright Brown in 2013 having obtained a double A level award in Business Studies and an A level in ICT. Following this, Natasha worked for a firm of Chartered Accountants before relocating to the Island and joining us. Natasha is now studying towards the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification at the Isle of Wight College and has a varied workload consisting of preparing accounts, undertaking book-keeping work for clients, preparing payrolls, preparing VAT returns and preparing management accounts.

When Natasha is not at work, she enjoys socialising with her friends, reading novels of all genres, watching films and listening to music. She also specialises in restoring old sewing machines.

Tel: 01983 537613
Email: n.palmer@brightbrown.com

Simon Rackett BA (Hons) Acc Fin Accounts Technician

Simon Rackett BA (Hons) Acc Fin Accounts Technician

Simon joined Bright Brown in 2013 having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Accounting with Finance. Simon’s degree has been directed towards the more technical aspects of accountancy and he will now spend a year gaining practical experience before commencing training towards the Chartered Accountancy qualification. Simon’s work in the office is focussed on audit, accounts preparation and taxation.

Simon describes himself as an active person with an appreciation for most sports. He particularly enjoys fencing, football and athletics and previously participated in a 24 hour fencing marathon to raise funds for Walking with the Wounded.

Tel: 01983 400560
Email: simon.rackett@garbetts.com

Sheryl Whillier MAAT Bookkeeper

Sheryl Whillier MAAT Bookkeeper

Sheryl joined the firm in 2006 after qualifying as a book-keeper at the Isle of Wight College. Since then, Sheryl has qualified as an Accounting Technician and is one of our most enthusiastic team members. Sheryl prepares accounts for a variety of clients and also undertakes book-keeping work and prepares VAT returns.

Sheryl is a wife, mother and grandmother and enjoys spending time with her family. In addition Sheryl is an avid gardener and turns her hands to knitting when the weather is poor and she is unable to get into the garden.

Tel: 01983 537605
Email: s.whillier@brightbrown.com

Hayley Scott BSc Accounts Technician

Hayley Scott BSc Accounts Technician

Hayley graduated in 2013 from Loughborough University with a degree in Mathematics, Accountancy and Financial Management as well as gaining the Employability Award. Before joining the firm Hayley worked for a recruitment agency processing payroll, carrying out VAT work and dealing with purchase ledger queries. Hayley started training to become a chartered accountant before joining the firm, and her training has been supported since joining us. In the office Hayley prepares accounts and tax returns for a wide range of clients.

In her spare time Hayley enjoys spending time with her family, socialising with friends and listening to music. Hayley’s main hobby though is watching football and she is a passionate Leicester City season ticket holder.

Tel: 01983 537608
Email: h.scott@brightbrown.com

Chris Murphy BSc Accounts Technician

Chris Murphy BSc  Accounts Technician

Chris joined Bright Brown in 2014 having previous experience in the retail sector. Before joining he graduated from Durham University with a BSc in physics and since joining he qualified as an accounting technician in 2016. In the office Chris primarily carries out year end accounts and work for our clients.  

Outside the work place Chris enjoys gaming, watching the grand prix with a bacon sandwich on a Sunday afternoon and supports the ‘greatest football team in the world’, Liverpool.

Tel: 01983 537616
Email: c.murphy@brightbrown.com

Darren Wood MAAT Accounts Technician

Darren Wood MAAT Accounts Technician

Darren joined the firm in 2014 after achieving A levels in Physics, Maths and a BTEC in Computing. Darren recently trained at the Isle of Wight College towards the Association of Accounts Technicians qualification and has now successfully qualified.  Darren’s role in the office mainly involves preparing end of year accounts for a variety of clients.

Outside of work, he regularly goes to the gym and plays football for East Cowes Vics. He is also a proud supporter of Portsmouth football club, much to Mike’s dismay. He enjoy’s going to the cinema and meeting up with mates for a night out.

Tel: 01983 537627
Email: d.wood@brightbrown.com

Kate Whitehurst Accounts Technician

Kate Whitehurst Accounts Technician

Kate joined the firm in 2014 with A levels in business studies, Economics and English Language as well as the extended project qualification. Since joining Kate passed her Association of Accounting Technicians qualification in 2016 and is now started training to become a chartered accountant. Her role in the office is to prepare year accounts for a number of our clients.

Kate enjoys going to the gym and is an avid rower, representing the Island on several occasions. She also enjoys baking and cooking, though no one ever seems keen to taste it!

Tel: 01983 537643
Email: k.whitehurst@brightbrown.com

Corinne Anjo MAAT Bookkeeper and Accounting Technician

Corinne Anjo MAAT Bookkeeper and Accounting Technician

Corinne worked in sales & marketing administration in Canada and the United States before moving to the UK. She was introduced to bookkeeping whilst setting up the accounts function for a small company and enjoyed it so much that she began studying for the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification at the Isle of Wight College and has now successfully qualified. 
 
Corinne has Labrador Retrievers that she trains for the field in her spare time. She also enjoys current affairs, gardening, reading and walking her dogs on the lovely Isle of Wight!

Tel: 01983 537621
Email: c.anjo@brightbrown.com

Connor Jones Trainee Accounts Technician

Connor Jones Trainee Accounts Technician

Connor joined the firm in 2016 with A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.  On leaving school he initially worked as a wood machinist for a local company.  He is now working towards his Association of Accounting Technicians qualification. At work he prepares accounts and VAT returns for a variety of clients.

As well as studying, Connor finds time to help out as an assistant beaver scout leader in his spare time.

Tel: 01983 537643
Email: c.jones@brightbrown.com

Lucy Geldard Trainee Accounts Technician

Lucy Geldard Trainee Accounts Technician

Lucy joined the firm in 2016 after achieving A levels in Business and Law. She is currently working towards her Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.  At work she prepares accounts and VAT returns for a wide range of clients.

In her spare time she enjoys meeting up with friends and nights out.

Tel: 01983 537644
Email: l.geldard@brightbrown.com

Tom Peters BA (Hons) Acc Fin Trainee Accounts Technician

Tom Peters BA (Hons) Acc Fin Trainee Accounts Technician

Tom joined the firm in 2017 with a BA Honours in Finance and Accounting from Winchester University. He will be spending his first year getting a good handle on accounts preparation before starting his chartered training in 2018.

Tom likes a wide variety of music, ‘everything except Jazz’. Money and time permitting he would like to carry out a UK tour of all the major music festivals in one year. In the meantime he enjoys catching up with drama and action movies and reading spy thrillers.

Tel: 01983 537615
Email: t.peters@brightbrown.com

Billy Heard Trainee Accounts Technician

Billy Heard Trainee Accounts Technician

Billy joined the firm in 2017 straight from sixth form having completed A levels in Maths, PE and ICT. Having taken a bookkeeping course he will follow this by studying towards the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.

Billy enjoys both playing and watching football.  He currently plays centre midfield for Cowes Sports and is also a keen Liverpool supporter.  He enjoys nights out with his friends and the occasional music festival, particularly if Bastille are playing. 

Tel: 01983 537604
Email: b.heard@brightbrown.com

Taxation

Bridie Westerhoff CTA Tax Adviser

Bridie Westerhoff CTA Tax Adviser

Bridie joined the firm in 2011 having graduated from Southampton Solent University with a degree in Business Management. Bridie qualified as an Accounting Technician in 2013 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2015. Bridie now manages our tax team and assists David and Mike with all aspects of tax planning.

In between leaving University and joining the firm, Bridie spent time travelling around America, including her favourite location of Hawaii. In her spare time Bridie enjoys horse riding and looking after her horse, Sasha.

Tel: 01983 537617
Email: b.westerhoff@brightbrown.com

Michèle Burden Tax Technician

Michèle Burden Tax Technician

Michéle joined the firm in 2011 following our acquisition of a small practice in Ryde. Michéle has been preparing tax returns for personal tax clients for over 20 years having left the teaching profession in the 1980’s. Michéle has a varied client portfolio and is happy to see clients either in the office or at their home if that is more convenient.

Michéle enjoys socialising with friends and family, and spending time in France, where she has a second home.

Tel: 01983 400559
Email: m.burden@brightbrown.com

Caymen Collins Tax Technician

Caymen Collins Tax Technician

Caymen joined the firm in 2010 having gained an A level equivalent in Sport and an A level in Business Studies. Caymen qualified as a Tax Technician in 2016 and is currently studying towards the Chartered Tax qualification. Caymen prepares personal tax returns for businesses of all sizes.

In his spare time Caymen plays football for Brading Town Football Club and is a keen supporter of Arsenal. Caymen also follows several other sports and enjoys travelling.

Tel: 01983 537614
Email: c.collins@brightbrown.com

Payroll

Andree Dollery

Andree Dollery

Andrée joined our payroll department in 2011 and in total has over 30 years of experience in payroll preparation. Andrée looks after clients from a variety of industry sectors, ranging in size from one employee to fifty employees. Andrée has exceptional personal skills, which is essential in this role as she is often called upon by clients to explain payslips to their employees.

Andrée’s claim to fame is appearing on Blankety Blank and The Generation Game. In her spare time Andrée enjoys travelling and is particularly fond of the Caribbean.

Tel: 01983 537628
Email: a.dollery@brightbrown.com

Claire Smith

Claire Smith

Claire joined Bright Brown in 2006 having obtained A levels in Mathematics and Business Studies. Prior to joining Bright Brown, Claire worked as a trainee accountant for a medium sized firm of accountants in Lincolnshire. Claire is a qualified Accounting Technician and has a varied workload including preparing annual and management accounts, preparing payroll and VAT returns for clients and bookkeeping assignments. Claire has also been trained to use the Sage suite of software, which she regularly uses on behalf of our clients, both in our office and at our client’s premises.

When not at work, Claire is involved with the Scouting movement, organising national camps for Scouts aged 15 – 25. Claire also enjoys walking and camping, particularly in and around the New Forest.

Tel: 01983 537611
Email: c.smith@brightbrown.com

Julie Benford

Julie Benford

Julie spent 17 years working for a local company in a bookkeeping and payroll capacity, before joining  us in 2015.  She is now a valued member of the payroll team.

A busy mother of three, Julie has very little spare time, however she enjoys baking and reading when she has the chance.

Tel: 01983 537601
Email: j.benford@brightbrown.com

Vicky Mason

Vicky Mason

Vicky joined the payroll department in May 2016 after working for a small family run business.  She has much experience having worked in the accounting industry since 1998.  She completed her first year of studies towards the AAT qualification before taking time out to have a family.

In her spare time she enjoys craft making and spending time with her family.

Tel: 01983 537626
Email: v.mason@brightbrown.com

Administration

Sharon Moye

Sharon Moye

Sharon joined Bright Brown in 2006 having previously worked in the retail sector. Sharon is responsible for the administration department, which includes not only meeting and greeting clients and arranging client meetings, but also includes the electronic filing of accounts at Companies House and tax returns with HM Revenue and Customs. In addition to the usual front of house administrative duties, Sharon also maintains the firm’s sales ledger

In her spare time Sharon enjoys spending time with friends and family and now that her sons have grown up she plans to explore the American continent.

Tel: 01983 537602
Email: s.moye@brightbrown.com

Anita Corney

Anita Corney

Anita joined Bright Brown in 2008 moving from an administrative role in the legal profession. Anita is responsible for recording, electronically scanning and filing correspondence received and sent, and is also responsible for ensuring clients manual records are securely and confidentially stored until they are collected. With well over 1,000 clients this is no mean feat!

Anita has always owned horses and ponies, which she enjoys riding and showing, and she has won numerous National Pony Society awards. Anita has recently become a very proud grandmother and is looking forward to teaching her grand-daughter how to ride.

Tel: 01983 537600
Email: a.corney@brightbrown.com

Janet Wetherick

Janet Wetherick

Janet has worked in administration for over 30 years and brings with her a wealth of experience in all aspects of office administration. Janet is often the person with whom you have initial contact and is the friendly face of the company.

Janet enjoys spending time with her family and “directing” DIY projects in her household! In her spare time Janet can be found tending her garden … weather permitting!

Tel: 01983 537633
Email: j.wetherick@brightbrown.com