Meet the team
Tom Haslehurst FCA
Tom qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1997, gaining extensive experience of accounting, audit and corporate tax matters. He then spent four years as a manager with KPMG Corporate Finance, advising large and small clients on buying and selling businesses and raising finance, before joining Haslehursts in 2002. As well as looking after clients' general accountancy, audit and tax needs, Tom is keen to help clients grow and become more profitable and can offer specialised corporate finance and financial due diligence services to help these goals to be achieved. Tom's extra-curricular interests include golf, playing football and supporting Derby County and spending time with his young family.
Andrew Haslehurst FCCA CTA ACA
Rew qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2001 within the audit department at Kidsons Impey. He moved to specialise in corporate tax with Baker Tilly in London and completed his Chartered Tax Advisor exams in 2005. Rew moved back to Birmingham and Haslehursts in 2006 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011. Rew is a general partner and particularly enjoys tax planning including reorganisations, exit strategies and employee share schemes. In his spare time Rew enjoys playing and watching football (another long-suffering Derby fan), coaching his son's football team, playing bass in a band and also likes to make the most of his time with his young family.
Philippa Pearce FCCA
Philippa qualified with a small local practice based in Lichfield that she joined in 1989. After gaining considerable experience of general practice, she joined Haslehursts in February 2000. Philippa is responsible for a number of our corporate clients, and also specialises in personal taxation and payroll matters. She is one of our Sage experts and will help to train clients in the use of Sage and other accounting packages. Philippa’s interests outside of work include travelling, cinema and reading.
Stuart Penfold FCCA
Stuart joined Haslehursts in October 2011 tasked with managing and growing the audit services of Haslehursts, along with advising his non-audit clients. His responsibilities include working closely with clients to ensure that Haslehursts deliver the best possible compliance and advisory services to them. Stuart qualified in 1998 and prior to joining the firm he spent 10 years working at Dains, a midlands based mid-tier firm, where he was responsible for a significant portfolio of the firm’s larger clients. He has a strong commercial background and has experience advising companies with turnover ranging from £50k up to £60m across many industry sectors and has specialisms including Pension Scheme and Housing Association audits. Stuart was a keen footballer but age and a bad back crept up on him, forcing him into a reluctant retirement. He is an Aston Villa supporter and an occasional golfer.
Katie Horsley MAAT, ACCA
Katie is the Accounts Manager with overall responsibility for workflow through the office. Katie has been with Haslehursts since 2010 and in this time she has completed both the AAT and ACCA qualifications. Katie has great all-round experience and has developed a detailed knowledge of cloud-based accounting systems. Outside work, Katie’s hobbies are supporting West Bromwich Albion and walking her 3 dogs Rocky, Max and Blue.
Anita joined Haslehursts in 2018 with over 25 years' experience within personal tax. Having worked at large national practices and small boutique firms there are few tax scenarios that Anita hasn't encountered. Following a recent position dealing with non-resident, non-domiciled clients in the entertainment sector, Anita has joined us as Head of Tax. She particularly enjoys demystifying tax and helping clients understand their tax issues as well as day-to-day compliance. Away from work, Anita is married with grown up daughters who share her passion for shopping!
Nicci Patstone AAT
Nicci began her accountancy career in 1992 at NEC Group where she worked in various roles from the NEC Finance team to Box Office at the NIA and Symphony Hall. She moved to PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2000 where she worked in audit and gained her AAT qualification in November 2000. Nicci joined Haslehursts in 2003 working in payroll and accounts services. Nicci is now the Payroll Manager, with overall responsibility for the firm’s payroll clients. Nicci’s interests include jogging and she is a regular of the local Fun Run and has taken part in the Great North Run half marathon. She also enjoys supporting Aston Villa football club and is the mother of two lively boys.
Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the profession covering small and medium-sized practices. Before joining Haslehursts in 2008, he had 8 years experience with a large local firm of accountants as a senior audit supervisor managing various audits up to £25 million. Other skills include accounts preparation, pension accounts and audits, charities, in-house management accounts, VAT and various IT skills including proficiency in Sage. Outside work, Chris’ interests include clay pigeon shooting for which he has represented Warwickshire county.
Sally Marshall AAT
Sally began her accountancy career in 1997 at a small local firm before joining Haslehursts in 2000. She gained her AAT qualification in 2001 and has general responsibility for accounts and payroll including filing accounts and corporation tax returns. She is also a Sage expert. In her spare time, Sally enjoys going to the gym and watching cricket - she is the treasurer of Lichfield Cricket Club.
Heather Holt ACCA
Heather joined Haslehursts in June 2008 with a background in business administration, office management and accounts roles. Having always enjoyed finance-related work, Heather was keen to develop her career in this area and finished her ACCA exams in 2013. As well as being an Aston Villa football club season ticket holder, Heather enjoys playing Renaissance and Baroque music on Viols and the Baroque flute.
Kirsty joined us in July 2015. She began her accountancy career in 2006 when she left school and started as an apprentice in a small firm of accountants. Kirsty became AAT qualified in 2009 and ACCA qualified in 2015. She has a great deal of accounting, tax and audit experience. Kirsty’s interests include long distance running, going to the gym and sketching.
Mark joined Haslehursts in September 2014 after completing his A-Levels. He is working as an accounts assistant whilst studying for his AAT qualification through the apprenticeship scheme. Mark’s passion is football and he enjoys playing on Monday nights and is also an Aston Villa season ticket holder. In any spare time left over, he occasionally plays golf and tennis.
Adam Joined Haslehursts in September 2016 as an auditor and accountant. He began his career in accountancy in 2011 and started studying for his AAT exams. Adam became AAT qualified in 2014 and is now working hard towards the ACCA qualification. Adam enjoys going to the gym and also playing football for his 6-a-side team. Adam supports Man United, but nobody's perfect.
Dawn began working in accountancy over 30 years ago. She spent 20 years at Deloitte in Birmingham, where she worked for various departmental partners, including the Senior Partner until he retired in 1994. Dawn joined Haslehursts in 1997 as a secretary and receptionist. Outside of work, Dawn’s interests include cooking, gardening and walking her border collie, Sonny.
Gail has worked in PA, secretarial and administrative roles for over 20 years across various sectors including hospitality and financial services, mainly in Birmingham city centre. Gail joined Haslehursts in 2009 as a secretary and receptionist. Gail’s interests include travel (restricted to camping in Devon these days rather than round-the-world trips!), eating out, and she enjoys reading and is a member of a local book club. Gail is also kept busy by her two growing boys and supports Aston Villa football club.
Connor joined Haslehursts in June 2018 as an accounts trainee. He is currently studying towards the AAT qualification. In his spare time Connor enjoys playing rugby and cricket for his local side.
Barney is the latest addition to the Haslehursts family. He joined us in March 2014 and can usually be found in reception, licking clients. Although his hair is almost identical to Gail’s, they’re not related.
At long last Barney has his very own apprentice. Ziggy joined the firm in the summer of 2017 and is a lovely lad. And he's thankfully now toilet trained!