The Team

Martin Horton

“Firstly, I‚Äôm not a ‘Big Four’ trained accountant. My first experience of the industry was working for an aluminium die casting firm in the Midlands, where I literally had to get my hands dirty doing stock takes as well as record all the bookkeeping of the business manually as it was 4 BC (4 years before computer). The company was struggling, and I’ve come to realise that it was the accountant (my boss) who kept the business afloat, it employed over 100 people and still trades today.

 

Since then I have worked for some incredibly successful businesses and some very poor ones which are no longer with us. They were in the retail, manufacturing & distribution sectors. The thriving firms all had strong finance teams with good control, up to date information and an eye on the future. The ones that closed were vain, had very little control and no real financial plans or forecasts.

Which would you rather be? I’m guessing the first ūüôā ”

 

If you could come back to life as an animal, which animal would you choose?

“I prefer dogs but cats have an easier life.”

 

If you could be any superhero/villain, who would you be and why? 

“Brown Bottle from Viz”

 

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself …¬†

“I can juggle”

Heather Hodgson

Heather is a qualified Solicitor who has taken up the challenge of working for an accountant because it is much more fun! Heather looks after lots of things in the business including the marketing and admin, of which there is plenty…

 

 If you could come back to life as an animal, which animal would you choose?

“A cat”

 

If you could be any superhero/villain, who would you be and why? 

“I‚Äôd have the power of invisibility so I could go anywhere”

 

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself …¬†

“I once performed in a show with Ken Dodd”

 

Lisa Hilton

Lisa has worked with the business pretty much from the start and looks after the payroll, running the auto enrolment pensions and filing CIS returns. Lisa also looks after the bookkeeping for our clients, ensuring that we keep up to date with all of the HMRC legislation.

 

If you could come back to life as an animal, which animal would you choose?

“A Horse or a Dog”

 

If you could be any superhero/villain, who would you be and why? 

“Wonder woman ‚Äď I like how she can spin round and change clothes in seconds!”

 

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself …¬†

“My mum used to Cellotape my ears back to my head when I was a baby, because I was half FA cup and Half Elf”

 

Katie Brooks

Katie joined the team back in 2014 as an apprentice in Admin & business. Since then, Katie has progressed in becoming a part qualified accountant, completing accounts, VAT, tax. Katie also provides our Xero training to new clients! She is very organised and has a great eye for detail which helps in an accountancy practice.

 

Gianfranco Zanolini

Gianfranco has worked with Martin on and off for over 15 years in various accounting and reporting roles, he is responsible for giving clients up to date insights and reports for their business. This is the most valuable information that a business can have and use to run their business.

 

If you could come back to life as an animal, which animal would you choose?

“A Tawny Owl. I would then be crepuscular!”

 

If you could be any superhero/villain, who would you be and why? 

“Wolverine. An end to nail clipping and shaving.”

 

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself …¬†

“I enjoy painting office interiors.”

 

Erin Shaw

Erin joined the business after completing her A Levels as she wants to pursue a career in accountancy and is currently studying for AAT. She assists the team in all aspects of the business and is very organised!

 

If you could come back to life as an animal, which animal would you choose?

“The animal would probably have to be a sloth because they‚Äôre adorable”

 

If you could be any superhero/villain, who would you be and why? 

“Starlord ‚Äď baby Groot!”

 

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself …¬†

“I used to play netball for my county.”

 

Emma Howard

Emma worked for a client until she realised that her true calling was to work full time for an accountancy practice!

 

If you could come back to life as an animal, which animal would you choose?

Easy, a bear. Then I could hibernate during winter.

If you could be any superhero/villain, who would you be and why?

Probably Batgirl. Who wouldn’t want Batman as your personal trainer?

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself …

I was once interviewed on TV for a chess congress being held at my primary school….. Little did they know I didn’t play chess but ran the sweet shop! Still don’t play chess now.

Or, the time there was riots in Blackburn and the news film showed two girls outside a library with one telling the other one off… The one telling off was my sister the one being told off was me.

Amanda Morton

After completing a degree in Equine Science at the University of Central Lancashire, Amanda’s career started in the world of estate agency within property sales before going on to a management role.

Amanda started to become involved in the financial aspects of buying property, which created a desire to be able to help people navigate, the often confusing, world of financial services, so initially joined Alan Cheetham at Edward Jones.

In April 2010 Amanda took the decision to join Cheetham Jackson and to develop into the role of a Financial Planner. Amanda’s innate desire to help others has seen her develop working relationships with other key professionals who exhibit a similar client focus, helping to communicate complex issues in a straightforward and open manner, which her clients value greatly.

Angela McDonald

Angela has lots of experience working for a couple of other practices in the area so is able to help the younger members of the team develop.

 

If you could come back to life as an animal, which animal would you choose?

“Leopard ‚Äď they are intelligent, fierce, they sleep a lot and look amazing”

 

If you could be any superhero/villain, who would you be and why? 

“Catwoman ‚Äď Mainly for the outfit, but the ability to do a backflip could come in handy”

 

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself …¬†

“I love to draw and I also play drums”

Alex Higham

Alex is our newest apprentice. He has joined us after completing his Accountancy Alevels and he has already made a great addition to our team.

 

If you could come back to life as an animal, which animal would you choose?

‚ÄúI would come back to life as a giraffe so I could see what everyone is doing.‚ÄĚ

 

If you could be any superhero/villain, who would you be and why? 

‚ÄúI would be Batman so I would have an assistant to help me and talk to.‚ÄĚ

 

Tell me a fun/random fact about yourself … 

‚ÄúI enjoy playing and watching darts in my spare time.‚ÄĚ