Our Team

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Yvonne Cookson FMAAT

We describe her as… Big Boss

Official title… Senior Partner

Von’s Story… Yvonne decided to do her AAT when she had to become the breadwinner for her two young children. Since qualifying she has never looked back. Yvonne’s experience in accounting, expertise, and knowledge along with her passionate drive for business is what makes her so good at what she does. She created Your Tax Shop to provide exceptional service in a way that is easy for clients to understand and she does it in a way like no-one else.

Say hello… von@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… New client consultations

Accounting Accomplishments… FMAAT Qualified, Business Growth Mentor, North West Finance Awards Practice Winner, British Accountancy Awards Practice Finalist, Eva Awards Practice Finalist

Years in industry… 20

Fun fact… Yvonne’s skill set doesn’t stop with numbers. She is also a qualified Reiki AND Crystal Healer.

Favourite animals…Moles, Tigers, and Polar Bears (she refused to pick just one!)

Yvonne Cookson FMAAT

We describe her as… Big Boss

Official title… Senior Partner

Von’s Story… Yvonne decided to do her AAT when she had to become the breadwinner for her two young children. Since qualifying she has never looked back. Yvonne’s experience in accounting, expertise, and knowledge along with her passionate drive for business is what makes her so good at what she does. She created Your Tax Shop to provide exceptional service in a way that is easy for clients to understand and she does it in a way like no-one else.

Say hello… von@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… New client consultations

Accounting Accomplishments… FMAAT Qualified, Business Growth Mentor, North West Finance Awards Practice Winner, British Accountancy Awards Practice Finalist, Eva Awards Practice Finalist

Years in industry… 20

Fun fact… Yvonne’s skill set doesn’t stop with numbers. She is also a qualified Reiki AND Crystal Healer.

Favourite animals…Moles, Tigers, and Polar Bears (she refused to pick just one!)

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Fiona Heyes CTA

We describe her as… Tax Genius

Official title… Senior Partner

Fiona’s Story… Fiona first met Yvonne at college, where they were both “the only normal people doing accounting!” Her love of numbers and figures, along with her passion for perfection has seen Fiona become a specialist in everything tax related. Her skills and experience brought her back to join Yvonne at Your Tax Shop in 2013, but it’s her engaging smile and outstanding service that her clients love the most.

Say hello… fiona@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Reconciling pretty much anything  

Accounting Accomplishments… AAT Qualified, Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), North West Finance Awards Practice Winner, British Accountancy Awards Practice Finalist.

Years in industry… 20

Fun fact… Fiona is a spreadsheet fanatic! So much so that she had a pregnancy spreadsheet whilst pregnant with both of her little boys!

Fiona’s Favourite song… Candi Station

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Fiona Heyes CTA

We describe her as… Tax Genius

Official title… Senior Partner

Fiona’s Story… Fiona first met Yvonne at college, where they were both “the only normal people doing accounting!” Her love of numbers and figures, along with her passion for perfection has seen Fiona become a specialist in everything tax related. Her skills and experience brought her back to join Yvonne at Your Tax Shop in 2013, but it’s her engaging smile and outstanding service that her clients love the most.

Say hello… fiona@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Reconciling pretty much anything  

Accounting Accomplishments… AAT Qualified, Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), North West Finance Awards Practice Winner, British Accountancy Awards Practice Finalist.

Years in industry… 20

Fun fact… Fiona is a spreadsheet fanatic! So much so that she had a pregnancy spreadsheet whilst pregnant with both of her little boys!

Fiona’s Favourite song… Candi Station

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 Laura Knight

We describe her as… Superwoman

Official title… Accountant

Laura’s Story… Laura has been with Yvonne since day one and has blossomed with the company into one of the senior members of staff here. She specialises in a range of areas including VAT, PAYE, personal tax and company Accounts. Laura’s super-efficient, analytical skills along with her fun-loving nature make her the perfect Accounts Manager. She has a broad knowledge of everything, a detail oriented mind, and the go to girl for all the messy and complicated jobs.

Say hello… laura@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Tax Returns and Accounts

Accounting Accomplishments… AAT Qualified, North West Finance Awards Assistant Accountant of the Year Winner

Years in industry… 6

Fun fact… Laura is a fitness freak and goes to the gym at least 4 times a week.

Favourite place… Ibiza, Spain

 Laura Knight

We describe her as… Superwoman

Official title… Accountant

Laura’s Story… Laura has been with Yvonne since day one and has blossomed with the company into one of the senior members of staff here. She specialises in a range of areas including VAT, PAYE, personal tax and company Accounts. Laura’s super-efficient, analytical skills along with her fun-loving nature make her the perfect Accounts Manager. She has a broad knowledge of everything, a detail oriented mind, and the go to girl for all the messy and complicated jobs.

Say hello… laura@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Tax Returns and Accounts

Accounting Accomplishments… AAT Qualified, North West Finance Awards Assistant Accountant of the Year Winner

Years in industry… 6

Fun fact… Laura is a fitness freak and goes to the gym at least 4 times a week.

Favourite place… Ibiza, Spain

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Gemma Bennett

We describe her as… Office Diva  

Official title… Accounts Technician

Gemma’s Story… Gemma started with us in 2014, after completing her A-Levels and deciding that she wanted to start a career whilst studying, rather than head off to Uni. She’s been gaining lots of responsibility with us as she works towards her AAT level 4, completing VAT returns, payrolls and personal tax returns. Her admin and correspondence skills are an invaluable asset, and we often find her using her initiative and researching vital pieces of information needed.

Say hello… gemma@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Mileage Claims

Accounting Accomplishments… AAT Level 2 & 3 – working towards her full AAT Qualification

Years in industry… 3

Fun fact… Gemma’s talents don’t stop here. She was also quite the gifted choir singer and even featured on Songs of Praise as a child!

Favourite cocktail… Pornstar Martini

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Gemma Bennett

We describe her as… Office Diva  

Official title… Accounts Technician

Gemma’s Story… Gemma started with us in 2014, after completing her A-Levels and deciding that she wanted to start a career whilst studying, rather than head off to Uni. She’s been gaining lots of responsibility with us as she works towards her AAT level 4, completing VAT returns, payrolls and personal tax returns. Her admin and correspondence skills are an invaluable asset, and we often find her using her initiative and researching vital pieces of information needed.

Say hello… gemma@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Mileage Claims

Accounting Accomplishments… AAT Level 2 & 3 – working towards her full AAT Qualification

Years in industry… 3

Fun fact… Gemma’s talents don’t stop here. She was also quite the gifted choir singer and even featured on Songs of Praise as a child!

Favourite cocktail… Pornstar Martini

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Francesca Harrison

We describe her as… Queen of Kindness

Official title… Assistant Accountant

Fran’s Story… Fran has worked in the industry for over 5 years now, and came to join our team in May 2016. Fran completes VAT returns, payroll, management accounts, and tax returns. Her broad knowledge base and warm, friendly personality make her the perfect assistant accountant. Her level of client care is simply amazing, and she always goes the extra mile to make sure clients are happy. Oh, plus she makes the most amazing cakes, which we love her for even more!!

Say hello… fran@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Business advice

Accounting Accomplishments… AAT Qualified

Years in industry… 5

Fun fact…  Fran is slightly obsessed with America and on her latest visit in June, she zip-lined through Las Vegas!

Favourite sweet treat…Cupcakes

Francesca Harrison

We describe her as… Queen of Kindness

Official title… Assistant Accountant

Fran’s Story… Fran has worked in the industry for over 5 years now, and came to join our team in May 2016. Fran completes VAT returns, payroll, management accounts, and tax returns. Her broad knowledge base and warm, friendly personality make her the perfect assistant accountant. Her level of client care is simply amazing, and she always goes the extra mile to make sure clients are happy. Oh, plus she makes the most amazing cakes, which we love her for even more!!

Say hello… fran@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Business advice

Accounting Accomplishments… AAT Qualified

Years in industry… 5

Fun fact…  Fran is slightly obsessed with America and on her latest visit in June, she zip-lined through Las Vegas!

Favourite sweet treat…Cupcakes

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Joshua Thomas

We describe him as… Cheeky Chappy

Official title… Accounts Apprentice

Josh’s Story… Josh joined us at the start of September 2016, jumping straight into a career after finishing school. He originally started as a Business Admin apprentice, but soon realised that Accounting was the path for him. He’s a dab hand when it comes to payroll, tax return prep, and making us all laugh, and the clients love him too.

Say hello… josh@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Payroll

Accounting Accomplishments… Working toward his AAT Qualifications

Years in industry… Newbie!

Fun fact… When Josh was younger he was a bit of a celebrity, being the Ball Boy for Manchester City Football Club at Premier League Matches

Favourite Sport… Football

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Joshua Thomas

We describe him as… Cheeky Chappy

Official title… Accounts Apprentice

Josh’s Story… Josh joined us at the start of September 2016, jumping straight into a career after finishing school. He originally started as a Business Admin apprentice, but soon realised that Accounting was the path for him. He’s a dab hand when it comes to payroll, tax return prep, and making us all laugh, and the clients love him too.

Say hello… josh@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Payroll

Accounting Accomplishments… Working toward his AAT Qualifications

Years in industry… Newbie!

Fun fact… When Josh was younger he was a bit of a celebrity, being the Ball Boy for Manchester City Football Club at Premier League Matches

Favourite Sport… Football

Josh
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Kieran Ward

We describe him as… True Gent

Official title… Accounts Apprentice

Kieran’s Story… Kieran is our newest recruit, after working in the building industry from a young age he decided to pack it in and pursue what he’s always wanted to do, and aren’t we glad he made that decision! Kieran has taken to his new role straight away, and is a huge help to our senior accounts team. He is also very polite and well-mannered, two traits that can’t go a miss at Your Tax Shop.

Say hello… kieran@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Tax return prep for sole-traders and sub-contractors – especially those in the building trade!

Accounting Accomplishments… Working toward his AAT Qualifications

Years in industry… Newbie!

Fun fact… Kieran is a talented Skier, once winning a time competition in Alpe D’Heuz, France.

Favourite Football Club… Manchester United

Kieran Ward

We describe him as… True Gent

Official title… Accounts Apprentice

Kieran’s Story… Kieran is our newest recruit, after working in the building industry from a young age he decided to pack it in and pursue what he’s always wanted to do, and aren’t we glad he made that decision! Kieran has taken to his new role straight away, and is a huge help to our senior accounts team. He is also very polite and well-mannered, two traits that can’t go a miss at Your Tax Shop.

Say hello… kieran@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Tax return prep for sole-traders and sub-contractors – especially those in the building trade!

Accounting Accomplishments… Working toward his AAT Qualifications

Years in industry… Newbie!

Fun fact… Kieran is a talented Skier, once winning a time competition in Alpe D’Heuz, France.

Favourite Football Club… Manchester United

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Chantelle Carter

We describe her as… Crazy Lady

Official title…  Business Administrator

Chan’s Story… Chan began her journey with Your Tax Shop back in 2013, and is the endearing voice you hear at the other end of the phone when you call our Mossley office. Chan does all things admin, she directs you to the right expert, sends out correspondence, and is always ensuring our systems are up to date. She’s also a top brew maker, seen as she manages to drink about 10 a day! Being chatty, friendly, and super helpful, she makes a great asset to our growing team. 

Say hello… chan@yourtaxshop.co.uk     

Favourite field… Client care

Admin Accomplishments… AAT Level 2, Working towards her Level 2 NVQ in Business Admin

Years in industry… 4                 

Fun fact… Chan’s vibrant personality shines through in her hairstyles and body art. She has had AT LEAST 15 completely different hairstyles whilst being with us, and is on to tattoo number 9.

Favourite food… Full English Breakfast

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Chantelle Carter

We describe her as… Crazy Lady

Official title…  Business Administrator

Chan’s Story… Chan began her journey with Your Tax Shop back in 2013, and is the endearing voice you hear at the other end of the phone when you call our Mossley office. Chan does all things admin, she directs you to the right expert, sends out correspondence, and is always ensuring our systems are up to date. She’s also a top brew maker, seen as she manages to drink about 10 a day! Being chatty, friendly, and super helpful, she makes a great asset to our growing team. 

Say hello… chan@yourtaxshop.co.uk     

Favourite field… Client care

Admin Accomplishments… AAT Level 2, Working towards her Level 2 NVQ in Business Admin

Years in industry… 4                 

Fun fact… Chan’s vibrant personality shines through in her hairstyles and body art. She has had AT LEAST 15 completely different hairstyles whilst being with us, and is on to tattoo number 9.

Favourite food… Full English Breakfast

Chan
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Chloe Lees

We describe her as… Little Miss Lovely

Official title… Business Administrator

Chloe’s Story… Chloe joined us in April when we opened our new office in Ashton and needed another admin superstar! She’s great on the phones, and helps out with everything from setting new clients up on our system to making appointments and calling HMRC. Her friendly face and happy go lucky persona made her the perfect candidate for our administrator at Ashton.

Say hello… chloe@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Setting up new clients and making sure they’re cloud ready

Admin Accomplishments… Working towards her Level 2 NVQ in Business Admin

Years in industry… Newbie!

Fun fact… Chloe is a self-confessed Nandos Addict – going 3 times a week for tea!

Favourite film… Pretty Woman

Chloe Lees

We describe her as… Little Miss Lovely

Official title… Business Administrator

Chloe’s Story… Chloe joined us in April when we opened our new office in Ashton and needed another admin superstar! She’s great on the phones, and helps out with everything from setting new clients up on our system to making appointments and calling HMRC. Her friendly face and happy go lucky persona made her the perfect candidate for our administrator at Ashton.

Say hello… chloe@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Setting up new clients and making sure they’re cloud ready

Admin Accomplishments… Working towards her Level 2 NVQ in Business Admin

Years in industry… Newbie!

Fun fact… Chloe is a self-confessed Nandos Addict – going 3 times a week for tea!

Favourite film… Pretty Woman

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Rebecca Smith

We describe her as… Bubbly Becks

Official title… Payroll Administrator

Becky’s Story… Becky has been doing work experience with us for a while as she wanted to get her in foot into the industry and have a career move. From the beginning she was super-helpful and brightened up the office, so we decided to offer her a full time job. Becky runs our Payroll Bureau, and is currently being trained up in all things PAYE, Auto-Enrolment, and CIS. 

Say hello… becky@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Payroll  

Accounting Accomplishments… Working towards Payroll Qualifications

Years in industry… Newbie

Fun fact… Becky hasn’t always lived on British soil, she had quite the exotic childhood, living in Venezuela for one year!

Favourite TV Show… X-Factor

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Rebecca Smith

We describe her as… Bubbly Becks

Official title… Payroll Administrator

Becky’s Story… Becky has been doing work experience with us for a while as she wanted to get her in foot into the industry and have a career move. From the beginning she was super-helpful and brightened up the office, so we decided to offer her a full time job. Becky runs our Payroll Bureau, and is currently being trained up in all things PAYE, Auto-Enrolment, and CIS. 

Say hello… becky@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… Payroll  

Accounting Accomplishments… Working towards Payroll Qualifications

Years in industry… Newbie

Fun fact… Becky hasn’t always lived on British soil, she had quite the exotic childhood, living in Venezuela for one year!

Favourite TV Show… X-Factor

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Gary Hazelwood DiplP

We describe him as…  BFA – Big Friendly Advisor

Official title… Independent Financial Advisor  

Gary’s Story…  Gary’s career in financial services started with Barclays, where he progressed to Bank Manager. In 2009 Gary decided a new challenge was in order, which was when he qualified as a Financial Adviser. Gary has extensive experience in helping clients with a wide range of financial planning needs including investments, protections and pensions. Gary is passionate about providing excellent advice and taking the time to understand what is important to clients. Like us, he is a firm believer in keeping things simple and being able to give you all of the information you need in a straightforward and easy to understand manner.

Say hello… gary@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… helping people realise their dreams of early retirement

Financial Accomplishments… Diploma in Investment Planning

Years in industry… 10

Fun fact… Gary’s qualifications don’t end in financial services. He is also quite the driving fanatic, with a HGV licence and Motor Cycle licence in hand, there isn’t a vehicle he couldn’t handle!

Favourite hobby… Motorcycling

 

Gary Hazelwood DiplP

We describe him as…  BFA – Big Friendly Advisor

Official title… Independent Financial Advisor  

Gary’s Story…  Gary’s career in financial services started with Barclays, where he progressed to Bank Manager. In 2009 Gary decided a new challenge was in order, which was when he qualified as a Financial Adviser. Gary has extensive experience in helping clients with a wide range of financial planning needs including investments, protections and pensions. Gary is passionate about providing excellent advice and taking the time to understand what is important to clients. Like us, he is a firm believer in keeping things simple and being able to give you all of the information you need in a straightforward and easy to understand manner.

Say hello… gary@yourtaxshop.co.uk

Much-loved field… helping people realise their dreams of early retirement

Financial Accomplishments… Diploma in Investment Planning

Years in industry… 10

Fun fact… Gary’s qualifications don’t end in financial services. He is also quite the driving fanatic, with a HGV licence and Motor Cycle licence in hand, there isn’t a vehicle he couldn’t handle!

Favourite hobby… Motorcycling

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