Team Profiles

Mike Rudd FCA CTA

Mike’s younger years were spent training with Clement Keys in Birmingham where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985. After deciding to specialise in Taxation Mike moved to Ernst & Young and qualified as a Chartered Taxation Associate in 1988. Getting “itchy feet” Mike set up in private practice in 1990.

Random facts about me

I play golf (badly), I am a sponsor of the Veseyans’ Rugby Club and fond of “tinkling the ivories” – I recently passed the Cert RCO exams and now working towards the ARCO diploma.

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is Bathams Bitter.

Best holiday destination ever

Kenya.


John Rudd MAAT ATT

John previously worked in retail management for a large multi-national company. In 1992 he had a career change and joined a local firm of accountants and in 2002 sought the opportunity to help form FOTAS.

John specialises in providing Management information for use at board level and Management Accounts preparation. He has extensive SAGE knowledge and will help to train clients in the use of SAGE and other accounting packages.

Random facts about me

In 2001 I gained my 1st Dan black belt in karate and took my 2nd Dan before deciding to hang my Gi up.

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is fast cars.

Best holiday destination ever

Vienna and Salzburg.


Jonathan Ashford Bsc (Hons) FCCA ACA ATT

Jonathan began his working life within a small practice in Tamworth in 1999 and joined FOTAS in 2002. The majority of his time is spent dealing with Medical Professionals, Corporate Clients, staff training and acting in a business advisory capacity.

Jonathan is also our SAGE expert and has a number of ‘dotcom’ industries under his jurisdiction. He helps to train and advise clients on IT systems, SAGE and other computer based packages.

Random facts about me

I have a great love of video games, and in a rare spare moment will seek out the Xbox or PlayStation controllers. I have been known to play a mean game of poker (being an accountant I hate to lose money, even when it’s not real!). I was also a keen tennis player, but chances to play have become sparse in recent years but will still pick up the racket at any opportunity.

I am also a member of the FOTAS Great Midlands Fun Run Team often getting “papped” along the route!

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is listening to the Pet Shop Boys.

Best holiday destination ever

Viva Las Vegas Baby!


Hannah Johnson BSc (Hons) ACA

After leaving Sheffield University, with a degree in Mathematics, Hannah spent a year in Australia and travelling, before joining Baker Tilly to start her Chartered Accountancy training. She later moved to a local firm of Accountants in Lichfield, before spending 10 years working within the realms of NHS finance.

Hannah joined the FOTAS team in 2015 and now specialises in personal tax.

Random facts about me

Whilst in Australia my friend and I bought a car and drove 15,000km exploring this amazing country. I love playing tennis although I rarely get the opportunity, but I enjoy spending all my time with my family and my two young children certainly keep me busy.

Guilty pleasure

The odd glass of Prosecco.

Best holiday destination ever

Maldives.


David Hackett BA (Hons) ACCA

Dave joined FOTAS in 2008 as a Trainee Accountant following his academic studies. He completed a degree in History in 2006 before starting on his ACCA qualification.

Out of the office Dave enjoys swimming, badminton and cycling and is also a member of the FOTAS Fun Run Team.

Random facts about me

I am becoming quite a “dab hand” at homebrew and can usually be found with my nose stuck in a PC which I attempt to fix as a hobby.

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is Real Ale.

Best holiday destination ever

New Zealand.


Abbie Everiss ACCA MAAT

Abbie started her career in the accounts department of a Birmingham construction firm, dealing with the Purchase Ledger and Payroll. In 2008 she decided on a change and became a member of the FOTAS team.

Random facts about me

I am a social butterfly and use my skills to organise our work nights out....I also love a “Cheeky Vimto”!

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is Shoes.

Best holiday destination ever

Dubai.


Stephen Crane MAAT

Steve joined us after completing his GCSE’s and A Levels at Bishop Vesey Grammar School. He is presently studying towards his ICAEW professional qualification.

Random facts about me

When I’m not slaving over numbers, I am found in the depths of a scrum playing for Sutton Rugby Club or disconsolately standing in the Holte End at Villa Park.

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is a pickled egg or two.

Best holiday destination ever

Barbados on a rugby tour.


Faye Bradley

Faye left school and dived straight into a career in accountancy. After four years working in one practice she felt it time to broaden her horizon by joining the FOTAS team at the start of 2017.

Random facts about me

I enjoy the gym, partying and socialising with friends and family . I have also recently become a cubs helper and help out every Wednesday.

Guilty pleasure

A Corona or two

Best holiday destination ever

Mexico


Victoria Ashford AAT

Prior to joining FOTAS, Victoria worked as a bookkeeper and office administrator for a small national charity for 7 years before deciding to use her skills as part of a practice. Victoria gained her AAT qualification in 2009 after previously completing several OCR Bookkeeping courses.

Victoria deals with the bookkeeping, payroll and putting financial administration for a number of our larger clients and regularly attends their offices.

Random facts about me

I have always been quite ‘arty’ and in recent years have developed a skill for sugar craft, making sugar flowers and regularly make cakes for special occasions.

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is Theatre and Musicals, and anything Disney!

Best holiday destination ever

Las Vegas.


Paula Aldred

Before joining FOTAS Paula studied Business Studies gaining a recognised qualification in the same and even tried her hand in the Plumbing trade.

Paula joined FOTAS in 2002 and specialises in Payroll dealing with over 150 clients.

Random facts about me

I have a passion for Interior Design.

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is Jack Daniels.

Best holiday destination ever

Cyprus.


Brandon Carvel

Joined Fotas as a trainee accountant while completing my level 2 AAT qualification. I am now continuing on to starting my level 3 AAT course in September.

Random facts about me

I have spent 7 years with St John Ambulance where I am first aid trained, I was also a Corporal there until I moved from cadets to adults.

Guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is playing music loudly.

Best holiday destination ever

Fuerteventura.


Jane Jordan

After joining the firm in 2014, Jane has quickly become an integral part of the FOTAS team and will be there to welcome you on your arrival.

Random facts about me

I enjoy walking and running, and at a push yoga (done badly)!

Guilty pleasure

Cocktails!

Best holiday destination ever

Disney World Florida.