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Meet The Team

We are a dedicated team which strives to provide success to our clients in regards to all their accountancy needs. Our team is very close-knit and ensures that a unified support is provided to you whenever you need it. With expertise covering all aspects of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services, we are well placed to take a holistic view to planning for the future as well dealing with specific matters.

Kieran Brophy – Partner

Kieran has over 30 years’ experience advising in accounting, taxation and auditing matters.  He also has specialist knowledge in the agricultural and medical sectors.  He joined the Practice in 1997, before becoming a partner in 1998.

Having graduated from Manchester University, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).  He also sits on the ICAEW Healthcare Significant Interest Group.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching his children play sport around the country. He also enjoys mountain biking and jogging.  For many years, he has been Director and Trustee of Chorley Help the Homeless.

Simon J Worswick – Partner

Simon became Partner in 2006 after he joined the firm in 2001. He has spent over 30 years in General Practice, providing advice on all matters relating to accounting, auditing and taxation.

Simon specialises in company audits and looking after charities. In addition to his specialism he provides accounting and taxation advice to owner managed businesses.

Having graduated from Manchester Polytechnic, he then went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


John Rourke – Senior Accounts Manager

John joined the firm in 2006 having spent 20 years with Cowgill, Lee, Carter (part of Cowgill’s of Bolton).

John has over 30 years  experience in general practice, advising on all accountancy and taxation matters

for small and medium sized entities.

In his spare time John loves to work out in the gym regularly and enjoys socialising with family and friends.

Judith Dawber – Senior Accounts Manager

Judith joined the firm in 1980. She obtained her AAT qualification on day release at Wigan Technical College.

She has over 30 years’ experience at R P Smith & Co advising in all aspects of accounting and taxation matters.

In her spare time she enjoys walking in the countryside and socialising with family and friends.

Shawn Coyle – Tax Compliance Manager

Shawn joined the firm in April 1982. She specialises in personal tax returns and trusts.

Rachel Vessey – Accounts Supervisor

Rachel joined the firm in 2007 completing her AAT qualification in 2009. She specialises in visiting clients for Sage and management accounts. Rachel also delivers Sage training and book-keeping support.

In her spare time, Rachel teaches children to dance and is a Zumba instructor. She also enjoys socialising with friends and going to festivals. Her favorite is Glastonbury!

John Paul Lynch – Accounts Assistant

John-Paul joined the firm in 1999 and achieved his AAT qualification.

John-Paul specialises in preparing annual accounts and quarterly VAT returns.

Outside of work, John-Paul’s a season ticket holder of Chorley FC, who he’s been watching for 21 years. He has been treasurer of their Supporters Trust since 2012. He’s also a season ticket holder and active member of Chorley Cricket Club, who he has been following for 10 years.

Ailsa Berry – Accounts Supervisor

Ailsa joined the firm in 2005 from working in other practices after she completed her BA (hons) degree in accounting and finance in 2001.

She has over 17 years’ experience in general practice and over 25 years’ experience in bookkeeping.

She specialises in working with charities and sage, regularly visiting clients to provide book keeping, SAGE training or other support.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, films and being with family and friends and her cats.

Ewan Smallwood – Semi-Senior Accounts Assistant

Ewan joined the firm in 2015 and works at our Chorley office.

He specialises in accounts preparation and VAT returns. He is also studying for his ACCA qualification.

In his spare time he enjoys swimming coaching and cycling.

Adam Lawrence – Semi-Senior Accounts Assistant

Adam joined the firm in 2015 and is based at the Chorley office.

He mainly specialises in accounts preparation,  VAT returns and also has experience with various cloud accounting software. He is also studying towards his ACCA qualification.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys going to various music festivals and events around the country, running and bird watching.

Sharon Adderley – Office Manager

Sharon joined the firm at the age of 16 as an office junior.

She is mainly based in our Bolton office as office manager where she carries out the administrative and book keeping duties for a Housing Charity.  Her other duties include processing clients payroll, typing and other administrative duties.

In her spare time Sharon enjoys watching her young children play football and swimming. She also enjoys socialising with family and friends.

Matthew Potter – Accounts Junior

Matty joined the firm in September 2018 as an apprentice. He is also studying towards his AAT qualification.

He works at our Chorley Office and works mainly with VAT returns and accounts preparation.

In his spare time Matty is a Wigan Warriors RLFC Season ticket holder and enjoys watching them home or away.

Debbie Jessop – Administrative Assistant

Debbie joined the firm in November 1984, after spending a year at Blackburn College studying secretarial studies which included background to business.

She is based at our Chorley Office.

Debbie’s work includes all secretarial and administration duties.

In her spare time, she enjoys the gym, walking and also holidaying.

Nikki Crompton – Administrative Assistant

Nikki joined the firm in 2011 and is based at the Bolton office. She completes administration & book keeping duties.

In her spare time she enjoys taking the dog for walks and also watching her son play football.  Nikki also enjoys socialising with her family and friends.

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