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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 Practice 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 started working at the firm in April 1982. She specialises in personal tax returns and trust.

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. In addition to delivering Sage training and book-keeping.

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

Diane Heffernan – Tax Compliance Assistant

Emma Rawlinson – Accounts and Audit Supervisor

John Paul Lynch – Accounts Assistant

John-Paul has worked for RP Smith & Co since August 1999. He is AAT qualified and has also studied ACCA up to level 3.

John-Paul is responsible for preparing annual accounts and quarterly VAT returns for a number of clients. These are a combination of sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. He is based in our Chorley office but has also worked in our other office in Bolton.

Outside of work, John-Paul’s a season ticket holder of Chorley FC, who he’s been watching for some 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 year’s experience in general practice and over 25 years experience in bookkeeping.

She specialises in working with charities and sage, regularly visiting clients either for Sage training, bookkeeping or problem solving.

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 working towards his ACCA qualification.

In his spare time he enjoys swimming coaching and cycling.

Adam Lawrence – Semi-Senior Accounts Assistant

Gail Murray – Payroll Administrator

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 admin and book keeping duties for a Housing Charity.  Her other duties include processing clients payroll, typing and administrative duties.

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

Mary Eckersley – Administrative Assistant

Debbie Jessop – Administrative Assistant

Debbie joined R P Smith & Co 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

Ellie Smith – Accounts Junior

Ellie joined the firm in September 2018 and is based in our Chorley office. She is also starting to study towards her AAT qualification.

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