Our Staff

Nigel Jones (FCA), Director

Nigel trained with three-partner firm in York before moving to Binder Hamlyn in Leeds in 1982 where he gained experience working with SMEs. He left in 1984 to join a two-partner firm where experience was gained working on advising clients on running their businesses and in dealing with tax investigations.

Nigel set up Jones & Co on 1 October 1985, on a part-time basis before taking the plunge to become a full-time practice on 29 February 1988. The business specialised in the start-up market for a number of years before branching out to encompass established SMEs as well. Some clients have been with the firm since the outset and have grown with the firm.

Over the years Nigel has built up a number of contacts, which enables Jones & Co to provide a wide range of services not normally associated with a firm of our size.

Nigel has experience of a varied range of businesses, with a large number of our clients in the service sector. A lot of clients began as start-ups and have grown into thriving small companies. Advice has been given on business and tax planning for these businesses.

Nigel uses a number of accounting packages, including Sage and VT. In addition the practice has tax, payroll, accounting, and practice management software for its own use.

In his spare time Nigel is a keen follower of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and can often be found at Headingley, watching Yorkshire play. Also he is a keen golfer and is a member and Treasurer of Pike Hills Golf Club as well as being the Treasurer of the York Railway Institute.

Richard Stagg

Richard joined us in April 2008. He previously worked in Grimsby for three years with a small firm of accountants where he learned the basics of accounts preparation. He is now developing his skills in accountancy and also deals with payroll and basic taxation matters. He is training towards becoming a Chartered Certified Accountant and expects to be qualified in 2014.

Outside work his main interest is volunteering on the streets of Selby. In his volunteer role he provides help and support to the community of Selby, helping people to feel safe and secure in and around the town. He also enjoys driving and is Treasurer of the Harrogate Area of The Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Jonathan Smith (ACCA)

Jonathan joined us in March 2012. He is a graduate of Newcastle University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. During a period of self-employment, Jonathan became a fully qualified Chartered Certified Accountant in January 2012, after having developed his accountancy skills during four years with small practices in the Teesside area. In his spare time Jonathan likes the occasional game of golf and five-a-side football match.

Alice Laverack

Alice is the newest member of our team, having joined us in November 2012 as a trainee accountant. She is a graduate of Chester University with a degree in Maths and Spanish. Alice is studying towards AAT level 4 in accountancy.

Previously she worked for Aviva, dealing with stocks and shares investments. In her spare time she enjoys eating out, cycling and visiting new places.