Our Team

Jon Gifford
Partner


Armed with a degree in Civil Engineering, Jon used his problem solving and analytical skills to develop his career in accountancy. Jon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009. When he qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 2014 with flying colours, he was the only person in North Devon to do so for five years.

With over 14 years experience in accountancy and tax, Jon has extensive knowledge, experience and expertise to provide clients with tailored, specialist advice and services.

Client feedback is that Jon is known in the area for his tax and agricultural specialisms, explaining things in an understandable way to clients and with obvious passion for helping his clients.

Jon is a member of the ICAEW Farming and Rural Business and Tax faculties.

Outside of work, Jon has a range of personal interests including cue sports, swimming and squash…and most importantly his family which includes his other half, Clare and a young daughter and son. 

Email Jon directly on jon@giffordsca.co.uk

Jamie Thompson
Accounts Manager


Jamie holds a degree in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College. He started his accountancy career with a well-known South West practice. Jamie’s “real training” then commenced with Jon Gifford at another firm. With over 10 years’ experience, Jamie helps the practice deliver a great service to clients with vast experience of accounting Software Packages, Payroll and CIS operation including Auto Enrolment compliance. The feedback from clients is that Jamie is an “exceptional problem solver”. Jamie is the Treasurer of a number of Organisations locally and is a keen player of Snooker and Pool.

Jamie said “I am happy to be part of such a proactive business. Accounting and tax laws seem to be ever-increasing in complexity and it is really satisfying helping clients with their obligations, minimising their tax bills and freeing them up to run their businesses and ‘drive on’ ”.

Jon said “On Jamie’s first day with this practice, we were yet to sign up any clients. However, knowing how much he cares about clients and knowing his approach to his role it was important to me that he was a part of this business from day one. Pleasingly, within weeks, Jamie had lots of clients to help with!”.

Email Jamie directly on jamie@giffordsca.co.uk

Martin Ashton
Accounts Senior


Martin is AAT qualified with over 6 years’ experience in the profession. Martin’s responsibilities include Accounts and Tax Preparation, VAT Returns and Payroll. Martin joined the practice approximately one month after commencement; he said “Whilst this may sound a little ‘cheesy’, I really love working at Giffords.  I feel like a valued member of a team here and the passion of the other members of my team for doing their absolute best for clients rubs off on me. I look forward to seeing more clients in the future and building on my career here”.

We regularly receive feedback from clients about how friendly and positive Martin is.

Martin has commenced training for his Association of Taxation Technicians exams which we are sure he will embrace and further add value to the clients he assists with.

Martin is a footballer, enjoys keeping fit, plays pool and enjoys time with his partner and young family.

Josh Clewley
Accounts Trainee


Josh is in the process of completing his Level 4 AAT exams. Josh assists the team in drafting accounts and tax returns and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his family and from time to time indulges in strategy games. Josh said “I can already see how much passion this firm has for its clients and the passion is infectious!”.

Alastair Tuer:
Accounts Trainee


We are pleased to welcome and introduce Alastair to the Giffords Team. He joined us in August having just passed his final AAT exams, achieving very impressive results along the way. 

Verity Baker
Secretary


Verity joined the team in October 2018. She has a wealth of secretarial experience to support our accounts team.

After a career break to raise her family, Verity qualified as a dog groomer to allow her to mix her love of dogs with the flexibility of family life. Verity says “ Now the children are older, I am delighted to, again, be part of a team within a professional, dedicated and friendly office environment. I feel very privileged to have found the very place at Giffords”.

Outside of work, Verity enjoys spending time with family and friends and of course her two dogs.

Clare Paddon


Testimonials

"The tireless support, technical knowledge and exceptional service provided by Giffords has proven to be priceless to me. I would strongly recommend Giffords, they go above and beyond".

Will Urquhart



"5* Very happy with the service at Giffords Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors! I would recommend Giffords highly! Thank you for all you do for our businesses"


Steven Curtis



"Giffords clearly care about my business individually. All members of staff are friendly and helpful and offer clearly worded advice and explanations."


Matthew Barber


Giffords Chartered Accountants
The Old Chapel
Ancora
Monkleigh
Bideford
Devon
EX395JS

01805 625439
info@giffordsca.co.uk


Giffords is a trading name of Giffords LLP which is a Limited Liability Partnership. Registered No: OC421951 in England and Wales. A list of the members is available for inspection at the registered office: The Old Chapel, Ancora, Monkleigh, Bideford, EX39 5JS.

Giffords 2018 ©






Giffords Chartered Accountants
The Old Chapel
Ancora
Monkleigh
Bideford
Devon
EX395JS
Giffords 2018 ©
01805 625439
info@giffordsca.co.uk


Giffords is a trading name of Giffords LLP which is a Limited Liability Partnership. Registered No: OC421951 in England and Wales. A list of the members is available for inspection at the registered office: The Old Chapel, Ancora, Monkleigh, Bideford, EX39 5JS.
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