Who's who?

Chris Baranov, FCCA - Partner


Chris has a real desire to help clients get the most from their businesses, advocating the benefits of a structured operational approach and a clear understanding of the unique performance indicators that enable owners to retain control and reach their goals.

When he's not at work, Chris enjoys the peace and quiet of the Lakeland fells and the mountains of Scotland, and spends most of the year planning his next ski holiday!
Email: chris@rickaby.co.uk LinkedIn

Liz Baranov - Partner

Liz Baranov

With responsibilities for workflow scheduling, compliance monitoring and marketing for the firm, Liz works closely with the admin team to ensure that the office works efficiently. Her background in database and process development and passion for customer service has equipped her to develop our internal systems and ensure all clients receive a great service.

Away from Berkhamsted, Liz loves nothing more than to wrap up warm for a long walk on a wet and windy day, then come home for a mug of tea in front of her wood burner.
Email: liz@rickaby.co.uk  LinkedIn

Shaun Brownsmith, ACA ACCA - Partner


Having worked for various Practices perviously including a 'Top 25' firm, Shaun uses his experience and thorough knowledge of technical matters to help our larger clients, for whom he is the day to day contact for all of their business affairs. A solid experience in quality processes derived from public practice as well as industry, Shaun is able to provide advice and support in a wide range of diverse situations.

Outside of work, Shaun is a keen football fan and Sunderland supporter.
Email: shaun@rickaby.co.uk  LinkedIn

Jenny Gotts - Tax Manager

Jenny Gotts

Originally trained by HMRC, Jenny now spends her time reducing clients' personal tax liabilities and ensuring that they comply with the ever evolving raft of tax legislation. Trust tax, P11Ds, notices of coding and Revenue enquiries fall into Jenny's remit, so she is always in demand!
Email: jenny@rickaby.co.uk

Wendy Grimsdale - Small Business Specialist


Wendy ensures that our small business clients meet their many obligations in terms of compliance matters, from accounts and Corporation Tax to payroll, VAT and bookkeeping, whilst acting as a sounding board for our small business owners, offering advice and guidance on how to handle the numerous issues that arise.
Email: wendy@rickaby.co.uk

Shirley Hall - Small Business Specialist


Shirley's role is very similar to Wendy's, ensuring that our clients' affairs are kept up to date, helping them avoid unwanted attention from HMRC. By producing regular management accounts for their clients, both Shirley and Wendy enable them to monitor the performance of their business and make informed decisions.
Email: shirley@rickaby.co.uk 

Mark Allsop, FCCA - Audit & Accounts Specialist

Mark Allsop

Working closely with both Chris and Shaun, Mark's clients inlcude our larger businesses, ensuring their affairs are up to date but also providing support and advice on many diverse subjects. Being qualified with a broad experience, Mark is a real asset both to us and to our clients.  
Email: mark@rickaby.co.uk

 Anit Amin - Audit & Accounts Support


Working alongside Shaun and Aaron, Anit is learning fast how the accounting functions we carry out can help business owners as he progresses well with his ACCA exams.

Janine Smith – Small Business Support


Janine supports Wendy and Shirley to ensure that our small business clients meet their deadlines and receive the support they need to avoid getting tangled in red tape. This includes mainly accounts for small limited companies, sole traders and partnerships, and VAT returns, but also a variety of other tasks that crop up!
Email: janine@rickaby.co.uk

Sarah Bird – Bookkeeping


Amongst those of our clients who prefer to let someone else deal with their bookkeeping, Sarah is a legend! Handling their general bookkeeping, VAT returns and debt collection, Sarah gives them the confidence that everything is up to date, allowing them to concentrate on their business.
Email: sarah@rickaby.co.uk

Kerry Jones - Bookkeeping


Kerry works between Rickaby & Co and our bookkeeping arm, Better Business Bookkeeping, and is always in demand from clients and colleagues alike to keep records up to date and help them understand how they can improve their records. A dab hand with all of the packages we use, Kerry is also our Xero guru.
Email: kerry@rickaby.co.uk 

Hattie Waring - Small Business Support


Currently studying towards the latter stages of her AAT exams, Hattie is really just starting out on her goal to become a qualified accountant, but has already shown that her progression should be swift! Hattie is working for the different members of the team on projects that fit her training, ensuring a wide variety of jobs and perspectives which will stand her well in the future.
Email: hattie@rickaby.co.uk 

 Sue King - Office Manager


Keeping us all on the straight and narrow, Sue ensures our administrative processes are followed and developed to keep our service levels high. She also looks after our database and produces regular reports that enable us to look after our clients' affairs and prompt them in good time about approaching deadlines.

 Terri Casey - Practice Secretary


Dealing with most of the day to day administration for the firm and having responsibility for answering the phones, making appointments and greeting visitors, Terri's days are never dull!
Email: terri@rickaby.co.uk