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Meet The Team

At Davies Tracey you’re in safe hands. But safe doesn’t mean we’re boring! The people who take care of our clients really do care. Technology makes it easy for you to get all the information you need from us quickly and on the move. And innovation, well that’s at the heart of our approach to service delivery. Even though we love to spend time with our clients – we know you need to take care of your day-to-day business, so we deliver the best support we can through smart technology, on tap 24/7.

Meet us in person, or talk on the phone – either way a warm welcome awaits you.

Directors: Craig Davies, Craig McBride

Consultant: Lindesay Steel

Practice Manager (including Bookkeeping, Payroll and Admin Team Manager): Ray Priestman

Accounts/Audit Team Managers:  Chris Neasham, Kevin Thompson, Geoff Watson, Diane Hodgson, Stuart Harrington

Tax Partner: Ian Kelly

Our managers are supported by a team of over 25 experienced staff responsible for a diverse portfolio of clients.

Craig Davies FCA FPC

Craig, a founding partner of the firm, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Having worked in a senior role at a large regional practice, Craig established Davies Tracey with Ian Tracey in 2002 with the remit to provide advice and assistance to owner managed businesses.

Craig is responsible for a diverse portfolio of clients including small owner managed businesses to larger companies and groups. Craig is a statutory auditor and provides assistance and guidance on acquisitions, disposals and reconstructions. Craig brings over 20 years’ experience to his clients and works closely with them to ensure that they fulfil their ambitions. Clients benefit not only from being in a safe pair of hands for their accountancy requirements but a pro-active approach to support their business.

Craig McBride FCA

Craig has been a director of Davies Tracey since he joined the firm in 2012, having previously been a partner in another leading local practice for 11 years. He spent the first 10 years of his professional life at one of the “big 4” accountancy firms, KPMG, with whom he qualified after graduating from Durham University.

Craig works mainly with larger corporate clients, delivering audit, tax and advisory services, and he prides himself on having a close working relationship with all his clients, helping them achieve their goals. Craig is a senior statutory auditor and member of the ICAEW Audit & Assurance, Financial Reporting and Corporate Finance Faculties. He also has many years’ experience in the not for profit and educational sectors and is a past Chairman of the Teesside Branch of the ICAEW.

Lindesay Steel FCA

Lindesay joined Gilchrist Tash in 1975 shortly after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, and was a leading figure in that firm for over 30 years. Lindesay then became a Director with Davies Tracey in 2012, working with an extensive client base of corporate and non-corporate businesses.

Since 2017 Lindesay has used his considerable personal and business tax knowledge, and specific interests in the effective use of IT, to support the business as a Consultant.

Ray Priestman FCA

Ray joined Davies Tracey in 2013 and brings with him a wealth of experience from a portfolio of accountancy firms. Ray qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 with Walkers Chartered Accountants. Ray rapidly progressed and became Managing Partner in 1996 and supported the firm’s growth to become the largest independent firm in Tees Valley.

In 2002 Walkers joined Vantis Plc, a National Accountancy (Ranked 13th largest Accountancy firm in UK). Ray was appointed Location Director with responsibility for the performance of staff in all of the Northern Offices. In 2010 he led the buyout of the north east operation and was one of the founding members in the formation of Evolution LLP.

Ray also holds several other positions in the region:
Chair of Governors at West Park Primary School Hartlepool
Chair of Trustees at Hartlepool and District Hospice Ltd
Trustee of Ad Astra Academy Trust

Outside of work, Ray’s interests include most Sports, Everton FC (season ticket holder), learning French and Ballroom Dancing.

Chris Neasham FCA

Chris joined the firm in 1991, after graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in mathematics, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995.

Chris has an enviable range of skills gained from working with a wide range of clients over many years. His workload centres around providing accountancy, auditing and taxation advice to a broad range of clients including corporate and non-corporate businesses, together with charities, not for profit organisations and pension schemes. Chris believes that timely delivery of financial data and assistance in understanding it are an essential component of client service and he is responsible for the provision of regular management information to a number of clients.

Kevin Thompson

Kevin joined the firm in July 2008 and has obtained invaluable experience working for several small accountancy firms over a 25 year career.

Kevin is able to bring his wealth of experience across many business areas to the accountancy service team, and as Client Partner he works with an extensive client base to foster close working relationships and offer outstanding service. Kevin is a key member of the management team and also provides specialist services to our Barrister clients, ensuring they receive specialist guidance on all key issues to efficiently manage their financial needs.

Geoff Watson ACCA

Geoff has been with the firm since July 2008 and is ACCA qualified as of June 2014. Geoff is involved in the corporate and accountancy services provided by the firm along with dealing with Solicitors accounts rules work.

Geoff has extensive knowledge of Sage bookkeeping and works closely with our clients’ staff for all training requirements, supporting them to run their business finances efficiently.

Diane Hodgson

Diane manages a portfolio of manufacturing, professional services and small business clients, supporting their accountancy needs. Diane acts in a business advisory capacity to help sustain businesses with current challenges as well as growth ambitions.

Diane took up the role of Client Partner in November 2017 and with over 30 years’ experience in senior management roles working for accountancy firms, has a great reputation for reliability and customer service.

Stuart Harrington AAT

Stuart joined the practice in 2015. He is AAT qualified and has over 20 years’ experience working for various firms on Teesside.

Stuart uses his expertise to manage a varied portfolio of clients ranging from large Limited companies to small sole traders and partnerships. Clients appreciate his honesty, integrity and personable approach.

Outside of work he is a season ticket holder at Middlesbrough Football Club, and also a keen runner.

Ian Kelly ATT

As Tax Partner, Ian’s remit since joining Davies Tracey in 2018 is to head up the tax and payroll departments.

Ian was formerly a Director at Baldwins Accountants, and is a taxation specialist with over 33 years’ worth of experience from starting his career with the Inland Revenue before entering private practice. Ian manages a portfolio including individuals subject to expatriate and non-resident taxation, high net worth and complex clients and handles HMRC enquiries and investigations. In addition, he assists and advises people who, for whatever reason, have fallen behind with their tax compliance obligations, helping to bring closure. He is also Secretary of the Wolters Kluwer Northern User Group, with expertise in software for accounting practices for the benefit of firms and their staff using the software and, of course, their clients


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