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
Accounts/Audit Team: Ray Priestman, Chris Neasham, Kevin Thompson, Geoff Watson, Diane Hodgson, Stuart Harrington, Louise Harrington, Oliver Drake, Niall Bradley, Keir MacDougall, Karen Williams
Bookkeeping Team: Karen Fowler, Joanne Clarke, Helena Wallas
Payroll Team: Sarah Gosney, Marika Smith, Gina Burnside
Tax Team: Ian Kelly, Rachel Bringloe, Louise Green
Admin Team: Jackie Moore, Alison Doughty, Mandy Dale
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Louise joined the Davies Tracey accounts team in October 2014. She is AAT qualified and has over 10 years’ experience in accountancy.
With a background in accountancy practice, Louise’s role involves the preparation of accounts for sole traders and Limited companies.
Oliver joined Davies Tracey in 2014 and became AAT qualified in 2017. Oliver is continuing his professional development and is now studying towards his ACCA qualification.
Oliver’s role includes preparing accounts for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies as well as preparing VAT returns.
Niall joined the Davies Tracey accounts team in September 2017 after beginning his career at a Sunderland based accountancy firm. He gained a BA(Hons) degree in Graphic Design in 2011 and became AAT qualified in 2018. He is continuing his professional development by studying towards an ACCA qualification.
Niall’s role at Davies Tracey focuses on accounts production work for limited companies, sole traders and partnerships. He has also been integrated into our audit team that has a range of business clients.
Niall is a keen golfer.
Keir joined us in August 2018 as Accounts Trainee. Keir will work towards becoming AAT qualified over 3 years with Davies Tracey, studying for his assessments and developing on-the-job skills with the support of the whole team and particularly Diane.
Keir’s apprenticeship is with Gateshead Football Club, and he currently plays for Easington Colliery FC in midfield, so when his head’s not in the books you’ll find him on the pitch!
Karen joined us in June 2019 as Accounts Senior.
Karen brings with her 20+ years of accounting experience, and has spent the majority of her career in a Teesside practice with responsibility for accounts preparation and tax returns.
Karen is a part-qualified Chartered Accountant with a degree in Mathematics, and is looking forward to meeting all Davies Tracey staff, clients and colleagues.
In her spare time Karen enjoys keeping fit.
Joseph, or JJ as we at Team DT know him, is an Accounts Trainee. Joining us on an apprenticeship, JJ has no previous experience in accounting but is already doing well with learning on the job, online in his own time, and having started studying for his AAT qualifications.
JJ has a BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma in Electrical engineering and when he’s not at work or the gym you’ll find him playing football, as a proud captain of Guisborough Town FC.
Elysse also joined Davies Tracey as an Accounts Apprentice, aiming to work through her AAT qualifications.
Elysee joined us straight from college where she did A levels in law, business and psychology. These, alongside experience brought from part time working as she studied, mean that she is already proving to be a great addition to the team.
Rachel is rapidly progressing in her Apprentice role, preparing draft accounts for sole traders and limited companies, and undertaking bookkeeping and VAT returns for a selection of clients.
She has just completed a Level 2 AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting and is looking forward to completing Level 3.
Previously, Rachel qualified as a primary teacher and worked at a Hartlepool college supporting high needs students as well as teaching GCSE Maths and English.
Karen joined Davies Tracey in 2017, with a strong background in management accounts and bookkeeping. She is now our Bookkeeping Manager.
Splitting her time between the Bookkeeping and Payroll Teams, Karen is AAT qualified and focuses on payroll, bookkeeping, management accounts and year end accounts. She has particular knowledge of our smaller business clients, and enjoys that her role keeps her up to date with all aspects of accounting.
Outside of work, Karen is a big football fan.
Joanne joined Davies Tracey in 2017, with a strong background in bookkeeping having worked for a successful Teesside company. As part of our Accounts Team, with qualifications in Sage bookkeeping, Joanne ensures that clients’ financial records are correct, up-to-date and comprehensive.
Outside of work Joanne runs 3 Latin inline dance classes and occasionally teaches Salsa and Bachata.
Helena is a bookkeeper here at Davies Tracey. Her accountancy career began with completing a level 3 apprenticeship in an accountancy practice, where she gained experience and also completed an AAT level 3 Diploma in Accounting and became registered as AATQB.
Helena also brings experience from working in a large finance department in industry, and is currently working towards her AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting.
Outside of work, Helena enjoys family time.
Our Payroll Manager Sarah joined Davies Tracey in 2016 and quickly understood and improved the management of the payroll department.
Sarah has over 17 years’ worth of experience, having started her career working in a dedicated payroll bureau, building a solid foundation of knowledge and skills from managing a range of clients, including those with up to 1500+ employees. Sarah moved on to manage a large in-house payroll before joining us here at the practice.
Sarah is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll professionals, and has a foundation degree in payroll management.
Marika is the Payroll Administrator here at Davies Tracey, with responsibility for completing weekly and monthly payroll tasks for a variety of clients.
Marika brings with her 20+ years of experience in payroll, mainly in the construction industry, and uses this to assist our Payroll Manager to continually streamline the department.
With qualifications in bookkeeping also, Marika is a valuable team member who gets great satisfaction from meeting deadlines, being challenged and being kept busy.
Outside of work Marika similarly enjoys being challenged – whether walking, abseiling, or being a ‘mum taxi’!
Gina Burnside is welcomed to the team as Bookkeeping and Payroll Assistant. Gina brings with her a great deal of experience across a variety of accounting departments (Payroll, Bookkeeping, VAT and tax) and will be pivotal as we continue to build our bookkeeping and payroll services.
Gina enjoys her work, in her words especially “when all my figures reconcile”, and alongside work she is kept busy completing AAT qualifications, baking cakes and crocheting blankets.
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
Rachel joined the firm in 1996 and is a key member of our team, having successfully dealt with a wide range of our clients over the years.
Dealing primarily with smaller businesses, Rachel particularly enjoys spending time helping business owners with the running of their businesses. Comfortable dealing with both incorporated and unincorporated businesses, Rachel is expert in the preparation of management accounts using different types of accounting software, especially Sage. Rachel’s broad knowledge of the tax issues effecting smaller businesses has proved very useful to business owners over the years as they plan ahead.
Louise is AAT qualified and has been in practice since 2009, joining the firm in October 2015 and is a member of the tax team. As a member of the tax team, Louise prepares personal and partnership tax returns and deals with day to day tax correspondence and advice.
Jackie has over 30 years of secretarial experience gained at various firms including an Estate Agent, Insurance Loss Adjuster and Solicitors. Before joining Davies Tracey in June 2008 she also worked locally as a Teaching Assistant.
As our Office Administrator Jackie’s role is varied and makes regular use of her qualifications in typing, audio typing, and IT.
Mandy joined Davies Tracey in 2014 after working in banking for 17 years.
She also has experience of working as a secretary in civil engineering and at a loss adjusters, and brings this vast experience to her role as Office Administrator, and is responsible for new client set-up and processing, client liaison to ensure a smooth handover to relevant team members, and wider administration duties where her organisational skills prove invaluable.
Alison brings over 20 years expertise from roles gained in large accountancy firms. She also has worked in sales and customer service roles within the motor industry.
Alison is a key point for liaison for clients in connection with fees and will be happy to answer any questions regarding your account.
Alison is an integral part of the team at Davies Tracey and can be contacted via 01642 606003.