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Our TeamQualified, experienced, specialists.

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Mike O'Donnell FCA

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Email: modonnell@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Director

Experience & Specialisms: Mike qualified in 1975 whilst working for what is now KPMG. He joined the Vestey Group as Internal Audit Manager, which involved extensive travel throughout Europe and returned to the profession in 1979, becoming a partner in 1980. Mike deals with all aspects of our client sector and has a direct responsibility for our Tax Department.

Outside work: Mike is married to Carol with three grown up children and, so far, three bouncing grandsons. He is an enthusiastic, but not yet competent golfer and a keen supporter of Everton Football Club.


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Andrew Morse BA (Hons), ACA

Telephone: 01244 342 191

Email: amorse@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Director

Experience & Specialisms: Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 with Henry R Davis & Co and became a partner in 1995. After the amalgamation with The Priory Partnership in 2002, in which he became a partner, Andrew assumed the main responsibility for our Chester office. He acts for a wide range of clients and specialises in providing accountancy and tax planning services.

Outside work: Andrew has two children and enjoys most sports, being a keen tennis and squash enthusiast, playing both sports for local teams.


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Stuart Penny ACA

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Email: spenny@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Director

Experience & Specialisms: After graduating in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) in Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Stuart spent three years developing software for Shell. He then worked in New Zealand on web software solutions for six months and upon his return spent a year developing software for blue chip companies in Birmingham. In 2002 Stuart joined The Priory Partnership and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006. He was appointed as director in 2009 and his specialisms include accounts, management information, projections, ad hoc data investigation/reporting, Sage Line 50, Excel and other software packages.

Outside work: Stuart is married with three young children; he enjoys playing golf and is treasurer for a local society.


Helen Mills ACA

Helen Mills ACA

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Email: hmills@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Senior Audit Manager

Experience & Specialisms: Helen has over 10 years experience auditing both private sector clients and those in the not for profit section, having become ACA qualified in 2009. Helen has worked within the top 10 accountancy firms and a local Chester practice, prior to starting work with The Priory in August 2017.

She is responsible for service delivery to a variety of audit and accounts clients including groups of companies, large limited companies and Charities.

Outside work: Helen lives in a village outside Chester with her husband and young daughter. Her interests include travelling, the theatre and spending time with family and friends.


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Ian Miller AAT

Telephone: 01244 342 191

Email: imiller@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Accounts Manager

Experience & Specialisms: After leaving grammar school in 1972, Ian joined Henry R Davis & Co as an articled clerk. He part qualified as a Chartered Accountant and was one of the first members of the Association of Accounting Technicians when it was formed in 1980. Ian is experienced in all aspects of small and medium business accounts and taxation, especially with regards to the agricultural community.

Outside work: Ian lives on the outskirts of Chester and considers himself to be a true Cestrian as he was born within the city walls. He is a keen motorcyclist and in just over three years has managed to travel over 25,000 miles, in the UK and Europe, on his 2008 Harley Davidson Road King.


Stephanie Bool

Stephanie Bool ACCA

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Email: sbool@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Accounts Manager

Experience & Specialisms: Stephanie started her career with an apprenticeship when she was 17 studying the AAT qualification. She then went onto study ACCA and qualified in January 2017. She joined the company in May 2017, and deals with accountancy and taxation matters relating to small limited companies, sole traders and partnerships.

Outside work: Stephanie lives in Chester. She enjoys travelling, hiking, swimming and has recently started learning Spanish.


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Steve Tobin ATT

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Email: stobin@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Senior Tax Manager

Experience & Specialisms: Steve has worked in taxation for over twenty five years. He joined the HM Revenue & Customs when he was nineteen on a self-employed section. He then joined Stubbs Parkin Cotter (who subsequently merged to become The Priory Partnership) in 1992. Steve qualified and became a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians in 1999. He deals with all aspects of direct taxation compliance and advises clients on tax mitigation.

Outside work: Steve is married to Diane and has two children, Jenny and John. They live in a village called Silverdale, which is on the North Lancs / Cumbria border. Steve's hobbies include playing golf, badminton and football. He also enjoys hill walking with his family.


Pam Knight

Pam Knight BA (Hons)

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Email: pknight@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Practice Services Co-ordinator, Birkenhead

Experience & Specialisms: Pam has been in marketing for over 25 years. She joined The Priory Partnership in 2000, after taking a break in 2010, she is delighted to be back promoting the practice and managing The Priory’s corporate image. Pam organises the Priory events and is the first point of contact for dealing with all customer relations.

Outside work: Pam lives on the Wirral and has two grown up children. Her interests include cycling, swimming and spending time with family and friends.


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Jacqui Godwin ATT

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Email: jgodwin@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Tax Manager

Experience & Specialisms: Jacqui joined Stubbs Parkin Cotter, one of the original four firms that merged to become The Priory Partnership, in 1985. She has worked in The Priory tax department for over ten years and is now a fully qualified member of the Association of Taxation Technicians. In her subsequent promotion to Tax Manager, Jacqui has responsibility for direct taxation compliance and advises clients on tax mitigation.

Outside work: Jacqui lives locally with her husband Dean and two children, Lee and Holly. She enjoys reading, long walks and spending time with her family.


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Julie Grist

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Email: jgrist@the-priory.co.uk

Position: Reception Manager

Experience & Specialisms: Julie joined Avison & Harrocks, one of the original four firms that merged to become The Priory Partnership, in 1987. She has worked at The Priory since the partnership formed in 1996, working full-time in our reception. She enjoys the variety of tasks her job entails and especially enjoys that initial contact with the clients. Julie's daughter, Alex, also works at The Priory, based in our Payroll department.

Outside work: Julie enjoys spending time with her family and her beautiful grandchildren, when time allows she enjoys the countryside, gardening and swimming.


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Alex Grist

Email: agrist@the-priory.co.uk

John Atherton

John Atherton

Email: jatherton@the-priory.co.uk

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

Email: swilliams@the-priory.co.uk

Telephone: 0151 649 3900

Alex, John, and Sarah are valued members of the payroll team. With an enthusiastic approach, they have a broad understanding and experience across the full range of payroll services. In addition to this, they are currently helping clients ensure they are up to date with important changes in payroll requirements which include Real Time Information (RTI) and Pension Auto Enrolment.