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People Profiles


David Byford

David Byford FCCA, FCA, CTA

David qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978 with a London based national practice after achieving qualification as a chartered certified accountant with a leading local practice. Membership of the Institute of Taxation was obtained during 1977.

David specialises in all aspects of audit, accountancy and taxation issues of owner managed businesses ranging from start ups to those with turnovers in excess of £15 million. David is also particularly interested in providing practical business support including profit enhancement.


Michele Byford

Michele Byford FCA

Michele qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980 with a London based national practice, gaining valuable professional experience including audit and accountancy work alongside personal and corporation taxation.

Michele now specialises in all aspects of self assessment tax and accounting issues for the self employed.

In her spare time Michele enjoys going to the ballet and socialising with friends and family.


Trevor McCarthy

Trevor McCarthy FCCA, MAAT

Trevor qualified as a chartered certified accountant in December 2004 having joined the practice in 1997 after obtaining 7 years valuable experience at two local practices. Trevor’s extensive experience covers most business types and in particular he has a special interest in advising family-owned businesses.

He particularly enjoys building strong relationships with all our clients and to gain an understanding of exactly what each client’s business and personal objectives are, allowing Trevor to suggest strategies to help them achieve their vision together with offering continued support and advice.

Trevor enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and also enjoys socializing with friends and family. Trevor plays competitive hockey most weekends and enjoys being part of a team.


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Gary Gosnell

Gary Gosnell ACCA FMAAT

Gary has been working in practice for over 10 years and has been with Waller & Byford since 2008.

Gary mainly deals with our corporate clients which includes audits and some of our specialist assignments including Charities and clients regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority.

Outside of work, Gary enjoys playing golf, football and squash.


Sophie Wilkins

Sophie Wilkins MAAT

Sophie started in practice in 2009 and has been with Waller & Byford since 2011. She has completed her AAT qualification and is currently studying towards the ACCA.

Sophie's responsibilities at Waller & Byford include completing VAT returns, bookkeeping services, preparing company accounts and performing statutory audit work. Sophie also works with clients regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Joy Bowden

Joy Bowden

Joy has been in the accountancy profession for over 35 years working at 3 other local firms before joining this practice in 1997.

Joy continues to specialise in the self employed and their personal taxation, small limited companies and subcontractor records.


Jacqui De Ferry

Jacqui De Ferry

Jacqui has been involved in Payroll since 1980 and has been payroll manager with Waller & Byford since 1990. She currently manages in excess of 50 payrolls per month, and her duties as payroll manager also include collating information for the completion of P11Ds.

Jacqui is also involved in a number of administrative duties of Waller & Byford, including on-line filling of company annual returns.


Claire Nash

Claire Nash MAAT

Claire is a qualified accounting technician and has been working in the accounting profession since 2003.

Claire's responsibilities at Waller & Byford include preparation of accounts for sole traders,  partnerships and small limited companies , completion of personal tax returns for individuals, and processing companies payroll.

Claire regularly provides an out of office service visiting clients to assist with bookkeeping and completion of VAT returns.

During her spare time she enjoys relaxing and going out with family and friends. Claire also enjoys cooking, listening to music and being creative with art.


Martin Beales

Martin Beales MAAT

Martin has lived and worked in Leigh-on-Sea for 12 years and has been working in practice since 2007. He joined the Waller and Byford team in March 2013 and is responsible for managing audit teams, corporate accounts and tax preparation assignments, as well as preparing VAT returns and management accounts for numerous clients.

Martin has completed his AAT qualification and is currently sitting the final modules of the ACCA qualification. In his spare time Martin enjoys spending time with his family and playing the occasional round of golf.


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