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Meet The Team

We are a dedicated team which strives to provide success to our clients in regards to all their accountancy needs. Our team is very close-knit and ensures that a unified support is provided to you whenever you need it. With expertise covering all aspects of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services, we are well placed to take a holistic view to planning for the future as well dealing with specific matters.


Chris Dougherty – Director

Chris looks after many of our hi-tech and bio-tech businesses as well as a wide range of owner-managed businesses and our charity and not-for-profit clients.

Chris provides audit, assurance and compliance services to a range of SME clients, including management and annual accounts, tax planning and returns, grant audits and research & development tax credit claims.

Chris qualified with a London firm and relocated to Cambridge in 1994, becoming a director with Lakin Rose in 2005.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

If I wasn’t here I would be? Skiing, cycling or walking (depending on the season) and then relaxing with a pint or two of real ale.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200503

Carla Barnes – Director

After qualifying in 1993 and working at various accounting practices in Leicester and Cambridge Carla joined Lakin Rose in 2006 as a director. Carla looks after some of our well known high-tech clients, and has a focus on non residential landlords as well as a variety of local businesses.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

If I wasn’t here I would be? During the winter months – somewhere hot, during the summer months – Walking and playing on the beach at Wells-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200504

Jonathan Fretwell – Director

Jonathan joined Lakin Rose as a trainee accountant in 1998 and has progressed to becoming a director in 2010. Jonathan mainly looks after our large portfolio of property management clients.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

If I wasn’t here I would be? Climbing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200512

Emily Orton – Director

After far too many years studying mathematics in Cambridge, Emily joined Lakin Rose as a graduate trainee in 2008. She has specialised in tax, completing the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification in 2013, and enjoys working with a varied portfolio of clients from a range of individuals, owner-managed businesses and trusts.

Qualifications: Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation Chartered Tax Adviser.

If I wasn’t here I would be? Singing in a choir or playing the ‘cello.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200523

Natalie Peacock – Director

Natalie joined Lakin Rose in 2015, following a number of years within the accountancy profession. After leaving sixth form, Natalie studied through her AAT and ACA qualifications and later went on to specialise in tax and studied to become a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Natalie has a variety of clients, offering services including accounts, audit and tax.

Qualifications: Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians; Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

If I wasn’t here I would be? If I wasn’t here I would love to be at the seaside with the family.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200517

Derek Smith

 Derek Smith  – Non-Executive Director 

Derek will provide strategic advice to Lakin Rose’s directors and senior management team on an ongoing basis.

Having graduated in Accountancy, Derek trained with Coopers & Lybrand in London and qualified in 1972.  He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts and the Institute of Management Consultants

Derek has considerable experience of dealing at a very senior level with the business and management issues confronting organisations both nationally and internationally. He is recognised as an able implementer of change and has frequently been asked to present on the issues involved to senior executives in commerce and the professions in both the U.K. and overseas.

Derek’s previous role as managing partner of a top 10 accounting practice coupled with his experience as chairman and chief executive of an IFA business have set him in good stead to provide advice.


Stephen Rose

After working for Deloitte Haskins & Sells in their Birmingham, Memphis and Cambridge offices Stephen formed the practice in 1985 in his spare room so knows all about start ups. He is the ultimate general practitioner, well versed in tax, accounts, audit, payroll and company secretarial services and loves to learn of new businesses and what we can do to help them.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

If I wasn’t here I would be? I would be trying to keep active by running, skiing or playing golf.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200501

Chris Beaumont – Director

An Economics graduate from Warwick University, Chris trained in London before joining Deloitte at their Cambridge office in 1985. Moving across the city to Lakin Rose in 1994, Chris has built up a diverse portfolio of OMB clients, many of whom are very successful in what they do, and private clients with complex tax affairs.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

If I wasn’t here I would be? Losing money on the Stock Market.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200505

Account Managers

Andrew Robinson

Andrew joined Lakin Rose in 2004, first studying towards an AAT qualification and then later an ACCA qualification. He completed his ACCA exams in 2008 and became a member of the ACCA in January 2009. Andrew is involved with most accountancy services required by organisations and individuals including accounts, audit and tax.

Qualifications: Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

If I wasn’t here I would be? Watching or playing sport.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200506

Wendy Cooke

After a career in social work, advice work and grant-making, Wendy recognised that she had a passion for working with numbers as well as people, and made the move into accountancy in 2006.

Her experience is largely in the preparation of annual accounts for companies, sole-traders and partnerships, together with corporate and personal tax. She assists a number of non-resident clients with UK personal tax issues and provides general advice and assistance across a range of topics.

Qualifications: Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT); Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

If I wasn’t here I would be? Baking, gardening and trying to keep fit.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200508

Martin Coston

Martin heads up our Business Services team and works closely with many of our small and start-up businesses and their directors. Martin has been with Lakin Rose since 2009, initially completing his AAT qualification in 2011 and subsequently his ACCA qualification in 2014.

Qualifications: Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

If I wasn’t here I would be? Exploring a new part of the world or during the summer months, watching test cricket.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200513

Trishna Shah

Trishna joined Lakin Rose after working in both Accountancy and Tax since 2009. For the last 3 years, she has specialised in personal tax, with a particular interest in clients with residence and domicile issues.

Qualifications: Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), Member of the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT)

If I wasn’t here I would be? Travelling around India with my two children

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200509

Jonathan Dale

Jonathan joined Lakin Rose in 2020 after previous experience working in accounting practice in Cambridgeshire following a career change from scientific research. He will be rotating through the different departments building on his knowledge and gaining experience working with a wide range of industries and clients.

Qualifications: Masters of Chemistry, and currently working towards my ACCA qualification.

If I wasn’t here I would be: Planning some crazy adventure around the world or trying to build something in my shed.

Direct Dial: 01223 200527

Edward Hopkins MAAT ATT

Ed joined Lakin Rose in September 2020 and became a Chartered Tax Advisor in July 2022. He assists a wide range of both private and corporate clients with general compliance and advisory work as well as providing specialist advice in a number of areas including share schemes, tax efficient investments and capital gains tax planning.

Qualifications: Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CTA), Member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT), Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT).

If I wasn’t here? – Back at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Alaska

Direct dial telephone: 01223 235707 

Demi Webb

I have Joined Lakin Rose after gaining 7 years practice experience at different firms in Cambridgeshire, I am now working as an accounts senior for the business services department, I am currently studying ACCA.

MAAT Qualified.

If I wasn’t here I would be: Travelling around the world.

Qualifications: AAT qualified, studying towards ACCA.

My direct dial is: 01223 200535


Henry Partridge

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc in Economics, Henry started his accountancy career in London. In July 2023, he joined Lakin Rose where he is a member of the Audit and Larger Business Team.

Qualifications: Henry is currently working towards his ACA qualification.

Direct Dial: 01223 200534

Jennifer Bond

Following a career change from academic research, Jen has been working in Accountancy and Tax for the past 5 years with a focus on small businesses and personal tax. She has joined the Business Services team part time and aims to undertake further training in the future.

Qualifications: BSc in Mathematics, BSc(Hons) in Nutrition

If I wasn’t here I would be? Renovating our converted barn and going on adventures with my daughter and husband.

Josh Dexter

Josh is the Assistant Manager of the Service Charge Accounts Department at Lakin Rose.

Josh joined Lakin Rose in August 2012 straight after completing his A-Levels at secondary school. He primarily looks after our large portfolio of property management clients, specialising in the residential service charge accounting sector. Some of the services Josh provides include the preparation and review of service charge accounts, the preparation of statutory accounts for management and freehold limited companies, as well as the preparation of Trust and Estate tax returns for property management companies.

Qualifications: Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT). Currently studying the ACCA Professional Level papers towards gaining his full ACCA qualification.

If I wasn’t here I would be? Playing some form of sport, whether it be out on the golf course or on the courts.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200515

Amy Brewer

Amy has just graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Bsc in Economics with Accountancy. During her time at Lakin Rose, Amy will work with a variety of clients honing her accountancy skills.

“If I wasn’t here where would I be?” Travelling around the world one county after another.

My direct dial is 01223 200525

Finn Chapman

Finn joined Lakin Rose in 2020 following a period of working at a small Agritech start-up in Cambridgeshire. As a trainee, he will be rotating around the different departments, gaining knowledge and experience, while working with a diverse range of clients.

Qualifications : Currently studying towards my AAT qualification.

‘If I wasn’t here I would be? ’ On a beach in Portugal or being disappointed watching Arsenal.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200514

Zelina Casciaro-Uddin

Zelina is a trainee accountant studying towards her level 4 AAT, currently in Business Services, but will be exploring the other departments.

Qualifications: Studying towards Level 4 AAT

Where would I be if I wasn’t here? Travelling to the next tropical location on the list!

Telephone: 01223 200520

Jersey Bennett

I am a Trainee Accountant at Lakin Rose whilst studying my AAT. I am focussing on the work in the service charge department to learn everything there is to know on the topic.

Qualifications: Studying towards my AAT

Where would I be if I wasn’t here? Disney World in Florida

Direct dial Telephone: 01223 200529

Molly Brewer

I joined Lakin Rose in 2020 and am studying towards my AAT. During my time at Lakin Rose I will be gaining experience in various areas of accountancy.

If I wasn’t here where would I be?  Going around the world with my sister, one county after the other.

Direct dial Telephone: 01223 200518

Prachi Parmar

I have recently completed my A levels and joined Lakin Rose as a trainee accountant while studying towards my AAT. I am currently in the business services department but hope to gain experience in various other departments during my time here.”

Direct dial: 01223 235528

Virtual Finance Team

Will Sandford

I started my career as an accounts technician, specialising in cloud-accounting after a couple of
years. I have since gained almost 5 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience, with a brief
period of working for the NHS. I joined Lakin Rose in 2023 as their Virtual Finance Bookkeeper.

Qualifications: AAT Level 3
Where would I be if I wasn’t here? Travelling the world or at a gig.
Direct dial Telephone: 01223 200526

Katie Webb

I started my training in 2009 and qualified my AAT level 4 in 2011 I also achieved a national diploma in business at the same time. I have worked for various bookkeeping companies in Cambridge and briefly worked in industry which wasn’t right for me and I am very happy working in practice.

I shall be preparing VAT returns and Management accounts at Lakin Rose, I joined Lakin Rose in March 2022.

If I wasn’t here where would I be; Having fun with my children.

Direct dial Telephone: 01223 200519


Kelly Vidler – Payroll Manager

Kelly joined Lakin Rose as Head of Payroll in 2023. Kelly has over a decade of experience in various
payroll environments, ranging from schools to large business.
She completed the CIPP Foundation Degree in Payroll Management early in her career, opening the
door to her first bureau management role at an accountancy practice in 2012, where she discovered
a passion for improving and streamlining processes to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of the
payroll function.

Qualifications: Full member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (MCIPPdip).
If I wasn’t here I would be? Off on adventures great and small with my three children, settling down
with a glass of wine in the evening while I read a good book, or working on my own novel.


Carol Metherell – Practice Manager

Carol started her working life in the stockbroking world working for a Japanese stockbroker before joining Barclays Capital where she worked for over 12years. Following a career break she returned to working within smaller companies predominately as an Office Manager with a passion for HR and the wellbeing of staff. Carol joined the Lakin Rose team in 2022.

Qualifications: Would like to become CIPD HR qualified

If I wasn’t here I would be setting up my own workshop for upcycling furniture along with some travel to far off places and training to run a marathon ideally London.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 200504

Zia Stoten – Assistant Office Manager

Zia joined Lakin Rose in March 2021 having previously worked as a Project-Co-ordinator and Online Client Collaboration Team Leader at PwC and more recently as an Office Manager for a charity.

At Lakin Rose she is here to support Carol in keeping the office running smoothly and to help direct client enquiries efficiently within the team.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Management, HND Business Administration

If I wasn’t’ here I would be: Sitting by the fire reading a good book or laying on a beach… reading a good book!

Direct Dial Telephone: 01223 200501

Sally Maclachlan – Practice Development Manager

Sally is here to grow the practice within the Cambridgeshire area via a variety of marketing initiatives. Working mainly in business to business marketing, Sally has over 15 years experience and is particularly interested in marketing communications.

Qualifications: B Comm in Marketing and Human Resources.

If I wasn’t here I would be? Somewhere hot.

Direct dial telephone: 01223 235707

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