Meet the Team
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Interests: Keeping fit and healthy, music, films, and getting away to the sunshine and relaxation of Lanzarote.
My most extravagant purchase: Apart from my children who I’ve still not paid for yet, my 1978 Kawasaki 400cc Motorbike. It’s just for me and takes me back to the days of my youth.
Barry Cowley (FCA, CTA)
Managing Partner of Cowley Holmes Accountants Ltd
I started the Practice: Back in 1992 with Mike Holmes, initially operating from his home.
What I do: Support everyone in the Practice with the benefit of my technical knowledge and commercial experience, develop the Practice with new operational and marketing initiatives, and meet with and advise clients to help save tax and develop their businesses.
Interests: I enjoy reading, walking and travel to Scotland, France and Italy when time and budget allow (not all that often with four children to cater for!)
Describe yourself in three words: Concise.
You can’t leave the house without? My keys!
Kim MacAskill (BA)
I joined the team: Way back in 1997!
What I do: I look after a portfolio of 100 or so clients, managing their accounts, tax VAT and payroll needs. I try and steer them as smoothly as possible through the vagaries of our tax system but when problems arise, I particularly enjoy tackling HMRC to achieve a fair result for my clients.
Interests: I enjoy getting together with family and friends, gardening, health and wellbeing. I also go walking with friends around the countryside; have played tennis, successfully rowed Bedford’s beautiful Great Ouse and especially love skiing in Austria and Italy. I am a Bedford Blues season ticket holder and attend some of the away games too. I have enjoyed many UK city breaks.
Favourite place: New York. It simply took my breath away. I had a WOW! moment every day there.
Describe yourself in three words: dedicated, trustworthy and happy.
Pauline Bird (FCCA)
I joined the team: October 2000.
What I do: Managing a portfolio of over 100 clients in the practice ranging from property investors through to sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. Liaising with our accounts and tax assistants during the preparation of accounts, tax returns, VAT Returns and payroll and review the results for tax planning opportunities for the client.
Interests: shopping, socialising, music, family and my yellow Lab, Bella.
Describe yourself in three words: Direct Hardworking and honest.
Most extravagant purchase? My Jacuzzi!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you? Just one, my husband as he thinks he’s Ray Mears.
Kim white (FMAAT, ATT)
I joined the team: December 2008.
What I do: I manage a portfolio of clients ranging from sole traders to limited companies, including new business start-ups and incorporations. I ensure their accounts and tax needs are dealt with efficiently and effectively at all times. I also support my colleagues with preparing accounts, tax returns and computations, VAT returns, bookkeeping etc.
Interests: Gaming and baking.
If I take a look in your fridge what would I find: Lots of Pepsi!
If you were a biscuit what would you be? A Jammy Dodger.
John Nagle (ACCA)
Senior Qualified Accountant and Tax Assistant
I joined the team: October 2010.
What I do: Take original client records and use to process into year-end accounts and VAT returns, payroll, bookkeeping and software training. Helping clients with management accounts.
Interests: I enjoy dancing, singing, laughing and being around company. I love being creative and up for trying something new e.g. horse riding on weekends. I also like to get lost into reading a good book or a puzzle.
Describe yourself in three words: Bubbly, Caring and Hardworking.
If I take a look in your fridge what would I find? Salami and other continental meats (normally found in a typical Italian household), mozzarella and lots of goodies from cakes to homemade dishes including pasta sauce.
Nadia Libertucci (AAT Level 3)
Accounts and Tax Assistant
I joined the team: June 2015.
What I do: I prepare accounts from clients' records by analysing income and expenditure and completing tax returns and communicating with HMRC. I also process payroll on a monthly basis and undertake many bookkeeping jobs and VAT Returns.
Interests: I enjoy horse racing, meeting up with friends and feeding people! (I just love to cook).
Most extravagant purchase & why: A trip to Hawaii to celebrate a big birthday and 25 years married – because we’re worth it!
Where do you see yourself in Ten years time? Doing what I am doing now, enjoying life, sharing it with friends, family and travelling the world.
I joined the team: April 2007.
What I do: Welcome visitors to Cowley Holmes, answer the phone, book keeping for clients, credit control and anything else that doesn’t have a home!
Interests: I live for the summer - I love the sunshine, beaches, and the countryside. I love animals, enjoy horse riding on occasions and looking after my three pet hens in the garden which keeps me busy daily! I enjoy theatre, dining out, and time spent in the kitchen cooking and experimenting especially with Italian dishes.
Describe yourself in three words: Happy, Loyal, and Composed.
If I take a look in your fridge what would I find: My homemade pasta sauce (it’s the best!), fresh fruit & veggies (some home grown), & lots of Pinot Grigio!
Administration Manager & Receptionist
I joined the team: November 2008.
What I do: I'm usually the first point of contact here at Cowley Holmes. You'll find me at the Reception desk up on the first floor. I deal with all the day to day office tasks looking after our clients. I support the team with any administration tasks, and help Barry with implementing marketing ideas and activities. I'll also make you a great cup of tea!