Our people

Our strength is our people. They’re what sets Cowgills apart.

Our people

Cowgills has over 180 talented, committed and engaged employees, totally focussed on delivering financial guidance and growth strategies to our clients.

We are passionate about what we do. The senior management team at Cowgills are central to the long term relationships we have with our clients, they have extensive contacts in the region which our clients benefit from.

Each client has their own relationship partner, who’s supported by the other members of our full service team; here you can meet a few of our senior team.

Firm Wide

Paul Stansfield

Paul Stansfield

Managing Partner

Paul Stansfield

Managing Partner

Paul is managing partner of the firm, and has been here for so many years, we've lost count! As managing partner he has led the firm's tremendous growth and has overall responsibility for developing our compliance activity and service levels. He still has a focus on clients and works with a number of owner managed and family businesses, advising them on their growth strategies.

Peter Cowgill

Peter Cowgill

Senior Partner

Peter Cowgill

Senior Partner

What can we say about Peter? He is our founder and the reason we're all here! He established Cowgills in 1983 and still remains part of our DNA as Senior Partner of the firm. Peter is presently Executive Chairman of JD Sports Fashion plc.

Claire Hextall

Claire Hextall

Marketing Director

Claire Hextall

Marketing Director

Claire heads our marketing and PR function and is the creative one in our technical team! Claire has worked in senior positions across a number of sectors including law firms and national property companies. She leads a marketing team of five who work hard coordinating our marketing strategy, from arranging our very popular events, to developing our marketing campaigns.

Lynne Martland

Lynne Martland

Head of People

Lynne Martland

Head of People

Lynne is our Head of People - we need someone to keep our Super Accountants in check! Lynne provides advice, support and guidance with an emphasis on colleague communication and inclusion, health and wellbeing, delivering excellence, personal performance and development, staff retention and candidate attraction.

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Partner, Compliance

Mike Murphy

Partner, Compliance

Mike leads on all compliance matters for the firm. He’s responsible for practice assurance and quality control for Cowgills too. Mike is one of our longest serving employees.

Rob Lord

Rob Lord

Partner, Business Development

Rob Lord

Partner, Business Development

Rob heads up all business development for the firm. He is the face of our International sector, he is the one with a rocket pack! With a strong network of contacts in the professional community, he works with shareholders of growing & entrepreneurial businesses and family businesses. As members of IAPA International and the UK 200 Group Rob also works closely with these bodies representing Cowgills' interests.

Audit & Advisory

Stuart Stead

Stuart Stead

Partner and Head of Property & Construction

Stuart Stead

Partner and Head of Property & Construction

Stuart works closely with entrepreneurial clients in the property and construction sector throughout the North West. As one of the region’s only focused property and construction divisions, Stuart and his team of experts use their specialist knowledge to deliver sector specific advice with a focus on the following:-

Raising finance
Tax minimisation
Value protection
Compliance services

Alex Hesketh

Alex Hesketh

Partner and Head of International

Alex Hesketh

Partner and Head of International

Alex joined Cowgills on our highly successful graduate scheme, and has worked his way up the ranks to Partner. With a background in Audit and Corporate compliance he has a growing list of clients across the North West. He heads up our International team working with clients who are focused overseas, from taking their first steps into exporting, to setting up operations across multiple countries.

Caroline Snape

Caroline Snape

Director

Caroline Snape

Director

Caroline has a wealth of experience in auditing and company compliance, she helps companies fulfil their obligations to international and government compliance.

John Marshall

John Marshall

Partner

John Marshall

Partner

With one of our largest portfolios of clients, John has firmly established himself as an expert in dealing with owner managed businesses and groups. John also heads up the firms specialist Pension Fund Audit team, which deals with employer pension funds with assets of up to £200m.

Nilesh Modhvadia

Nilesh Modhvadia

Director

Nilesh Modhvadia

Director

Nilesh is a Director in our Audit and Assurance team, working with owner managed and entrepreneurial businesses. He’s a sounding board for many of our clients, advising them on the best course of action. Nilesh is also a key part of our Property and Construction team and has a growing portfolio of property and construction clients.

Patrick Lydon

Patrick Lydon

Consultant

Patrick Lydon

Consultant

Patrick joined the firm following a merger between Cowgills and Warings, where he was a Senior Partner. Patrick is one of our most experienced accountants and has an unrivalled reputation within the local community having advised many well known Bolton businesses.

Business Funding

Ben Day

Ben Day

Director

Ben Day

Director

Ben is our funding guru, offering assistance with sourcing the right funding solution from his extensive network of providers. He has over a decade of experience in all aspects of business funding, most recently specialising in the FinTech Sector.  

David Rainford

David Rainford

Director

David Rainford

Director

David is our property finance specialist. He works with property developers and investors assisting them to source and structure debt for residential and commercial schemes, property acquisitions and refinancing. He ensures deals get across the line by presenting proposals to funders and negotiating terms, getting stuck in to understand the deal offering a pragmatic and flexible approach to funding.

Business Recovery

Jason Elliott

Jason Elliott

Partner

Jason Elliott

Partner

As a licensed Insolvency Practitioner and Partner at Cowgills, Jason offers expert knowledge and help to businesses and individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty. With over two decades of experience, Jason leads a growing team offering advice on business turnaround, formal insolvency procedures, corporate and personal insolvency procedures.

Ben Cowgill

Ben Cowgill

Director

Ben Cowgill

Director

Ben is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner, and the man with a cape across our website! Ben specialises in business turnaround and business recovery along with dealing with formal insolvency.

Craig Johns

Craig Johns

Partner

Craig Johns

Partner

Craig is a Partner in our Business Recovery team specialising in providing assistance to financially distressed businesses across a number of sectors including retail and care homes, as well as providing assistance to individuals.

Jordan Heys

Jordan Heys

Director

Jordan Heys

Director

Jordan has worked in the Business Recovery and Insolvency sector for almost two decades and has gained vast experience in all aspects of both Personal and Corporate matters in that time. His focus is always to look at continuation over cessation and works with Directors to find solutions to financial problems. Jordan also heads up Cowgills Creditor Protection, our Creditor Services offering.

Nick Brierley

Nick Brierley

Director

Nick Brierley

Director

Nick is a qualified Insolvency Practitioner and one of the leading lights in our business recovery team. He has experience across all forms of insolvency and has advised businesses across a variety of different sectors.

Corporate Finance

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson

Partner

Ian Johnson

Partner

Ian joined Cowgills back in 1993. With many years experience he is our Head of Corporate Finance. He works closely with a variety of businesses across numerous sectors. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Corporate Finance work, focusing on a business’ current situation, identifying and executing them in line with business objectives.

Jane Rash

Jane Rash

Director

Jane Rash

Director

Jane has been working in our Corporate Finance team for many years and works closely with our Lead Advisory team. She uses her vast experience to really bring value to our clients. In our exclusive shareholder review workshops, she develops financial modelling and reporting systems to ensure clients get the best solution to meet their plan for both their personal and corporate objectives.

James Kennedy

James Kennedy

Assistant Director

James Kennedy

Assistant Director

James is Assistant Director in our Corporate Finance team. He has considerable transaction experience whether that be through acquisitions, selling a business or simply advising shareholders. He works with a variety of businesses across the region.

Sam Davies

Sam Davies

Director

Sam Davies

Director

Sam is a Director within our Corporate Finance team. An award winning advisor, he has a wealth of knowledge in the selling of a business as both an advisor and an investor. Specialising specifically in technology, media, telecoms and consumer sectors.

Paul Stringer

Paul Stringer

Partner

Paul Stringer

Partner

Paul works with growing and entrepreneurial clients. He is an advocate of establishing solid relationships with clients to take them on their journey as a business - and there have certainly been some journeys during his many years at Cowgills. He recognises opportunities getting great results for his clients. His particular specialism is developing growth strategies for businesses.

Tax

Lisa Wilson

Lisa Wilson

Partner

Lisa Wilson

Partner

Lisa is a Partner and Head of Tax and has been instrumental in growing the Cowgills tax team into one of the most specialised in the North West. As a leading tax advisor herself, she helps entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses on all the strategic aspects of their business, and can be often seen as an expert on the speaking network.

Andy Ball

Andy Ball

Partner

Andy Ball

Partner

Andy is one of our most senior tax experts and manages a portfolio of some of our key clients. He’s also our go to guy for expert advice on owner managed businesses and the tax issues affecting them.

James Greenhalgh

James Greenhalgh

Director

James Greenhalgh

Director

James is one of our in house tax specialists and deals with a range of tax related issues for owner managed businesses. Over the years he’s developed a deep understanding of the property and construction sector, advising many of the North West's leading property and construction firms. He’s also an R&D expert and heads up the firm’s specialist R&D Advisory team.

Kelly Garside

Kelly Garside

Director

Kelly Garside

Director

Kelly is a qualified Chartered Tax Advisor, she works closely with owner managed and family businesses. Her main focus is to provide detailed tax planning advice on the complex tax issues clients are likely to face. She specialises in providing advice on inheritance tax and estate planning, employee share schemes and business reorganisations.

Wealth

Chris Harrington

Chris Harrington

Director

Chris Harrington

Director

With a background in Wealth Management, Chris works closely with many business owners and high net worth individuals across the North West. He heads up our wealth practice and focuses his advice on investments, pre and post retirement planning. He is a strong advocate of cash flow modelling and is able to advise on general financial planning and structuring.

Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott

Practice Manager

Dawn Scott

Practice Manager

Dawn is our Wealth Practice Manager for our Bolton and Ilkley offices. She works closely with our Wealth Directors and Financial Planners to ensure regulations are correctly followed and manages the compliance functions within the team.

Matthew Bromley

Matthew Bromley

Chartered Financial Planner

Matthew Bromley

Chartered Financial Planner

As a Chartered Financial Planner there is nothing wealth related that Matthew can't help with for our corporate and high net worth clients. He is always on hand offering sound financial and investment planning advice, and has had some fantastic results for clients over his many years in the industry. His speciality is in pre and post retirement pensions for individuals.

Phil Hart

Phil Hart

Chartered Financial Planner

Phil Hart

Chartered Financial Planner

Phil is a Chartered Financial Planner, he has built his relationships across the North West with both business clients and individuals and is able to advise on all aspects of wealth to help clients plan for the future. He is also able to advise on business protection and investment strategies to ensure the continued success of a business.

Shaun Davison

Shaun Davison

Financial Planning Director

Shaun Davison

Financial Planning Director

Shaun is an Independent Financial Adviser based in our Ilkley office. He is a firm believer in developing and maintaining strong relationships. He works particularly with high net worth individuals, family and privately owned businesses. He offers advice based on their current needs as well as planning for the future.

Spencer Bennett

Spencer Bennett

Financial Planning Director

Spencer Bennett

Financial Planning Director

As a Financial Planning Director, Spencer utilises his experience to advise both individuals and businesses in all aspects of financial planning. Spencer’s knowledge of investment, wealth and retirement planning enables him to construct tailored plans to support his client’s financial needs and objectives.

Stacey Cole

Stacey Cole

Client Manager

Stacey Cole

Client Manager

Stacey is our Client Manager based at our office in Ilkley. She has a wealth of knowledge in helping businesses in the UK with their group risk requirements, putting together and implementing schemes that best meet the objectives of these businesses.

The people in our business are its greatest asset.

Our commitment is to provide the best environment which will enable them to grow in their roles.

Lynne Martland
Head of People

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