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The Senior Management Team
Andrew Rand BA FCA – Founder & Director
Qualifying with Baker Tilly (now RSM), London, Andrew spent 12 years practising in Mayfair. 6 of these years were spent as a partner at Thompson Taraz specialising in commercial property transactions and tax-efficient investment schemes.
In 2001, Andrew founded his own practice ‘Stanes Rand’ in central Cambridge. After collaborating with his former firm Thompson Taraz in 2016, Stanes Rand rebranded to become Thompson Taraz Rand. This union between Andrew, his practice and Thompson Taraz provided strong foundations to build upon which has made Thompson Taraz Rand what it is today.
As the face of the firm, Andrew remains at the forefront providing comprehensive tax, business development and profit improvement advice to a wide range of businesses in both East Anglia and London. He is also a Chairman and Trustee of various organisations, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a registered auditor and an associated member of the Society of Share and Business Valuers.
Chris Whiteoak BSc (Hons) CTA ATT – Tax Director
Chris is a fully qualified Chartered Tax Adviser from a ‘Big 4’ background who specialises in advising Private Clients and Owner-Managed Businesses in the Property and Technology sectors. With over 20 years in the profession working with firms across London and the local Cambridge area, he is a highly experienced and dedicated tax specialist.
A primary focus for Chris is income and capital taxes planning for individuals, trusts, families and their businesses. In addition to this, he has significant knowledge and experience of international, cross-border tax issues and dealing with HMRC enquiries and Worldwide Disclosures.
This expertise and commitment from Chris means he can tailor complex tax and business planning advice to clients’ specific circumstances. By working together with a trusted network of local professionals across the legal and financial planning sectors, he ensures the most tax efficient outcome.
Craig Lockley FCCA – Accountancy & Audit Services Director
Joining the firm in 2004, Craig is now one of the Directors at Thompson Taraz Rand and is responsible for a varied portfolio of corporate clients and for our compliance and training matters. Craig’s experience focuses on the technology and manufacturing sectors, however his knowledge spans an array of other industries.
Primarily managing the audit and assurance services for our larger clients, including the provision of grant audits, he also provides non-audit and advisory services to clients. Craig’s strong grasp on commercial, accounting and taxation issues affecting small business owners enables him to provide the expert advice they need.
This support is not just provided once; with the relationships Craig and every other team member strive to build with our clients, we deliver this support throughout their success life cycle. Start your long-lasting partnership with us today.
Ben Howe FCCA – Senior Audit & Accounts Manager
Thompson Taraz Rand saw Ben join in 2005 and supported him on his journey to qualifying in 2010. His specialist area is working with owner managed businesses, with a particular expertise in respect of assisting FCA regulated business, Charities and Pension Schemes.
Over the years, Ben has worked with clients from a wide range of industries and advises on all aspects of accounts preparation, audit, corporation tax and personal tax as well as providing tax planning advice.
Are you looking for help with your Corporate Tax planning and needs? One of our experts, like Ben, would be more than happy to assist and advise you.
Adrian Hoddinott BA (Hons) ACA – Senior Corporate Tax & Accounts Manager
In 2014, Adrian joined Thompson Taraz Rand after completing his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. He is fully qualified and in June 2019, he was officially admitted to the ICAEW as a member.
Adrian delivers accounting, business and tax services to our Corporate and Private Clients, with particular expertise in supporting UK and international businesses with their tax needs. His specialist skills can be utilised to provide OMB clients with a variety of tax efficient ideas and add value in order to help them achieve success.
No matter how complex your tax affairs are, Adrian is able to provide tailored tax advice, identify efficiency savings and limit your exposure to risk. Get in touch with us and Adrian today to see how we can help you.
The Management Team
Emily McFarlane – Payroll Manager
Emily is a degree qualified payroll professional and a registered member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP). In 2014, she joined the Thompson Taraz Rand team to manage the payroll services.
Working with a large, diverse client base, Emily provides support with end-to-end payroll processes, reporting and ongoing payroll and pension compliance. She also provides Corporate Compliance and Company Secretarial support to a number of clients.
Currently studying to become a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), Emily is continually growing her expertise with the help and support of our entire team. Take a look at our Careers page to find out more about what it’s like to work at Thompson Taraz Rand.
Nicola Cross MAAT – Business Services Manager
With over 8 years of experience in the accountancy field, Nicola has extensive experience in dealing with corporate client needs and sole trader client requirements. From bookkeeping to preparation of statutory documents and company accounts, advising on corporation tax issues to other advisory services, Nicola’s expertise spans far and wide.
Qualifiying for her AAT in 2016 and progressing to management during her time at Thompson Taraz Rand, Nicola has also become a Xero certified advisor to better aid our clients in providing management advice and troubleshooting internal bookkeeping issues.
She is now responsible for organising the day-to-day operations of the Willingham Office so, if you are in or around the area and looking for business services and advice, look no further.
Kevin Baker ACA – Accounts Manager
Originally working as a primary school teacher for 3 years, Kevin switched careers in 2016 by joining the Thompson Taraz Rand team. He became a qualified Chartered Accountant in 2020 whilst still making use of his previous teaching experience by overseeing the training of our trainees.
After 5 years of working in our accounts, tax and audit departments, he has gained valuable experience along the way and now manages a portfolio of clients from a range of industries.
Based at our Comberton Office, our dedicated training centre to maintain consistent levels of services and skills, come and visit Kevin and the team if you are in the area.
Lizzie Cossor MA (Hons) ACA – Accounts Manager
In 2018, Lizzie joined Thompson Taraz Rand as a trainee and completed her ACA training in 2021, passing her final exams to be admitted as a member to the ICAEW. Based in the central Cambridge office, Lizzie is involved with training new staff members in addition to primarily working in accounting services for our corporate clients.
The portfolio of clients she manages operate within a wide range of industries, including investment property, design, communication and IT. This gives Lizzie the advantage of gaining experience in all of these different sectors and tailoring it to each client.
Providing audit and non-audit services including statutory accounts and management accounts, alongside personal and corporation tax services, Lizzie’s expertise continues to expand and grow. Find out more by contacting her directly today.
Nick Pavis ACCA – Accounts & VAT Manager
Nick started his apprenticeship scheme and joined Thompson Taraz Rand in September 2007. He soon became fully ACCA qualified and now manages a portfolio of personal tax clients and business clients.
This portfolio contains clients from a range of industries and Nick provides personalised accounting services for their corporate tax needs. His expertise in using online accounting software, including Xero, comes in handy as he regularly provides training to his clients.
In addition to accounting services, Nick manages the firm’s VAT returns and general bookkeeping for clients, whether that be managing their accounting processing system or general advice. Talk to Nick today about your personal tax and business service enquiries.
Simon Tu BSc (Joint Hons) ACA BFP – Training, Development & HR Manager
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from King’s College, London, Simon joined Thompson Taraz Rand in 2008. He qualified with us as a Chartered Accountant and worked for many years as a Senior Manager within the audit and accounts department.
Now, Simon has been appointed as the firm’s Employee Representative and currently oversees all HR matters as well as acting as a point of contact for every team member. He manages the training and development of trainees and provides ongoing support for the Thompson Taraz Rand team.