Our Team

Tony Howell  
Tony Howell - National Operation Manager
Tony joined SJD in July 2016 as our Southern region area manager, from a senior position in Barclay’s bank. Tony brings with him 29 years of front-line experience within operations and senior management. Having recently been a contractor himself, Tony knows first-hand the stresses and demands clients can face. Tony and his team are focused on advising and supporting clients whatever the situation. Tony holds the position of National Operation Manager for SJD supported by his team of Senior Team Managers and Team Managers across the UK


Robert Carroll  

Robert Carroll –  Senior Team Manager (Birmingham)

Rob joined SJD in 2012, having spent nearly 10 years prior to this at a local accountancy practice where he gained experience across a wide range of industries and business types. Rob's skills along with his strong knowledge of the contractor market is evident in his career progression with SJD. Rob and his team are fully focused on client satisfaction and are dedicated to ensuring all client needs are met.


Marie Gilmour  

Marie Gilmour – Team Manager (Scotland)

Marie joined SJD in 2013 and has varied experience across various industries. She spent 15 years as a manager at Thomas Cook before she began working at HMRC – a complete change. Marie went on to join a general accountancy practise for 6 years where she studied her ATT qualification.


Chris Armorgie  

Chris Armorgie – Team Manager (South)

Prior to joining SJD in 2012 Chris studied Accountancy and Finance to post-graduate level and has since gained his AAT qualification. Having been in the business a while Chris has extensive experience within the contracting sector. Due to his hard work and dedication he has quickly progressed and now heads up an enthusiastic and proactive team. When not in the office, Chris is a keen sportsman, he captains and manages a local Sunday league team.


Rowena Clow  

Rowena Clow – Team Manager (London)

Rowena joined SJD in 2012. She began as an Accountant with over 250 clients and in just over a year was promoted to a Team Manager, and has been managing her team ever since. Rowena gained her ACCA qualification in 2009, and prior to working with SJD, managed a small Accountancy practice in West London.


James Trowell  

James Trowell – Team Manager (London)

James joined SJD Accountancy in 2010 and is AAT qualified. He has a wealth of experience working with clients from the contractor industry after 8 years of working within SJD Accountancy undertaking various roles. He specialises in providing tailored accountancy, tax and general advice to small businesses. In his spare time James enjoys football, cycling, and watching boxsets. If James wasn’t an accountant, he’d be a PE teacher.


Samantha Laverick  

Samantha Laverick – Team Manager (Newcastle)

Samantha joined SJD back in 2005 in the Newcastle office and has worked her way through several roles over the years gaining a wealth of experience. This has allowed Samantha to gain a significant understanding of our clients’ needs, whilst also providing her with extensive skills to draw on in her current role. Samantha and her team are passionate and always strive to provide the very best levels of customer service.



Mark Whitehead  

Mark Whitehead – Team Manager (Manchester)

Mark joined SJD in December 2012 as an Accountant, before stepping up to Team Manager heading up the office in Manchester. Mark is AAT qualified and has 10 years accountancy experience behind him, believing that client satisfaction is of the utmost importance. He is also an avid traveller and always tries to visit somewhere new – he certainly makes the most of his holidays!


Helen O'Connell  

Helen O’Connell – Team Manager (London)

Helen is an AAT qualified accountant and has been working at SJD since 2012. She began in a support role and worked her way up to a team manager. Previously she worked in customer service and has valuable experience dealing with clients on a day to day basis ensuring she and her team give the best customer satisfaction. Over the years at SJD Helen has gained strong knowledge of the contractor market and our clients’ accounting needs.



 Chris Pennycook  

Chris Pennycook – Team Manager (Central)

After completing a degree in History Chris took the natural next step and joined an accountancy firm. Starting at SJD Accountancy in 2014 as a support, Chris gained his ATT qualification in 2016 whilst working up through the roles, becoming a Team Manager in February 2018. Chris’s main focus is building strong client relationships and providing comprehensive tax planning. Outside of work Chris enjoys sports, animals, music and catching up with the latest films.



As a group we also have a wide range of other staff ranging from qualified and part qualified accountants, ex Inland Revenue staff and management consultants. Our breadth of experience coupled with our branch and satellite offices throughout the UK enables us to provide an unparalleled level of personal service and support to all our clients, backed up by our customer promise.

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SJD Accountancy

SJD Accountancy are the UK's largest specialist provider of fixed fee, Limited company accountancy services to contractors; we've been acting for contractors across the UK since 1992 and have more than 15,000 clients.

We are the only national specialist firm of contractor accountants with offices nationwide. SJD Accountancy has more qualified staff than any other firm in our market with qualifications from the following major tax and accountancy bodies - ATT, AAT, CTA, ACCA, CA, ACA and FCCA.

  • Unlimited face to face meetings. This is a unique service only SJD Accountancy offers - unlimited face to face meetings across the UK - tax is complicated and sometimes only a meeting will do.
  • UK's largest contractor accountants with more qualified staff. No call centres, no outsourcing, no automated call handling. Simply telephone, email or meet your own dedicated accountant face to face.
  • Our Customer Promise. Respond to any question sent to your accountant or any dedicated department within 24 hours.  If we need more time, we will update you as soon as we can and we promise to keep you informed of the progress we are making in answering your question.
  • Outstanding reputation. We have won more awards for customer service and accountancy excellence than any other firm in our market, including: Best Accountant for Contractors, Accountant of the Year and Best Professional Service Team to name just a few.
  • All inclusive low cost fixed fee accountancy package which includes completion of accounts*, payroll bureau, dividends and corporation tax computations, personal taxation, free bookkeeping software, your own dedicated accountant* and all company returns for a fixed fee starting from £120 plus VAT per month. Check our packages for more detail.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new business team on 01442 275789 or email: newbusiness@sjdaccountancy.com. Our new business team is open Monday to Thursday (8am to 8pm), Friday (8am to 7pm) and Saturday (10am to 4pm)

Appoint SJD Accountancy and never worry about your tax or accountancy affairs again.

Form your own limited company with SJD - our same day online company formation service includes company bank account set up, VAT/PAYE registration and advice on optimum share structure. 

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*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of SJD for one year or have made 12 monthly payments. All accountants are part or fully qualified.