Meet the Team
Paula Thomas BA (Hons) FCA DcHA
I joined Walker Moyle in 1996 as a Chartered Accountant manager. I became a partner in 2003 and latterly became a director following a management buyout and restructuring of the business in 2014.
My specialist area is charities and not for profit organisations, but as a general practitioner I have the experience to help clients across all areas of audit, accounts and tax.
I try to find out what the client’s objectives are for their business and plan a way to help them achieve this. Running your own business brings with it lots of experience, which I’m always happy to share with other business owners.
Outside of work I like spending time with Flora, my yellow Labrador. I’m also car mad and a Lotus enthusiast, which is probably why I like the ‘Fast & Furious’ films!
I am a relatively new member of the team, joining Walker Moyle in September 2015 when I started studying towards the ICAEW CFAB qualification (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales - Certificate in Finance, Accounting & Business). The Certificate, which as of December 2016 I have passed, consists of the same six modules as the first level of ACA. I am now an ACA student and am looking to complete the Professional and Advanced Levels of the Chartered qualification in the coming years.
The majority of my work comprises of the preparation of accounts for a range of sole traders, partnerships and limited companies, across a varied range of industries, from small businesses to larger companies and partnerships with turnovers well in excess of £1million. In addition, I assist in the processing of payroll and preparation of VAT returns.
When I am not working or studying I like to play, and volunteer coach, badminton at my local club and at County level. I also like to spend quality time with my family and friends and go walking around the local coast and countryside – but only when the weather is right!
Having joined the firm in 2016 following my graduation from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Music, I began my career as a trainee accountant, completing my Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business in March 2017. I am now working towards my Chartered Accountant qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
I hold certifications in both Xero and Sage One accounting software.
I am based in our Redruth office, working with a wide range of clients including sole traders and partnerships as well as limited companies. My day to day work mainly consists of accounts preparation, VAT calculations and bookkeeping, but I am looking forward to expanding my experience as I progress through my studies.
Outside of work, I still enjoy playing the flute and saxophone when I can. I also spend my spare time helping out at home on the family farm, looking after our beef herd.
Briony Crookes BSc (Hons) ACA
I joined the team in 2013 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in December 2014. I also hold the audit qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales due to knowledge and experience I have in audit.
Based out of the Penzance office, I spend most of my time working on audits and compliance work for companies, charities, academies and not for profit organisations. I also work for various clients doing accounts preparation, management accounts, personal and company tax calculations.
In my spare time, I enjoy running and keeping fit. I also enjoy baking and good food, which I love to share with my family and friends.
Eddie Curnow FFA/FIPA, FFTA
I joined the firm 38 years ago, in 1978, and I am based in the St Ives office. I am a fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants and also of the Federation of Tax Advisers.
My role covers a range of tasks including personal tax, corporation tax, VAT and the preparation of accounts for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies with ranges of turnover from a few thousands to several millions.
Being located in St Ives, a predominately tourist-orientated town, where I was born and fortunate enough to live (the beaches and coastline are world famous), furnished holiday letting businesses form a significant part of my portfolio of clients. Rather than merely carry out functions for clients, each member of the staff here in the St Ives office actually meet all of the clients in our range of duties. I still act for a number of them so I must be doing something right!
In my spare time I am a keen follower of rugby union football, with a particular interest in the adventures of “Trelawny’s Army” and their legendary trips to Twickenham for the final of the County Championship competition.
Secretary and Payroll Clerk
I joined the firm in 2011 and since then I have been providing secretarial, admin and payroll support to the teams in St Ives, Redruth and Penzance offices. I believe that customer care is important and I always try to help our clients when they phone or call in.
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time on the beach with my hubby, family and friends or walking the cliff paths. We enjoy trying different places to eat, especially breakfast! We play golf locally and I am still searching for that elusive “hole in one”! I also like watching any films that Kevin Costner has starred in!
Sarah Haigh ACCA
I am based at Walker Moyle’s Redruth office, where I qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in August 2015.
My main role in the firm is managing my portfolio of clients, ensuring that all deadlines are met for their statutory accounts along with tax returns and VAT. I also have a keen interest in accountancy software and IT. HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime is due to be phased in for VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover above the registration threshold from April 2019. I have volunteered myself to be the Walker Moyle MTD Champion and hold certifications in both Xero and Sage One. If you have any queries regarding MTD please feel free to contact me.
In my spare time I enjoy visiting family in Thailand, swimming and listening to live music. I also love walking my sensationally handsome Jack Russell, Winston!
Trainee Accounts Technician
I joined Walker Moyle in July 2017 having previously completed the first level of the AAT qualification. I have continued studying for the AAT qualification which I hope to complete in June 2019. I work on a number of jobs for our clients such as bookkeeping and accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships, processing and drafting VAT returns and also providing assistance with payroll.
I am also Xero certified adviser, in preparation for Making Tax Digital. Therefore I am able to assist clients looking to use the software. I expect this will be a more significant aspect of my work as Making Tax Digital draws ever closer.
When I am not at work you can find me at my local gym or playing on my PlayStation 4.
I joined Walker Moyle in June 2014 and I provide typing and admin support to the accountancy staff and directors. I’m the receptionist at the Redruth office, so it may be me you speak to when you call in! I also help out with credit control for the firm. I pride myself on committing to the task in hand, making sure I give it 100% of my attention.
Outside of work I like walking, reading and eating out. I like a good ‘soppy’ film, so love Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, Ghost and so on.
Roxanne Polhill MAAT
I joined Walker Moyle in November 2016 having previously passed my Association of Accounting Technician exams. I recently started studying to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, which I hope to complete by 2020. As an Accounts Technician based in the Redruth office I get involved in many different activities including: bookkeeping and preparing accounts, processing and submitting VAT returns and producing management accounts. I assist my colleagues with the compilation of personal tax returns and am looking forward to doing more tax related work in the future.
I’m a Xero Certified Advisor, which means I am fully trained and can provide training to our clients who are wanting to use the Xero online accounting software. With the introduction of HMRC’s ‘Making Tax Digital’, I expect to be very busy advising clients on how to use this software so they comply with these new changes!
I love getting to know my clients, building rapport with them and understanding their business needs so that as a firm we can advise them on the best approach to take.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner and two children and socialising with friends.
Mollie Porter MAAT
I began working for the firm in August 2011 as an accounts trainee and started studying for the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification which I completed in 2014. I am currently studying to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, which I hope to complete in 2018.
I undertake a wide variety of duties in the Penzance office and at clients’ premises, including the preparation of accounts for sole traders, partnerships and companies. I am well versed in payroll matters, including auto-enrolment. In addition, I assist with audit work, attend to company secretarial matters and regularly prepare management accounts that are tailored to clients’ needs.
Outside of work I like to spend time with my friends and family, go to the beach, and keep fit and healthy.
Richard Smith Dip RSA. AAT, CIPP
I’m based at the firm’s Redruth office and am involved with the processing of all things payroll related for our clients. This includes sorting out weekly or monthly payrolls, advising and helping clients to set up their auto-enrolment facilities and helping construction clients process their CIS monthly returns. I make a point of sticking to deadlines to ensure the smooth running of the department and to keep clients and their employees happy.
When I’m not at work I like to play golf with my partner, Debbie, and I also play chess for Penzance and Cornwall. I have an eclectic taste in music ranging from Mike and the Mechanics if I’m relaxing at home, to dance clubmix when I’m driving.
Andrew Symons ACCA CTA ATT
I joined Walker Moyle in 2008 and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant, Taxation Technician and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
The CTA qualification is the highest level tax qualification available in the UK and is nationally recognised as the ‘gold standard’ of UK taxation education.
While studying to become a CTA, the Chartered Institute of Taxation presented me with a number of awards including the Ronald Ison Medal for the highest mark in the ‘Taxation of Individuals’ CTA advisory paper, the LexisNexis prize for having the highest total marks in two technical CTA advisory papers taken at the same sitting, and the Ian Walker Medal for achieving the highest mark in the CTA awareness paper.
The Association of Taxation Technicians presented me with the Stary Medal and Ivison Medal for the highest mark in their Corporate Taxation and Personal Taxation exam papers respectively in May 2015.
In December 2014, I was the 'Global Prizewinner' in the ACCA exam paper, "Advanced Audit and Assurance", achieving the highest mark worldwide of 16,815 candidates.
I have a particular interest in all aspects of personal, business, trust and corporate tax and undertake both tax compliance and technical advisory work. In addition, I prepare and review statutory and non-statutory accounts for sole traders, partnerships, LLPs and companies ranging in size from small owner-managed businesses to those turning over many millions of pounds.
Outside of work I have an active interest in amateur engineering and can usually be found covered in oil and grease ‘playing’ with a vintage tractor or engine.
Hayley Taylor FCCA
I have worked for Walker Moyle since 1999 based in the Redruth office. I have completed all my training with the firm, originally obtaining the AAT qualification and then the ACCA qualification, qualifying in 2006. I am a now a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
During my time with the firm I have been fortunate to work with a large variety of small and medium sized Limited Company, sole trader and partnership businesses gaining experience in accounts production, audit, business tax and personal tax.
My main responsibilities are assisting clients with HMRC compliance including preparing year end accounts and tax returns. I also oversee the preparation of management accounts and value added tax returns. I also provide general tax advice and assistance as required.
I had my first child in November 2016 and enjoy spending my spare time with my family and friends.
I joined the Walker Moyle team at the Penzance office in September 2015 as a Trainee Accountant. I have studied for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales’ Certificate in Finance, Accounting & Business (ICAEW CFAB), which I passed in March 2017. I am now studying with the ACCA and hope to qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant in time.
I work on a number of jobs for our clients who come from different sectors across Cornwall. I’m also gaining experience working with different trading structures such as sole traders, partnerships, joint lettings and small limited companies. I assist with many different services provided by Walker Moyle including accounts preparation, payroll, VAT returns and self-assessment.
When not at work or studying towards my qualifications, I enjoy traveling, good food and fishing for mackerel off the cliffs at Penberth Cove.