Meet our team
Kevin Coppard FCA - Partner
Trained in Chichester from 1975 until he qualified in 1981. From there he moved to Deloittes in London where he gained experience working on large companies and in acquisitions. He soon met with David Shetly, owner of James Todd & Co, shortly after which he became a partner of the practice. Over the years he has gained a great deal of experience looking after McDonalds Franchise businesses and the construction industry. Although living locally ever since, Kevin has worked hard to make the practice accessible to clients from far and wide and helps them with business valuations, tax enquiry work and strategic planning. Married with three children and a strong interest in organic self-sufficiency and game shooting, Kevin has plenty to occupy his limited spare time! He also enjoys the odd game of golf and charitable works as a director for Cancerwise which James Todd & Co supports free of charge with financial matters.
Michelle Daniels FCA - Partner
Trained with a local firm in Chichester and feels very fortunate to have found a career she enjoys so much. Subcontracted to work for James Todd & Co, she discovered she preferred the more modern, helpful approach of her temporary position and was pleased to be offered a full time position when she qualified in 1997. With a background in general practice and audit, she now focuses her attention towards helping business owners and their teams with accounts software training, financial management training, business development and advisory services, mentoring and coaching. Michelle finds helping clients in this way very rewarding. Married with two children, Michelle lives near Fontwell Racecourse, which suits her enjoyment of horse racing. She also enjoys running and swimming, and has completed the Dublin and Edinburgh marathons.
Brian Carter ACA - Accounts Manager
Joined James Todd & Co in 2004 on completion of his A Levels in Maths, Accounting and Business Studies. Whilst working, he continued his studies for a further two years to complete the AAT qualification (Association of Accounting Technicians) and has since completed his training to become a Chartered Accountant, which he obtained in 2011. Brian has gained broad experience in payroll, bookkeeping, taxation and accounts production and is currently enjoying developing his role as an accounts manager. In his spare time, Brian enjoys sports and working out in the gym.
Oliver Read ACCA - Audit and Accounts Manager
Oliver graduated from Bournemouth University in 2003 with a BA Hons in Accounting and Finance. He was then offered a training contract with an independent firm based in Fareham where he gained a wide range of experience with different clients and in 2007 obtained his ACCA qualification. Wishing to progress, Oliver worked for a Top 30 firm and then another large independent firm, specialising in auditing, charity accounting and general practice. He commenced employment with James Todd & Co in 2010 as an Audit and Accounts Manager, where his responsibilities include audit, charity accounting, management accounting, disclosure compliance and managing the team. When he’s not working or looking after his young family, Oliver enjoys playing football, distance running, mountain biking and reading cold war fiction.
Kirsty Osborne - Trainee Accountant
Kirsty joined James Todd and Co in June 2011 when she completed her placement year with us. She then graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA Hons in Accounting and Finance in 2013. She is continuing her studying with us and is taking her final exams with the ACA to become a chartered accountant. Her role is accounts preparation and she is also responsible for new client set ups, company secretarial work, VAT applications and EIS schemes. When not working or studying Kirsty enjoys going to boxercise classes at the gym and visiting family in Spain.
Shannon Clark - Trainee Accountant
Shannon graduated from the University of Southampton in 2015, during this time she worked part-time in various retail stores. In January 2016 she joined the accounts team at James Todd. She also recently started her certificate in financial studies; from there she hopes to move on to study the ACA qualification. Her role is to prepare accounts and help other members of staff when needed, such as bookkeeping. In her own time, she likes to keep fit and spend time with family and friends.
Jess Bailey - Trainee Accountant
Jess joined the team in June 2015; she was previously working as a bookkeeper for multiple companies on the Isle of Wight. Jess is currently working towards her AAT qualification and once completed she hopes to go on to train to become a chartered accountant. Her role is to prepare accounts, assist with bookkeeping and help other members of the team when required. In her spare time Jess enjoys travelling, going to the gym and socialising with family and friends.
Lisa Stemp - Payroll Administrator
Was first introduced to payroll in 1996 whilst working as a Finance Assistant for a well-recognised retail organisation and quickly progressed to Payroll Manager. During this time Lisa took the time to study and complete her AAT qualification. In 2002 due to the relocation of the head office, Lisa took the role of Payroll Manager for a nationwide recruitment agency and during this time digressed into different roles gaining skills in financial accounts and analytical work. Lisa joined James Todd & Co in November 2011 to solely manage the vast and varied payrolls, utilising the extensive skills gained from 16 years in the payroll industry. Lisa got engaged on Christmas Day 2015 and has just celebrated her Wedding day in October!
Kellie Neal - Senior Bookkeeper
Kellie has been working in the accountancy industry for the past 21 years, doing bookkeeping, management accounts and year end accounts. Previously working and training with an accountancy firm in Surrey, Kellie moved down to the south coast 12 years ago with her husband and carried on bookkeeping on a self-employed basis until her twin boys started school, then went back to working with a local accountancy firm. Her spare time is spent running after her boys, washing muddy football kits for the local team, and when she gets any spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and walking, even doing a few night-time sponsored walks for charity.
Gemma Watts - Bookkeeper
Gemma graduated from Portsmouth University in 2009 with a 1st class BA in Accountancy & Finance. She went on to work in a number of finance based roles locally before assuming the role of Finance Manager for Business Coaching company in 2013. She joined the James Todd & Co Book keeping team in 2015 and looks after a number of clients. In her spare time Gemma is kept busy looking after her two young children as well as enjoying daily walks with the family dog.
Angie joined us in October 2016 as Assistant Bookkeeper. Her background more recently has been in the arts working as a freelance music teacher, leading a local choir and performing at many local venues. Angie recently decided to come back into a finance environment and is assisting the bookkeeping department with data input; Angie also undertakes much of James Todd & Co design work. In her spare time she loves to sing, paint and spend time with her four legged friends.
Bethany Harris - Receptionist
Beth studied Beauty at Chichester College before moving onto a BTEC in Business Studies; as part of the course she participated in an apprenticeship with the NHS. After completing her BTEC qualification she had a number of roles before joining one of the most renowned local leisure companies working as a Receptionist in the beauty Spa. Beth Joined James Todd & Co in April 2016 as Receptionist/Secretary. As part of her role she looks after both partners as well as typing and admin for the whole practice. Beth also ensures the smooth running of the office ordering stationery, managing post, scanning, filing and looking after clients visiting the offices. She is also actively involved in our marketing campaigns in an aim to keep the company growing and winning new business. In her spare time Beth enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as being creative with makeup for all occasions.