Meet the team

Our team is large enough to reply to all calls and emails quickly and we aim to complete accounts within three months of year end.

We work with all the most popular desktop and cloud-based accounting software packages. We offer client training so you can get all the financial information you need out of your accounting package to manage your business effectively.

Kevin Coppard
I have always tried to keep the team and team culture really friendly, which then flows through whenever our staff speak to clients. We try to stand out from the competition with our ‘can do’ approach rather than the traditional ‘you can’t do that, because...’ view that other firms tend to take.

We are a progressive, outward-facing company with the experience, technical resources and abilities to help our clients as best we can. We don’t regard any client as too small (or too big), and we always try to put our clients first.

Kevin Coppard FCA, Partner

Kevin trained in Chichester from 1975 until he qualified in 1981 before moving to Deloitte 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 McDonald’s Franchise businesses and the construction industry. Although he lives locally, Kevin has worked hard to make the practice accessible to clients from far and wide. He helps them with business valuations, tax enquiry work and strategic planning.

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We all have different roles to play but we work together to give every client a complete service. The team at James Todd & Co make it special; we all care and always try to give our best. We don’t pass our clients around between team members. If a problem occurs (we’re human!), we look closely to see what we can do to improve the system or ourselves.

We have great working relationships with our clients and it is especially rewarding to see them succeed. As a team, we genuinely are friendly, helpful and pro-active, it’s not just something we say!
Michelle Daniels

Michelle Daniels FCA, Partner

Michelle trained with a local firm in Chichester and feels very fortunate to have found a career she enjoys so much. Originally sub-contracted 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.

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Brian Carter
I enjoy working with our wide and varied range of clients. Our team is more focused on helping our clients rather than just churning out their accounts as other accountants sometimes do.

We work with our clients to develop their businesses rather than simply preparing a set of figures, which they may or may not understand. If our clients don’t understand anything, we set it out and explain it in a way that does make sense to them. That is what we mean by really helping our clients.

Brian Carter ACA, Director

Brian joined James Todd & Co in 2004 on completion of his A-Levels in Maths, Accounting and Business Studies. He continued his studies for a further two years whilst working to complete the AAT qualification (Association of Accounting Technicians) and in 2011 he completed his training to become a Chartered Accountant. Brian has gained broad experience in payroll, bookkeeping, taxation and accounts production.

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James Todd & Co has inspirational and driven leadership, who promote a client focused level of service and mark our difference from the stereotypical, traditional accountancy firms.

We talk to clients honestly and clearly, making sure they understand their financials. We offer a friendly, down-to-earth approach - with the highest level of service. We are always willing to go the extra mile to make clients feel valued. We definitely are more than just accountants!
Oliver Read FCCA

Oliver Read FCCA ACA, Director

Oliver graduated from University in 2003 with a BA Hons in Accounting and Finance, in 2007 obtained his ACCA qualification and later his ICAEW accreditation. 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 joined 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.

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Lavant Office -

Kirsty Roberts, Senior Accountant

Jess Bailey, Accountant

Shannon Clark, Accountant

Hayley Jones, Accountant

Julie Saunders, Practice Coordinator

Natalie Phillips, Company Secretary Administrator

Angela Daniels, Marketing and Development

Vicky Chesney, Receptionist / Secretary

Nathaniel Brown, Accountant

Hannah Berry, Accounts assistant

Matthew Brennan, Accounts assistant

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Kelly O’Leary, Bookkeeping & Payroll Co-ordinator & Software Trainer

Lisa Duke, Payroll Manager

Jodie Santon, Bookkeeper

Rebecca Vincent, Bookkeeper

Nicola Trett, Bookkeeper

Carol Robey, Payroll Administrator

Ola Kostrzeska, Payroll Administrator

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Company details

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James Todd & Co, 1&2 The Barn, Oldwick, West Stoke Road, Chichester PO18 9AA
James Todd & Co, 16 Northgate, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1BJ

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James Todd & Co is the trading name of James Todd & Co Limited. Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors. Registered No: 07350649 in England. VAT No. 322087875. ICAEW Firm Reference No: C002730145 and James Todd & Co (Lewes) Ltd (formerly known as Axtons). Chartered Accountants. Registered No: 11214467 in England. VAT No. 290460506. ICAEW Firm Reference No: C005791297

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