Cleland & Co is a Guernsey owned, independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors which started business in 2003. We were previously part of Ernst & Young and although we are a young office, we have over 140 years collective accountancy and audit experience.
Our directors, Harry Dick-Cleland and Vicki Webster, and some of our managers, have ‘Big Four’ firm experience and training.
Harry was a Partner at Ernst & Young Guernsey for 5 years before setting up Cleland & Co in 2003. Vicki joined us in 2017 having qualified with PwC Guernsey and after spending two years in the asset management group at PwC London.
Cleland & Co offer a full range of accountancy, audit, tax and business advisory services. Our portfolio includes a broad range of Guernsey clients, including owner managed businesses and financial services companies. We also provide company formation and corporate services through our licensed subsidiary, Marshall Secretarial Services Limited.
Harry is the managing director of Cleland & Co which he founded on 1 October 2003. He trained with Ernst & Young in Norwich and after qualifying spent three years in their Cayman Islands office. He moved to Guernsey with Ernst & Young in 1987 and became a partner in 1998. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Harry is the secretary of the Guernsey Branch of the Manchester United Supporters Club and is a season ticket holder in his own right. He has seen Status Quo perform live over 150 times.
Vicki joined in 2017 as a Director having previously worked in PwC Guernsey and in PwC London. Vicki qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in 2013, and has led audit engagements for private equity funds, asset managers and captive insurance companies.
Vicki learnt to skydive in California and loves nothing more than spending a weekend at the “drop-zone.” When she isn’t jumping out of planes, she enjoys keeping fit by going to gym classes and running.
Sammie is a manager at Cleland & Co and has a wide ranging portfolio of clients from small, local owner managed businesses to regulated audits. She joined as a trainee accountant in 2009 after completing her A-levels at the Grammar School. She gained her CAT qualification in 2012 before going on to qualify with ICAEW in 2014.
Outside of work Sammie enjoys keeping fit and healthy as well as wining and dining at local establishments.
Company Secretarial Specialist
Jo’s roles involve all those expected for the smooth running of a busy office: as well as being receptionist, secretary and PA, she is also responsible for the provision of our corporate services. Jo started work in the audit department of Ernst & Young as a secretary in 1993 before becoming PA to the audit partners and an Account Coordinator. She is one of the founder members of staff at Cleland & Co.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Ben is a manager and specialises in investment companies, partnerships and corporate and personal tax. Ben joined Ernst & Young after completing his A-levels in 1990 and has been with Cleland & Co since its inception in 2003.
Ben is a devoted surfer, as well as enjoying swimming and listening to music.
Mia is a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and a manager at Cleland & Co. She specialises in small and medium sized local trading companies and businesses. Mia is one of the original five staff that joined the company at its inception. She started work with Ernst & Young in 1997.
Mia qualified in 2001 and became a Fellow Member in 2015.
Outside of work Mia has a busy family life and likes to spend time with friends.
Laura joined in April 2016 having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2013. Laura previously worked for one of the ‘big four’ and also has experience as a trust accountant. Her portfolio is very varied; consisting of audits, accounts preparation and personal tax clients.
Laura is a mum of two and a determined long distance runner. She is a member of Lee Merrien’s Running club and has completed the Guernsey and Edinburgh Marathons as well as many half marathons.
Anna is a qualified accountant and works predominantly with our regulated audit clients and local trading companies. She joined in 2015 and qualified with ACCA in 2016. Anna gained a masters in history before returning to Guernsey and working for local commercial companies for a number of years. It was during this time that she gained experience in management accounting, and most recently, as a financial accountant for a listed oil and gas company. Anna was an ACCA prize winner placing 2nd globally in her final accountancy exam.
She enjoys playing music, particularly the piano, and she is a member of St Saviour’s Church choir.
Georgie joined us in 2015 and qualified with ACCA in 2017. She specialises in audits and accounts preparation of our local trading companies. Prior to moving to Guernsey, she graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Accounting and Finance and spent a year in London working in a small accountancy firm specialising in the music industry.
In her spare time Georgie enjoys playing hockey. She competes in the mixed business league and the women’s league on island. She also likes walking and going out with friends.
Amy is CAT qualified and joined from the College of Further Education where she studied business studies. Amy specialises in Xero and works on unincorporated businesses as well as assisting in the preparation of accounts for companies and audits. As well as preparing accounts, Amy assists Jo in her PA and corporate services duties.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys walking, socialising and supporting local football.
Manon joined as a trainee accountant in 2015 and is working towards her CAT qualification. Prior to that she studied at Blanchelande College and the Grammar School Sixth Form Centre. She enjoys helping her clients achieve their goals and grow their businesses.
In her spare time Manon enjoys cycling and running. She also likes spending time with friends.
Monty is a trainee accountant and joined us from the Grammar School Sixth Form Centre in 2016. She is currently studying towards her CAT qualification.
Monty is an avid film enthusiast who enjoys reading, walking and socialising.
Kris is the newest recruit to join the team. Kris completed his A Levels at the Grammar School Sixth Form Centre in 2017. In his spare time he enjoys keeping active by playing football, kayaking and exploring. Kris is half Finnish and in January 2018 will be carrying out 6 months military service in Helsinki, returning in June 2018 to continue his accountancy training at Cleland & Co.
“Vista Hotels Group Limited (VHGL) transitioned to Cleland and Co as our Auditors & tax advisors in 2016 from their predecessor Deloitte, whom had been VHGLS auditor’s inception in 2005/6. From our perspective the transition process with Cleland & Co taking on the Audit Report Engagement was very smooth, professional and timely within the scope of our reporting deadline. This year of transition presented more than the normal challenges, given a number of additional factors including group amalgamation, new reporting presentation to FRS 102, combined with understanding a relatively complex business given its small size, due to multiple revenue streams, business process and new reporting policies.
We found capability and communication with Cleland and Co to be exceptional from our initial meeting and understanding of our business reporting requirements, to the interim audit where they gained a quick understanding of our business, to final audit and provision of signed audited accounts.
Cleland and Co exceeded our expectations. Their specialist Audit team have a complete understanding of the regulatory requirements for UK GAAP as per our reporting requirements. With Cleland you get the care and attention we would get from a much small accountancy firm but with the services and resources of one much bigger.”
“I have been a client of Cleland & Co for over 10 years. There is a wealth of experience within the company ensuring they continuously deliver in a timely, proactive and personal manner.”
“We chose Cleland and Co for the confidential professional service, and the support they are able to offer our Business.“
“We have been using Cleland & Co as our auditors for over a decade and have found them to be reliable, pro-active and unobtrusive in their approach. They are timely with finalising the delivery, helpful with suggestions and recommendations and very easy to deal with. We would not hesitate to recommend them.”
“We are very grateful to Cleland & Co for their professional assistance and advice over many years.”
“Here at La Grande Mare Hotel, Golf and Country Club we have been enjoying the services of Cleland and Co for many years. They offer a comprehensive and great service.”
“We have been working with Cleland and Co since we started our small businesses two years ago.
Cleland and Co have been the perfect company to take care of our accounting needs, business advice and support.
I feel that the team are genuinely engaged in our journey and care about our success. They are happy to advise on anything you may need to know for starting or running a business and every enquiry or concern is dealt with promptly and professionally.
As a potential new business owner or existing company/sole trader I couldn’t recommend Cleland and Co enough.”