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Franchise Support Staff

Our dedicated support teams are there to help you with all aspects of your business.

Noel Luther (Training & Technical Manager)

Noel LutherNoel Luther has worked in the accounting industry for more than 30 years. He completed his CIMA studies in 1995 and became a member in 1998. In the first 12 years of his career, he worked in various roles in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Maldives and Saudi Arabia. Most of the roles were as Head of Finance and IT in large conglomerates and multinationals. His last role in commerce was as Finance Manager of Chandra Senanayake Holdings which is the second largest conglomerate in Sri Lanka.

After emigrating to Australia, he has worked for 18 years in public practice as a management, finance, and tax consultant. The clients he serviced were from various industries such as health services, hospitality, transport, agribusiness, mining, manufacturing and heavy engineering. He advised his clients on tax strategy and strategic financial management. He obtained membership to CPA Australia in 2009.

Noel has served as a consultant and advisor for on a voluntary basis for many development projects undertaken by the Government of Sri Lanka, including the implementation of GST. CIMA published a research conducted by Noel in the management accounting practices in the plantation industry in 2003.

Ceri Andrew (Operations Manager)

Ceri AndrewCeri qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in the UK before moving into industry and subsequently setting up and working in her own businesses. She moved to Australia in 2012 and is a member of ICAEW. Ceri joined TaxAssist Australia in 2021 as Operations Manager and plays a central role in providing best practice guidance to franchisees.

Group Support Staff

Franchise Recruitment

David Paulson QFP - Senior Vice President, Franchise Development

David PaulsonDavid joined The TaxAssist Direct Group in 2009 with the responsibility for franchisee recruitment in the UK. During this period, David was instrumental in recruiting 93 franchisees into the UK network, plus over 20 franchisees in Ireland and Australia. David was also responsible for brokering the sale of our first £1million ($1.6 million) franchise resale. As Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, David leads the expansion of the TaxAssist Accountants brand into selected international markets. This role includes supporting Master Franchisees and Area Representatives with franchisee recruitment and ensuring legal compliance with franchise regulations. David's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.

Richard Chatten-Hague BA (Hons), QFP, DipFM - Senior Manager, Global Franchise Support

Richard Chatten-HagueRichard joined TaxAssist in 2015 following seven years at a leading international franchise consulting and publishing company, FDS. Richard graduated from the University of Northampton with a First-Class degree in Retail Marketing before joining FDS and specialised in creating Franchise Operations Manuals for businesses expanding by franchising, working alongside experienced franchise consultants and working with a number of national and international clients. Using his experience in national and international franchising, Richard manages global franchise recruitment marketing strategies. He also manages the initial and ongoing training and support to our network of Master Franchisees in Canada, Area Representatives in the US, and our Managing Directors in Ireland and Australia. Richard's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.

Digital Technology

Richard Washington - Group Digital Technology Manager

Richard WashingtonAfter five years of working with one of the UKs leading franchise consulting and recruitment companies Richard joined TaxAssist in 2010, bringing with him a high level of technical knowledge in programming and database administration. Since joining Richard has pushed forward the TaxAssist Accountants online presence, implementing a local website for each franchisee, rebuilding from scratch the TaxAssist Accountants Support Site and implementing a custom ticketing system for the Technical Helpdesk. Richard is responsible for the relationship management with our recommended IT, telecommunications and printing partners as well as for the continuing development of our global web-based systems. Richard's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.


Simon Hutchinson - Group Software Manager

Simon HutchinsonSimon is responsible for the management of the core software estate in use by TaxAssist franchisees, including supplier management, training delivery, integrations and escalations. Prior to joining TaxAssist in 2016, Simon spent 18 years working across IT Training, Service Delivery Management and Customer Relationship Management roles in the housing and health industries. Simon has project managed, as well as designing and delivering training courses for multiple software implementations, and is customer-focused to ensure that the right solution is being delivered. Simon's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.


Sam Skyring FCCA, MAAT, ACIPP - Group Training & Communications Manager

Sam SkyringSam Skyring qualified in 2014 with a medium sized firm of accountants in Norwich and developed strong relationships with her clients and helped them with bookkeeping, tax returns, payroll, accounts preparation and tax issues. Sam joined the Technical Support Team in November 2014 as a Technical Manager, assisted franchisees and their staff over the phone with technical queries, headed up training courses and undertook due diligence visits to franchisees. Sam took up the role of Franchise Development Manager in 2017 and was then promoted to Group Training & Communications Manager in 2019 with responsibility for looking after all of the training needs for the network, alongside preparing client facing technical marketing material. Sam's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.


Jo Nockels FCCA, FMAAT - Group Financial Controller

Jo NockelsJo is AAT and ACCA qualified and before joining TaxAssist Accountants in 2010, looked after a range of clients in the small business sector at Larking Gowen. Formerly, Jo was the Senior Training & Technical Communications Manager and worked alongside the Business Development team, to ensure communications to clients were accurate, timely, relevant and easy to understand. The other part of her role saw her managing the TaxAssist Accountants Training Academy, as well as delivering courses herself. In 2019, Jo was promoted to Group Financial Controller and is responsible for the day-to-day management and ongoing development of the Group finance team and functions for the TaxAssist Group of Companies. Jo's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.


Andy Gibbs ATT, CTA - Group Technical Manager

Andy GibbsAndy joined us from one of the big four accountancy firms where he looked after the affairs of high net worth individuals and private equity executives. Prior to this he worked at a local regional practice where he dealt with the affairs of owner managed businesses and private individuals. Andy has dealt with both tax compliance and tax advisory projects across a range of industry sectors. Andy is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Estate Accounting. Andy's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.


Tim Duffield BA (Hons), FCCA - Group Compliance Manager

Tim DuffieldTim is FCCA qualified and originally joined us in 2009 from a large local practice, where his main experience was of preparing annual and management accounts for small companies as well as preparing value-added tax and corporation tax returns. Tim recently returned to us after two years back in practice performing a tax advisory role. Tim provides tax advice and support to the network, alongside managing technical related project work and carrying out technical audits for franchisees. Tim's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.


Kelly Chick - Group Marketing Manager

Kelly ChickKelly joined the Business Development Team in July 2020, following an extensive agency background working for a number of national brands in both B2B and B2C environments. Reporting to the Group Business Development Director, Kelly oversees the Marketing, Social and Inbound teams, implementing the national and local marketing campaigns for the acquisition of network leads. Kelly's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.

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