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Meet the Team

Keith Berry

Keith Berry - [Lead Director]

Hello, I'm Keith and I am the lead director of Berrys, Chartered Accountants. I have been a qualified chartered accountant for over 20 years.

For the whole of my working life I have been based in Devon. I have an experienced understanding of the important issues and difficulties that local businesses face.

My job gives me the opportunity to work with my clients to develop their businesses through organised management meetings and required ad hoc assistance. I also head up the tax department and am available for all staff technical support and guidance.

Outside of work I am father to a son and a daughter and this is what takes up most of my free time. I am treasurer at Royal North Devon Golf Club and I also enjoy playing cricket and golf.

Email: keith.berry@berrysaccountants.co.uk

Joanna Berry

Joanna Berry - [Co Director]

Hi, my name is Joanna and I am the co-director of Berrys, Chartered Accountants. I became a chartered accountant in 2005 but have worked in practice since 1997.

I head up the corporate department and oversee the payroll and VAT departments. The majority of my work involves me being based in the office managing the smooth-running of the whole team.

Part of my role is to work on high level compliance work for both corporate and non-corporate clients but also I offer a bespoke, one to one computerised accounts training which includes installation of software. I also head up the in-house training and systems control.

Time with my family is very important to me and since Keith and I set up Berrys I have been able to enjoy being involved in my son and daughter's school lives. I spent a lot of my 'free time' as the Parish treasurer for Northam with Westward Ho! I also like to bake cakes for friends, family and colleagues.

Email: joanna.berry@berrysaccountants.co.uk

Jonathan Stanton

Jon Stanton - [Manager]

Hello, I am Jon. I am a Qualified Accounting Technician and have worked in local professional practice for twenty years. I have a broad experience of clients that include small businesses, non-corporates and limited companies, in many sectors including agriculture. I also have extensive knowledge of bookkeeping and associated software.

I have only recently joined the Berrys team as an accounts senior. My role at Berrys is to support the directors by managing the smaller businesses of the firm's portfolio, along with producing management information and projections when clients require them. I am beginning to build relationships with clients to ensure I am able to support their year round needs and I am available to advise all Berrys clients when Keith or Joanna are not available.

Away from the office I am involved in North Devon football. Having played in local teams for years, I have turned to managing and have had some success with Northside Atlantic winning a league and reaching the Devon Cup final. I now coach Appledore Blues under 16 team. I am also very keen on live music and regularly attend gigs and festivals.

Email: jon.stanton@berrysaccountants.co.uk

Mark Gough

Mark Gough - [Accounts Clerk]

Hello, I'm Mark and I joined Berrys, Chartered Accountants almost two years ago after moving from another accountancy firm in Mid Devon. I am currently working towards my ACCA qualification, with the aim to be fully qualified within the next three years.

My day to day responsibilities include the preparation of corporate, partnership and sole trader accounts, including the drafting of tax returns. Alongside this annual compliance work I provide bookkeeping services and prepare VAT Returns for a range of clients and, as such, I have developed an aptitude for assisting businesses with international VAT. My knowledge of new and emerging technology is a particular strength, which has led to me offering advice and support to a range of clients on topics such as cloud accounting, desktop packages and other IT solutions.

In my spare time I spend as much of time outdoors as possible, enjoying time with my wife and two young daughters. I am a keen member of the Royal North Devon Golf Club and play there as often as I can.

Email: mark.gough@berrysaccountants.co.uk

Svetlana Sluman

Svetlana Sluman - [Accounts Clerk]

Hello. My name is Svetlana, I am a qualified Accounting Technician and have been part of the Berrys team since September 2010.

In my role with Berrys I spend the majority of my time producing accounts and tax returns for companies, partnerships and sole traders. I also help out with VAT preparation for clients when needed. I am able to support a lot of the types of work produced by the firm and have started to take on more compliance completion responsibilities in the last few months.

Outside of work I spend my time with my young family. My daughter was born in 2014 and I have two sons. I am Russian and, when I can, I like to take trips back to Russia to visit family and friends.

Email: svetlana.sluman@berrysaccountants.co.uk

Luke Bewes

Luke Bewes - [Apprentice Accounts Clerk]

Hi, I'm Luke. Whilst in my final year of A Levels. I completed level 3 of the AAT qualification and started to work for Berrys one day a week to put my learning into practice. Since the beginning of July 2015 I have been full-time at Berrys as an Apprentice and am now in my final year of AAT.

My role at Berrys is to produce accounts from clients' records. I am building up experience of preparing sole trade, partnership and letting accounts. I also assist in drafting VAT figures for Returns each quarter.

Outside of work I am a keen footballer, with much of my time spent either playing or watching the sport. I currently play in goal for Shebbear in the North Devon Football League.

Email: luke.bewes@berrysaccountants.co.uk

Jill Bewes

Jill Bewes - [Practice Administrator]

Hi, I'm Jill and I joined the team as Berrys' Practice Administrator. I have gained a wealth of office experience over almost 30 years, including more than 7 years working for accountants.

At Berrys, I will usually be your first point of contact and will make you feel welcome when you come to visit our office. I provide the office with admin support and have also become a member of the in-house bookkeeping team typically processing paperwork in readiness for accounts preparation.

Outside of work, when I am not looking after my family, I am an active member of Torrington Baptist Church and enjoy running and my weekly gym class!

Email: jill.bewes@berrysaccountants.co.uk