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Gareth Stokes

Managing Director

Gareth is head of the General Accountancy Practice. Gareth qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992, and specialises in providing corporate advice to owners of small and medium-sized companies, in a variety of business sectors.

Angela Trainor

Audit Director

Angie heads up the audit and accounts department. She qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1995 and manages a portfolio of company clients. In addition to her technical role, Angie has responsibility for the training and development of HJS Accountants’ staff.

Mark Rogers

Director of Audit and Accounts

Mark has over twenty years of experience in advising owner-managed businesses in accountancy and tax matters. Having a keen commercial bias, Mark has been instrumental in assisting clients to achieve their strategic goals.

Mike Rule


Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979 and has been a Senior Partner in various firms since 1982 within Hampshire. Mike deals predominantly with owner-managed businesses, and specialises in helping with tax structures and tax planning. He has also been a Business Mentor for a number of his clients.

Alan Ponting

Director of Business Services

Having qualified in 1991, Alan spent a period in an accountancy practice, followed by four years in industry before joining HJS. This industry experience has proved particularly valuable when assisting clients with their own business issues.

Kate Cooper


Kate qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 and worked in a top ten accountancy firm for eight years prior to joining HJS. She manages a diverse portfolio of clients and has a wealth of knowledge and experience with Xero, QuickBooks Online and Sage Accounting packages.

Pete Sandhu

Business Development Director

Pete has an entrepreneurial flair with extensive hands-on experience and knowledge to help support, build and grow our clients’ businesses.

Nicky Hopkins

Outsource Director

Nicky leads the Outsource services for HJS. Nicky has a wealth of experience from previous roles as Operations Director and running several client service teams efficiently whilst also managing her own portfolio.

Julia Bates

Associate Director

Julia qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 and spent 21 years working in a medium-sized practice in Southampton. Julia oversees the smooth running of the Reading office. She has specialist experience in dealing with businesses regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) but also has a wealth of experience dealing with small and medium businesses in a variety of business sectors.

Southampton Office

12-14 Carlton Place
SO15 2EA

Tel: 02380 234 222

Winchester Office

6 Charlecote Mews
Staple Gardens
SO23 8SR

Tel: 01962 842000

Reading Office

3 Richfield Place
Richfield Avenue
Reading, Berkshire

Tel: 0118 9511 115

London Office

90 Long Acre
Covent Garden

Tel: 0203 470 0777