Our team

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.

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.

Southampton Office

HJS Accountants
Tagus House
9 Ocean Way
SO14 3TJ

Tel: 023 8023 4222

Winchester Office

HJS Accountants
6 Charlecote Mews
Staple Gardens
SO23 8SR

Tel: 01962 842000

Reading Office

HJS Reading
3 Richfield Place
Richfield Avenue
Reading, Berkshire

Tel: 0118 951 1115