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Meet The Team

We are a dedicated team which strives to provide success to our clients in regards to all their accountancy needs. Our team is very close-knit and ensures that a unified support is provided to you whenever you need it. With expertise covering all aspects of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services, we are well placed to take a holistic view to planning for the future as well dealing with specific matters.

Janice Hayward BSc FCA – Partner

Janice has been a partner for almost thirty years and deals principally with unincorporated businesses and personal clients, sometimes acting for several generations of the same family.  She has widespread experience in trusts, tax planning and advice, and, as Head of Legal Practice, supervises our Probate and Estate work. She can advise on Wills and Estate planning generally, and acts as Executor to a number of our clients.

In her spare time Janice enjoys travelling, cooking and long walks with her two dogs.

Nick Smith ACA CTA – Partner

Nick has been a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser for nearly 30 years and a partner in the firm for over 20 years now. He deals principally with incorporated and unincorporated businesses, limited companies (from small-medium owner managed businesses as well as with UK subsidiaries of large overseas groups), limited liability partnerships, partnerships, charities, and personal clients. He acts as a virtual Finance Director for many of his clients and is able to advise on all areas of the financial and other aspects of running a business.

He has a very widespread experience in all accountancy and audit areas of the profession and is the appointed Audit Partner within the partnership.

His specialist Chartered Taxation qualification enables him to advise on all areas of taxation for individuals, unincorporated businesses, limited companies, charities and individuals including Income Tax, Corporation tax, VAT, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax and Stamp Duty.

In his spare time Nick enjoys spending time with his three children, football, golf, classic cars and long walks with his dog.

Andrea Page ATT – Tax Manager

As well as making sure our tax department runs smoothly, Andrea looks after our personal tax clients dealing with all aspects of their tax affairs including capital gains tax. Andrea also has experience dealing with tax returns to date of death. She also advises on PAYE tax including the taxation of employment benefits, corporation tax, business tax, basic trust and inheritance tax and VAT. She can also advise and assist with Company formations and Company statutory work and workplace pension schemes.

Having gained her qualification with the  Association of Taxation Technicians in 1987, Andrea previously worked for several accountancy firms gaining broad experience in all areas of taxation. Since joining Villars Hayward LLP in 2000 she has specialised in personal, business and employment taxes.

Married with two grown-up children Andrea is a keen horse woman at the weekends and evenings during the Summer as well as practising yoga. She also enjoys long walks in the countryside with her two English Pointers and husband of course!  She is a keen music lover and attends many concerts during the year and also likes going to the theatre. Winter evenings tend to be spent doing jigsaw puzzles.

John Preston ACA – Audit and Accounts manager

John is our audit and accounts manager who has significant experience working with owners of small and medium sized businesses, helping them to get the most out of their business.

In order to continue delivering value for our clients John is currently studying for his Chartered Tax Adviser qualification. As a firm we believe in the continuing development of our staff, by helping our staff with qualifications we can provide specialist advice which is not always readily available.

Outside of work, he is a keen rower having represented Great Britain a number of times at world championship and world cup level. In 2011 he won at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta but is taking things a little easier these days, often being found on the river moving at a more sedate pace.

Marion Hayes – Office Manager

Marion joined the firm in 1991 on a part-time basis to fit in with the needs of her then young son.  She has increased that time over the years to become a full-time member of staff and has seen lots of changes within the firm.  One of the things she likes best about her position here is the contact she has with clients, many of whom are long-standing so she has got to know them well over the years.

Marion lives in Reading with her husband and enjoys the more sedate things in life these days such as walking her dog, gardening, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Katie Warby-Verschut – Trainee Chartered Accountant

Katie joined the firm in July 2016 as a trainee Chartered Accountant and is currently studying for her ICAEW qualifications. She works within the audit and accounts department but also performs bookkeeping services for clients, prepares VAT returns and assists Andrea with the payroll department. Katie prides herself on being thorough and enjoys working closely with the wide range of clients that we have. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her French Bulldogs Albert and Freja.

Jodie Norris

Jodie finished college in the summer of 2017 where she studied an extended business diploma. She joined Villars Hayward in August 2017 at 18 years old, as an accounts clerk/accounts assistant. Jodie is currently in training to start her exam courses with us in the autumn of 2018.  In Jodie’s free time she loves visiting new places and trying new cuisines, as long as coffee is on the menu, socialising with family and friends, and of course spending time with her charming pug Ralph!

Clare Gutteridge

Clare joined the company in 2018 having previously worked for a large firm of Accountants in Reading, taking up a part-time secretarial position and, as time goes on, is enjoying having more personal contact with clients.

Married with two grown up children Clare plays Lawn Bowls at Shiplake in the summer months and also enjoys creative pursuits such as knitting, painting and reading.

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