Who we are

Meet our dedicated and experienced accounting team:

We like to think of ourselves as more than ‘just accountants’

We are a firm of Xero accountants that will work with you to help you succeed.

Whilst we are serious about keeping clients compliant with HMRC we also work with businesses to maximise their potential.

Carrie Stokes Spotlight Accounting

Carrie Stokes


Carrie is the founder and Director of Spotlight Accounting. With over 20 years experience both in practice and industry. Training with a top 6 accountancy practice, before moving into industry running the finance department of a large group of companies. Carrie started her own private practice and has a 12 year proven record of working with businesses to help them grow. Highlights of this journey have been travelling to Cyprus assisting a client in a sale of shares in an international property business, working on a technical paper for a high profile celebrity court case and working with a domiciliary care company from implementation of reporting through to its eventual sale. Carrie is married to Neil with two children Will & Lucy. In her spare time, she enjoys running (is forever chasing her PB) and loves nothing more than popping open a bottle of Prosecco to enjoy with family and friends.

Emma Oliver Spotlight Accounting

Emma Oliver

Client Manager

Emma is an ACCA qualified accountant who joined the practice in January 2020. Emma has experience in both working for other accountancy firms and in company accounts departments so has an understanding from both sides. Emma brings to the team a background of wide experience including Solicitors, Charity and Estate Agent Audits. Emma and her partner Russell have three girls, Lily, Freya and Brooke, Emma likes reading and time spent socialising with family and friends.

Gemma Parker

Gemma Parker

Assistant Client Manager

Gemma is our Assistant Client Manager, who joined Spotlight after working in the Finance Department for a local landed estate. Gemma has spent the last 10 years working in Finance Departments for a number of different industry sectors including social housing, financial services and hospitality technology. In her spare time Gemma enjoys traveling, reading, watching the latest films and socialising with friends and family. She is also learning Italian to practice on her travels.

Kayleigh Doggett

Client Accountant

Kayleigh is AAT qualified and began her career as a trainee for another local accountancy firm. She now has over 16 years’ experience of working in practice with a variety of different client types. Outside of work, she loves spending family time with her husband and young son, the theatre and socialising with friends.

Gemma Walker

Gemma Walker

Client Accountant

Gemma began her accountancy journey straight from school when she secured her apprenticeship with another local firm of accountants. She now has nearly 14 years’ experience working in practice, working on a wide range of different client backgrounds.In her spare time, Gemma enjoys going to the gym, baking, going on long walks with her husband Chris and their 2 dogs Peanut and Noodle, and loves finishing to day off relaxing in the hot tub.

Lucy Woodrow

Business Support

Lucy has worked in various admin roles over the last twenty years, starting out from University with a large construction and road contracting company in Health & Safety. The last 9 years she has worked as an Events Coordinator for the University of Wolverhampton dealing with numerous different client types. Outside of work, Lucy loves spending time with her husband Jon and 2 young children, Noah and Jacob… Cheering them on at various sporting events! In her spare time, she enjoys running, hockey, anything crafty and socialising with friends and family.

claire bailey

Claire Bailey

Client Accountant

Claire is our Client Accountant, joining Spotlight after working in the finance department for a national retail chain. ​ Claire worked with independent franchisees working with them in managing their finances. ​ Claire is married with 2 young children, Georgia & Erin. In her spare time, Claire likes holidays, socialising with friends and eating out.


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