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

Director

Carrie is the founder and Director of Spotlight. 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.

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.

Gemma Parker

Gemma Parker

Client Accountant

Gemma is a Client Accountant, 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.

Sally Cassidy

PA to Carrie Stokes

Sally started her career at the Bank of Scotland as a customer Advisor. She quickly progressed to a branch manager. Moving then into a PA role for a managing director of a healthcare company before then starting her family. She has worked with Spotlight Accounting since November 2020 as Carrie’s PA. In her spare time you can find her at the beach with her partner and two little girls, Olivia 4 and Poppy 2, doing a bit of retail therapy or catching up with friends over coffee.

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