Stephen worked in senior positions in both small and large practices for a number of years and has been a partner for 12 years, setting up Stephen Allen & Co. Ltd.
He is a member of both ACCA and ICAEW and has a wealth of knowledge and experience across a number of business sectors including manufacturing, engineering, commerce and the provision of medical services.
Stephen has built a strong core of personal and corporate clients. He is committed to providing a personalised and proactive approach which is a cornerstone of the practice values.
Paul joined West and Foster in 1990 having worked in small practice dealing with accounts and taxation for small companies, partnerships, sole traders and private individuals.
After a number of years as practice manager he became a partner in West and Foster in 2000 and over the years, has developed a wide ranging portfolio of clients. He has experience in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, hospitality, retail and entertaining, and deals with clients of varying sizes. He is an ICAEW affiliate.
Paul is a highly motivated individual who prides himself on strong client relationships which he feels are key from both the practice and client point of view.
A keen cricket watcher, he is also heavily involved in the administration of women’s and girls cricket for the South Yorkshire district.
John MG Foster
In 1968 JMGF began life as an articled clerk with a Derbyshire based firm of chartered accountants with 5 offices, before qualifying and moving to one of the larger national firms for a further 5 years. This was followed by a short spell of 2 and a half years in industry, before returning to general smaller practice in 1981.
Having experienced all of the choices, smaller practice, international practice, and industry, this seemed to be the best alternative and one that brought you closer to the clients.
In 1981 JMGF was acting as manager but was promoted to partner in 1985, before the practice at that time split into 2 parts. In 1990 he set up the current practice jointly with David West, and in 2001 following David’s retirement has been sole senior partner of West and Foster.
Acting as a general practitioner in the widest sense of the phrase, he has helped countless clients over many years, and has developed a network of specialists who can help to advise in unusual situations. His experience is wide ranging and well regarded by the clients of the firm.
Sara joined Stephen in August 2013 and now works with the larger corporate clients, managing the audit and compliance side of the practice. She brings almost 20 years of experience in the accounting profession. Sara became an ICAEW member in 2001, qualifying with first time passes.
Sara worked as a senior member of the accounts and audit team during her training with a large Sheffield firm of accountants. Upon qualifying she moved into a Finance Manager role in industry for 10 years, where she gained valuable experience in the manufacturing sector.
Gemma first began working for the Firm in 2003 after graduating from University. She has worked for Stephen for over ten years and after qualifying as a member of ACCA, became responsible for managing the larger corporate clients and the training of junior members of the team.
She has worked in all departments of the practice and has gained extensive experience and knowledge in accounts production, corporate and personal taxation, as well as audit.
Fiona obtained an honours degree in Geography in 1984 and subsequently worked for the Geographical Association as an editorial assistant followed by a career break to bring up her family.
After a two year stint selling literacy books to primary schools around South and West Yorkshire she brought her varied skills to West and Foster in 2002 initially on a part time basis as part of the administration section going full time a couple of years later. She has a good working knowledge of the practice and is currently responsible for all the day to day administration and is the first point of contact for our clients.
During her time here she has gained an enormous amount of experience and her generally sunny disposition helps put our clients at ease.
Tarina joined West and Foster in August 1999 bringing over 20 years of experience with her.
Over the years Tarina has built up good relationships with clients and her responsibilities include overseeing the Book keeping and Payroll department, preparing VAT Returns and Management Accounts, and producing accounts for Small Limited Companies, Partnership and Sole Traders.
As well as organising and co-ordinating workflow for herself and other staff members, she has been closely involved in the training and supervision of numerous junior staff as they embark on their careers.
Adam joined West and Foster in 2010, after completing his AAT qualification at his previous employer. He is mainly involved in accounts production for small companies and also the preparation of corporate and personal tax returns.
Adam has become adept with most accounting & tax software as well as Microsoft Excel. He is currently in the process of completing his ACA exams.
Joanne joined the practice in 2010 as Manager of the Bakewell office and brought almost 30 years of very varied accounting experience.
From her roles as accountant of several businesses to her involvement in auditing small charity groups in her local village, she has a wealth of accounting knowledge to call upon.
Joanne is in constant contact with her clients and feels it is vital to be readily available for specific queries or general guidance.
Joanne is heavily involved in volunteering for UK charities that are close to her heart and is also a self-confessed Formula One nut.
Anna joined AWF in August 2017 to work in the bookkeeping and payroll department, bringing with her 20 years bookkeeping experience learned in both practice and industry. Anna had a 2 year break from accountancy in 2005 following the birth of her daughter and now works part time.