Peter O’Donnell – Director
Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant in ’89 before working at various companies, including a role as a Financial Controller at a firm of Solicitors. Being a Chartered Accountant means that all the work done by Peter is regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, who maintain, monitor and impose requirements such as regular updates with current legislation and best practice. By being a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Institution, any client of Peter’s is guaranteed the help they require and satisfaction they deserve. Peter understands that there is more to being an accountant than simply being up to date in his knowledge of key tax and accounting legislation. Experience is important, as well as the ability to communicate, be accessible and have integrity. Having worked with various businesses, in numerous industries and of differing sizes, there is little to surprise Peter. He adds that for him, his confidence comes from having a good team behind him. In the 8 years since becoming Director of Stones Accountancy, Peter and his team have learnt to focus on efficiency by both making the best of resources and keeping costs down. He is also active in the local community, as a member of the BNI, Treasurer at Folkestone RFC and is a supporter of a number of charities.
Niki Mitchell – Practice Manager
As a Practice Manager, Niki is prepared to fill many roles in the service of Stones Accountancy clients; such ensuring the office runs smoothly and efficiently, and most importantly by communicating with each client personally. ‘All our clients are important to us and we are able to adapt regardless of size or industry of the client. We have a good relationship with our clients, which make life easier for everyone.’ When efficiency is key, Niki understands that the need to spot room for improvement is important. ‘No system is perfect, but we are constantly striving to improve Stones Accountancy by testing out new systems. Being able to spot problems for improvement, as well as giving a professional, constructive critique and reinforcing the ideas put down by the team are all attributes that are important for a Practice Manager. We share ideas and we continue to drive the business forward. It helps that we work in an open plan office because it allows the team to be completely transparent and supportive. Having a happy team is really important’. Niki refuses to let important work be interrupted by poor planning, helps avoid miscommunication and really listens to her clients so that she can give them essential support.