ROUSEPARTNERS - Key Persons


Ammad Khan

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Senior Tax Manager
Ammad is Senior Tax Manager within our Tax Department and has been a member of our team since 2007.

Amy Cole

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Audit and Accounts Manager
Amy joined the Rouse team in 2015 and is an Audit and Accounts Manager. In this role, Amy delivers audit and assurance services for clients. Joining our team as a university graduate, Amy progressed through our training programme to complete her ACA qualification and become Audit and Accounts Manager. Her role is primarily focused on audit and assurance services, and she has also gained experience in accounts preparation and financial reporting. Amy works across a range of audit clients, including UK subsidiaries of international groups and owner managed businesses. Whilst she covers a wide spectrum of industries, Amy has gained particular experience in the manufacturing and construction sectors, including project work and long-term contracts.

Anne Child

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
Anne, as Tax Consultant, provides a range of tax advisory services at Rouse Partners. Anne has extensive experience in trust and estate accounting, capital gains taxation, tax planning and all aspects of tax investigations. Anne is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has always worked in private practice. Anne was Tax Partner in Rouse & Co from 1988 to 2006 and at Rouse Partners LLP from 2010 until March 2017 when she retired and now works on a consultancy basis.

Ben Makoko

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Audit Senior Manager
Ben is a qualified, chartered accountant offering more than 10 years' audit experience gained with Deloitte, EY and BDO, before joining our team as Audit Senior Manager. In his role at Rouse, Ben both manages and has hands on involvement across all elements of audit and assurance. He enjoys working closely with his audit clients and supporting our audit team to deliver a high standard of audit quality. With considerable experience assisting UK and global group companies, he is able to meet the needs of those reporting under FRS102 and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This includes group reporting and consolidations for US and EU parent companies. Through his career, Ben has worked with clients across a wide variety of industry sectors, and has developed a particular focus and experience with those involved in manufacturing, technology and property. He also has experience working on corporate finance, transaction projects and assisting companies with due diligence assignments, reporting and advising on working capital and cashflow models.

Bindi Palmer

Job Titles:
  • Head
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Senior Partner
  • Council Member for the ICAEW Thames Valley Group
Bindi Palmer is Senior Partner and Head of Audit & Assurance at Rouse Partners. Bindi qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 and before joining Rouse in 2005, held positions at mid-tier practices, a secondment in Australia and at PwC, where she worked with a variety of UK and global companies. Bindi has experience in group reporting and with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), US GAAP, FRS 102 and Sarbanes Oxley requirements. She is also our lead Partner undertaking due diligence assignments on acquisitions. Her client portfolio ranges from growing owner-managed businesses to international groups and large corporates. Bindi was the first ever woman appointed to the Management Board and Governing Council of Praxity, the world's largest alliance of independent accounting and audit firms, representing a combined global turnover of US$7.94 billion in 2021. Outside of her day-to-day role, Bindi is the elected Council Member for the ICAEW Thames Valley Group where she is tasked with driving forward the support available to those in the profession. She is also a member of the ICAEW Thames Valley Technical Committee, staying up-to-date on all matters affecting auditing, financial reporting and governance.

Bob Chalk

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Personal Tax Manager
Bob has extensive experience in all matters relating to corporation tax, and more recently has specialised in personal tax advisory and compliance services. He has advised a range of clients from high net worth individuals to owner managed businesses of various sizes. He previously worked for PwC (16 years) and EY (3 years) and also for several smaller firms. His experience includes advising rental and investment portfolios, estate management and dealing with HMRC enquiries. At PwC he was involved in insolvency matters and tax consequences of bankruptcy, liquidation and receivership.

Carolyn Robson

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Director of Audit & Accounts
Carolyn has been with Rouse Partners for more than 12 years, having joined us as an AAT trainee in 2010. Since completing her ACA qualification, she has progressed to Director of Audit & Accounts. She has extensive experience in dealing with the demands of a wide spectrum of businesses, from SMEs through to UK subsidiaries and large international group consolidations. In her role, Carolyn deals with all elements of statutory audit, accounts preparation and financial statements compliance. She is also responsible for the day to day client contact and ensuring an excellent service delivery. Carolyn's diverse portfolio of clients includes businesses from industries such as manufacturing, travel and recycling/waste management, across which she has a detailed knowledge and understanding.

David Sharp

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Partner
David qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. He manages an extensive client portfolio of all sizes across a wide range of sectors, dealing with both audit and accountancy. Specialising in the construction industry, David focuses on large joint ventures, building and outsourcing projects as well as dealing with CIS issues. He also provides commentary and analysis for our annual construction report which is sent to clients. Heading up our outsourcing team, David advises clients on setting up and optimising accounting systems. David has a strong knowledge of cloud accounting systems including Xero and Sage, and he and his team have assisted clients with their Making Tax Digital preparations to ensure they are fully compliant. Outside of work, David is married with two boys and enjoys sports including football and cricket, for which he is a member of the historic Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lords.

David Taylor

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Assistant Audit and Accounts Manager
David has been with Rouse for 7 years, having joined as an ICAEW trainee on our Graduate Programme in 2016. Since completing his ACA qualification, he has progressed to Assistant Audit and Accounts Manager and supports a portfolio of SME's, large corporates and overseas groups. David's role is predominantly audit focused, providing services including statutory and non-statutory audits, group reporting / consolidations and assurance assignments. He also prepares statutory financial statements and year-end accounts. David is a line manager to junior team members and actively contributes in their formal training sessions. He is ACA qualified and holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance from Reading University. David's portfolio of clients includes those across a variety of industry sectors, but with a particular focus on technology, construction, manufacturing and food/drink production.

Emily Colbourne

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Audit and Accounts Manager
Emily joined Rouse Partners in early 2015 having progressed her career through mid-tier practices and completing her training with Menzies LLP. She is experienced in business strategy, accounts, audit, tax and company secretarial services. Emily enjoys learning and understanding the client's businesses, and achieves great satisfaction from seeing clients develop and grow, assisted by her proactive involvement. She is extremely client focused and is the primary point of contact for her clients for queries covering all aspects of their business life cycle. Emily has a wealth of experience dealing with multinational businesses and international groups, and their tight reporting timescales, leading many teams in the preparation and audit of accounts. She also has experience within industries including recruitment, manufacturing, logistics businesses and the travel sector.

Geoffrey Gaffney

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Chartered Accountant, Member of the Institute of Taxation
Geoff is a Chartered Accountant, Member of the Institute of Taxation and has over 40 years of private practice experience.

Jakub Mikosza

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Outsource Assistant Manager
Jakub joined our team in 2021 and is Assistant Outsource Manager. In this role, he delivers management accounts and reporting services to clients, as well as advising on and implementing cloud accounting systems. Jakub is an experienced user of Xero, QuickBooks and Sage accounting systems. He uses his knowledge in this area to advise clients on process automation, business systems integration and improved effectiveness of accounting systems. He brings strong analytical and numerical skills, together with commercial understanding to his work. This allows him to build bespoke management reporting for clients and to advise on the KPI's and metrics to help management and finance teams assess their business performance. He also provides VAT preparation / submission services. Jakub's experience spans a range of industries sectors, with a strong focus in hospitality, construction, ecommerce and international freight services (such as shipping and HGV). With a keen interest in AI, technology and software, Jakub is also responsible for researching, testing and selecting new applications that we can introduce to our team and clients to drive business efficiency and productivity.

James Hemmings

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Audit and Accounts Manager
James joined Rouse Partners in 2012, and gained his ACA qualification before progressing to Audit and Accounts Manager. He has extensive experience in assisting a wide spectrum of businesses, including international groups, UK subsidiaries and owner-managed businesses. In his role, James provides a full range of audit and accounts services for clients. He also has a solid grounding in personal tax and bookkeeping, having previously held positions within the respective teams at Rouse, giving him a well-rounded skill set. James' portfolio of clients includes businesses from industries such as manufacturing, IT, financial services, investment funds and not for profits. He also works on a number of trust accounts.

Jo Lovatt

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Partner
Jo has over 20 years of experience focusing on audit and business advisory, from small SME clients to AIM listed corporates. Having trained at a smaller practice, Jo spent over 15 years at BDO LLP, working within their specialist audit departments for property, retail, manufacturing and construction clients. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an Audit Responsible Individual (RI) license, allowing her to develop strong relationships with clients by providing audit and accounting services alongside strategic, corporate and tax planning advice. Jo enjoys working with growing family owned businesses in all sectors but with particular emphasis on property, construction, retail and e-commerce based businesses.

Jo Rayment

Job Titles:
  • Payroll Administrator

Kirsty Hatch

Job Titles:
  • Senior Payroll Administrator

Leighton Bower - CEO

Job Titles:
  • Managing Partner
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
Leighton is Managing Partner at Rouse Partners and supports a wide-ranging client portfolio. He also specialises in business advisory and corporate finance work. Leighton joined the Rouse team in 2006, as a Partner and then became our Managing Partner in 2021. Before this, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a medium size firm based in London before moving to specialise in corporate tax with Ernst & Young. During this period he qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor becoming a member of the Institute of Chartered Taxation. Working within their Entrepreneurial Services Department he gained a broad experience across the SME and AIM markets. Leighton has a particular focus on the recruitment, hospitality and manufacturing sectors where he can provide clients with added support and guidance. In addition, as our advisory and strategic planning partner, Leighton specialises in corporate finance and assisting clients on all forms of mergers & acquisition activity, including company disposals and management buy-outs.

Linda Dale

Job Titles:
  • Payroll Administrator

Majid Sadeghi

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Partner
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants
Majid brings a wealth of experience of over 25 years having successfully worked in small and large accountancy firms. He works with owner managed businesses and large corporates, providing accounting and advisory services to a variety of companies and groups operating both in the UK and internationally. Majid manages a growing portfolio of hospitality businesses, recruitment agencies and charities/non profit making organisations. He has advised charities on group structure, merger and acquisition, governance and implementation of charities SORP, internal control systems and procedures. Majid is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants.

Martin Brooks

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Company Secretarial Manager
Martin has worked in the company secretarial field for over 30 years and holds the ICSA Certificate in Company Secretarial Practice and Share Registration Practice. He has a wide range of experience, including maintaining statutory registers, preparing confirmation statements, company formations and incorporation, reorganisations, share capital reductions, share transfers and buy-backs, changes to articles of association/memorandum, dividend payments, strike offs and other relevant matters. Martin also manages our registered office service and can provide advice on company law and company secretarial issues when required.

Michelle Wong

Job Titles:
  • Accounts Manager
  • Assistant
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
Michelle joined the Rouse team in 2021 as Assistant Accounts Manager. In this role, Michelle delivers accountancy compliance and support services to a portfolio of clients. Having held previous management positions in mid-tier practice, Michelle has worked with a variety of companies. She has also gained valuable experience in VAT, management accounts, reporting and bookkeeping. She is ACCA qualified and has a BSc in Accountancy and Finance from Warwick University. Michelle supports clients across a range of industry sectors, including consultancy, construction, hospitality, retail and owner managed businesses. She takes pride in getting to know her clients and offering a friendly and responsive service.

Miles Parker

Job Titles:
  • Manager

Nicola Gladwell

Job Titles:
  • VAT Consultant

Oscar Wingham

Job Titles:
  • Tax Partner

Paul Brannan

Job Titles:
  • Outsourcing Manager

Paul Woodward

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Director of Corporate Tax

Rachael Bonner

Job Titles:
  • Personal Tax Manager

Ula Namyslowska

Job Titles:
  • Payroll Manager