Richard started his career in accountancy with a five partner, two office firm of Chartered Accountants in East Sussex in 1980. During his 5 years there he studied for and obtained the AAT qualification, whilst gaining the type of all round experience that a smaller provincial firm offers.
In early 1986, Richard joined Brebners (then Brebner, Allen & Trapp) at their Tunbridge Wells office, initially in Church Road and then in The Pantiles following the office re-location in 1998. Richard joined the firm as an audit/accounts semi-senior and progressed over the years to Senior Manager, expanding on his early training and experience with a large variety of owner managed businesses.
Following the merger with Finley & Partners and the re-location of the firm’s main Kent base to Sevenoaks, Richard was appointed a director of Brebners Limited. Richard now has overall responsibility for a varied portfolio of clients, many of whom he has been advising and assisting with their accounting and taxation affairs for a considerable number of years.
Richard very much views himself as a “general practitioner” and feels able to draw on his considerable experience in co-ordinating the various elements of the firms’ professional services, calling on the specialist in-house departments when required, to provide a considered and comprehensive level of service to his clients, whilst maintaining a personal level of attention to their affairs. Richard also has a reasonable working knowledge of Sage accounting products and has helped a number of clients install, train and produce their regular management information from the software.
Away from the office, Richard is a keen family man, is interested in many different sports and has been treasurer to both local rugby and football clubs in the past. He is an occasional golfer, when family and professional life permits, and he has helped to run a charitable quiz league for several years, acting as quiz master for over 5 years. Richard also very much enjoys good food and great fan of the beauty of the British countryside.