Meet the Team

Directors

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Geoffrey Cole FCA

Managing Director

Geoff established the practice to help clients achieve personal goals and aspirations.

He trained in the City with a medium sized firm then joined PWC in Houston and Barcelona after which he became a partner in a top ten firm. He is in a position to share his wide variety of knowledge and wealth of experience with clients of all sizes and industries.

In his spare time Geoff likes to travel with his family and takes a keen interest in investments and financial planning matters.

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Kevin Legrys FCCA

Director

Kevin has many valuable years of experience in accounting, taxation and auditing for Small to Medium Sized Businesses. He heads up the accounting and auditing team at Geoffrey Cole & Co ensuring good timely service to our clients.

Having started in a number of small practices Kevin qualified as a Certified Chartered Accountant in 2006. Having seen companies operate from an auditing perspective he decided to see business from the other side of the coin and joined Thomson Directories as the management accountant where he gained extensive experience in budgeting, management accounting and group reporting before deciding that servicing clients back in practice was where he wanted to be. He joined Geoffrey Cole & Co as the Business Services Manager in 2012, before becoming a director in 2016. His aim is to provide honest advice and direction to clients, ensuring client satisfaction throughout.

Kevin with his partner have five children so that fills most of his spare time. He does however try and allocate time to go to the gym most mornings before work, and enjoys his family time at weekends.

Professional Staff

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Sarah Newton

Tax Manager

Sarah has many years’ experience dealing with taxation matters and looks after the tax function both Personal and Corporate for the firm.

Sarah’s professional life began with working at H M Revenue & Customs and after gaining 5 years working in that environment decided to try life on the other side. She has worked for both Big 5 and smaller firms of accountants and prefers the personal interaction with clients and the variety of work that a smaller firm offers. Sarah joined Geoffrey Cole & Co in June 2000 and is currently the longest serving member of staff.

Sarah’s main interests outside work seem to revolve mainly around sport, being a keen follower of all sport including super league netball and also both domestic and international Rugby. Sarah has been a season ticket holder at London Irish for many years.

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Laura Fitchett FCCA

Senior Accountant and Client Advisor

Laura brings a very hand’s on approach to accounting, having worked very closely with clients, dealing with accounting aspects, VAT, payroll, CIS and assisting clients with Xero/Sage matters. Being one of our Xero certified staff members, Laura is able to give practical assistance and guidance to our clients accounting requirements on a daily basis.

Laura has dealt with Small and Medium sized owner managed businesses since starting her career, having qualified and worked in the SME sector over the years.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her son.

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Matthew Strange

Trainee Accountant

Matthew is a local guy joining us in 2019. 

Having gained a BSC (Hons) in Economics from the University of Bournemouth, Matthew has since gained experience in an accounting practice prior to joining Geoffrey Cole & Co. With knowledge of Payroll, Company Secretarial matters and Management accounting Matthew will further his potential by assisting clients with statutory accounting requirements.

When Matthew is not studying towards his Association of Certified Chartered Accountants qualification, he will be seen following his favourite football team.

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Maddie Ally

Administrator

Maddie joined us in 2021 as an Administrator; most of her duties revolve around assisting clients and the accounts team ensuring they receive professional support and service. This is her first time working in the Accountancy environment but Maddie is enthusiastic and a determined individual who is a versatile individual.

In her spare time, Maddie likes to play video games, watch movies and socialise with friends and family.

Mante Saakwa-Mante

Mante has several years of experience working for a variety of small accountancy firms specialising in end of year accounting and VAT returns for Small to Medium Size businesses. He began his professional career at the end of his first year of university and continued working part time throughout years 2 and 3. Upon completion of BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance he went full time at the firm helping and training clients transitioning from desktop to cloud based ERP systems. Mante enjoys working along side clients to enable them to feel confident using Xero, QuickBooks and Sage.

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