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Meet The Team

We are a dedicated team which strives to provide success to our clients in regards to all their accountancy needs. Our team is very close-knit and ensures that a unified support is provided to you whenever you need it. With expertise covering all aspects of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services, we are well placed to take a holistic view to planning for the future as well dealing with specific matters.

Stuart Swinbank FCA

Telephone: 01325 382828

Position: Director

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Management and Chemical Sciences from UMIST, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Experience/specialisms: I have experience of working closely with a number of owner-managed businesses including a number of doctor practices. I provide an all round service from bookkeeping and management reporting to planning and financial decision making. Prior to Sanders Swinbank I worked as a manager for 2 firms of Chartered Accountants based in Darlington and Middlesbrough.

Outside work: I am married to Jill and have three adult sons. We live on and manage the family farm in County Durham where we keep a small flock of sheep.

Emma Hetherington FCCA

Telephone: 01325 382828

Position: Senior Client Manager

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Studies from the University of Northumbria, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants

Experience/specialisms: I joined Sanders Swinbank in 2000 and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002.  I deal with a varied portfolio of clients which include sole traders, partnerships and owner managed companies.  I specialise in medical practitioner accounts and I have significant knowledge regarding GP practice funding and the NHS pension scheme.  I provide a range of services to my clients in terms of accountancy, self assessment tax, corporation tax, payroll, VAT, book keeping, accountancy software support and superannuation certificates for GP’s.  I also provide advice and on going support to my clients with any accountancy issues they have.

Outside work:I am married to Michael and we have three rapidly growing children, so outside work I am kept busy with their social activities.  As a family we enjoy spending fun times together and we love going on holiday.


Jen Newsome FMAAT

Telephone: 01325 382828

Position: Senior Client Manager

Qualifications: Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians

Experience/specialisms: I joined Sanders Swinbank in 2000. I manage a varied portfolio of clients including owner managed businesses, not-for-profit organisations, medical practitioners and working men’s club, providing a wide range of services including accounts, bookkeeping, payroll, taxation and audit. I also provide software support to clients managing their own bookkeeping and VAT.

Outside work: I enjoy reading, dales walking (avoiding cows wherever possible) and armchair sports watching.

Katie Walton BA FCCA

Telephone:01325 382828

Position: Senior Client Manager

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance from the University of Teesside, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants

Experience/specialisms: I manage a variety of clients and provide accounts, tax and on going advice and support to a range of businesses. I also specialise in medical accounts and have significant knowledge of the NHS pension scheme.

Outside work: I am a keen horse rider and spend most weekends competing my horse at British Eventing, I am also the secretary and treasurer of Darlington & District Riding Club. I am an active team member and have represented the riding club at both area and national level. I also have links to Stockton Yong Farmers Club, although now too old I still help out now and again as a club leader.

Sandra Chowns-Smith MAAT

Telephone: 01325 382828

Position: Senior Client Manager

Qualifications: Member of The Association of Accounting Technicians


I trained with Grant Thornton and then moved to a manufacturing company followed by an international marketing company to gain experiences. Following a maternity break, in 1996 I went back in to practice and really enjoy the diversity of the work and meeting the clients. I joined the company in 2006 I deal with a variety of clients, proving a whole range of services, including financial accounts, taxation, superannuation, on going advice and support. I specialise in the medical sector, with a portfolio of dispensing and non dispensing practices.

Outside work:

In my spare time, I enjoy socialising with family and friends. I love to watch most sports and follow my childhood football time Oxford United.  I am a volunteer dog walker for the Dog Trust. I am also looking to take up gardening as a hobby, rather than view it as a chore.


George Swinbank

Telephone: 01325 382828

Position: Client Manager

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Leeds

Experience/specialisms: I help build relationships, produce end of year accounts and self assessment tax returns for my portfolio of sole trader and partnership clients. I carry out payroll and help client managers and senior client managers with their workloads. I am currently studying for the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants qualification. I have previous experience in the financial service industry and the financial regulation sector.

Outside Work: I keep fit by playing squash, long distance walking, gardening and helping out on the farm. I have my own self-employed gardening business in the North West of England. I love spending time with friends and family, eating out and travelling to new places.

Tracey Bihari

Telephone: 01325 382828

Position: Office Administrator/Receptionist

Experience/Specialisms: I joined Sanders Swinbank in June 2016. I am the first point of contact for the clients, either by telephone or face to face. I provide payroll services to a number of our clients and also give support to the client management team. I deal with Health and Safety matters including First Aider where I am a qualified First Aider.

Outside work: I am married to Tony and I enjoy keeping fit at the gym, socialising with friends, going on holidays abroad and I also like listening to music and watching boxed sets on the TV.



Jon Olsen

Telephone: 01325 382828

Position: Client Manager

Qualifications: BSc Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Northumbria

Experience/specialisms:I began my career at Sage where I spent my time becoming an expert with all the Sage software packages before moving on to gain experience as a financial controller in number of small businesses.  I joined Sanders Swinbank in 2016 where I manage a variety of clients, from sole trader to limited company, specialising in farmers and the construction industry. Due to my past experience I also provide software support to clients managing their own bookkeeping and payroll.

Outside Work: :  I am a keen sports fan so my spare time is usually taken up with whatever sport is in season at the time.  I am also the treasurer of a whisky appreciation club within which we sample various rare or recommended whiskies.

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