Red Shoes Accounting Services

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Victoria Cooper - FMAAT (MIP), Principal

Victoria has enjoyed a career of more than thirty years working in tax, accountancy and audit. She started as an apprentice in Liverpool in 1989 with a small firm In Liverpool and since then has enjoyed senior roles both within industry and practice, successfully continuing her professional studies from AAT through to ACCA. Victoria has a full practising license with AAT which enables her to provide full professional technical services to the business community; assisting local businesses and individuals with their compliance obligations.

Victoria very much enjoys supporting time pressured business people; taking away the strain that HMRC compliance often brings and bringing clarity and transparency to the financials of everyday business transactions. She provides insight and advice when needed to give business owners and managers the information and tools they need to move their business forward.

In her spare time Victoria enjoys working out, pumping weights at local fitness club Vixercise, quiz nights with friends, playing/walking the family's very bouncy labrador, or you can usually find her stuck in a novel as she loves to read anything from Jane Austen to Margaret Atwood.

Vanessa Pearson BSc (Hons) FMAAT, Senior Manager

Vanessa manages a portfolio of corporate clients and the personal tax affairs of their directors. Her focus is on the Engineering, Education, Hygiene and Waste, and Construction sectors, in addition to Research & Development claims, IR35 issues, Let Property campaign disclosures and 60 day reporting for disposals of residential property.

As Senior Manager, Vanessa is also responsible for the recruitment, and training and development of staff in all aspects of accounts production and tax compliance.

Vanessa studied Maths at Sussex University, before gaining her AAT qualification and has over 25 years’ experience in accountancy and tax. She trained at a local firm, gaining knowledge of small and medium businesses (SME’s) at a senior level, and is a fellow AAT member. She enjoys helping companies and their owners set up, run and grow their businesses.

Vanessa is a member of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organisation in the world. She has supported projects such as gleaning, conservation projects, building a sensory garden and organising conferences. She also enjoys papercrafts, music and spending time with family and friends.

Lorraine Partridge - FCCA, Senior Accountant

Lorraine has worked in practice since leaving school, qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1997 and has over 30 years of experience within small and medium accountancy firms.  She enjoys meeting and getting to know her clients and prefers a personable approach to her work.

In her own time, Lorraine enjoys cooking and she loves to look through her library of cookbooks to see what meals she can create.  During lockdown she enjoyed making various breads including sourdough.  Lorraine keeps fit by enduring regular sessions on her spinning bike at home but also loves getting out in to the countryside and walking in the Peak District and the Lake District.  Her husband and son take up a large part of her time and they enjoy walking, cycling and going to the forest as a family.

Ryan Lane, Business Services Manager

Ryan studied Accounting and Finance at Nottingham Trent University. After a successful temporary summer job at Red Shoes Accounting before Ryan's final year of University, he returned the following year and is now the firm’s longest serving employee. Ryan’s organisation and thoroughness are good attributes for his accountancy, tax and payroll work. His main role at Red Shoes Accounting is Business Services Manager; mainly dealing with management accounts for various companies, as well as VAT returns, payroll, annual accounts and self-assessment tax returns. Some people say he is also the firm's in-house ‘IT guy’.

When not knee deep in spreadsheets, Ryan is a speedy football player (although getting on a bit now) and loves to watch most competitive sports. He enjoys exploring different restaurants with his wife and socialising with friends.

Laura Barrow, Practice Manager

Laura is our Practice Manager and also part of the payroll team. After a very different career previously as a firefighter she is enjoying the challenges her role at Red Shoes Accounting Services brings. 

She spends most of her spare time with family and supporting her teenage daughter and step-daughter with their many interests ranging from singing, acting, netball, and hockey which keeps her busy travelling to and from various clubs and events. 

Laura also likes to socialise with friends, spend time down the coast, read and enjoy walks with the family dog Polo.

Callie Weller - MAAT, Accountant

Callie is an apprentice trainee accountant who attended Bishop Laney Sixth Form in Ely to achieve her AAT Level 2. Since then, Callie has achieved MAAT certification and is currently on an apprenticeship program for ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) for her level 7 Chartered qualification.

In her spare time Callie likes to spend time with family and friends, going out for food and drinks and going to the gym. She also loves long walks in the forest or by the beach.

Annie Hayden, Bookkeeper

Annie attended Ely Sixth Form and completed a Business and Administration Diploma which has improved her organisation skills. She has achieved a level 3 AAT diploma and currently specialises in bookkeeping on a range of different software.

Annie enjoys spending time reading novels and attending live music as well as festivals. Annie also has an interest in writing and often creates collaborative stories with her friends.

Zoe Slocombe, Payroll Officer

Zoe Slocombe is our Payroll Associate. Zoe started her payroll career within the education sector, processing payroll for local schools before moving to a well- known construction company running the in-house payroll for over two years. Zoe joined us to develop her skills further and her payroll experience is a great asset to the team.

In her spare time Zoe likes to bake some extravagant cakes and has her only little business she runs outside of work. She's made cakes that look like beer glasses, trampolines and even a camel! She also enjoys crafting and especially crocheting while binge watching Disney movies

Chelsea Wiseman, Apprentice Accountant

Chelsea Wiseman, is our dynamic new Apprentice Accountant at Red Shoes Accounting. Chelsea's primary responsibilities include supporting our accounting team in various financial tasks and honing her skills to become a proficient accountant.

Currently pursuing her AAT qualification, Chelsea is dedicated to expanding her knowledge and expertise in the field of accountancy. Outside of work, Chelsea loves quality time with her family, indulging in board games like Cluedo and Scrabble. She also enjoys traveling, dining out, hitting the gym, and indulging in retail therapy during her leisure time. With her enthusiasm for numbers and commitment to growth, Chelsea is a valuable addition to our team.

Alex French, Apprentice Accountant

Alex French is our ambitious Apprentice Accountant. Alex has made a bold career transition from labouring to pursue a path in finance. No stranger to hard work, Alex is currently undertaking his AAT Level 2 qualification and aspires to progress to Level 3 and beyond.

Outside of the office, Alex finds joy in playing hockey and unwinding with friends post-game. He also has a penchant for the silver screen, enjoying trips to the cinema to catch the latest films. When the weather permits, Alex loves nothing more than embarking on long countryside walks, soaking up the sunshine. With his enthusiasm for personal and professional development, Alex is a valued member of our team bringing dedication and positivity!