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Meet the Team

Lauren Bollons FCCA ACA BSc(Hons) - Partner

Background: Lauren joined the firm in 2001, from University, and commenced her ACCA training, becoming fully qualified in 2005. She became a partner in the firm in April 2011, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales) in 2013.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales), BSc (Hons)

Hobbies: Horse riding, dog walking and camping holidays.

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laura DawsonLaura Dawson FCCA ACA CTA FMAAT - Partner

Background: Laura joined the firm in 2010 as a newly qualified Chartered Certified Accountant. Laura became a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 2012 and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales) in 2017. Since April 2018, Laura has been a partner in the firm.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, , Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales)

Hobbies: Exercising, socialising with friends and drinking cocktails!

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Colin Payne - Consultant

Background:Colin trained with Thornton Baker (now Grant Thornton) in Oxford and Leeds, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1977. After 2 years working in York to obtain further experience, he joined the practice in 1979, and became a partner here with Trevor Hardcastle in 1981. Colin is now a consultant to the firm.

Hobbies: Table tennis, photography and listening to an extremely wide choice of music.

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David Brewster FCA CTA - Senior manager

Background: David trained in Leeds with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and qualified with them in 1984. David joined Hardcastle France in 1987 and was a partner from 1990 to 2005. David now continues as the firm's Senior Manager

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales), Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation

Hobbies: Farming, gardening and walking.

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Fiona Hewitt - Practice and payroll manager

Background: Fiona has worked at Hardcastle France since 2001, managing the practice on a day to day basis and also heading up the payroll department. Fiona can advise on payroll related matters including pensions (auto enrolment) sickness, maternity and holiday pay and payroll software options.

Hobbies: Looking after her chickens, gardening

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We also have a full support team of accountants, payroll and administrative staff.