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Our Team

James Emmerson - Accountant

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I have worked for Hayhow & Co for 8 years. My role within the firm is closely based with client relationship where I produce regular management figures, and help with VAT compliance etc. I also take particular pleasure in troubleshooting when it comes to client’s software/bookkeeping problems. Other aspects of my role include drafting company accounts, processing payroll, and taxation work.

Outside of work I still attempt to play football on a Saturday for Denver Football Club for whom I am also treasurer, and I’m a huge Norwich City fan. The majority of my down time is spent enjoying my young family, and all of the adventures that come along with it.

Karen Wales – Payroll Manager

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I became Payroll Manager in 2010 when I joined Hayhow & Co. I am responsible for all aspects of Payroll including weekly, fortnightly, 4 weekly and monthly pay schedules, as well as Contractor Monthly Returns and all aspects of CIS. With Auto-enrolment now coming into force, please contact me if you have any queries at all regarding your legal requirements.

“I know how important it is to be on top of all employment legislation and how daunting it can be for clients to face the new challenges that employment can bring, but if I can help the client with their legal responsibility so that they can concentrate on running their business then I’m more than happy to do so.”

When I’m not at work I like nothing more than a spot of gardening – I can`t resist a plant!

If you have any payroll queries or need some advice please contact me:

Michael Pearson – Senior Accountant

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I joined Hayhow & Co in October 1983 following 4 years with one of the Big 8. My roles include all aspects of company accounting, personal taxation and trusts. I love all sport (mainly watching these days) and I have been an annual member of Newmarket Racecourses for 23 years and regularly attend meetings at Ascot.

I also enjoy cooking and drinking wine. I have been a school governor for 7 years and I act as Chairman of the school Staffing and Finance committee.

Paige Dawson – Accountant

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I started working at Hayhow & Co after I left sixth form in 2014. I became AAT qualified in 2017. I complete and prepare accounts jobs, bookkeeping and VAT returns for a range of clients.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema to watch the new releases, as I’m a big fan of TV and film. Also, when I’m not at work I enjoy reading a good book.

Tina Smith – Manager

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I started working at Hayhow & Co in October 2012. I qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in January 2018, after furthering my studies once I became AAT qualified in 2015.

In my role, I complete accounts and tax returns for Limited Companies, Partnerships and Sole traders. I also prepare Charity accounts and undertake independent examinations. I am also heavily involved with our audit work, undertaking Charity, Limited Company and Multi-academy audits.

My previous roles have included bookkeeping, preparation of management accounts, preparation and submission of VAT and CIS returns, and payroll.

I am always looking to expand my current client portfolio. If you would like a free initial consultation to discuss how we can help and support you and your business, please feel free to contact me at

Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym and keeping active, which is good as I am also a keen baker in my spare time.

Claire Steward – Bookkeeper

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I started working at Hayhow & Co in 2016.

My role as Bookkeeper includes meeting and greeting clients both face to face and over the telephone, and supporting all other members of staff and partners with bookkeeping, payroll and management accounts.

Outside of work I have a young active family, with two dogs in which we all enjoy nothing more than long walks. We are still renovating our house/garden over a ten year period, so I’m always busy striping wallpaper! I also enjoy art and crafts and cooking cakes when I get time.

Lauryn Grange – Receptionist

I recently started working at Hayhow & Co in 2017.

My role as Receptionist includes meeting and greeting clients both face to face and over the telephone, and supporting all other members of staff and partners with secretarial/clerical/financial/and mailing jobs.

Lorna Larham – Accountant

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I joined Hayhow & Co in 2016, after working for another firm since 2010.

I became AAT qualifed in 2013, and I am currently studying towards my ACCA qualification.

In my role, I complete accounts and tax returns for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies, I also prepare VAT returns and management accounts as well as supporting payroll.

Outside of the office, I play hockey for my local team and go to the gym. Lately, I have been trying lots of new recipes and have a new found love for cooking.