Meet the Team

James Eyre-Walker, Consultant

After graduating from the University of St. Andrews with a BSc in Zoology & Psychology in 1982, James joined and trained with Coopers & Lybrand in Birmingham. Shortly after he qualified in 1985, he joined Howsons as Audit Manager in 1986 and became a partner in 1989, specialising in financial reporting, auditing and corporate finance. “At the time,” he says, “I hadn’t expected to stay on in the profession, because I wanted to be involved in running a business but, by becoming a partner, I was running a business!” In 2004 he gained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the Open University.

In addition to overseeing the affairs of a diverse largely corporate clients, James is an Associate Member of the Academy of Experts providing expert witness reports in court proceedings.

James has been active in the community (having been governor of two schools and at Stoke College) and within the profession. He has been President of the Staffs, Salop & Wolverhampton of Society of Chartered Accountants on three occasions (2000/01, 2014/15 and 2015/16), chaired their Courses & Conferences Committee and sits on the ICAEW National Technical Advisory Committee. “I think it is important that I put something back into the community and profession which has treated me so well.”

Away from the office, James works his Cocker Spaniel as often as his professional work allows, researches family history (which he has traced back to Normandy before 1066) and has travelled widely, both on business and for pleasure. He is married to Liz and has one adult son.

“Howsons has seen a lot of changes over the years,” he says, “but we have managed those changes effectively and I am very happy with the current shape of the firm and what is has to offer, now and in the future.”

Simon Boyle, Senior Accountant & IT Manager


Agricultural Team

Julie Boyle, Agricultural Director
Tom Godwin, Trainee Accountant (ACCA)
Emily Hall, Trainee Accountant (ACCA)
Paris Cole, Trainee Accountant (AAT)

Agricultural Services

Julie Boyle, Agricultural Director

Julie has a wide portfolio of clients and advises in all areas of accountancy and taxation for owner managed businesses including sole traders, partnership, limited companies and tax only clients.

Julie has specialised in farming and agricultural tax and accounts for over 20 years and has gained an extensive knowledge of farming and farm related businesses. Her clients include farmers, land owners, agricultural contractors, agricultural consultants, agricultural engineers and diversified farm businesses. Julie likes to understand her client’s needs and aspirations and is actively involved in tax planning, looking at ways to save taxes whether it be income tax, capital gains tax or by carrying out inheritance tax planning exercises.

Over the years, she has also gained some valuable professional agricultural contacts.

Tom Godwin, Trainee Accountant (ACCA)

Tom joined Howsons in 2015. He is AAT qualified and is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification. Tom works in the agricultural and rural business department. His role includes the preparation of accounts and tax returns for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. He is a specialist in cloud based book-keeping systems including Xero, QuickBooks and Sage and is able to provide book-keeping training, assistance and advice to our clients.

Emily Hall, Trainee
Accountant (ACCA)

Emily joined Howsons in June 2017 as part of the Agricultural department. She is currently studying for her AAT qualification and will then be going on to study to become a Chartered Accountant. Her role includes preparing accounts for a mixture of client types, primarily Farmers.

Paris Cole, Trainee
Accountant (AAT)

Paris joined Howsons in September 2018 as part of the Agricultural department. Her role includes preparing accounts for a mixture of client types, primarily Farmers. She is currently studying for her AAT qualification and will then be going on to study to become a Chartered Accountant.

Audit Team

James Parr FCCA, Audit Director
Zoe Barlow, Graduate Audit Trainee (ACA)
Oliver Minshall Graduate Audit Trainee (ACA)

Audit & Assurance

James Parr FCCA, Audit Director

As Audit Director, James manages the firm’s audit and assurance clients, and specialises in financial reporting for a range of entities, from small companies and charities, up to large, privately owned groups. James works closely with the firm’s managing director, James Eyre-Walker to ensure all statutory audit and accounts, and tax requirements are met. James is also a part of the firm’s Corporate Finance team, successfully obtaining finance and business sales for a number of client’s.

Born and educated in Stafford, James joined the Howsons management team in 2011, after spending 14 years in public practice with two national firms in the area local to Stafford, qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2007.

In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his family, such as watching his children play football for local teams and going to live music concerts.

Zoe Barlow, Audit Trainee (ACA)

Zoe is part of Howsons Audit Team and works with a variety of clients delivering both audit and independent examination services. She works closely with clients to understand their business and their needs allowing for excellent working relationships.

Before joining Howsons Zoe gained a degree in Forensic Accounting in 2016 from the University of South Wales. Since then Zoe has worked within the accounting and auditing sector whilst studying for her qualification as a Chartered Accountant.

In her Spare time Zoe enjoys travelling, spending time with her friends and family and going swimming.

Oliver Minshall, Audit Trainee (ACA)

Oliver studied A-levels in Accounting, Business and Sociology at Stoke Sixth Form College. He then went on to study Accounting and Finance at Staffordshire University achieving his first class honours degree.
Oliver likes to watch and play football and likes to travel, eventually experiencing living aboard for a while! He mostly spends his spare time playing football and enjoys spending time with his friends at the local pub.

General Practice Team

Rebecca Williams FCA, General Practice Director
Hannah Werner, Payroll Manager
Angela Whittaker, Accountant
Scott Cadman ACCA, General Practice Director
Vicki Davenport, Accounts Senior
Ian Watt, Accounts Senior (ACA)
Jordan Benton, Trainee Accountant (AAT)
Oliver Dicken, Trainee Accountant (AAT)


Rebecca Williams FCA, General Practice Director

Becky joined Howsons in 2001 after graduating from Staffordshire University in Accounting and Law. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 and became a manager in 2007.

Becky is now General Practice Director with a large portfolio of clients from a wide variety of business sectors. Her clients include sole trades, partnerships, limited companies and charities. Becky specialises in corporate accounts and charities.

Becky works closely with her clients in the start-up of their businesses, advising on the most tax efficient trading vehicle for them and providing comfort that they are meeting all their filing requirements.

Becky assists her clients with all their accounting and taxation requirements. She will provide support during HMRC enquiries and is always looking for tax savings that may be made by the company, directors or business owners.

When Becky isn’t working she is spending time with her 2 daughters and has recently started running. If there are any spare hours in the day she enjoys a good book and glass of wine.

Hannah Werner, Payroll Manager

Hannah joined Howsons in August 2020. She as worked in Payroll for over 10 years and gained her Payroll Technician certificate in 2017. Hannah deals with all aspects of payroll processing and she is also involved in some company secretarial work, ensuring all forms are filed on time to companies house.

In her spare time she enjoys going away in her caravan with her family.

Angela Whittaker, Accountant

Angela started to train with a firm of Chartered Accounts in Stafford at the age of 16 and joined Howsons’ Leek office in May 1981. In November 2014, Angela moved to the Stoke office. Over the years, I have dealt with all aspects of clients’ accounts and have a portfolio of clients that I have dealt with, many for over 30 years.

Angela’s favourite pastime is visiting her holiday home in New Quay, Wales and enjoying the coastal walks and scenery.

Scott Cadman ACCA, General Practice Director

Scott joined as an apprentice straight from college in October 2010 after completing his A Levels. He has since studied with Howsons and became a Chartered Certified Accountant in August 2015. Scott is now currently futhering his studies and working to become a Chartered Tax Advisor, specialising in owner managed business and corporation tax. In his role within the general practice, Scott mainly prepares statutory accounts, corporation tax returns, VAT returns, management accounts and self-assessment tax returns but also helps with any additional work required by our clients.

Scott is also a Xero certified trainer and is our resident Sage expert.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys watching Stoke City Football Club where he is a season ticket holder or will be found out on the golf course.

Vicki Davenport, Accounts Senior

Vicki joined Howsons General Practice department in June 2000, where she gained her AAT qualification. Vicki’s role involves the preparation of company accounts and corporation tax returns. She also deals with regular book-keeping and management accounts clients and assists within the Payroll department.

Outside of work, Vicki has two young children that keep her very busy with their various social activities. On a Sunday morning, she can be found on the side of the football pitch cheering her sons’ football team on!

Ian Watt, Accounts Senior (ACA)

Ian joined the General Practice department in September 2016. Ian graduated from Cardiff University in 2012 and he spent a year working in forensic accounting at Deloitte and gained experience in Audit at Dains LLP. He is currently studying towards his ACA qualification and has recently passed the Professional Level.

Ian’s key responsibilities include accounts preparation for sole traders, partnerships and private companies. In addition he assists with Corporation Tax and VAT returns.

When away from the office, Ian enjoys playing 5-a-side football on a regular basis and watching his favourite team Aston Villa.

Jordan Benton, Trainee Accountant (AAT)

Jordan joined Howsons in August 2018. He deals with various Sole Traders, Partnerships and Companies. Jordan is currently studying for his AAT qualifications which he hopes will give him a strong grounding in accountancy before going on to become a Chartered Accountant.

Jordan spends a lot of his time playing football which sees him travelling up and down the country to ply his trade.

Oliver Dicken, Trainee Accountant (AAT)

Oliver joined Howsons in June 2021 and is the newest member of the General Practice Team. Having just finished his AAT Level 2, he will be moving on to study for his AAT Level 3 in September.
Oliver is a big football fan and enjoys playing for his local team at the weekends, he is also a Stoke City season ticket holder and enjoys spending time with friends in his spare time.

Vicky Hulse CTA ATT fellow ADIT TEP, Tax Director

Starting her tax career in 1997, Vicky became a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) in 1999 (now a fellow), and qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) just two years later and was admitted as a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in early 2002.

Vicky came to Howsons as a mixed tax senior mainly involved in corporate taxes but also in more complex personal tax, PAYE, tax investigation and tax planning/advisory work touching on inheritance and succession.

Progressing quickly through assistant manager and manager roles Vicky became one of the first in the UK to attain the internationally recognised Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) and more latterly took the first sitting of the fast-track into the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) for Accountants and Tax Practitioners in 2011 adding international tax, trusts and estates to her specific areas of expertise. Vicky is also an authorised individual probate matters.

With over 20 years’ experience Vicky now heads our private client and tax specialist sector as tax director. In her own words: “I constantly strive for excellence and i am always looking forward to the next challenge”.

Administrative Team

Cath Fettes, Practice Administrator
Tracy Foxall, Office Administrator
Aminah Henry, Administrator
Tracy Davies, Receptionist / Typist

Our Values

Cath Fettes, Practice Administrator

After a joint honours degree in Mathematics and Physics at Hull University, Cath took a position with Spicer and Oppenheim (now Deloitte & Touche) in Croydon.

In March 1990 Cath returned to Stoke-on-Trent and joined Howsons in Leek as PA to the senior partner. Twelve months later she took on the role of Practice Administrator. “It is a very varied and often challenging role and we always strive for continuous improvement”. She has been involved in the development of the time / fee recording system and in 2012 became the firm’s Money Laundering Regulation Officer.

Cath is an active member of the Guide Association. She is Chair of Finance for Girlguiding Staffordshire and was Chair of Finance for Girlguiding Midlands between 2011 and 2016; she also runs a Guide Unit in Endon. She is also involved in her local community being Treasurer of Baddeley Green & Stockton Brook Community Association.

In her “spare” time Cath enjoys spending time on the allotment that she shares with her neighbours.

Tracy Foxall, Office Administrator

Tracy joined Howsons in June 1986 aged 21. She has had various roles during her career with us and currently works in the Reception for 4 days per week, which gives her a good work/life balance. She has lived all her life in the Tunstall/Burslem area of Stoke on Trent, and has been married for 33 years and has 2 children. For recreation she enjoys horse-riding, yoga, live music, holidays and weekends away with her husband and friends.

Aminah Henry, Administrator

Aminah joined Howsons in August 2017 as part of the Administration Team. Main areas of responsibility is the Practice Database, Website/ Social Media Management, Archive Management and providing support to the Directors.

Aminah enjoys spending time with her family, eating out, Travelling and Camping with her partner and friends.

Tracy Davies, Receptionist / Typist

Tracy joined Howsons in February 2013 as a part time Receptionist/Typist. She works closely with Tracy Foxall to ensure the front of house runs smoothly and addresses the core administrative needs of the business. Tracy’s role involves being the first point of contact for clients and supporting the directors including preparing documents, audio dictating, managing the scanning and storing of documents for our Cloud Database filing system, known as Virtual Cabinet.

Tracy is married with a son and daughter and lives just over the border in Cheshire.