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Key team

In all areas of service, an experienced and settled team of qualified staff will manage your requirements. While each team member works on a day-to-day basis in a specific service area, colleagues in other areas will readily address any new or unusual issues.

Our qualified staff can call upon many years of experience in the profession and in a variety of commercial roles, which gives them a strong appreciation of the issues that matter to clients.

Gibson McKerrell Brown is committed to providing a training environment for future accountants – CA and ACCA candidates – through its client base of small and medium sized businesses.

The key staff in charge of our service areas are:

Julian Cordery

Julian Cordery originally joined Gibson & Co in 2002, becoming a partner of Gibson McKerrell Brown as part of the 2006 merger. Julian left the firm in May 2017 and returned in September 2018. Born and brought up in the South East of England, Julian began his career with Maurice J Bushell & Co in the City of London. Julian completed his ACCA qualification in 2000 with MRI Moores Rowland (now part of Mazars) and also became a member Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2009, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 2014.

Julian’s experience encompasses the audit of small to medium sized companies and general compliance and advisory services. As a partner, Julian has the opportunity to work closely with clients, providing advice and support to implement client business strategies.

Beyond his client commitments, Julian has been instrumental in the selection and implementation of computer systems and training programmes to support the development of the practice. Julian works extensively to ensure the firm continually evolves to meet changes in reporting regulations and that clients receive the advice required to make the decisions key to their businesses, this will include ensuring that clients meet the Making Tax Digital obligations.

Susan Ross

Susan Ross graduated with a BA in Accountancy and Computer Science in 1989, and completed her CA training in 1992 with McKerrell Brown & Gray. During her time with us, Susan has established long-term working relationships with a range of clients, providing tax and accounting compliance services for small and medium sized businesses. Susan develops a hands on role and she now works closely with a number of clients regarding their accounting and bookkeeping services.

Susan puts her accounting and tax knowledge to use serving a number of charities and trusts in Edinburgh. In addition, Susan is able to provide clients with advice concerning management reporting, cash flow projections, company restructuring and day-to-day bookkeeping issues as required.

Contact Susan on 0131 228 8319 / sross@g-m-b.co.uk

Aileen Harris

Aileen Harris qualified as CA in 1993 and worked with a recruitment consultant as a financial controller, before joining Gibson and Co. in 1996. Throughout the time that she has been with us, Aileen has successfully balanced the commitments of raising a family and maintaining her professional career. Aileen has experienced all that general practice has to offer, working with sole traders, partnerships and small limited companies and is also involved in the preparation of charity accounts.

Aileen has supported clients – in many cases, from start-up – providing compliance and company secretarial services and the appropriate registration for VAT, PAYE and personal or corporation tax services. As a result of this role, Aileen has naturally become the point of contact for these clients preparation of annual accounts and personal and corporate tax returns.

Contact Aileen on 0131 228 8319 / aharris@g-m-b.co.uk

Heather Henderson

Heather Henderson has been with Gibson McKerrell Brown for a number of years. Heather works closely with the senior partner, largely in relation to providing personal taxation services for private clients. Experience drawn from various commercial accounting roles allows Heather to deal with all aspects of tax compliance. Her remit encompasses all matters, ranging from compilation of statements and computations from client information and declarations on behalf of clients, to follow up and resolution of enquiries made by the tax authorities.

In keeping with the firm’s commitment to client service, Heather appreciates the importance to clients of clear and timely communications. As such Heather actively contacts clients to notify them of reporting deadlines and seeks to simplify the sometimes daunting process of presenting annual returns to HMRC.

Contact Heather on 0131 228 8319 / hhenderson@g-m-b.co.uk

Mary Blair

Mary Blair studied for her BA in Accounting and Finance whilst living and working in Edinburgh. Mary has put her financial background to good use providing administrative support to a number of different organisations. Since returning to work following a break to raise a family, Mary has focused on heading up the payroll service for a number of Gibson McKerrell Brown clients.

Mary is the day-to-day contact between clients and the staff who provide payroll services. This team manages the weekly, monthly and annual commitments associated with payroll, and the calculation and reporting of PAYE and NIC matters. In addition to the payroll function Mary has been actively involved in the development of in house bookkeeping services.

Contact Mary on 0131 228 8319 / mblair@g-m-b.co.uk