GARETH BURTON
Founder & CEO

Having successfully built an award-winning pension audit and assurance practice, I launched Progress Accountants in 2017.
I went to the University of Plymouth to complete an engineering degree but upon leaving I found myself working for one of the ‘Big 4’ as an accountant.
I have over 25 years of experience as an accountant, and 7 as a business owner. I understand the pain business owners go through setting up and growing their businesses.
I am keen to help our clients avoid the pain points I experienced through efficient record-keeping, daily bookkeeping and forward-looking financial information.

When I am not working I enjoy:

Swimming; taking my daughter every week.

Cycling; not quite the next Bradley Wiggins but a keen past time of mine.

Researching new technology; the speed at which technology evolves amazes me.

BHAV PATEL
Senior Manager

I have been an accountant for 5 years. I started out at one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms working with a number of FTSE 100 companies. I joined Progress Accountants sister company in 2015.
As a senior manager I take time to understand the challenges faced by clients to help them find practical, innovative solutions.
I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to help improve their processes and identify improvement areas to help with business planning.

When I am not working I enjoy:

Travelling; my family and I try to go to visit a new country each year.

Spending time with my family; I have two young children so they keep me active.

Cycling; when I don’t have both my children with me my chosen mode of transport is my bicycle. I also enjoy the challenge of completing charity races.

ASHLEY FREEMAN
Associate Accountant

I am currently studying to become an ACCA qualified accountant. I completed a diploma in business law and have three A levels.
I have previously worked as an emergency call taker and restaurant manager, so I like to think I strive under pressure.

When I am not working I enjoy:

Football; I try and watch my team play as often as possible.

Music; Oasis are one of my favourite band and I am hopeful for a reunion.

Karaoke; I will never turn down the opportunity to sing on stage especially if you pop Wonderwall on.

EMMA JONES
Assistant Manager

I am currently studying to become an ACCA qualified accountant. Before joining the firm; I managed bars and large teams.
I have the ability to effectively communicate ensuring tasks are completed in the most effective manner.
I have also worked in a cash office I was trusted with large sums of money and it was my job to account for discrepancies, complete accounts reporting to head office and banking.

When I am not working I enjoy:

Attending garden shows; I often go to the Movlen flower show with my family.

Spending time with my dog; I have a French bulldog called Rolo.

Watching the Crofts dog show.

JADE BROOKER
Associate Accountant

I am currently studying to become an ACCA qualified accountant. To date I have passed all my exams.
Prior to joining Progress Accountants I completed my A-levels in business, psychology and accounting.
I worked at a nursery, I carried out risk assessments, monitored the children’s development and carried out activities to keep them engaged. Working with children has taught me to think on my toes.

When I am not working I enjoy:

Dancing; I take part in shows and also compete.

Travelling; my family and I go on a cruise every year.

West End shows; I have performed on West End stages and I enjoy travelling down to watch the shows.

LUKE BOSCH
Associate Accountant

I am currently studying to become an ACCA qualified accountant. I completed my schooling back in South Africa and moved to England with my family in 2017.
Since joining I have passed all of my exams and have been trusted to manage my projects.

When I am not working I enjoy:

Working out; I try to go to the gym 4 times a week.

Pool; my cousins and I play every week.

Beer; since moving from South Africa I have been able to try beers I hadn’t heard of before.

OLIVIA BAILEY
Associate Accountant

I am currently studying to become an ACCA qualified accountant. Before joining I completed my A-Levels in math, business and psychology.
I have previously worked in the hospitality sector. I used to work at my local pub and a catering company.

When I am not working I enjoy:

Travelling to Cornwall; my family live there and I enjoy being at the beach.

Harry Potter; I am guilty of collecting themed items from games to cards and mugs.

80's music; I often go and watch tribute bands and singers.

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