Meet the directors and the team

Tony Hobbs, Managing Director

As managing director of CRM I have an overview of all activities, but have a particular interest in business development. This has evolved through a combination of working closely with clients on the financial management of their business, and background studying and courses that I have undertaken, which has led to the development of our Business Improvment Programme.  Certainly for me this is the aspect of CRM that I have found the most rewarding and enjoyable. I get a great deal of satisfaction from seeing clients succeed and knowing that CRM have made a positive contribution towards this success.  I also enjoy working as a non-executive director for companies, providing strategic as well as financial input and support. 

Away from the office I am interested in most sports, particularly Rugby Union, and also walking and climbing. I also have an interest in Martial Arts.  I  enjoy spending time with my wife and three children whenever possible.

Sector Specialism: Music industry

 

Jim Moore, Director

As a founder director of the business, my client work involves all aspects of accountancy.

My interests out of the office include golf and travel.

 

 

 

 

Alan Sowden, Technical Director

I joined CRM in 1998 as a trainee. Following the successful completion of my ACCA exams I decided to further my tax expertise by studying for the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification (having vowed at my ACCA finals never to sit another exam!).   Having attained both of these qualifications, along with the Financial Planning Certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute, I was appointed a director of CRM in 2004.   Although my qualifications and work have given me a wide and varied experience of numerous aspects of business, my main focus and specialism has long been that of taxation, and in particular that of offering pro-active and innovative tax planning solutions and advice.

 Outside of work my main interests are in keeping fit through Ju Jitsu training (in between all too frequent injury breaks!) and the less healthy pursuit of being a dedicated London Irish RFC supporter.

Sector Specialism: Hi-Tech / Innovation

 

Noel Heaven, Director

After leaving Magdalen College School in 1979 I worked in accountancy practices in Oxford before joining CRM in 1990. I was appointed a partner in 1995 and subsequently became a director.

My particular interest is with the small business sector. I enjoy the interaction with the clients and discussing with them the various ways in which I can help them, and their business, to be successful. It is a very positive and rewarding experience to assist people  to achieve their own goals and those of their business. Accountancy is much more than producing year end accounts and tax returns.   Away from work I enjoy most sports ( as long as a ball is involved!), in particular football and cricket. I have supported Everton since 1968 so my loyalty to lost causes has never been in question! In the last few years I have started to play golf and my ambition is to hit the fairway on two successive holes. I am also a member of The Salvation Army and have played in the band for many years. If you need someone to blow your trumpet then I’m your man!

Sector Specialism: Hospitality - Pubs / Resturants 

 

Mike Foster - Commercial Director

I started my career journey with Barclays where I worked through to become the area manager in Oxfordshire for Business Start Ups. After a short spell in the leisure industry, I started and established my own businesses including a bookkeeping practice, training company, marketing business and a soft play centre.

Before joining CRM in late 2016, I Co-Founded a membership organisation supporting bookkeepers to start, develop and grow their own practice, as well as working as a mentor. I am passionate about helping other business owners to see the satisfaction of running their own successful, profitable and enjoyable business.

Outside of work, I enjoy most sports especially Football and Rugby, whilst enjoying the special time with my family.

 

Becky Hodgins ACCA - Office Manager

After leaving sixth form at the age of 18, I joined CRM in 2006. I qualified as an accountant in August 2010 after completing all 14 of the ACCA exams.

My role as office manager means that I am involved in ensuring that clients receive an efficient service from CRM. I also assist with internal training of staff and am involved with the day to day client services that CRM provide, such as accounts preparation, personal and corporate tax, bookkeeping and payroll.

 

 

Paul Skinner FCCA – Systems manager

I joined CRM in July 2004 at the age of 18 after finishing my A levels. I then went on to complete all 14 exams of ACCA and after sitting the final exam in December 2009 was very relieved to find out in February 2010 that I had passed and could call myself a qualified accountant.

My role at CRM means that as well as undertaking the normal tasks such as accounts preparation and tax work, I also assist in the mentoring and training of staff. I am also responsible for checking and implementing the systems we have. This also seems to involve assisting fellow team members with IT problems!!!  

Away from work I enjoy most sports, in particular football and darts which I play and watch as often as I can. I had trials for Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United when I was younger but unfortunately I did not make it as a professional so went for the profession of an accountant instead!!!

I have supported Arsenal since I was 5 and was lucky enough to have played at Highbury before Arsenal moved stadiums. I was then fortunate enough to be offered a season ticket at Arsenal in 2007 and have held this since.  

 

Rebecca Blake - ACCA Affiliate

I joined CRM in July 2011 after previously working in industry. I am enjoying working in accountancy practice and learning all the different areas of accounting.

Before joining Chapman, Robinson and Moore, I studied part time and completed my AAT technician level. I am currently attending Reed Business School and studying towards an ACCA qualification.

The areas of accounting that I enjoy most are preparing end of year accounts, payroll and visiting clients.

Sector Specialism: Travel & Tourism

 

Tatenda Jana - Trainee

I joined CRM in November 2014. I hold an Accounting degree with the University of South Africa, and am currently studying towards my ACA qualification.

I have been working in audit for several years, and have exposure from a wide range of clients, in the UK as well as globally. I am passionate about audit and accounting, and I believe strongly in adding value to my clients as well as delivering quality and cost effective services.

I enjoy spending time with my family as well as meeting new people.

Sector Specialism: Natural Resources

 

Charlotte Morgan - Trainee

I joined CRM in August 2014. Having completed the AAT qualification, I am now moving on to study ACCA.

I have previously worked in both practice and industry, which has given me great experience and a platform which I hope will help both my ongoing studies and working responsibilities. 

I am really enjoying my time at Chapman, Robinson & Moore, and I hope to grow with the business. I love learning new things and I have already developed my knowledge and understanding of practices and clients. I take pride in my work and hope to be of assistance to both colleagues and clients - It's great to be part of a fantastic and talented team where everyone plays such a vital role in the business' success.

Away from work, I like to socialise with family and friends, I like to keep fit and I am a keen runner. Having completed two half marathons, I hope to start and (hopefully!) finish the London Marathon in 2015! A big challenge, but I think I'm up to it.

Sector Specialism: Professional Services

 

Usman Ahmed - Trainee

I started my career journey working for a small accountancy practice in the local area which I joined after studying for a degree in Accountancy and Finance at Oxford Brookes University. I have begun studying for my ACCA and am currently in the final stages, I hope to be fully qualified soon.

I enjoy working in public practice as it gives you scope to work on a varied range of financial reporting functions from accounts preparation to statutory audits. The areas I enjoy the most are taxation and year end accounts preparation. As I become more experienced I look forward to experiencing a wider range of accounting areas and more complicated aspects of taxation.

Outside of work, I enjoy socialising with my friends and spending time with my family, I’m also a fan of motorsports and have an interest in classic cars.

 

Julie Kennedy 

I started working for CRM in 1993 for 8 hours per week, term time only! This arrangement didn’t last long and I became a full time employee. I am usually the first point of contact in the office but also help my colleagues with the preparation of accounts, tax returns and company secretarial work. Outside work I spend a lot of time with my family and enjoy reading, quilting and embroidery. I have spent over 35 years researching my family history and am secretary of the Oxfordshire Family History Society.