Meet 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 Improvement 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.
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!
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. My interest in Physics from my school days has carried over into a professional interest in the Science and Technology sector; especially as these hi-tech firms often have support needs with Research and Development, Patent Box and other matters.
Outside of work my main interests are in keeping fit through Ju Jitsu training and teaching and the less healthy pursuit of being a London Irish RFC supporter (when my young daughter lets me get out…)
Paul Skinner FCCA – Director
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.
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.
Rebecca Blake – ACCA
I joined CRM in July 2011 having previously worked in an industry role and had completed my AAT qualification. I began studying for my ACCA qualification in March 2012 and passed my final exam in 2014.
While working at CRM I have gained a wide range of experience in all aspects of accountancy and particularly enjoy working closely with our clients to help them develop and grow their businesses and to achieve their short and long-term goals.
I have also had the opportunity to develop my role as a specialist in the travel and tourism sector so I am able to give valuable advice to clients within the industry.
I enjoy being part of the friendly CRM team and feel that we work together well in order to help our clients succeed in business.
I now have two small children who keep me very busy when I am not working. We enjoy the outdoors, going on long walks and when I am at home I like to bake.
Emma Bullock – Office Manager
I joined CRM in April 2018 after spending the last three years working in practice after previously working in industry.
I am currently studying towards an ACCA qualification and love that working in practice allows you to be in involved with all areas of accounting.
Since joining Chapman, Robinson and Moore, I have quickly become the ‘Xero Guru’ for training and assistance so hopefully my ‘skills’ have now been passed on to my colleagues and clients!
I really enjoy meeting our clients and seeing the difference our support & services can make to their businesses.
Outside of work, I begrudgingly go to the gym at 6am each day (then spend the rest of day thinking of eating steak!) but really enjoy going to the cinema, eating nice food, travelling and spending time with my family and miniature schnauzer ‘Ned’ (named after Ned Stark from Game of Thrones).
After living in Spain for 7 years, I am very passionate about the country and everything Spanish and look forward to my retirement days of sipping Sangria in the sun…although this is a long way off!!
Katerina Kurgane – ACA
After finishing classical art school and art college I decided to do mathematics and computer science degree (as you naturally would). Meanwhile, I also obtained a certificate in tourism and hotel management, worked for a tourism company and number of hotels, a multimedia design company, a drama theatre – just to make sure my student life wasn’t monotone and boring.
In the end, I realised that accountancy was my calling. I am now ACA qualified accountant. After training with several Oxfordshire firms and nearly a decade of experience, I joined Chapman Robinson and Moore in March 2018. I enjoy the different aspects and challenges that accountancy has to offer. These include meeting clients, learning about their businesses and finding solutions for clients’ needs.
My life’s motto is: “Whatever you do, give it a 100% or don’t do it at all!” Although, I have a wide variety of interests, I am very passionate about everything I do and no matter what I do, I do it with enthusiasm and maximum focus. Some might find it sad but I am mad about accountancy and numbers. While people choose to solve puzzles in order to relax, I solve puzzles as part of my job! What could be better?!
When I am not at work I like to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy going to theatres and live an active life – walking, hiking, camping, cycling. I love leading a busy life and there is no such thing as “spare time” in my dictionary. And finally, my profile would not be complete if I did not mention my passion for tennis. I may not be quite on the Wimbledon level just yet but I do enjoy playing for my local club and eating strawberries with cream.
Jessica Mason FCCA, BSc (Hons) – Commercial Manager
I first joined Chapman Robinson and Moore in 2002, where I trained and qualified as an accountant. After a number of years gaining valuable accountancy experience with clients across a wide variety of sectors , I re-joined CRM in September 2020 as their Commercial Manager.
I strive to build strong relationships with clients, providing them with support and helping them to understand their finances and achieve their goals. I particularly enjoy working with clients in the property and building sector.
Outside of the office, I am a voluntary director for a local pre-school which is a registered charity and where my children both attended. My two young children keep me occupied when I am not working and we love to spend weekends / holidays going for walks, swimming, cycling and watching Disney films.
Loren Forbes – Part-Qualified Trainee
I joined CRM in February 2018 after starting my finance career in the banking sector. I am currently a trainee accountant and loving learning all the skills that come with the new role.
Outside of the work I enjoy reading, fitness and spending time with friends and family.
Kate Thomas – Part-Qualified Trainee
After finishing my Mathematics degree, I decided that I wanted to go into the accounting and finance sector. I joined CRM in July 2017 as a trainee accountant, and have been loving it ever since! I particularly enjoy the variety it brings as no two clients are the same and hope to develop my skills within the company to be able to deliver exceptional service.
Outside of work I enjoy socialising with my friends and family, and travelling to various countries learning about their culture.
Charlotte Joyce – Part-qualified 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 2021! A big challenge, but I think I’m up to it.
Jake Ormrod – Trainee
I joined CRM in May 2018 after completing my A levels.
I have really enjoyed working on a variety of different businesses since joining and I am looking forward to gaining more insight into accounting and business in years to come. My goal is to complete the ACCA qualification.
Alison Weston – Office Administrator
I joined CRM in December 2017 to support the administrative side of the business and to be the first point of contact for calls and visitors to the office.
Previously I have worked in the banking industry and also admin support roles.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming and reading and spending time with family and friends.
Hannah Briggs – Trainee
I joined CRM in August 2021.
I am looking forward to learning about accountancy in detail and have an interest in looking for areas of improvement within businesses.
I worked in the veterinary sector for 6 years prior to becoming a trainee accountant with CRM. I worked for a small practice and had lots of involvement with the administration and accounts side of the business and found this is where my interests lay. I look forward to studying for the ACCA qualification and to gaining a wider knowledge of business and accounting along the way.
I have my own horse who I ride most days and I spend a lot of time at the stables. I also enjoy training at the gym and taking my dog for a walk to explore the countryside.
Jess Mendes – Trainee Accountant
I joined CRM at the beginning of September 2021
I am looking forward to learning about accountancy in detail and have an interest in looking for areas of improvement within businesses.
Previously I completed an apprenticeship as a credit controller, while studying alongside to achieve my AAT level 3 qualification.
Outside of work I enjoy yoga and socialising with family and friends.
Taryn Yates – Trainee
I joined CRM in July 2019, wanting to try something new. I am currently studying towards achieving my ACCA qualification.
I really enjoy the variety and the challenges that the job offers, and I am learning something new each day.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking and spending time with my dog.
Julie Kennedy – Office Administrator
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.
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