Meet the IN Team

Sarah is quick to remind us that she’s NOT an accountant.

Following a corporate career in Strategy, Sales & Marketing, Sarah set up her own business coaching and consultancy company before joining the IN Team.

Now, she works tirelessly to ensure that all clients receive a top-quality service with a smile.

When Sarah’s not serving our clients and managing the workplace, she is a full-time taxi for her two crazy teenagers. You may recognise Alex from his explanatory videos on our website.

As a keen walker, runner, tennis player and cyclist, Sarah loves to be out and about in the fresh air.

Sarah Harkness

Managing Director

andy tyler

A serial entrepreneur having successfully grown Cullen Wealth Ltd to achieve a £6m turnover, Andy founded IN Accountancy in late 2012 to fill a gap in the market.

With almost 40 years of accounting experience (this is where you say he doesn’t look old enough ????), clients appreciate Andy’s straight talking, direct approach, and the fact that he’s ‘been there, done that’ as a business person as opposed to ‘just’ an accountant.

When not working, Andy can be found walking in the Lake District with his Dalmatian (just the one), on his road bike up a hill somewhere, or playing the saxophone in one of many bands. Or dabbling with his ‘side hustle’ VSO

Andrew Tyler, FCA

Professional Services Director

Having worked in both industry and practice accounts environments for 15 years, Dale bring a well rounded knowledge of both statutory and management accounts to the IN Team.

Not content with his chartered accountant qualification, Dale also completed his Chartered Tax Adviser exams to become a CTA in 2015.

A Stockport lad through and through, when not working Dale enjoys football – both playing and watching, as well as spending time with his young family.

Dale Swift, FCCA, CTA

Associate Accounts Director

Louise has been an absolute bundle of energy since the moment joined the IN Team.

Graduating from Liverpool JMU in Intl Business and French in 1994, Louise proceeded to qualify as a Chartered Accountant (and ACCA too – which seems a little greedy really!). She must be a whole lot older than she looks!!!

Louise brings more than 30 years’ accountancy experience all spent in North West practices looking after owner managed businesses which she loves, especially getting to really understand the clients, your goals and hopes for your business and helping you to achieve those.

When not working, Louise loves spending time with her friends, family and especially adorable Alfie, enjoying music and theatre, hiking, the gym and watching sports, great food and a love of wine first developed during her Uni year out in Paris and Nice

Louise Wood, FCA, FCCA – Accounts Director

Accounts Director

With an honours degree in Business from Sheffield Hallam University, Helen joined the IN Team in July 2023 following a long career with the NHS after having previously held a wide variety of roles in the family business.

Helen is a wonderful allrounder and superb people person, and just like the rest of the IN Team, it’s clear how much she cares about doing the right thing and doing it well.

When not working Helen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, although with one daughter at Uni and another just graduated, she is at last finding more time for herself again and hoping to get back into running soon too.

Helen Cleaver – Operations Manager

Operations Manager

Kathryn Heald who works on your accounts

Born in the UK, Kathryn emigrated to Utah when she was 4 years old before returning in 2010.

Kathryn joined IN Accountancy in July 2013, and is our longest-serving employee. She has achieved her MAAT, ATT and most recently her CTA – Chartered Tax Adviser, the highest level of tax qualification in the UK.

When not working, studying, or looking after her littlest, Kathryn enjoys running, country walks and reading (with murder mysteries being her favourite genre).

She has three beautiful children – Alexis, Michael, and Alayna and is hoping one day to take a trip to her dream holiday destination of Venice.

Kathryn Heald, CTA, MAAT, ATT

Tax Manager

David joined Harrison Newall accountants straight out of school as a 16 year old apprentice, and worked for John Newall and his father before him until IN Accountancy bought the business in 2014.

David is the ultimate ‘safe pair of hands’ as well as a fantastic trainer of the younger generation.

David has recently dropped down to working only two days a week in the office – perhaps because he took up golf a couple of years ago??!

When not working or on the golf course, David likes spending time with family and friends, and listening to live music.

He’s also our go-to encyclopedia for the best places to grab a drink in Stockport ????

David Williamson

Senior Accountant

Stockport accountants payroll

Sandra’s been working in Payroll since 1989 and has achieved a BTEC in Payroll Management.

She joined IN Accountancy in 2018, and in April 2021 transferred the practice onto a whole new payroll system with ease – something that she’s rightly very proud of!

Sandra’s dream holiday destination would be somewhere at the top of a mountain, basking in the sun. She would choose invisibility if she could choose to have a superpower, because, well why not?!

Sandra Emerson-Fortnum

Payroll Manager

Stockport Accountants IN Accountancy

Sue started her career in accountancy straight from school in 1985. Sue gained her AAT qualification in 1991, and later completed her ACCA in 1996 and obtained her fellowship in 2002.

Sue is our in house Sage expert.

Outside of accountancy, Sue’s interests lie in classic cars, gardening, and being immersed in the great outdoors.

She is also famous for making exquisite chilli jam.

Once COVID-19 passes and we can fly again, Sue’s looking forward to travelling around the world. Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and America are just a few of the countries at the top of her list.

Sue Harris, FMAAT, FCCA

Senior Accountant

Rachel Wood MAAT

Rachel joined IN Accountancy in June 2013, and had the audacity to leave when she qualified at Level 4 AAT!!

It didn’t take long for her to see the light and come ‘back home’ to the IN Team… and it’s something we don’t let her forget ????

Rachel is our very own Xero Hero, digital accounting champion and recently finished her ACCA qualification ????

When Rachel’s not working, she likes going to the gym ????, socialising with family and friends ????, going to the cinema ????, and watching Manchester United ⚽⚽⚽

Rachel Wood, ACCA, MAAT

Senior Accountant & Digital Solutions Manager

AAT and ACCA qualified, South Manchester born and bred Callum spent his early years with Medical Specialists Hall Liddy, then Mazars, dealing with limited companies, partnerships and individuals.

After relocating to Norwich for a number of years, Callum finished his ACCA qualifications with mid tier firm Mazars working in both the medical and SME teams.

It was here that he developed his passion for helping owner managed businesses really understand the numbers that matter in their business to drive their growth and success.

When he’s not working he’s a bit of a gym bunny, and loves spending time walking the dog with his partner, as well as getting out and about on his bikes… 🚴🏽🏍️

Apparently, he also used to play national league basketball, so I’m looking forward to a shoot off between him and Andy at some point in the near future 🏀🏀

Callum Ollerenshaw, ACCA

Senior Accountant

Olivia Levell

Olivia joined IN Accountancy straight from Aquinas College in August 2018 having completed A Levels in Accounting, Business and ICT. With a natural affinity to technology, Olivia is our in house systems and efficiencies expert!

Olivia has achieved her level 4 AAT with us as well as her ATT qualification, and is an important part of our Senior Tax team, as well as overseeing internal business development and improvement strategies and processes.

Don’t be fooled by her quiet demeanour – Olivia is a Karate black belt, as well as a regular gym goer and movie watcher. She also loves spending time with friends and family and is hoping someday to visit the Maldives.

Olivia Levell ATT, MAAT

Tax Senior and Business Improvement Manager

Theo Whitley

Theo, born and bred in Bramhall, is an Aquinas College Accountancy department graduate. Theo has already obtained his AAT and is currently studying towards his ACCA.

Theo is our in house FreeAgent expert ☺

Theo has always been a big sportsman, having played tennis at county level and golf for North-West England. Playing for his men’s scratch team at 14 years old, he is clearly a golfer ahead of his time!

If he could pick one last meal to have on earth, Theo would choose drunken noodles with duck from Noks Thai in Bramhall, followed by apple crumble with custard!

Don’t ask!!!

Theo Whitley, MAAT

Senior Accountant

Rourke Neal In Accountancy

Rourke (not Neal as many people call him) went to Bramhall High School and Aquinas College. Another bright spark, he achieved exceptional results in his Economics, Accounting, and PE A levels.  Rourke is qualified at level 3 and 4 AAT and is now working through his studies with ACCA, to become a fully Certified Chartered Accountant.

Rourke is a passionate Manchester United fan, watching the matches religiously week in, week out.  When he is not studying for his upcoming exams, he is out playing semi-pro football; he is also Captain of our ‘Business Fives Football’ team and has taken us all the way through to the finals at Leeds in April!

Rourke Neal, AAT


James Taylor Smith In-accountancy

James Taylor-Smith joined us in July 2021 as an Level 3 AAT Accountancy Apprentice after completing his A Levels in Criminology, Financial studies, and Accounting at Aquinas College in Stockport

Before joining the IN Team James was balancing his studies with part time work making pizzas at Morrisons, where he quickly progressed to a team leader and training position

Don’t be fooled by his quiet demeanour – when he’s not working or studying James loves football, FIFA, hiking and partying

He loves how friendly and supportive the IN Team have been to him, and how much he is learning every single day

James Taylor Smith


matthew palmer in-accountancy

Matt joined the IN Team as a Level 3 Accountancy Apprentice just a week after James, having also completed his A Levels at Aquinas College in Stockport, where he studied Accountancy, Business and Economics

Prior to joining the team he was juggling his studies with his part time job at Piccolino’s restaurant in Bramhall

Despite being a Liverpool FC fan (not quite sure how that fact slipped through the interview screening process!!!), Matt loves the fact that the IN Team really does feel like a team where everyone helps each other


Matthew Palmer


Olivia Price

Olivia joined us as a Level 3 AAT Accountancy Apprentice, after completing her A Levels in Accounting, Business and Law at Aquinas College in Stockport.

Before joining the IN Team, she was balancing her studies with a part-time job working behind a bar at Premier Suite and Lounge.

During the weekends she likes to go out with her friends and family.

She loves how helpful the IN Team is and says that everyone is willing to go out of their way to support and train you.

Olivia Price

Trainee Accountant

Lily Gould

Lily joined us as a level 3 AAT apprentice after studying Accounting, French, and Psychology at Aquinas College in Stockport.

She took a real liking to accounting when she used to work in a small post office/corner shop where she spent a lot of time handling money and eating the cake no one bought!

When she is not at work, she loves to travel at the weekends adventuring to new places and meeting new people.

She loves how our team goes out of their way to really get to know the clients and internal staff – she feels we have strong relationships with our clients (and each other) which makes us work well as a team.

She also loves the bacon butties Sarah sometimes treats us to ????

Lily Gould

Trainee Accountant

Meet Faiza 😀

Faiza joined the IN Team in August 2023, having successfully completed A Levels in Accounting, Business and Economics at Aquinas College in Stockport.

Some might think that she’s a quiet individual, but we’re not so sure… there’s a quick wit and a ready smile to be paired with a very sharp mind.  And she is so super efficient it’s hard to keep up!!

When not working or studying, Faiza loves spending time with her family, and baking… I feel a bake off coming up sometime soon 🍰🍰

And we have also just found out that she is the one to go to for any series or box sets recommendations 📺


Faiza Akhtar

Accounts Clerk

Calum (not to be confused with Callum) joined the IN Team in July 2023, straight after completing his A Levels in Accounting, Law and Economics at Aquinas College in Stockport.

Calum always knew that he wanted a career in accountancy, and had pro-actively been in contact with us during his A Levels to take part in any work experience opportunity he could find – a sign of commitment and dedication to us, and of course we both got to test each other out and knew what we were getting!

When he’s not working or studying Calum enjoys going to the gym and spending time with friends


Calum Hogan

Accounts Clerk

Dylan is well known in the South Manchester business community, particularly for his unlimited appetite for exercise, ‘netwalking’ and, well, food.

A regular on Freshwalks networking excursions, Dylan is always careful to ensure that no-one ever leaves a rucksack unattended. Or if they do he will swiftly confiscate any contraband he finds.

Should you ever meet him, he has a penchant for ham, cheese and mustard on brown, but is never too picky.


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