Our Team

Whether you are appointing an accountant for the first time, or simply looking for new ideas, we can help.

Marc Neilon BA(Hons) FCA


I first met Richard Allen at Oxford Brookes University in 1982. We were both young then(!) and setting out on a career in Business & Finance. After some years spent as a partner at a firm in Oxford, it was not until 1997 that we decided to go into business together.

Now, with over 30 years experience advising owner managed businesses, I have helped to nurture a flourishing practice with an outstanding team of people. The Recognition Panel were gracious to say “for a small organisation, Jamesons are one of the most impressive I have ever read about”. It’s a great career that brings variety and daily challenges.

That said it isn’t all about being at the office and I try to balance work with my wonderful family, my passion for both classic and sports cars and European driving holidays.

Anita Lyon ACA FCCA


I qualified in 1997 and have worked in practice for a long time! Having said this I still enjoy my job and the challenges it brings – no day is the same. I love meeting with clients new and old to discuss ways in which we can help them grow and develop their businesses. Basically I like meeting people and talking!

Married to a builder I have a good working knowledge of the construction industry and in a former life I worked in the hospitality industry so this industry is also close to my heart.

In addition; I am part of the team that organise the annual West Oxfordshire Business Awards and also run the Buttercross club - a monthly networking lunch club.

In my spare time I like to blow the cobwebs away with a run and enjoy gardening and cooking. I also love to travel and now our children are living independently we have the freedom and funds to explore the world a bit more and have a long wish list of exotic places to visit. Saying this skiing is my passion and will always be my priority.

Gareth Jones CTA


I have been with Jamesons since September 1999 after joining the firm as a trainee straight from school. Over the years my role within the Jamesons team has developed and I have been a director of the firm since April 2011. The main thing I have enjoyed over the years is building relationships with the clients and helping them grow their businesses.

Away from work, I have two children, a boy and girl called Rory and Ellie. My passion is sport and I really do enjoy every sport which I am sure the team in the office can testify to with my endless chat about the sport at the weekend. Age has caught up with me, so nowadays it is more watching sport than playing! I somehow managed to be talked into becoming the coach of my son’s football team at Bure Park Juniors. Despite regretting it at the time, I am enjoying it more and more each week and I am looking to obtain my coaching badges in the near future. Last but not least, I am a Liverpool FC supporter!

Matthew Blow ACCA FMAAT


I have been with Jamesons for over ten years and I am a chartered certified accountant with qualifications from ACCA and AAT. I have recently been appointed a director of the firm from 1 January 2018 and I continue to manage a portfolio of clients. I thoroughly enjoy my job and the challenges it brings, but I especially like the interaction with clients and giving them advice.

I have recently become a father to Elijah, my first child, and I love seeing him grow, develop and learn new things. I enjoy playing golf although I’m not getting to play quite as much as I would like. I love spending time with my family and friends over the weekends and watching all types of sports.

Richard Allen FCA

I am the old man of the Team. I’ve been supporting and advising owner managed businesses for over 25 years now and I still get a kick from it. There’s nothing better than seeing a client benefit from the advice you’ve given!

Outside of work, I like to spend time with my family or out on my motorcycle – the one place I can get away from everything.

Jeannette Gardiner

I started my accountancy career after leaving college many years ago and have worked for a number of accountants over the years. I joined Jamesons back in April 1999. Even after this length of time I still enjoy the high level of client contact and the variety my job gives me. Everyday is different. Some of my clients feel like my extended family now!

I am married with two students (not allowed to call them kids!). My daughter is in her final year studying History at Reading University and my son has just started an ICT course at Abingdon and Witney College. Outside of work, I enjoy listening to music, watching crime dramas and supporting my favourite football team, Liverpool FC.

Jade Jarvis MAAT

I have been working for Jamesons since September 2003 when I left school for the real world. I have since gained my AAT qualification and have completed all the required ACCA examinations.

Since the birth of my son Oli you will only find me in the office Wednesday through to Friday - on the other days of the week I am usually at some baby music group or play session. Outside of work and babies I also enjoy reading and a good natter with the girls.

Jamie Timms FMAAT ACCA

I began working at Jamesons in September 2004 after completing my A levels and have achieved the AAT and ACCA qualifications. I am now working towards obtaining my practicing certificate.

Outside of work I enjoy playing sport including football for Spartan Rangers FC and a round of golf when the weather is nice. I also try to keep fit and go to the gym when possible.

Lesley Eaglestone

I am the Administrator here at Jamesons, and started in March 2010. I enjoy all the day to day challenges this role provides, and supporting the Jamesons Team.

I have lived in Witney with my family for over 10 years, and whilst my family keep be busy, I do like my holidays, and although I love living in this part of the country, I do try and get to Lake District once a year as I enjoy the long walks, and of course the scenery!

David Baker - ACA MAAT

I joined Jamesons in 2012 after completing my ‘A’ levels at Burford School. Since joining Jamesons I have become a Chartered Accountant by completing the ACA qualification.

Outside of work, I take part in Triathlons. So most days I’m training at the gym or recovering! With the help of my cinema pass, I see lots of films and my colleagues often get a Monday morning review of the film I saw at the weekend.

Chloe Busby - MAAT

I joined Jamesons in September 2013 after completing my A-Levels at Bartholomew School. Since joining Jamesons I have completed AAT Level 2 and 3 and at present I am studying for AAT Level 4. In September I will be starting the ACCA qualification, in order to progress to a fully Chartered Accountant.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my two horses at the stables, attending various exercise classes at the gym and baking – taking the title of ‘Jamesons Bake Off Champion 2015’. I also have a desire to travel and see more of the world.

Ryan Groves - MAAT

I joined Jamesons in December 2013. After spending 10 years in the hospitality industry I wanted to pursue a career in finance. Having completed AAT I am now in my final stages of ACCA.

I am a junior manager at the firm managing a collection of clients which has given me the opportunity to start building more on the client relationships and to learn more about their businesses.

When I am not working, my weekends are mostly filled watching sport! Following Wolves and F1 more so. I have been known to win the office fantasy football from time to time (2016/17/18). I also enjoy cooking, eating out, and a nice holiday every year is a must!

Zakir Bashir - BA (Hons)

I joined Jamesons in October 2014 having previously worked for another accounting firm. Before that, I gained a BA (Hons) in Economics from Oxford Brookes University and a Diploma in International Banking and Financial Services from Henley Business School. I am now studying towards the ACCA exams.

Outside of work I have a great interest in various sports such as football, cricket and weight-training and dedicate my spare time in playing various sports.”

Hannah Chatfield - FCCA MAAT

I joined Jamesons in May 2015 and manage a portfolio of clients as well as the workflow for the team. I enjoy my job especially meeting clients and getting to know them and their businesses.

When I left school I knew that I wanted to work in accountancy and went straight into my AAT training with another local firm. After completing this I then gained my ACCA qualification in 2009.

I have now started to work towards gaining my practicing certificate with Jamesons.

You will find me in the office Monday to Thursday. Fridays are spent with my son, Ethan, when we usually go swimming and on play dates. I love being a mum and I am making the most of the extra day at home.

In my spare time I keep fit by attending a couple of spinning classes at the gym and going out for a run. When I finally get time to relax I enjoy putting my feet up and reading a book or watching TV.

Lorraine Bull

After leaving school I found that my organised and detailed approach was ideally suited to Business Administration. Developing interest and experience, I gained my AAT qualifications and have since worked for a number of companies large and small, from hospitality, construction, manufacturing through to scientific and have supported them with complete business administration, set up including Bookkeeping, HR, Payroll and other administration tasks. I have found working with Jamesons a pleasure as I can work with many different businesses from all sectors.

When I’m not working, you will find me with my Golden Retrievers, Milo and Oscar, frequently spending weekends away with my husband in our caravan, walking and visiting various location, our favourite being Stratford-upon-Avon and the Isle of Wight.

Charlie Morgan

I joined Jamesons in July 2015, after working for a local accountancy firm for a year I had decided to pursue a career in accounting. I am currently in my final year of AAT and will hopefully be qualified by the end of the year.

When I am not working you will mostly find me playing various sports such as football or weight training, and the odd game of golf depending on the weather.

Carly Harris – BA (Hons)

I joined Jamesons in summer 2016, after working in industry for 2 years, and deciding that I wanted to pursue a career in practice. Before this I gained my first class degree in Accounting at Worcester University and will now be aiming towards the ACCA exams.

Away from work, I usually spend my time either at the yard with my horse or going out for a run. I also enjoy watching a good TV series when I have time!

Emily Tan - BA (Hons)

I joined Jamesons in September 2016 after undertaking some bookkeeping training that soon developed into an interest in accountancy. Before this I finished my degree in International Business from the University of Liverpool, and have now made a start towards the AAT qualifications.

In my spare time I love taking my puppy for walks, and I play tennis and squash as often as I can. The rest of my time is spent reading, watching my favourite TV shows and going out with friends.

Abbie Clapton

I joined the Jamesons team in September 2017 after completing my A-Levels in Chemistry, English Language and Literature and History.

After being made to feel extremely welcome and like part of the team from day one during my work experience here in November 2014, I knew being an accountant at Jamesons was my dream career. Currently I am studying for my AAT levels at Abingdon and Witney College alongside working in the office 5 days a week.

Outside of work, you will probably find me having fun at the yard with my horse, Jack. Aside from horses, I also enjoy a night out with my friends, eating out and aspire to visit many destinations around the globe.

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