Meet The Team
Telephone: +44 (0)208 848 5535
Having worked in outsourcing for nearly 20 years Nicki understands clients’ needs on a practical level and can communicate in a language that is relevant to their business and not just as an accountant. She is dedicated to understanding how businesses operate; helping them to achieve their objectives, not just financially, but by providing a bespoke, holistic service. She builds strong relationships with key figures within the organisation and is recognised for her friendly and personable approach.
Nicki heads up the day to day management of the KS Connect team, and is constantly thinking of new ways to provide a better client experience. Over the years, Nicki has built up a broad knowledge ranging across many industries, particularly solicitors and professional services businesses, the hospitality sector and charities and not for profit organisations. Her specialisms have developed with mainly owner-managed businesses. As the resident technologist at Kingston Smith, she is constantly looking at solutions to provide seamless, streamlined accounting solutions.
With two young children Nicki spends much of her spare time freezing on the side of a football pitch or watching ballet! She also enjoys walking, cooking, eating out and treating herself to spa days.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7566 3748
Clients value Jon’s refreshing, forward-thinking approach. An experienced consultant to entrepreneurial businesses, he advises his clients on a wide range of business issues, from funding and attracting investors, to preparing a business for sale or discussing its future growth strategy.
Jon is constantly looking for new ways to support their business objectives and is always on hand to advise his clients on their day-to-day business issues and queries. With years of experience of working closely with a range of entrepreneurs, he understands the issues they face, advising businesses on tax, accounting and regulatory matters as well as M&A opportunities and global operations.
With an extensive network of contacts both inside and outside the firm, Jon is quick to draw on the knowledge of other professional advisers such as lawyers and IP experts and, where appropriate, to arrange client introductions.
Jon has been a chartered accountant since 2004 and writes each week in the ‘Business Doctor’ column in The Sunday Times business section.
Something of a foodie, in his spare time Jon enjoys cooking as well as chasing around after his young children.
Telephone: +44 (0)207 566 3805
Chris Lane is not your average accountant – he’s more business adviser than bean counter.
Chris’ excellent communication skills, along with his easy-going and approachable personality, give him the leading edge with clients in a field that can be technically challenging. He sees himself as an interpreter for his clients, explaining complex rules in a way that is non-intimidating and easy to understand, and is always available to advise clients. He has a strong interest in technology, which, when combined with his technical skills, affords him insight into the issues and challenges facing tech businesses.
As well as being a general practice client partner dealing with corporate and personal audit, accounts and tax, Chris is involved in the real life Dragon’s Den, being a trusted adviser and a long-term supporter of London Business Angels, which raises equity for UK SMEs.
Seeing the opportunities and challenges faced by SMEs, Chris leads Kingston Smith’s research team, which, in collaboration with the business schools of the Universities of Greenwich and Surrey, produced the award winning academic report, SME success in challenging times: Triggers of success, which you can read on our resources page.
Chris enjoys cycling holidays and spending time with his family.
Telephone: +44 (0)1737 781560
With almost 30 years’ experience, Brendan is the Principal responsible for Business Outsourcing Solutions for Kingston Smith and is recognised for his committed, personable and passionate approach. He has been integral in introducing new internal systems and software streamline many of the firm’s working practices. With a current team of 30 staff in the UK and India, he oversees almost 300 unique management accounts and bookkeeping assignments per year.
Brendan currently focuses on bringing in new fees for the firm through its function as an online provider of services on a large scale, for example, in the completion of supplier pay-runs, invoicing and credit control, together with VAT returns, and end of year. He is also responsible for the Firms Outsourced Bookkeeping Department based in Delhi, India, which is utilised as and when appropriate to send work to for preparation and review.
Brendan joined Kingston Smith in 1987 and established the Management Accounts and Bookkeeping Department in 1999.
Outside work his passions include family, friends, most sports, especially golf and horse racing, together with socialising in general.
Telephone: +44 (0)208 848 5508
Currently studying for his ACCA professional qualification, in his role as Client On-boarding Assistant, Vanish utilises his strong documentation management and computer skills alongside his professional and open communication style.
Managing client on-boarding processes across a range of sectors requires a significant amount of technical and logistical administration. Vanish is responsible for researching cloud software, conducting anti-money laundering checks, drafting letters of engagement and reviewing compliance as well as assisting bookkeepers to implement new technologies and processes.
In his spare time, Vanish enjoys travelling and recently participated in an academic exchange to Australia. He was a volunteer for Music for Relief, which organised benefit concerts, online auctions and events with multi-platinum musicians and celebrities to help rebuild and donate supplies to people in need. Vanish is also a keen blogger and active gamer.
Telephone: +44 (0)208 848 5509
Hemant joined Kingston Smith in 2006 as an ACA trainee and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2009. After qualification Hemant continued to work within general practice, being seconded to Rwanda for 4 weeks to work with the local government running workshops to help local SMEs develop accounting systems and processes. Since then he has continued to gain further experience within audit, accounts and corporate and personal tax. He has a varied portfolio of clients including property, technology, freelance consultants and hospitality clients and applied this experience when he joined the Business Outsourcing team as manager in November 2016.
In his spare time Hemant enjoys being outdoors in his garden, travelling to new places and embracing new adventures.