David Charles Adams FCA, CTA, FIMgt Managing Director

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an associate of the Chartered Taxation Institute. He also lectures in taxation.

David started the practice in 1970, having previously trained in the same building as an articled clerk.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an associate of the Chartered Taxation Institute. He also lectures in taxation.

Married, with a family of four girls, David manages a local radio station, Drystone Radio (www.drystoneradio.co.uk), is a top-grade table tennis coach, was a Rugby League referee and club director, and can talk the hind leg off a donkey! He also invented the firm’s name from a combination of his elder daughter’s names.

Tracy Kelliher ACA Director

Tracy is one of our main accountants since joining in 2007 previously working for an accountancy firm in Halifax. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993, having previously studied at Leeds Polytechnic and Financial Training.

Tracy’s specialist area is solicitor’s accounts rules. She is well respected as the calming and level headed member of the team and really enjoys the challenge of sorting out clients’ problems. Her ethos is good service and giving clients value for money.

Tracy enjoys running with Stainland Lions Club and socialising with friends, whilst also being a taxi service for her husband and three children.

Anna Fossett Bookkeeper

Anna joined the practice in 2015 as an administration assistant, and quickly developed her career into becoming a bookkeeper. She also has experience in small company accounts. She enjoys liaising with her clients. When not at work she loves spending time with her family, visiting interesting places and bottomless brunches with the girls.

When not working she loves to spend time with her daughter, partner and family trying new things and visiting interesting places.

Keith Beaumont

One of the longest serving members, starting in 1980 from school, Keith is responsible for company accounts and business tax, looking at VAT, tax and company accounts. He manages his own portfolio of clients. In his own words, Keith is one of the more elusive members of the team, spending much of his time with clients. When not at work, Keith enjoys socialising with friends, going to the cinema and playing snooker and pool.

Nicola Pennington Office Manager

Nicola joined the firm in 2009 to work as the PA to David Adams. She also provides secretarial support to the three directors and the rest of the firm.

Previously in her career she had worked as a PA to a Criminal & Matrimonial partner in a law practice and was the manager of the advertising telephone sales department of the local newspaper.

Nicola enjoys her role within the firm to help provide an efficient, professional and friendly service. She endeavours to make everyone’s experience of Lindley Adams a positive one.

When not at work Nicola enjoys running with my local running club and hiking.

Sharaz Khan BA (Hons), ACCA

Sharaz joined the firm in 2015 having previously worked for an accountancy practice based in Otley.

He is an accounting and finance graduate from the University of Manchester.

He is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant specialising in the audit of credit unions. He has detailed knowledge of the credit union sector and understanding of the issues credit unions face.

Outside of work Sharaz is a keen runner and enjoys cycling.

James Duke MAAT, Audit Manager

As Audit Manager within the firm he is responsible for organising all of the Credit Union clients.

He has nearly 20 years’ experience of the credit union sector and also has extensive knowledge in computers and all of the main credit union systems including Conaccess Bacus, Conaccess Focus, Progress and Curtains Too.

Richard Watson M.A., F.C.A Audit Manager

Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

After leaving university Richard qualified with one of the top 10 firms before becoming a partner in a professional two partner office for twenty years and then a partner in a top 30 accountancy practise for twelve years.

Richard therefore has substantial experience of accounting and tax matters covering a wide range of industry sectors. Since joining the firm Richard has taken on responsibility for audit , accountancy and taxation services particularly for owner managed businesses and charitable organisations.

Married with four children, Richard enjoys travel, walking his dogs and is a season ticket holder at Burnley F.C.

Johnathan Leach

Johnathan was successfully awarded a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and Finance from Huddersfield University in 2010. Joining the firm in 2011 as a trainee accountant, he worked alongside Julie-Ann Pearson to gain experience and knowledge.

He currently works predominantly on personal tax returns and small company accounts. He is in the final stages of studying for the ACCA qualification to further his career.

In his spare time Johnathan enjoys socialising with friends and hill walking.

Malcolm Jacobs

Malcolm arrived in 2015 with over 30 years’ experience in General Practice. Keen to establish long lasting relationships with clients particularly through the preparation of accounts.

His greatest satisfaction comes with supervision and development of colleagues, building teams to help them and clients achieve their aspirations. An avid supporter of Huddersfield Town for over 45 years, he understands disappointment and relishes the occasional good day. You may also hear him at the piano or organ.

Perveen Akhtar BA (Hons)

Perveen has been one of our main accountants since joining in 2000, previously working for accountancy firms in Bradford and Morley, and specialises in personal taxation and small company accounts. Perveen successfully completed a BA (Hons) in Accountancy Studies at Huddersfield University and is well on the way to obtaining the ACCA qualification.

Perveen enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters and travelling.

Debbie Duddridge

Debbie is one of our bookkeepers visiting clients in their own businesses. Debbie joined the firm in 2008 having previously worked for a bank for 18 years and a local charity for 5 years. Debbie is a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT). Debbie’s main area of work is with Solicitors using various specialist accounts software. Debbie is married with 2 sons, and in her spare time enjoys socialising with friends and family, theatre, walking, reading and doing puzzles.

Helen Ackroyd, Practice & Payroll Manager

Helen joined our busy payroll department in October 2020 from a background of payroll experience, including schemes for people and families with disabilities.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She also enjoys being outdoors walking and socialising with friends.

Penelope Broster, Bookkeeper

Penelope joined the practice as a bookkeeper and enjoys working as part of a team with her colleagues.  At weekends, Penelope likes to spend quality time with her fiancé and family.

Freya Shelton MAAT, Accountancy Apprentice

Freya is currently studying hard for ACCA as she aspires to be qualified as quickly as possible, whilst gaining knowledge and experience within the workplace.  In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends, especially a Bottomless Brunch with colleagues.  Cheers!

Sarah Bake, Payroll Administrator

Sarah joined the payroll department in July 2018. She has a Sage 50 Payroll Software Qualification and has 10 years of previous experience in HR/ payroll. She is married with two children and a dog named Bruce. In her spare time Sarah is a volunteer at Old Rishworthian RUFC and loves watching rugby. She also enjoys a good sauvignon blanc.