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.


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 has worked for the firm since 2009 and is the Office Manager.

She has a very varied and knowledgeable role within the firm. This includes the management of office systems, secretarial and administration support, debt collecting, staff support and everything in between!

She always endeavours to give a professional, efficient & friendly service to clients and staff and to make everyone’s experience of the firm a positive one.

When not at work Nicola enjoys spending time with her family, socialising and keeping fit as a member of a local running club, usually training towards a race.

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.

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.

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.

Lauren Ashley – Accountant

Lauren joined the firm in 2022 having previously worked in industry in London. She is a bank and finance post-graduate from the University of Surrey.

Lauren is currently working on completing her last ACCA exam to be a qualified accountant at Lindley Adams Limited by the end of 2022.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys working on her social media business, going to the gym and loves to travel.

Penelope Naylor, 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 husband and family.

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.