Our team


Nigel Rea Director

Joined Mitchells: 1997

Qualifications & Achievements:

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Nigel is a Director at Mitchells Grievson and plays a significant role in the overall management of the firm.

With extensive experience across all areas of professional practice including: auditing, accounting, taxation, due diligence assignments, and other corporate finance matters, Nigel works with a range of businesses including start ups, SME’s and subsidiaries of multi-national corporations. Nigel also specialises in the healthcare sector, working for a number of dental practices and care homes.

Nigel has a passion for learning and professional development. Within Mitchells Grievson, he manages the firm’s training programme each year, inspiring young talent with a career that has spanned over many years.

Nigel started his accountancy career at Mitchells Grievson in 1997, where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before quickly progressing to practice partner at the age of 31.

Nigel is married with three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his boys’ various sporting activities and enjoys dining out and home cooking.

Andrew Houghton FMAAT Director

Joined Mitchells: 2000

Qualifications & Achievements:

A fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Andrew started his career in 1984 as an apprentice Accounting Technician with a Sunderland based practice where he gained valuable experience working with local SME’s. This was followed by a move to a national accountancy practice in Newcastle where he gained very significant audit experience and exposure to large regional and national businesses.

A spell in industry followed, as a company accountant to a large publishing company, before he returned to practice in Sunderland, eventually becoming the Audit manager of a local practice.

Andrew joined Mitchells Grievson as Business Development manager in 2000, and was promoted to associate in 2004, before becoming a Director of the practice in 2008. He is now well established in the local business community and has gained a reputation for proactive accountancy, tax and business development advice.


Claire Wilson ACA Client Manager

Joined Mitchells: 2005

Qualifications & Achievements:

A member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ACA).

Claire joined our practice back in 2005. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011 and progressed to a manager in 2012. She manages a diverse and varied portfolio of clients that operate in a variety of industries including construction, motor, property development and leisure (restaurants, cafes and takeaways). She also manages several corporate clients operating overseas dealing with all VAT and accounting matters.

Claire deals with all areas of audit, accounting, VAT and taxation matters including personal tax, corporate tax and tax planning. As a manager, she focuses on growing and supporting her team to ensure the highest level of service is provided to our clients, whilst maintaining excellent attention to detail.

Claire specialises in statutory audits of our small and medium sized clients and independent examinations for a range of charities, social clubs, working men’s clubs and associations. She is also the firms specialist in the Solicitors Accounts Rules, acting for several clients in that sector.

Claire loves travelling and spending time with family and friends, particularly her 3 young nephews. She is a passionate sports fan and has been to the Olympics, Commonwealths and World Athletics. Claire is also kept busy with her Cockapoo puppy Brian!

Helen Griffiths MAAT Payroll Manager

Joined Mitchells: 1999

Qualifications & Achievements:

Helen is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Helen joined Mitchells Grievson in 1999 as an admin apprentice, then studied for her AAT qualification that she achieved in 2007.

Helen has been involved with payroll since 2000 and deals with the real time affairs of over 150 businesses on a weekly, fortnightly and monthly basis including the Auto Enrolment regulations that all employers must adhere to. As well as payroll, Helen is also involved with the bookkeeping for several clients and regularly provides local businesses with SAGE training.

When Helen is not at work, she can be found playing E Flat Bass with Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band, in her kitchen decorating cakes or making cards. Helen also likes to do her bit for charity by organising various fundraising events.

Jane Carr MAAT Client Manager

Joined Mitchells: 2006

Qualifications & Achievements:

A member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ACA).

Jane joined our practice back in 2006 as an AAT Apprentice, qualifying in 2009. She then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in 2014 and promptly became a Client Manager. She manages a diverse and varied portfolio of clients that operate in a variety of industries and range from small sole traders to large multi-million corporations.

Jane deals with a huge range of tasks for her clients including bookkeeping, accounting, VAT and taxation matters. Jane is well experienced using various accounting packages including IRIS, SAGE and client specific programs.

As one of the managers at Mitchells not only does she support each and everyone of her clients she also supports her team to ensure the highest level of service is provided to our clients and regularly trains newer members of staff.

Jane spends a lot of time out walking her dog Ralphie and enjoys holidays and weekends away with her family.


Liam Bowes MAAT Accounts Senior

Joined Mitchells: 2012

Qualifications & Achievements:

Liam is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and is currently studying towards the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

Liam deals with the preparation and completion of financial statements for a range of businesses including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. He also deals with all self-assessment and personal taxation matters including the preparation of returns for all clients, tax planning and any taxation queries.

Liam plays football for a local Sunday morning team. He enjoys socialising with friends and dining out. Other interests include going to the cinema and watching TV Box Sets.

Hannah Dinsley MAAT Accounts Senior

Joined Mitchells: 2013

Qualifications & Achievements:

Hannah joined Mitchells Grievson in 2013 at 19 years old. She began her AAT apprenticeship and completed it in 2016. Hannah is now studying towards her ACA qualification.

Hannah’s job role includes bookkeeping, VAT Returns, Accounts preparation along with business and personal tax computations for our diverse range of clients. Hannah is also responsible for the training of our junior members of the team and enjoys passing down her knowledge to those following in her footsteps.

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys an active lifestyle by keeping fit at exercise classes. She is also learning how to ski! Other interests include: fashion, shopping and watching films.

Kirsty Macklam MAATAccounts Senior

Joined Mitchells: 2017

Qualifications & Achievements:

Kirsty started working at Mitchells Grievson in August 2017 and has made an instant impact. She has over 4 years experience of working within accounting practices and has excellent knowledge of accounts, tax, VAT, bookkeeping, payroll and auto-enrolment. As an Account Senior her key role is to complete accounts and tax returns for a range of clients from sole traders to limited companies.

Kirsty has achieved her AAT level 4 qualification and is a full member of AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).

Outside of work Kirsty enjoys keeping fit and active by going to the gym and running. Kirsty is a keen cook and has a creative flare in the kitchen. She also enjoys relaxing with Smudge, the cat, whilst watching TV Box Sets.

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