ESTABLISHED OVER 40 YEARS...

We are proud to have members of the team who have been with us since the beginning; over 40 years ago.

 

As we move forward, under new leadership, we continue to provide the trusted advice we've become known for with a fresh perspective.

"Fast, Friendly & Fab, not your typical stuffy accountancy; a great pro-active approach that means no worries for me."

- Aman Khan, Financial Director

1978

Paul Routledge sets up on his own in Horsham as Routledge & Co. and latterly acquired a local practice to further grow the business. 

1980s

John Holman joined Paul as a Partner of the business and they moved into Anova House, where the firm remained until June 2020 when it relocated to The Barn in Faygate.

1990s

Two Partners became four Partners as the business continued to grow through it's excellent local reputation. There was also a name change to Routledge Taylor.

2000s

Simon Hoy and Walter Benzie acquired Routledge Taylor and renamed it Anova. Got you to the top of the phone book in those days!

You might be interested to know that Simon and, the late, Walter have known each other since they were 9 years old as they went to school together. And why did they become accountants? Their friend's father drove a Rolls Royce. And he was an Accountant.

...sadly times have changed!

2019

Having founded a firm in 2017, Matt Cleghorn came across Simon and Walter by chance when a recruitment agent put him in contact as they were looking to their succession.

 

Immediately seeing a fit in culture and vision in Anova with his existing business, Matt contacted Phil Sleight knowing his tax experience and approach to advising clients would make him a perfect business partner. Luckily, Phil agreed!

And, we're pleased to say that Simon continues as a Consultant to this day.

 

MEET THE TEAM

MATT CLEGHORN

MANAGING PARTNER

Matt has over 15 years’ experience of working with owner managed businesses, larger audit clients and charities.

 

Covering a broad range of sectors, Matt brings his experience to advise clients on business strategy, tax planning and profit extraction.

 

Outside of work Matt is a father of two energetic boys and (when he can escape) enjoys cycling, running, tennis and golf.

ALEX BAKER

ASSISTANT MANAGER

Alex joined Anova in June 2020, after qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in March 2019.

When he is not in the office he enjoys football, golf and socialising with his friends.

SUE ROUTLEDGE

ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Having literally overseen the building of Anova House, Sue has been with the firm from the beginning, and continues to enjoy an excellent relationship with many of our clients.

Sue manages a portfolio of mainly owner-managed businesses, keeping them on the straight and narrow and helping them grow where she can.

CHRISTINE HURST

ACCOUNTS SENIOR

Christine qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. In 2007, she started working for Holding & Co who were subsequently taken over by Anova.


 

TOM MERRIAM

AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

Tom joined Anova in November 2020 and assists in the firms’ accounts department. He has prior experience in accounts and tax and is currently undertaking his ACA qualification.

 

Outside of work Tom is a keen runner and, when the wind is right, kitesurfer.

JILL HUTCHINSON

PAYROLL MANAGER

Jill is an experienced Book-keeper and Payroll Manager, working for Accountants, Solicitors and Small Businesses for many years.  She has adopted 2 dogs, is an avid tennis fan and enjoys crafting in her spare time.

SIMON HOY

CONSULTANT

Simon continues to help and advise our clients on a range of accounts and tax issues, always providing a service with a smile!

Outside of work Simon particularly enjoys Sailing and the fruits of his wife's labors in the garden.

PHIL SLEIGHT

TAX PARTNER

Phil is a Chartered Tax Adviser with over 10 years’ experience having previously worked at EY and KPMG. He advises businesses on various aspects such as profit extraction, employee incentivisation, R&D claims, international tax and exit planning. He also advises property developers and investors on tax structuring and capital allowance claims.

 

Outside of work, Phil enjoys playing football, good food and spending time with his young family.

NIRAJ PANDEY

ASSISTANT MANAGER

Niraj joined us in December 2020, he is a part-qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA). He has over 5 years experience in mid-sized accounting firms.

Outside of work he enjoys playing football, going to the gym and socialising with friends.

PHILLIP PINK

TAX SENIOR

Phillip is our Tax Senior and provides clients with tax planning advice, as well as making sure their tax compliance requirements are met in a timely manner.


 

GIANINA ROMAN

AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

Gianina assists with the firms’ audit services and is looking to gain advisory experience to further expand her role. She has experience with various software platforms with advanced knowledge of Sage and is Xero certified.​

ROB WATERS

AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

Rob joined in November 2020 after finishing an accountancy apprenticeship for a local hospital. He is now looking to achieve the ACA accounting qualification while working with Anova.

 

In his spare time he enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen and weightlifting.

STEPH HAYWOOD

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Steph helps keep Anova running smoothly with her organised approach to office management as well as making a welcoming place to work for clients and staff alike.

Anova is a trading name of Anova Group Ltd. Company Number: 11923810. Registered in England & Wales.

Registered Office Address: The Barn, Meadow Court, Faygate Lane, Faygate, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4SJ.

Directors: Matthew Cleghorn ACA, Philip Sleight CTA. Consultant: Simon Hoy CA.
A member of the ICAEW Practice Assurance Scheme. Firm registration number is C006672437.

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