Meet the Team of Chartered Accountants at Leon & Company

Here at Leon & Company, we are a nice, friendly group of people. As well as working together as a team of chartered accountants and tax advisors based in Leeds, we are people who really enjoy what we do.

Jack Posner FCA – Senior Partner

Jack trained with a leading independent London practice where he qualified in 1971 and was subsequently made a partner. On moving from London to Leeds, Jack established Leon & Company Chartered Accountants in 1976. In 2004, because of his ties with London, Jack established a presence in the London area and now splits his time between the two locations according to his clients needs. Having been qualified since 1971, Jack has gained a vast amount of experience dealing with small to medium enterprises and prides himself on delivering a personal service.

In his spare time, Jack enjoys playing tennis, spending time with his family and eating out.

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Darren Stone PhD, ACA – Partner

Educated at the University of York, Darren completed a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering. Having worked as a university researcher, Darren changed career in 2006, training as a Chartered Accountant at a large independent accountancy practice in Leeds. Upon admission to full membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2010, Darren moved to an accountancy practice in Harrogate where he built up his own portfolio of clients. Darren joined Leon & Company Chartered Accountants in 2014, and was made partner in August 2017. Darren specialises in owner-managed businesses, advising on a variety of tax and compliance issues, and supporting clients with general business advice.

In Darren’s spare time, he can often be found performing as a professional magician at local events; showing off his conjuring, juggling and balloon-modelling skills! In order to keep up his strength, Darren can also be found in local restaurants enjoying good food with his family and friends.

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Simon Blackwell – Tax Specialist

Simon’s taxation career began in 1976 at HMRC in London and following his move to Gloucestershire in 1988 he practiced as a tax specialist at two accountancy firms in Cirencester before joining the team at Leon & Company in March 2015.

Simon is responsible for looking after our clients’ personal tax needs and, as such, is kept very busy throughout the year.

When not in the office, Simon loves spending time walking his dog in the numerous parks around Leeds, reading biographies and science fiction and listening to a wide variety of music.

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Liam Maclean FMAAT

Liam commenced his training in 2002 with an independent Leeds firm of Chartered Accountants. He qualified as a member of the AAT in 2004. Apart from a brief spell in industry Liam has worked in practice and has obtained good general experience before joining Leon & Co in December 2011. Liam is mainly involved in dealing with the preparation of clients’ accounts and corporation tax computations.

When Liam isn’t accounting, he can be found enjoying days out or kicking a ball around with his young family.

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Srinivas Ram ACCA MBA

Srinivas is one of the main advisors for Leon and Company, supporting our clients on business and accountancy matters and Tax Strategies for Owner Managed Family Businesses. He also advises our Payroll & Workplace-pensions team in meeting the clients’ obligations efficiently. Srinivas looks after a large portfolio of clients, and comes with a depth of experience in advising SME clients in Buying & Selling businesses (Asset & share purchase & sales) as well.

Outside of work Srinivas loves to relax with his family, watching TV, reading books, going out when the sun shines.

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Julie Abbot

Julie is one of the principal accountants at Leon and Company, preparing accounts, company tax returns, and advising clients on a variety of business and tax issues. Having run her own accountancy practice for a number of years, she comes with a depth and breadth of knowledge which spans across many industries, and is able to add value by drawing on her wide experience.

When Julie is not working, she can be found relaxing with her family, walking her many dogs, or even enjoying a meal or two out on an evening.

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Andrea Sharp

After leaving school, Andrea started working life as an Office Junior in an Accountancy Practice in Leeds and has worked with accounts ever since. She joined Leon & Company Chartered Accountants in July 2013 and is currently responsible for preparing the monthly payrolls and dealing with the preparation of clients’ accounts. Occasionally she can also be found helping out with the book-keeping when the need arises.

Outside of work Andrea loves walking her dogs and is looking forward to meeting her new granddaughter in the New Year.

Sue Johnson – Secretary and PA

Sue sits front of house at Leon and Company, and is the first person everybody meets on arrival. She takes on the busy role of secretary, admin and PA to our team, but she is always ready to warmly greet our clients with a friendly smile and coffee!
Sue was previously PA to the Head of a busy primary school. She brings these skills with her, supporting the team with her organisational skill base, bringing a cheery air to the office - and keeps everything ticking along very nicely. Sue manages communications with our clients, along with overseeing online filings to Companies House, and ensuring that clients hand in their records in a timely manner – and yes, Sue is known to chase our clients from time to time!

Using her experience of working at a primary school for many years, Sue maintains the efficiency and smooth running of our offices - but if we misbehave, its detention and one hundred lines after work.

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Leon & Company Chartered Accountants

Tel : 0113 288 8111
100 High Ash Drive, Leeds, LS17 8RE

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