Meet the Team
Our Leaders, Your Trusted Advisers
Meet the the team at Sterling Grove Accountants who are led by four individuals who together have accumulated nearly 150 years of accountancy and business advisory experience between them.
Our Leaders share a clear vision of progression and have developed the firm, transitioning from accountancy services to business advisers to now acting as a strategic partner to our clients, whether they are individuals, businesses or not-for-profits.
The many years of experience and knowledge of our Leaders is at work every day within our business, working closely with our clients and team to provide trusted advice and expert guidance to ensure optimum performance and a sterling service.
They are supported by a team of talented qualified accountants and trainees who pride themselves on the quality and timely service that they provide to our clients.
Our People, Your Partners
Our work is defined by working in close collaboration with our clients to build and maintain relationships that are personal and enduring to provide a one-on-one approach with specialist dedicated partners, our people your partners. We are focused on diversity and offer a wide variety of specialist services for each type of client and every unique situation.
Our team at Sterling Grove Accountants participate in hundreds of hours of training courses each year which helps them attain professional development skills through a holistic approach.
We are proud to be an approved training office by the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. Each year we look to take on students who train under the direction of the firm. Meet the team that will work closely with you to ensure that you achieve your goals.
Our Leaders, Your Trusted Advisers
I trained with a mid-size firm, Russell Limebeer who following a further merger became part of the now RSM group. I left in 1983 and set up my accountancy practice.
I have worked in the accountancy profession for over 30 years and in that time have witnessed many changes and innovations.
I have worked in senior positions for major accountancy practices before making the decision to start my own business in 1998.
As a director of Sterling Grove Accountants, I bring over 25 years’ post qualified experience working as a business services accountant.
Meet the Team
Our People, Your Partners
Wayne Bailey CA(SA) ACA
Senior Client Manager
Having qualified with a small firm after graduating from the University of Cape Town before leaving public practice to work in the oil industry for a large international company.
Wayne returned to practice in 2015 with O’Sullivan & Co before their merger with Sterling Grove Accountants in 2018.
Displaying a strong background in financial reporting Wayne oversees a large portfolio of personal and business clients at Sterling Grove Accountants.
A family man with two grown up daughters and a grandson Wayne has a passion for rugby and motor cycles.
Laura Martin FCCA
Senior Client Manager
A Fellow of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants who has worked with Sterling Grove Accountants and its predecessor firms for over fifteen years.
Laura has vast experience working with a wide range of clients and is especially expert on businesses in the construction industry.
At Sterling Grove Accountants Laura manages a large portfolio of personal and business clients, dealing with accounts, taxation and managing any outsourcing needs. With her extensive general practice experience, Laura is keen on further development by increasing her client base.
Out of hours, Laura’s time is devoted to her young son who keeps her very busy.
Umberto Urgo ACCA
Umberto joined the accountancy profession after graduating from York University.
A member of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, he started his accountancy career with a predecessor firm of Sterling Grove Accountants and has been with the company for over ten years, now in a role as a client manager.
An excellent all rounder having deep experience and knowledge across a wide range of sectors and industries.
At Sterling Grove Accountants Umberto manages a large portfolio of personal and business clients.
Umberto is a devoted father to two young sons and has a keen interest in Italian football.
Neil Edwards FCCA
A Fellow of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants having been admitted as a member in 2006.
Neil is a well travelled accountant having worked in outsourcing departments for some of the largest accounting firms in the United Kingdom. He has served as a practice manager for smaller accounting firms as well as working in industry for several years before joining Sterling Grove Accountants in 2019.
Today, Neil manages a large portfolio of business and personal clients and is the firm’s online accounting expert leading the transition of many clients from desktop to cloud accounting.
Away from work Neil’s passions are motor racing and his young son.
Hannah Hanson FCCA
A Fellow of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants having been admitted as a member in 2008.
Having qualified with a small firm before joining a predecessor firm of Sterling Grove Accountants in 2008 and has worked with the firm ever since.
Hannah brings vast experience and knowledge to the firm across a number of different business sectors and is especially expert on Charity audits.
Outside of work, Hannah’s time is spent mainly on the football pitch cheering her two young sons, and when she gets free time she enjoys spending it baking.
Gina Shelton ACA
A member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Gina has been working with the firm and its predecessor firm since 2012 having previously trained with a top 10 accounting firm.
Gina brings her experience and knowledge to all the firm’s audit clients in her role as a senior audit manager.
Our specialist audit team is also headed up by Gina also who is also an expert solicitors accounts rules auditor.
Gina’s busy life outside work is centered around her husband and two young children. Any spare time is spent travelling and socialising with friends and family.
Marie King ACCA
A member of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants who has worked with Sterling Grove Accountants and its predecessor firm since 2014.
Qualifying in 2018 Marie brings her experience and skills to a portfolio of mixed business and personal clients.
Marie’s clients span a wide range of sectors including recruitment, retail and property development.
Free moments and spare time for Marie are enjoyed with her husband, her son and daughter.
Kaley is training towards her ACCA qualifications and has been flying through her exams since starting at Sterling Grove Accountants at the start of 2020.
She has been working on a range of clients including those in sectors such as retail, automotive and marketing.
Kaley often spends her spare time training her sheepdog, Stan, and competing at sheepdog trials.
Nicola Dunning FCCA
A Fellow of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and has worked with Sterling Grove Accountants for over five years.
Qualifying in 2016 Nicola has worked for a number of firms and brings that experience to the Sterling Grove Accountants team where she works on a portfolio of personal and business clients.
Nicola has a particular interest in helping her clients with personal and corporate tax planning.
As a former professional dancer, Nicola’s is now kept on her toes by her two young daughters.
Brenna is working towards an ACCA qualification following the completion of a first-class degree in the history of art.
She has experience working with clients from a range of industries including construction, property management, and renewable energy.
In her spare time, she enjoys going on mini adventures around the U.K. as she is originally from Colorado, U.S.A.
Emma Lloyd & Mary Jones
Client Payroll Managers
Emma and Mary are the firm’s dedicated client payroll managers.
They are both vastly experienced payroll managers and each manage a large portfolio of payroll clients.
Outside of work both Emma and Mary’s time is spent with their respective families.
Emma’s two grown up children and Mary’s three and a grandson keep them both very busy.
Mary’s passion is travelling and she has visited many diverse countries and cities across the world.
Adam graduated from Brunel University London in June 2021 with a First-class BSc honours in Finance and Accounting and is studying to complete his ACCA qualifications.
Adam spends his spare time getting back into shape by playing football (having represented Pakistan under 18’s at age 12), boxing cricket and gym.
He also helps to run his family tutoring business teaching young children Maths.
What People Are Saying
They provide friendly, professional accountancy services to me and my company.
Always on hand to answer my queries, no matter how small or complex and i’ve found them to be, straight forward, reassuring and invaluable to me. I would highly recommend them.
Victoria Jones Director
Victoria Stout Limited
We have been using Sterling Grove Accountants for the past three years and could not be happier with the service. Gino has been absolutely fantastic – he is always on hand to help and has been incredibly accommodating, providing hugely helpful advice throughout.
We can’t recommend Sterling Grove Accountants highly enough and thank them massively for all of their help so far!
Alex Sever Director
This last year has been a particularly difficult one for us with the downturn and we have needed extra advice which has been quickly received. Also the year end books are always turned round quickly which is essential for planning tax liabilities.
Craig White Owner