Meet the Team

There are lots of ingredients in your training – the effectiveness of the learning and study materials, the availability and quality of tutor support and the speed of response to any personal or administration query. This has to be a team effort – so here is the team. Find out about us!

The Team

The Accountancy Learning Team

Left to right: Emma, Jenna, Dawn, Shannon, Emily, Tom, Prue, Steve, Eleanor, Simon, Sandra, Dale and Antonio. Neil, Pete and Amber were not able to join us for photoshoot day (we’ll nab them next time!) and Boris the Cat was far too busy hunting… If you want to read a bit more about each of us (?!) see below.

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Simon Deane BA FCA

Simon Deane

I qualified with Thomson McLintock in 1981 and joined SWAT in 1984, subsequently becoming Director of Training……yes, thank you very much… I know I’m old!?!.  Whilst at SWAT, I introduced AAT training and performed an MBO of this part of the business in 2001, subsequently establishing Accountancy Plus Training as one of the largest providers of AAT […]

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Prue Deane BA MSc Cert Ed FMAAT

Prue Deane

I started out as a professional illustrator (for 13 years in London) and then moved into training, which I have been involved with for the past 18 years, (a lot of that time with Accountancy Plus Training – previously SWAT Training). During that time (as well as teaching and assessing AAT), I was particularly interested in […]

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Steve Ainsworth MAAT

Steve Ainsworth

Having started my career as an apprentice at a cake distribution organisation at the age of 16, I gained experience in each of their different departments. But after settling in the finance department I knew my future would be in accounts. I completed my AAT studies in 2004 after taking my final level 3 and […]

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Emily Wallinder BSc AATQB

Emily Wallinder

Originally from the wilds of the North Devon countryside, I joined in Accountancy Learning in April 2015. After earning my degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Bristol University in 2012, I worked as a veterinary receptionist and even completed a charity skydive. I then spent a year in Australia; experiencing the good weather, wonderful […]

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Antonio Buendía Castro

Antonio Buendia Castro

After having finished my four year degree in Business and Management in June 2013 in Granada (Spain), I spent a year completing an internship in Digital Marketing while working part time in a mega sport store. Then, I decided to move to England, more specifically to Exeter. I had been to Exeter before (while I was doing […]

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Tom Wright

Tom Wright

I am originally from London but decided to move to Exeter a couple of years ago for new job prospects. For the last couple of years, I worked in the airline industry (within many different departments within the business), and finally settled on the running of the airlines Social Media Team. After a couple of […]

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Dale Austin

Dale Austin

Devonshire born and mostly bred, after a few wrong turns I found my way back to the promised land. After completing my A levels, I went on to work in the hospitality industry for almost 8 years, gaining valuable experience in customer service and on how a business is run. In March 2017, I was […]

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Amber Sugden

Amber Sugden

I was always into my media and editing from a very young age, such as taking photos, creating my own magazines and even pretending to be on the radio! Because of my passion, I then went to Gemini FM (now known as Heart FM- Global Radio) and had done my work experience there. I enjoyed […]

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Emma Grant CIPFA MAAT

I started working at Accountancy Learning in January 2016 after nearly 20 years working in Local Government Finance.  I was given the opportunity to study for and achieve my AAT many years ago (1999) by Exeter City Council and, more recently, I became fully qualified, achieving my CIPFA Accountancy qualification in 2012.  My last few […]

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Shannon Dodd MAAT

Shannon Dodd

I have been with the team at Accountancy Learning since May 2016.  For the previous 5 years I worked for an airline, within their ledgers department and then in a management accounts role. To share my knowledge with others has always been a dream of mine so after I qualified in AAT, I took the […]

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Neil Montgomery MA FMAAT

Neil Montgomery - member of the Accountancy Learning Team.

I have  been a member of the AAT for 25 years and am the latest recipient of the coveted ‘Past Presidents’ award. I spent my formative accounting years, in practice, in Yeovil, before moving into the Charity sector where I spent eight years working in the local theatre, and two children’s charities. I moved into the FE/HE sector 11 years […]

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Dawn Whitlock

Dawn Whitlock

For the past 10 years I have worked within Accountancy Practice and for Private Sector Companies alongside teaching AAT units at a South West College.  I joined Accountancy Learning in autumn of 2015 as an AAT Personal Tutor as I enjoy sharing accountancy knowledge with students One of my qualities/attributes is to interact and communicate […]

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Sandra Matthews MBA Cert Ed

Sandra Matthews

I am an experienced lecturer and tutor in both accounting and leadership and management.  Prior to the last ten years where I was an HE programme manager at a college in the southwest, I was a management accountant for an international civil engineering company, leading the finance functions in a number of offices.  During my […]

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Pat Leahy BA ACA PGCE

Pat Leahy BA ACA PGCE

After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1983 I worked for 11 years as a taxation accountant in London before taking the plunge and returning to university to do my PGCE in 1995.  I started working for Chippenham College (later Wiltshire College) in 1997 and taught there for 20 years, working my way through (I […]

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Pete Freeman MAAT

Pete Freeman

I was born in London, but grew up in Bath so have always had a love for the westcountry. Before working for Accountancy Learning, I worked in high end retail and restaurant management. In 2015 I had a serious accident and during my recovery I started on my AAT studies. I’ve ploughed through levels 2 […]

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Eleanor Haynes

Eleanor Haynes

I am originally from Hertfordshire, but a few years ago I moved down to Exeter to further my learning. In December 2016 I joined the Accountancy Learning team as an Administration Apprentice, and I couldn’t have chosen a more welcoming place to start my career. My job includes helping out both the Operations Team and […]

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Claire McMurtrie BSc

Claire McMurtrie

After graduating, my early career was spent working in a number of editorial roles for academic publishing houses. A long stint as a stay at home mum followed, along with more house moves than I care to remember, with my husband serving in HM Forces, and when we finally settled we were lucky enough to […]

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Boris the Cat

Boris

Although I’m not strictly a member of the Accountancy Learning team, I have been a welcome visitor to Barnfield Crescent for many years. I enjoy drinking milk from my very own saucer, being stroked by lots of people and my favourite thing to do is to curl up on a chair in one of the […]

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