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

From left to right: Emma, Dawn, Steve, Shannon, Simon, Prue, Charlotte, Emily, Jodie, Sandra and Antonio. Neil and Jenna were not able to join us for photoshoot day 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 (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 learning development, […]

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Steve Ainsworth

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

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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Jodie Dibble

Jodie Dibble

On completion of my A Levels in 2013 I spent two years as a cricketer for the England Women’s team. I made my international debut at the World Cup in Bangladesh in April 2014. But after a couple of years in the squad I realised that life as a professional sportsperson was not for me. […]

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Charlotte Hillman BA MA

Charlotte Hillman

Originally from London, I have spent the last 5 years in Canterbury, studying towards a BA in Media and Cultural Studies and an MA in English Literature at Canterbury Christ Church University. During my studies I developed a keen interest in Marketing which led me to work as a Brand Ambassador during my final year. […]

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Neil Montgomery MA FMAAT

Neil Montgomery

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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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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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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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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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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Pete Freeman AATQB

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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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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