THL is a dynamic accountancy firm based in Sussex with over 60 years combined experience in our team. Our growing team love crunching the numbers for clients, saving them money and helping them to grow too. Here’s a bit more info about our team:
Meet the Team
Paul Thatcher - Managing Partner
Tel: 01903 258084
I am a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience providing a range of accountancy services to individuals and businesses on the South Coast. I pride myself in helping businesses plan and increase value for owners and stakeholders.
Over the last 25 years, 10 were spent as a partner in a large regional firm. My portfolio grew to one of the largest in the practice, due to my efficient and personal approach to client service. From an audit perspective, I have significant experience in providing this service to clients particularly in the property, technology, manufacturing and service industries.
I have worked with a number of clients in providing finance director roles, helping businesses to raise capital, set up financial systems and assisting in exit strategies.
In my personal time I like to keep active and am a particularly keen cyclist. When I am not exercising you can normally find me socialising with friends and family.
If you would like to arrange a free consultation with Paul to better understand how THL might be able to help, please feel free to get in touch.
Hayley Sengebusch - Tax Partner
Tel: 01903 258080
Having stumbled into a career in tax on leaving school, I’ve worked in about every area of tax possible, along the way gaining vast experience and professional qualifications. Recently I’ve settled into general practice but specialise in IHT planning, looking after those running owner managed businesses as well as those clients with more demanding issues such as those relating to residency and domicile.
Outside of work, I love spending time with family and friends and if that can include my passion for yoga, running, cycling or tai chi then that’s all the better!
Laura Clark - Accounts Manager
Tel: 01903 258088
I began my career in accountancy in 2010 and joined the THL team as the Accounts Manager in June 2017. I originally studied accountancy at college and then went on to complete my degree in Accounting and Finance at Brighton University. During my studies I completed a placement year and it was at this time I decided accounting was for me.
Upon leaving University I went straight into studying ACCA and have become a Chartered Certified Accountant. During my time working in practice I have gained experience working with a wide variety of clients in all areas of business.
Outside of work I spend a lot of time with friends and family and enjoy theatre trips and walks along the beach.
Katie Herbert - Payroll Manager
Tel: 01903 258083
My working life in the accountancy industry started in September 2008 where I focused my qualifications on Business Administration and Payroll. After attending Northbrook College to complete NVQ in Business & Administration, I studied and qualified in Level 2 AAT Payroll Administration at Brighton College of Technology.
With years’ of experience of dealing with various sized payrolls and processes, I enjoy the challenge of ever changing HMRC and PAYE Regulations and working alongside clients to meet their needs.
Away from work, music and socialising is one of main enjoyments, along with yoga, fitness and travelling.
Ciaran Bushby - Accounts Assistant Manager
Tel: 01903 250086
I joined THL in December 2017, and have worked in accountancy for the last 4 years. In this time I have gained experience in a wide variety of areas such as VAT, Personal Tax, Corporation Tax, R&D tax credits and accounts.
Before beginning my career in accountancy I completed a degree in Journalism at Southampton Solent University, but opted for a different career path.
I have finished my studies for ACCA and am now a Chartered Certified Accountant.
When not at work or studying, I enjoy playing guitar and riding my motorbike.
Elyss Woodward - Tax Manager
Tel: 01903 258081
After starting a degree in nutritional therapy in 2013, I found this to be very unfulfilling and ended up falling into a career in Tax which I love. I have worked in several different areas of Tax, gaining a lot of experience with a large range of clients along with achieving my ATT qualification in 2016. I joined the THL Tax team in May 2018 after relocating from Gloucester to Worthing to be closer to my family. Since starting with THL, I have really enjoyed being part of the team and I am looking forward to working with all of the clients, both new and existing.
Outside of work, a lot of my time is spent walking in the countryside and on the beach with my husband and our two Labradors.
Verity Lacey - Tax Manager
Tel: 01903 952791
I’m a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant with years of experience in practice.
I have always undertaken an all-round role completing Accounts, personal and corporate Tax Returns and VAT Returns for clients. I particularly enjoy working with OMBs and personal tax clients and I am therefore really excited to have joined the tax team at THL. My role will involve looking after a portfolio of personal tax clients; completing their personal Tax Returns and taking care of any tax queries as and when they arise.
Outside of work I have a love for anything sporty. I enjoy the challenge of participating in local events from running, triathlons, open water swims, and more recently weightlifting and CrossFit competitions. Fortunately my daughter is also very sporty but this does mean our events calendar takes rather a lot of planning to fit it all in.
India Elliot - PA to Paul Thatcher
Tel: 01903 300230
Since leaving school, the majority of my work has been in administrative roles spreading across various industries.
My role focuses on clerical duties, supporting the team and communicating with clients. It is my responsibility to help ensure the smooth efficiency of our service.
Outside of work, the majority of my time is spent with my family and running around after my sons.
Katarina Pemberton - Accounts Senior
Tel: 01903 258082
My career in accountancy began in 2013 when I enrolled in a AAT course at Northbrook College. I have since gained my AAT qualification and am part way through my studies for ACCA.
I joined the accounts team at THL in October 2016 and have found my career progress at a great pace as I work with a wide range of clients.
A lot of my time out of the office is dedicated to studying for ACCA exams but I like to break that up as much as possible by spending time with my friends and family.
Jason Tester - Accounts
Tel: 01903 258082
My journey in the world of accounting began in 2016 when I started studying the AAT course. At first I was only testing the waters, but I soon found that accounting was perfect fit for my inquisitive analytical mind.
In a short space of time my passion for the industry has grown dramatically which in hand helped me massively with my studies.
Having recently joined the fantastic team at THL, I now feel I am at home and extremely eager to help new and existing clients with their ever evolving needs.
While I’m not working most of my time is dedicated to studying or going to the gym. When I do manage to find some extra time you will find me in front of a TV cheering the mighty Liverpool F.C
James Hurley - Accounts
Tel: 01903 258089
I began my career in Accountancy in 2015 where I enrolled at the University of Chichester on the 3 years full time course studying BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, I graduated in 2018 with a 2:1.
The course helped me develop skills such as business awareness and problem solving along with the ability to apply these to an accountancy environment. I enjoy the problem solving and analytical challenges that are faced within accountancy.
I joined THL in April 2019 as a member of the accounts team and am currently studying ACCA.
In my spare time you’ll probably find me on the tennis court or socialising with friends if I’m not studying.