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About THL

Chartered Accountants

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

  • - Partners -

  • Paul Thatcher - Managing Partner

    Tel: 01903 258084
    Email: paul.thatcher@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    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. I have significant experience in providing audit services 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
    Email: hayley.sengebusch@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    Having stumbled into a career in tax on leaving school, I’ve worked in just about every area of tax possible, gaining a vast amount of experience and numerous professional qualifications. Recently I’ve settled into general practice but with a specialism 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!

  • - Accounts Team -

  • Katarina Pemberton - Accounts Senior

    Tel: 01903 258082
    Email: katarina.pemberton@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    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 - MTD Co-Ordinator

    Tel: 01903 258082
    Email: jason.tester@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    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
    BA (Hons)

    Tel: 01903 258089
    Email: james.hurley@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    I began my career in Accountancy in 2015 when 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.

  • Zac Davidson
    BA (Hons)

    Tel: 01903 258087
    Email: zac.davidson@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    My career into accountancy began in 2016 when I applied to study Accounting and Finance at the University of Portsmouth. I later graduated in 2019 where I picked up a wide range of knowledge and found the career path I would like to pursue.

    Upon completing my second year at university, I found myself eager to gain practical accounting work experience. I managed to secure a 2-month summer placement at THL where I was fortunate enough to gain practical experience in preparing accounts for a wide range of clients. My summer placement finished, and I returned to university with a passion to pursuing a career in accounting practice. When I graduated from university, I was pleased to be offered a full-time role at THL in August 2019 and begin my accounting career.

    Outside of work, I usually spend the weekends catching up with my friends and watching football. I’m also currently studying for my ACCA qualification, so a lot of time is spent studying for these exams.

  • Jack Hawley
    BA (Hons)

    Tel: 01903 948993
    Email: jack.hawley@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    My accountancy career started in 2016 when I attended the University of Chichester, studying Accounting and Finance. I found accountancy was right for me because of my analytical skillset, which I have further developed throughout my degree.

    I joined THL on a placement year in 2018, which gave me practical working experience on top of the theory I had learnt at university. I returned to university after the placement and completed my degree in May 2020. I was delighted to be offered a full time role at THL in September 2020.

    Out of the office I spend a lot of time watching and supporting the Arsenal, getting up to the stadium as often as I can. I will soon be starting my studies for the ACCA qualification.

  • - Tax Team -

  • Sunil Hofmann - Tax Manager

    Tel: 01903 258081
    Email: sunil.hofmann@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    I am a Chartered Certified Accountant, with over 6 years of experience in general practice. I enjoy assisting clients with their current tax needs, as well as exploring opportunities for future tax planning.

    Having recently joined the THL team, I am looking forward to building new relationships with clients and helping them with their individual requirements.

    In my spare time I love spending time with my family, playing football and cheering on the Arsenal.

  • Charlotte Ffitch
    Bsc (Hons)

    Tel: 01903 948995
    Email: charlotte.ffitch@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    My career in accountancy began when I started studying the AAT course in 2016. I then went on to study Accounting and Finance at Brighton University in 2017, completing my degree in May 2020. It was during my time at university that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in taxation after discovering a passion for the subject.

    I joined the THL team in July 2020 and I enjoy putting my theoretical knowledge into practice, building relationships with clients and assisting them with their individual requirements.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs, socialising with friends and going for lots of walks. I am hoping to start my CTA qualification soon, so I’m sure that will keep me busy as well.

  • - Payroll Team -

  • Katie Herbert - Payroll Manager
    CIPP Member

    Tel: 01903 258083
    Email: katie.herbert@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    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 are my main enjoyments, along with yoga, fitness and travelling.

  • Debbie Sewell
    CIPP Member

    Tel: 01903 948991
    Email: debbie.sewell@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    My work in the payroll sector started in 1999 when I stumbled into a payroll vacancy by chance. Since then I have worked for both in-house payroll departments and most recently, in accountancy bureau-style positions.

    I have gained a wide range of experience throughout my career, dealing with everything from large NHS and teachers’ payrolls and pensions, to small, one-man payrolls. I enjoy helping clients with their individual business requirements and the challenge of keeping up with ever-changing rules which guarantee that no day is the same.

    Out of the office I enjoy socialising, keeping fit and travelling, as well as spending time with my family.

  • -Practice Management-

  • India Elliot - PA to Paul Thatcher

    Tel: 01903 300230
    Email: india.elliot@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    Since leaving school, the majority of my work has been in administrative roles spreading across various industries.

    My role at THL 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.

  • Jamie Shuck
    Cert CII (FS)

    Tel: 01903 952791
    Email: jamie.shuck@thlaccountancy.co.uk

    I have spent the past 5 years at financial advice firms in the Brighton and Hove area and I am close to completing my Diploma in financial planning. Throughout my career I have worked with all types of personal and professional clients, ranging from small business owners, to individuals entering retirement.

    I joined the THL team in September 2020 and work with members of the team across the business, helping to improve processes and oversee projects. My experience in financial advice complements the team’s expertise in Accountancy and Tax advice, helping us to cover a wide range of potential solutions for clients.

    Outside of work I practice and teach karate in Mid Sussex. I have been training for over 15 years and travelled to Japan to compete on the international stage in 2019, where I also attained my 3rd Dan.


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