Meet the Team

Chris Bailey,
CEO

Chris Bailey is a Chartered Accountant who has been involved in the Accountancy industry for more than 30 years. Bailey Group Chartered Accountants was set up by Chris in 2004 and has grown to become one of the largest independent accountancy practices within the North East.

Sanjay Swarup,
Director

With experience working with both small firms and international corporations such as BP, Sanjay offers business and strategic advice to businesses of all sizes.

Alice Stephenson,
Manager – St Albans

Alice joined the Bailey Group in 2019 and has over 30 years’ experience in accounting, working in both practice and industry. In addition to holding various management accounting roles in industry and practice, Alice has completed a BTEC Business and Finance qualification and is a licenced member in practice of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Nigel Hudson,
Manager – Peterlee

Nigel started working for the Bailey Group as our Peterlee Practice Manager in 2017. Nigel has over 25 years’ experience and is AAT and FCCA qualified.

Anna Cook,
Manager – Peterlee

Anna has worked for the Bailey Group since 2015. She has over 20 years’ experience and is AAT qualified. Anna originally started as a Senior Accountant in our Peterlee practice until she became the practice manager in January 2016.

Adam Dorgan,
Manager – Redcar

Adam joined the Bailey Group in October 2014 and has worked at both our Peterlee and Sedgefield offices, before becoming the practice manager at Redcar in 2017. Adam is a qualified accountant with 22 years of experience in the Accountancy profession.

Emma Bell,
Manager – Billingham

Emma has worked for the Bailey Group since 2014. Emma started at our Peterlee practice as an Accountant technician and later moved to our Billingham practice to become the office manager. Emma is AAT and part ACCA qualified with two years industry and 8 years practice experience.

Holly Paton,
Manager – Gateshead

After starting as an apprentice in 2013, Holly began with preparing small sets of accounts and tax returns progressing to preparing larger limited company accounts and providing tax advice to clients alongside managing the Gateshead office. Holly is AAT qualified and is currently studying towards her final ACA exam.

Howard Sanderson,
Manager – Scunthorpe

Howard joined the group in 2019 when we acquired our 9thpractice, Scunthorpe. Howard is AAT qualified and is a member of the association of international accountants (FAIA). Howard has been awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Charity Accounting and has a of Bachelor of Arts in Education & Training.

Louise Lavery,
Sedgefield Manager

Louise has worked for the Bailey Group since 2013. She has 13 years practice experience and is ACCA Qualified.

Martyn Penney,
Operations and IT Manager

Martyn joined the Bailey group on a temporary basis in January 2016 before permanently joining the team in April 2016. Martyn is AAT qualified with an industry background and has experience in credit control and project reconciliation.

Rachel Cameron,
Group Account Manager

Rachel is a Business and Finance graduate and has worked for the Bailey Group since May 2015 and is AAT qualified. In addition to looking after the day to day finances of the group and providing real time information to the Chief Executive, Rachel has experience in payroll, management accounts, year-end accounts, budgets and completing board papers.

Alex Forster,
Marketing and Events Executive

Alex has been working for the Bailey Group since July 2018. Alex bridges the gap between clients and employees, making sure both stakeholders are at our company’s heart and best interest. Alex manages the groups Marketing and Events whilst also looking after the groups Graduate and Apprenticeship program and sourcing suitable candidates to join the Bailey Group.

Anil Swarup,
Director

Anil has over 20 years’ commercial and business development experience within the travel sector with Thomas Cook and Cunard. He is responsible for liaising with new clients.

Rosemary Penn-Newman,
Director

As our Corporate Finance Director, Rosemary has completed hundreds of corporate finance transactions. She uses her strong analytical skills to provide the best solution for her clients.

Kathy Smith,
Capital Allowance Administration Manager

Kathy has worked with Chris since 2014 and is responsible for seeing that the Capital Allowance department works smoothly. She will work with you from your first enquiry until the claim has been successfully completed.

Lewis Gimble,
Surveyor

Lewis has been with the Capital Allowance department since 2016. All the Validation and due diligence is carried out by Lewis who together with Chris ensures that all claims are viable before we agree to submit them to HMRC.