David Howard – Partners
Simon Bishop - I left University and trained as an Accountant with a top 10 City based Firm, where I had first time passes to my Accountancy exams. After qualifying in 1991, I spent 3 years in a smaller multi-office provincial Practice where I became Senior Manager in 1993. In 1994 I joined David Howard as a Partner and became Senior Partner in 1996.
As well as looking after my own portfolio of clients, I am responsible for our Business Development and in particular have taken an interest in the way regular contact through outsourcing services can be used to strengthen our client relationships. I have found that I really enjoy getting to know clients on a deeper level and speaking to people regularly through the year allows me to help them more and gives me a great deal of job satisfaction.
Outside work, my wife Donna and boys Joel and Matthew are the focus of my time. Although I still manage to find time for a variety of sports – kite surfing, windsurfing, cycling, snowboarding (to name a few!), I am a qualified FA Coach, and look after my eldest son's football team - see the attached link for a picture of our proudly sponsored team Ashley Hawks FC!
Nicola King - After graduating from Kingston University I took the position of Lecturer at the University’s Business School for two years. During this time I also studied for my Accountancy exams, passing them all within the two year period. I joined David Howard in 1998 as a graduate trainee and gained the experience required to become fully qualified in 2000. My ambition was to progress through the ranks quickly and with the support provided by the Partners, I became Client Manager in 2002, and was delighted to be invited to become a Partner in 2003 at the age of 29.
Day to day my role is very client focused and I strive to provide my clients with the very best level of service. I enjoy working closely with the team at Hampton Wick. I am responsible for internal training and development and aim to provide the staff with the same high level of targeted support that helped me to progress as quickly as I did.
Being a new Mum, the majority of my time is devoted to my daughter Holly and husband Neil. Free time is spent trying to catch up with family and friends over good food and even better wine!
Philip Lane - After obtaining my Accountancy degree at University, I joined David Howard in July 2000. I qualified in 2003, and following a number of years of progression I was very pleased to be appointed a Partner in January 2007.
I have taken on a diverse role within the firm, helping to develop the IT systems that we use today and have received great satisfaction in seeing the added advantage this has given our Firm as well as the help it has given to our clients. I also head up the development of our payroll business a key part of our outsourced services.
With all of my clients, I am always keen to develop a close working relationship so that we are not seen as an Accountancy firm that just provides year end compliance services but as a ‘business partner’ who is there to help grow the business, as well as maximising profits by reducing tax and other costs.
Outside of work I am the proud Father of two young children. I am also the member of a 5-a-side team which I still play in weekly in an Epsom league after starting it with friends 15 years ago. Any free time I have left after committing to the above is spent cycling, both road and mountain biking around the South Downs.
Frank Andreas - I have always been highly interested in financial and commercial matters, and having started my own import business while I was at school, decided that a foundation in Accountancy would give me the variety of skills and knowledge to support my ambition. I had first time passes to my Accountancy exams, have built up a wealth of experience across a wide range of industries and was delighted to be welcomed as a Partner in 2010.
At David Howard, as well as looking after a portfolio of clients my main role is to manage and develop our outsource Bookkeeping Services. I have been really excited by the technological changes and developments which have arisen
over the last few years and these have allowed us to provide solutions to clients in totally different ways. I have built up a motivated team and am able to tailor the right staff and systems for individual client needs. Whether with current or new clients and whether it’s changing systems, reporting information, implementing cost saving measures with or looking at tax saving strategies, I find every project something different and exciting.
Most of my time outside work is spent with my loving wife Amy and daughter Amelia. I was a black belt in Karate at the age of 11 and try to train when I can. I also have a big interest in Japanese modified cars and when I can, I am usually at shows, track days or stripping down an engine!