Meet Whitesides Chartered Accountants Team

Joanne Whiteside - Director View Profile
Professional bio
Jo has run the Whitesides practice for nearly 30 years, having previously worked in audit on complex clients for one of the ‘Big 4’ and specialised in SME accounts and tax work with larger independent practices. Jo completed a 3 year training programme based at Durham University Business School a few years ago to supplement her degree in Economics from Leeds University and FCA qualification. Read more
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Jo has run the Whitesides practice for nearly 30 years, having previously worked in audit on complex clients for one of the ‘Big 4’ and specialised in SME accounts and tax work with larger independent practices. Jo completed a 3 year training programme based at Durham University Business School a few years ago to supplement her degree in Economics from Leeds University and FCA qualification.

What you do at Whitesides
Jo specialises in helping owner managed businesses with all aspects of their business and likes nothing better than to help them improve their businesses, systems and profits. She is registered as a Mentor with the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and also supported some of the Business Link programmes in recent years. She loves working with all different shapes and sizes of business and advising on all areas of tax.

Personal bio
Away from the office, Jo loves the countryside, walking, gardening and the Leeds Rhinos, and this year is hoping to eventually achieve a long held ambition to opening her garden to public view in an open gardens event – watch this space!

Fact about Joanne
Joanne has won a number of first prizes at her village show for the ‘Best Alcoholic Drink’.
Adam Fox – Office Manager View Profile
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Adam has worked at Whitesides for almost 2 years, previously spending 11 years as a Finance & Operations Section Manager in various Marks & Spencer stores around North & West Yorkshire. Read more
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Adam has worked at Whitesides for almost 2 years, previously spending 11 years as a Finance & Operations Section Manager in various Marks & Spencer stores around North & West Yorkshire.

What you do at Whitesides
As the Office Manager Adam is the first point of contact at Whitesides, and part of his day to day responsibilities, other than running the office, are: billing, customer service and health & safety, not forgetting ensuring there are ample supplies of tea and coffee for everyone in the office!

Personal bio
Family and sport are Adam’s biggest passions, and he loves spending time with his wife and daughter, going to watch Bradford City, watching NFL and can often been found running around Horsforth at lunchtime or before the office opens. Adam also enjoys healthy eating and is a member of his local Weight Watchers group, and has lost almost 3 stone since April 2017.

Fact about Adam
Adam used to be in a band, and performed 2 original songs live on BBC Radio!
Tanis Speir – Payroll Manager View Profile
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Tanis holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Aberystwyth University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. Before joining Whitesides Tanis spent 15 years working in the hospitality industry.
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Tanis holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Aberystwyth University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. Before joining Whitesides Tanis spent 15 years working in the hospitality industry.

What you do at Whitesides
As the Payroll Manager at Whitesides she completes all the payroll, Auto Enrolment pension duties in the office and is currently training towards her ATT. And has been a member of the Whitesides team for almost 2 years.

Personal bio
Tanis is originally from Canada, and now lives in Leeds with her husband and two children. Tanis is a bit of a jack of all trades and enjoys learning new skills. Yoga, baking and embarrassing her teenager are currently her favourite past times.

Fact about Tanis
She can lick her elbow.
Sarah Greenwood – Accountant & Tax Adviser View Profile
Professional bio
Sarah is an ACCA and CPI qualified accountant, she joined the team in 2015. Before joining Whitesides, Sarah spent 7 years working for mid-tier and big four firms where she worked in the Insolvency, Audit and Forensic teams.
Sarah is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Tax Advisor. Read more
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Sarah is an ACCA and CPI qualified accountant, she joined the team in 2015. Before joining Whitesides, Sarah spent 7 years working for mid-tier and big four firms where she worked in the Insolvency, Audit and Forensic teams.
Sarah is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Tax Advisor.

What you do at Whitesides
She is one of our client managers and specialises in providing tax and accounts advice to owner managed businesses and individuals. Sarah is also responsible for the training of our two trainees.

Personal bio
Although Sarah grew up in Horsforth, after leaving University Sarah lived in Bristol for 6 years. The main thing she missed about living in Leeds was having chips and gravy from the chippy.
Sarah’s favourite pastime is going on long muddy walks with her dog who also loves to chew things. She also likes going out for afternoon teas (her favourite one is The Grand Hotel in York). She has also signed up to do the office running challenge – which she hasn’t started training for.

Fact about Sarah
Sarah doesn’t have a claim to fame but she does hold an amateur radio licence!
Tessa Faulkner - Accountant View Profile
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Tessa is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has been working at Whitesides for 12 years. Read more
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Tessa is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has been working at Whitesides for 12 years.

What you do at Whitesides
Tessa is the Practice Manager for the office and also one of the client managers, completing accounts and tax returns for a variety of clients.

Personal bio
In her spare time Tessa is a volunteer at the Ilkley Literature Festival, she also enjoys cooking, swimming, going to the theatre and watching sport, especially tennis and athletics.

Fact about Tessa
Last year Tessa became a Grandma for the first time!
Gita Patel – Trainee Accountant View Profile
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Gita joined the team in August 2017 as a trainee, working towards becoming a chartered accountant. She previously worked as a doctor in the NHS for almost 6 years. Read more
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Gita joined the team in August 2017 as a trainee, working towards becoming a chartered accountant. She previously worked as a doctor in the NHS for almost 6 years.

What you do at Whitesides
Gita completes a wide variety of accounting work such as checking grant applications, preparing financial statements and tax returns.

Personal bio
Gita started running in January 2016 and since then has completed over 50 parkruns (regularly wears the great red technical t-shirt) and 2 marathons. As she lives in Armley, she has become a regular runner/walker and volunteer (patiently waiting to claim her t-shirt) at Bramley parkrun. Gita plays netball in a friendly league in Tingley/Wakefield. Gita loves watching live comedy shows and has been to many shows in Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate and York.

Fact about Gita
Gita doesn’t actually like running! (She does love eating out and if you’ve got any recommendations of must visit eateries in Yorkshire, please let her know.)
Leo Zade - Bookkeeper View Profile
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Leo has worked at Whitesides Chartered Accountants for over 3 years now. Previously working up and down the country in a sales position, retraining as he wanted to spend more time at home with his family. Read more
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Leo has worked at Whitesides Chartered Accountants for over 3 years now. Previously working up and down the country in a sales position, retraining as he wanted to spend more time at home with his family.

What you do at Whitesides
As the senior Bookkeeper at Whitesides Leo undertakes a full range of bookkeeping duties, including bank reconciliation, VAT return submissions, purchase & sales ledger, raising purchase and sales invoices dealing with any queries arising from them and any other general day to day bookkeeping duties.

Personal bio
It is fair to say Leo is a family man, he spends his spare ferrying children around to various events, parties, classes and any number of extracurricular activities.

Fact about Leo
Earlier in life Leo cycled from Leeds to Paris, without team Sky Support, in just 3 days averaging 145 miles a day. Leo also bakes the tastiest chocolate brownies and Victoria sponge cake in the office!
Caroline Cronin – Apprentice Bookkeeper View Profile
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Caroline joined Whitesides Chartered Accountants in September 2017 after leaving Sixth Form in Harrogate. She is currently studying towards her AAT level 3 and 4. Read more
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Caroline joined Whitesides Chartered Accountants in September 2017 after leaving Sixth Form in Harrogate. She is currently studying towards her AAT level 3 and 4.

What you do at Whitesides
As an Apprentice Accounts Assistant Caroline assists the Client Managers with work such as bookkeeping, management accounts, accounts preparation and tax returns.

Personal bio
In her free time Caroline likes going to the gym and playing sport, particularly football and golf. She also enjoys drumming and loves going to gigs and music festivals with friends.

Fact about Caroline
Caroline used to play Golf for Yorkshire and is a keen drummer, and hopes to start a band with Adam the Office Manager.