Our People

Alex Robinson: Managing Director

Joined Essell in 1999, having obtained a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Analysis from Newcastle University. Qualified as a member of ACCA in 2002 and became a fellow of the ACCA in 2007.

He became a Partner in 2004 after training and working as an accounts clerk and became Managing Partner in 2012 and is responsible for a number of clients having gained a wealth of experience over the years in particularly working with sole traders and owner managed limited companies, he also works with a number of small Charites and Community Interest Companies and is very knowledgeable in that field.

Paul Katz: Director

Joined Essell in 2008, having obtained BA (Hons) in Finance and accounting from Newcastle University in 2006.  He qualified as a member of ACCA in 2011 and became a fellow of the Acca in 2007.  He began work as an Accounts clerk and was promoted to being a Director of Essell in 2015.  He deals directly with clients assisting preparing tax returns, company accounts and offering advice and support to local businesses.

Jolanta Nesbitt: Accounts Clerk

Joined Essell in July 2017 and is trained to Level 3 of Association of Accountancy Technicians, she has gained valuable experience since joining us. She has a master’s degree in Company Management whilst studying in Poland. Jolanta is responsible for processing clients accounting information.

Karen Douglass: Practice Manager

Joined Essell in July 2018 after 4 years working as a Screening Officer, prior to this took time out to concentrate on raising a family. As a receptionist her main duties are administrative support throughout the company, coordinating front-desk activities, including distributing correspondence and redirecting phone calls. She also takes care of the limited company compliance for our clients and is the first point of contact when clients come to the office.

Jamie Milligan: Tax and Accounts Manager

Joined Essell in 2020 after beginning her accountancy career in 2008. She is a qualified member of the Association of Accountancy Technicians, holding a level 4 diploma, and also holds the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business following further study under the ACA framework. Jamie’s main duties include accounts preparation, associated tax work, VAT returns and management accounts for clients. She also deals with clients directly to resolve various queries including tax and payroll questions.

Sophie Seymour: Payroll Manager

Joined Essell in 2022, after a break from being a payroll manager at a large recruitment company to have her daughter, she is our newest member of the team. With a background in finance administration and Level 2 and 3 of Association of Accountancy Technicians qualifications, she is responsible for processing our clients payroll.