Our Team

John Merrick FCCA

John is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a Registered Auditor and a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. He trained with a large firm in Birmingham, was an audit manager with a predecessor firm of PWC and was also a partner in a local West Midlands practice. He set up Merrick & Co in 1988. He specialises in providing tax and accounting services to owner managed, middle market companies and charities. He is also the lead partner for each of our clients, overseeing all aspects of the service they receive.

Caragh Merrick MA FCA FRSA

Caragh is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She trained with a predecessor firm of PWC and was a partner in the firm from 1990 to 2002. She was the senior audit partner of the firm's Midland Assurance Practice and was a member of the UK Assurance board. She is an experienced non-executive director and a consultant on governance and board effectiveness. She has advised a number of public sector boards and currently mentors directors in the public, charity and private sectors.

Nigel Smith FCMA

Nigel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He trained in industry and has extensive experience of management accounting, business planning, systems, budgetary control and forecasting. He regularly advises company boards on business and financial issues and is experienced in providing information to banks such as performance reports, assisting in negotiation of funding arrangements and grant claims. Nigel also provides training on Sage and other accounting packages.

Nick Lansley former HMRC Inspector of Taxes

Nick enjoyed a successful career with HMRC in the Midlands spanning some 25 years. He has extensive tax experience covering technical tax advice, enquiry investigations and tax compliance. He also is experienced in preparing and presenting appeals before tax tribunals. He undertakes "health checks" on business records for tax purposes.

Jean Lowth FMAAT

Jean is a Fellow of the Association of Accounting Technicians. She has extensive experience of all elements of accounts preparation for small and medium sized businesses. She is also responsible for providing our VAT return and payroll services.

John Tuck IT specialist

John has been an independent IT consultant for many years and is very experienced in advising on software and hardware selection for individuals and small to medium sized businesses. He provides a complete direct support service should IT problems arise.