Alan Rodgers FCCA CTA - Director
After completing his degree, Alan trained with a small practice dealing primarily with owner managed businesses. He then completed his training with BDO Stoy Hayward in their audit department.
Once qualified, Alan returned to a practice locally in Weymouth, focussing again on owner managed businesses before joining the practice in 2005 and becoming the sole Director in 2011.
In his spare time Alan enjoys football, watching now rather than playing and spending time with his family.
John Somers MAAT - Account Manager
John was brought up in East Devon and educated at Colyton Grammar School. He started his accountancy career in 1998 and qualified as a member of the AAT in 2001. He is currently studying towards the ATT qualification.
John joined Advoco in 2008 and specialises in personal and corporate clients ranging from IT and defence consultants to retail, building companies and estate agents. He is skilled in managing our Advoco Umbrella Company, advising on all aspects of taxation and IR35 and we can say that John is 'The Knowledge' on all computerised and cloud based accounting packages.
John likes to spend his weekends with his wife and young family. Any spare time he has is usually spent following the stock market or various sports.
Jacky Comben - Account Manager
Jacky was born in Weymouth and brought up and educated in Germany. Upon returning to the UK she joined a local accountancy practice gaining a vast range of knowledge and experience, leaving some years later to become a finance director for a local export firm.
Jacky joined Advoco in 2002 and her expertise lies in a broad portfolio of clients ranging from caravan and holiday parks, engineering companies, agriculture and farms - although you'll never catch her wearing a pair of wellies!
Diane Carroll FMAAT - Account Manager
Diane is originally from Wiltshire and acquired 'A' level Accountancy and the BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies. She started her career working for an accountant's practice in Bath and Warminster, qualifying in 1988 and achieving her FMAAT status in 2013.
Diane specialises in a variety of personal and small owner managed businesses, including plumbers, electricians and guest houses to name but a few.
Diane enjoys travelling, fitness classes and listening to live music in her spare time .... and she also likes a bit of retail therapy now and then.
Sharon Drew - Account Manager
Sharon moved to Weymouth from St Andrews in Fife as a teenager. She previously worked both for a local brewery and a manufacturing company as a Sales Finance Manager
Sharon started working part-time at Advoco when her son was very young, completing clients' bookkeeping and payrolls. Over the years she has received on the job training for her current role as an Accounts Manager, whilst running a few payrolls to keep her knowledge up to date and to provide holiday cover for the payroll team.
Her key clients include R & D and owner managed businesses, she also looks after several dental practices and garages.
In her spare time she is a 'gym bunny', reading psychological thrillers and the occasional bit of 'chick lit' She also enjoys listening to live music and is an expert in 1980's pop trivia!
Rebekah Endean MAAT - Accounts Assistant
Rebekah started her career working in the banking industry and as finance officer for a local charity before joining Advoco in 2011. Having gained her AAT qualification, she is now studying for her ACCA qualification.
Rebekah works closely with Jacky and specialises in looking after a wide range of businesses including caravan parks and agriculture, she has an expert knowledge of Adbooks, Sage and QuickBooks.
In her spare time Rebekah enjoys reading when she's not otherwise running around after her 2 young children … and her husband!
Richard Panrucker - Accounts Assistant
Richard has lived in Weymouth his whole life, studying at The Wey Valley School and then going on to complete his 'A' levels at The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. After joining the Advoco team in February 2014, he works together with John looking after our Contractors through the Advoco Umbrella Company. Richard also focuses on engineering Companies and defence consultants and is currently working towards accomplishing the AAT qualification.
Outside of work, Richard enjoys watching and playing an array of different sports, particularly football and basketball. He also has a great passion for cooking and can often be heard in the office revealing his most recent delicious recipe!
Helen Boulter - Accounts Assistant
Helen was born and brought up in Dorset. She studied at The Sir John Colfox school in Bridport and after finishing 'A' Levels went on to complete a Business and Administration apprenticeship.
Helen joined Advoco in March 2014 and works with Diane in managing a vast range of client portfolios. She is currently working towards achieving the AAT qualification. In her spare time Helen enjoys horse riding and cycling, eating out with friends and planning her next adventure abroad. Helen is also the baker in the Company, winning awards for her wonderful scrummy cakes.
Darren Rogers - Accounts Assistant
Darren moved to Weymouth in 1991 and was home schooled before going to Weymouth College to get his GCSEs. His first real job was at Dorset County Council where he stayed for 14 years, starting out as a clerical assistant before moving into HR and payroll systems testing and then Finance. He eventually decided to study accountancy and started his AAT studies in February 2017.
Darren joined Advoco in 2018 to work alongside 'team Jacky and Rebekah' in managing their varied portfolio of clients.
In his spare time Darren enjoys swimming, running (sort of), music, books and films (especially the really bad action ones from the 80s). His claim to fame is that he once had a quick chat with Jo Whiley while she was waiting for a car in Wales – she was very nice!
Ella O’Connell - Accounts Assistant
Born and brought up in Weymouth, Ella completed her A levels at Budmouth Sixth form in 2018 where she studied business, geography, maths and further maths. She then went on to complete a scholarship at an Accountants in Yeovil, and from there was offered an apprenticeship.
Ella has been employed to work for both Jacky and John to assist both of their teams in accounts preparation, tax returns and bookkeeping
When not at work, Ella enjoys going to the gym, likes to socialise with friends and she also loves a bit of retail therapy – and that’s most certainly her favourite pastime!
Paula Jarman - Accounts Trainee
Paula was born and raised in Weymouth and went to All Saints School.
She is qualified to AAT level 2 and 3 having passed the exams successfully whilst raising her two young children. Paula also has knowledge of several bookkeeping packages which she also studied whilst at home.
Paula’s career began once her children had grown up, she has been employed predominantly in the motor trade prior to joining Advoco. Her first job was as a Sales Administrator, before progressing to Accounts Assistant and then on to become Assistant Accountant before joining Advoco in August 2019. Paula has been recruited specifically to cover Helen’s maternity leave and beyond.
Outside of work Paula is passionate about her art and is currently teaching Autistic young adults art and educational projects.
Anita Luque ACIPP - Payroll Manager
Anita was born and brought up in Weymouth. After running her own business for a number of years she returned to college to gain qualifications in the business sector, specialising in accounts and payroll.
Having recently qualified in Pensions Administration with CIPP, Anita is responsible for the management of the entire payroll section. This covers the day to day running of payroll and CIS as well as the end of year submissions. Auto-Enrolment is now a major part of the payroll processing. Anita and her team assist clients with the set up, processing and compliance of duties with the Pensions Regulator. In her spare time Anita enjoys cycling, walking and genealogy. She loves dancing and is our resident ‘Dancing Queen’.
Emma Horwood- Payroll Assistant
Emma grew up in a small town in Oxfordshire, moving to Weymouth after leaving school and continuing her studies at Weymouth college.
After spending 4 years at a local Accountants gaining knowledge and experience in bookkeeping and payroll she developed a keen interest in payroll. Now Emma works part-time and assists running a number of payrolls which keep her busy, also stepping in to cover Anita's role during holiday periods. Emma's motto is ‘keep calm and send me your timesheets’!
In her spare time Emma enjoys quality time with her baby son and her daughter and going back to Oxfordshire to visit family and friends.
Kerry Beale - Payroll Assistant
Kerry was born and brought up in Dorset, briefly moved to Somerset, but returned to Dorset due to missing the beach!
She has always worked in banking or finance and having gained her AAT qualification in 2008, she spent 10 years with the local County Council in Accountancy, but then decided that it was time to escape the public sector and now works closely with Anita and the team in our payroll department.
In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, walking her dog, socialising with friends and spending time with her husband, daughter and step children.
Wendy Barwick - PA
Wendy lived in Bristol for a number of years before relocating to Weymouth in 1996. She has been a Personal Assistant to a number of Directors previously and has diverse experience in customer services, marketing, exports, imports and HR and came to Advoco after working for a local manufacturing company for 16 years.
Wendy's role is to give admin support to Alan, this includes HR, facilities management and compliance regulations. She is focused on giving excellent customer service, whilst maintaining and improving the Company administration systems and procedures.
Outside of work Wendy enjoys holidays abroad, Pilates to keep fit and enjoys cooking for friends and family - which often includes a glass of Prosecco!
Julie Mitchell - Administrator
Julie has worked in various admin roles for nearly 30 years, mainly covering HR and recruitment. She recently moved from her job as Head Administrator for a national care provider to join Advoco as Administrator.
Julie now works in the front office and supports Jacky's team in all of their administration. She also pitches in with our Advoco Umbrella Company at the end of each month.
Julie’s free time is spent getting lost in the countryside with ‘Harvey’, her dog. She loves animals, so much so that in her spare time she also takes care of a clutch of chickens, several geese and a goat!
Jacqui Howard - Administrator
Jacqui was ‘born and bred’ in Weymouth and studied at All Saints School.
She began her career at Prudential Assurance before she moved into the care sector for 15 years, where she had various admin roles whilst she brought up her children. She went back to full time employment working in the automobile industry and joined Advoco in 2018 as Administrator to John and Richard, working in our busy front office.
Family time is important to Jacqui, she enjoys walking her 2 Rough Collies, affectionately known as her “fur babies”. She also loves a glass or 2 of wine, whilst socialising of course! She also loves her holidays and trips abroad.