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Alan Rodgers FCCA CTA

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

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 taxatation and IR35 and we can say that John is 'The Knowlege' 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

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 specialises 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!  
In her spare time she enjoys reading, swimming and has always loved cooking.


Diane Carroll

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, achieving her FMAAT status in 1988. 

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.



Sharon Drew

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 specialist accounts include R & D and owner managed businesses, she also looks after several dental practices and garages, (and she is also an expert in 1980's pop trivia)! In her spare time she is a 'gym bunny', loves listening to live music and reading psychological thrillers, murder mysteries and the occasional bit of ‘chick lit’.


Rebekah Endean MAAT

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 QuickBook.

In her spare time Rebekah enjoys reading when she's not otherwise running around after her 2 young children … and her husband!


Richard Panrucker

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 closely with John looking after our Contractors through the Advoco Umbrella Company.  Richard also specialises in 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

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 closely 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!


Ellie Harvey

Ellie is our newest accounts trainee and joined Advoco in September 2015 after studying for her 'A' levels at Budmouth College.

Ellie is part of 'team Jacky and Rebekah' and is gaining a wealth of understanding looking after a variety of clients, whilst studying for her AAT qualification.

In her spare time Ellie enjoys diving and swimming, she is an active member of the Tornadoes of South Dorset swimming club and she also enjoys keeping fit by spinning.  Ellie loves everything Disney, especially her holidays with her family in the Sunshine State!


Anita Luque ACIPP

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

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 is Anita's right hand girl and assists running a huge 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 teenage daughter and going back to Oxfordshire to visit family and friends.


Wendy Barwick

Wendy lived in Bristol for a number of years before relocating to Weymouth in 1996.

With a strong administration background, having been a Personal Assistant to a number of Directors over the past (quite a few!) years, Wendy 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 primarily to assist by giving admin support to Alan on a day to day basis.  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, Yoga to keep fit, she is also a keen follower of F1 motor racing and enjoys cooking - which often includes the odd glass of Prosecco!


Paula Carter

Paula moved to Weymouth in 2012 from Hertfordshire, having worked in an accountancy practice for most of her working life working for Mercer & Hole, Chartered Accountants for nearly 24 years, 9 years before leaving to have her 2 children and then for a further 15 years once they had started school.  Working in the front of house, Paula is part of the very busy admin team.   

In her spare time she likes to walk her dog, 'James', and is keen on her hobby of flower arranging in which she studied and gained her NVQ. You can usually see her latest flower arrangement in reception.


Lara McMahon

Lara was born in Weymouth and completed her AAT qualification in 2007.

She has three young children and is currently working part-time assisting the admin team in the front of house.  Lara also covers some of the client bookkeeping and pitches in with many of the varied admin tasks in reception.

She enjoys spending her spare time having fun days out with her family and also has a creative flair in needlework and arts and crafts.


Sarah Bath

Sarah was born in London and moved to Weymouth when she was a child.  After leaving college she worked initially for a local solicitors firm, moving to work for the local government in the legal and land charges departments where she stayed for 24 years.

In need of a very different and more challenging role, Sarah joined the admin team in September 2017 to assist Wendy with a wide range of diverse admin tasks and the Company bookkeeping and Sarah is certainly enjoying all the fresh challenges she's discovering in her new job!

Sarah enjoys spending her free time with her husband and 2 teenage daughters, walking her dogs and going to the cinema.  She is an avid supporter of Bath Rugby team and watches them live whenever she gets the chance.


Kayleigh Whyton

Kayleigh was born and brought up locally. After deciding on a career change, she started her AAT studies in February 2017 and joined Advoco as a Payroll assistant shortly afterwards on a part time basis. Kayleigh enjoys the payroll aspect of her job which will ultimately enhance her AAT studies.

In her spare time Kayleigh enjoys spending time with her 2 young children and her husband, going on holiday and the occasional pamper beauty treatment … when she has the time...!


Julie Mitchell

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 Office Administrator. Julie now works in the front office and supports the Account Managers in all things admin.

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!

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