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"Running your own business can be a scary undertaking, you need someone with expertise who is always on your side and Alan and Sharon are always there to reassure me."

Discover more about the people at ADVOCO


Darren Rogers - Accounts Assistant

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!  

In her spare time she enjoys reading, swimming and she also loves to cook.

Diane Carroll - Account Manager FMAAT

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.

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 is the newest member of staff to join Advoco, working 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!

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 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.

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. 


Kayleigh Whyton - Payroll Assistant

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...

Wendy Barwick - PA

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 previously, 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, Pilates to keep fit, she is also a keen follower of F1 motor racing and enjoys cooking - which often includes the odd glass of Prosecco!

Sarah Bath - Administrator

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 she 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.


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 the Account Managers in all of their administration.  She also pitches in with our Advoco Umbrella Company, assisting John and Richard 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 fulltime employment working in the automobile industry and recently joined Advoco as Administrator working alongside Sarah and Julie 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.


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