Meet Our Team – Professional, Passionate and Positive

Margaret Thornton FCA CTA

Tax and Strategy Director

Responsibilities…

Margaret provides strategic advice and tax planning to many of our clients, both businesses and individuals. She loves to take a holistic and creative approach to financial and tax problems to find effective solutions which work. With over 30 years’ experience as a tax specialist, Margaret offers tax planning advice on a range of issues including capital gains, share options, trusts, inheritance tax, residence and domicile issues, as well as retirement and expatriate planning. Business clients particularly value her clarity when reviewing where their organisation is going and how to get there.

Margaret also heads up our probate team, and is an executor or trustee for some clients.

A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, Margaret is ultimately responsible for ensuring all the teams deliver exceptional service to clients – a daily challenge she thrives on!

Out of work…

In her spare time Margaret is involved in leadership at her local church. She enjoys baking, curling up with a good book and growing vegetables. She hates washing cars, decorating, and rainy days on holiday. She hopes one day to own another Border Collie.

E: margaret.thornton@morgancameron.com

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Alan Thornton FCA

Business Director

Responsibilities…

Alan set up the practice which later became Morgan Cameron back in 1992. His approach has always been that the client’s needs come first, so at Morgan Cameron there is none of the “production line” approach so common in accountancy, where getting the job out of the door is more important than getting to know and understand what clients actually want.

With well over 30 years’ experience in the profession with both national and regional practices, Alan now specialises in working with SME’s and charities, and says that the most enjoyable aspect of his work is talking through a client’s plans and aspirations, and helping them to take the necessary steps to achieve them. It’s so much more than simply complying with increasingly complex tax rules and accounting red tape!

Out of work…

Outside work, Alan is on the leadership team of his local church, plays the oboe and cor anglais in two local amateur orchestras, and is an enthusiastic if not very accomplished bell-ringer. Not an over-active sportsman – OK, that’s an understatement unless you count “Aunt Sally” as a sport – he is a keen rugby fan, with a long-standing allegiance to Saracens.

E: alan.thornton@morgancameron.com

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Karen Horwood FCA CTA

Tax and Business Manager

Responsibilities…

Karen joined Morgan Cameron in July 2012.

Karen manages the Tax Team and has a wealth of experience dealing with private clients – particularly high net worth individuals. She specialises in providing tax planning and advisory services to a broad range of clients, in particular with regard to capital gains tax and remuneration planning, and aims to provide practical solutions for clients.

Out of work…

After running around after her family, Karen has little free time. However, she likes to keep fit at the gym, and is a keen follower of Leicester Tigers.

E: karen.horwood@morgancameron.com

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Yasmin Al-Attar

Responsibilities…

Having joined us in August 2014, Yasmin has established herself as a key member of our tax team, preparing tax returns for a wide range of clients. She also handles much of our company secretarial work for us. She is currently studying towards becoming an Accounting Technician, and then plans to continue with further specialist tax training.

Out of work…

Yasmin claims not to have much spare time, but then admits to playing the piano, knitting, dress-making and designing, as well as visiting the gym 5 or 6 times a week. We’ve realised that it was a mistake giving her the desk nearest the staff room when there are cakes on offer.

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Karen Head MAAT ATT

Responsibilities…

Karen joined the tax team in 2006, having previously worked as an office manager for one of our clients. She is responsible for preparing tax returns and dealing with tax compliance issues for our personal tax clients. She has qualified with both the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Association of Tax Technicians.

Out of work…

Karen wins the prize for the longest commute, working from home most days, but regularly visiting the office from her home near Portsmouth. In her spare time Karen enjoys running, cycling and skiing. Mum to three grown up sons, she still finds it necessary to keep the fridge well stocked for their regular return-to-home raids.

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Allison McPherson

Responsibilities…

Allison is the person you’ll be dealing with if you need help with payroll services, as she handles all day to day aspects of our payroll bureau.

Out of work…

Far away holidays, weekends away with friends and family, and eating out all feature high on Allison’s list of priorities. She also gets plenty of exercise walking her dog, and is beginning to enjoy the return of a little freedom now that her children have grown up and flown the nest.

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Kerri Thornton LLB ATT

Responsibilities…

Kerri joined Morgan Cameron in June 2011 after graduating from Oxford Brookes. She is a key member of our tax team, dealing with some of the (many) more complex tax returns that we prepare each year. Kerri is currently studying for her CTA exams.

Out of work…

Kerri would like it known that she is not related to Alan and Margaret! She is known in the office for her love of sweet treats and vowing every Monday that she will eat healthily that week…..but it never happens!

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Laura Kyte ACA CTA TEP

Tax and Business Manager

Responsibilities…

Laura joined Morgan Cameron way back in 2003 as a trainee and has stuck with us through to being part of our management team.

Laura mainly works alongside Margaret Thornton on a range of areas including tax planning, strategic advice and corporate finance. Her experience of working in both the tax and business teams during her training enables her to tackle work logically and holistically across a range of disciplines.

Out of work…

Laura became a mother for the first time in November 2014, so is adjusting to the role of “working mum”. We’re guessing that her love of taking holidays in far flung destinations is going to have to take a back seat for a while.

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Bernice Flack ACA

Responsibilities…

Bernice has been with us since June 2011. Having first qualified as an Accounting Technician, in 2016 she passed her final exams to become a Chartered Accountant. In addition to preparing accounts and helping clients with their bookkeeping and VAT returns, Bernice oversees our payroll services.

Out of work…

In her spare time, you will most likely find Bernice at the gym. She also plays hockey for Wychwood Ladies, and enjoys a game of squash at the weekends. When not being so impressively active, Bernice likes to go out for meals or just relax with friends.

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Amy Hackett ACCA

Responsibilities…

Amy has been with Morgan Cameron since 2012, during which time she has qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant. She enjoys preparing accounts for a wide range of charities and businesses of all sizes, and is increasingly involved in advising on the implementation of new systems and internal procedures for clients.

Out of work…

In her spare time Amy enjoys rock climbing, and after a visit to Chichen Itza, would like to visit the remaining Wonders of the World.

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Darcy Caiger

Responsibilities…

Darcy started working with us on the same day as Yasmin and is also studying for the Accounting Technician exams. Working in our business team, Darcy assists clients with bookkeeping and VAT returns, and prepares accounts for a variety of small businesses.

Out of work…

Given that many members of the team have a weakness for cakes, we’re extremely pleased that one of Darcy’s hobbies is baking cakes and sweet treats. She also admits to spending too much time and money shopping. She’s probably not the only one.

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Rosie Johnston

Responsibilities…

Rosie joined Morgan Cameron Limited as a temporary employee in September 2012 and we liked her so much she is now a permanent member of our staff. Before joining us, she worked in Healthcare, both as a nurse and a trainer.

Out of work…

She is married with three children, so her family life keeps her very busy. In her spare time she enjoys family sailing holidays, cooking and escaping with a good book.

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Cristina Parry-Jones

Responsibilities…

A member of our admin team since the start of 2014, amongst other things Cristina has taken on the unenviable task of helping Margaret to keep her workload under control. She’s also likely to be the first person you speak to if you phone or visit us at the office.

Out of work…

Unlike most of our team, Cristina does not admit to a weakness for cakes – just chocolate. However, she does enjoy working out at the gym, but her two teenage daughters probably ensure she doesn’t have too much time to indulge in her love of reading.

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