About CKS

The rest is history...

Sixty years ago a shy and nervous young lad just out of short trousers started work for a local firm of Chartered Accountants. Twenty years later he started R A Smith & Co in Leigh-on-Sea with two part-time staff. Some clients from 1983 are still enjoying the services of this practice, now known as CKS Accountancy Limited.

Director: Andrew Clarke ACA

Andrew started work in 1975 and joined CKS in 1993 becoming a director a year later. He understands the pressures and demands of running a small business and so can share this knowledge with clients. He enjoys being in business and helping clients to enjoy being in business too. When not working, he likes to raise his eyes to the sky, mostly to look at planes but also to contemplate the issues of the moment. He has a very strong work ethic and believes in helping clients to grow their business. He has always worked at providing a quality personal service to his clients. 

Director: Rashmi Raichura FCA

Rashmi is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He trained and qualified with a firm of Chartered Accountants in Southend-on-Sea, then worked for a twenty-six partner firm in London. Rashmi built his own practice, Alan Rush & Co, which merged with CKS Accountancy three years ago. He is now mostly retired, working for CKS on a consultant basis.

Director: Jon Clarke ACCA

Jon has been newly promoted to the role of director. He manages clients and looks after most of our freelancers. He is a qualified ACCA accountant with 12 years’ experience of working at CKS. He is interested in history and has a degree in Archaeology and Ancient History. He is always pleased to hear from clients and will answer any questions promptly and efficiently. Jon is also Quickbooks certified.

Director: Rachel Wheate ACCA

Rachel has been newly promoted to the role of Director. Rachel is a qualified ACCA accountant and has worked at CKS for 10 years. She manages clients on a day to day basis and also oversees our payroll services, including auto-enrolment and CIS for Limited Companies. Due to her experience with CIS, Rachel manages a lot of our construction Limited Companies. When she is not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family.

Client and Office Manager: Maureen Farrell

Maureen is a client manager who has been working at CKS for 30 years. Maureen is responsible for over 150 clients and deals with all in house training as well as managing the office. Due to Maureen’s knowledge and experience she deals with all Trust and Estate Tax Returns for clients along with a large portfolio of more complex personal Tax Returns.

The CKS Team

There are 6 other people in the CKS team, qualified, experienced and those training for their professional exams. There is a good mix of friendly and hardworking staff who are always pleased to assist you in whatever way they can. 

Navin Khakhar

Navin worked for Rashmi for over 30 years before the Companies merged. He is an experienced member of the CKS team.  As well as being a member of the accounts team Navin also prepares VAT returns for clients. Navin is also QuickBooks certified.

Tayler Champness MAAT

Tayler started working for CKS as an apprentice in 2013. He is now AAT certified and is starting his ACCA training. Tayler is both Xero and QuickBooks certified. As well as being a valued member of the accounts team Tayler is a senior member of the payroll team and supports clients with implementing their bookkeeping software.

Lucy Wheate

Lucy started working for CKS in 2017. She works as part of the admin team, dealing with Company secretarial duties and looking after reception. Lucy also provides bookkeeping services for clients as well as assisting the accounts team with accounts preparation. Lucy is currently studying towards her AAT qualification. Lucy is both Xero and QuickBooks certified.

Lily Smith

Lily is an apprentice who joined the CKS team in 2017. Lily is a member of the accounts team and is currently studying towards her AAT qualification.

Denise Clarke

Denise works part time as part of the Admin team. Denise helps with both the reception and secretarial duties.

Megan Wheeler

Megan is our newest team member. She is a trainee on the payroll department, assisting with processing payrolls and the payroll admin work, working closely with Tayler.


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