About CKS

The rest is history...

Fifty 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

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

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. During this time he started building up his own practice from his kitchen table. He never wanted to be part of an organisation where clients and staff are numbers. He believes in looking after his staff and giving a good personal service to his clients. Out of this philosophy he created a practice that enjoys a good reputation. This practice, formally Alan Rush & Co. has now merged with CKS Accountancy Limited and will continue in practice as part of CKS Chartered Accountants.

The Team

There are 10 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. In particular there are three managers whom you may deal with on a regular basis.

Maureen Farrell

Maureen is a Client manager who has been working at CKS for 30 years and is able to combine this experience with a friendly and approachable manner that makes clients confident and comfortable that they are getting the best possible help. Maureen is also responsible for in house training and managing the office.

Jon Clarke

Jon is a Client manager and looks after most of our contractors and 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.

Rachel Wheate

Rachel Wheate is a Client manager and also manages our payroll services which includes auto-enrolment and CIS for Limited companies. Due to her experience with CIS she manages a lot of construction limited companies. Rachel has 10 years experience with CKS and is a qualified ACCA accountant. She is also Quickbooks certified.  Rachel loves watching rugby and spending time with her family. 

The Accounts team

We have a number of people who work in the preparation of your accounts and you may have contact with them when preparing these. Tayler Champness started as an apprentice in 2013 and is now at the last stage of his AAT training. Victoria Lawman is progressing towards her professional qualifications to become ACCA qualified and Navin Khakhar has worked for Rashmi for 20 years and is an experienced member of the team  Lily Smith is an apprentice who has recently joined the accounts team as a trainee. Lucy Wheate performs the book keeping services for clients and is currently undertaking AAT training. Tayler, Victoria and Lucy are all also Quickbooks Certified. 

The Payroll team

Rachel manages the payroll department supported by Tayler. they deal with weekly and monthly payrolls, along with auto enrolment compliance and CIS returns.

The Admin team

Lucy Wheate and Denise Clarke are the are the first voices you will likely hear if you give us a ring. They both share our secretarial duties and in addition Lucy also looks after Company Secretarial work for those clients who need it. 


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