Bruce Cunningham, FCA
I qualified a long time ago – back in 1971. Having completed articles in Brighton I spent some time gaining experience with Price Waterhouse in Spain and Canada before looking after a substantial lighting business in Alberta. On returning with my family to the UK in 1983 I joined the practice - developing the commercial side of the business. It has grown over the intervening years to its current form and size with a great team of professionals to take care of our many and varied clients.
When not cycling or gardening I can be found in random Lewes pubs playing the Sussex game of ‘Toads’.
Estelle Sherlock, MA, BSc (Hons), FCA, CTA
After completing my Maths degree at Southampton University I joined a London practice, working across most disciplines of accountancy and taxation, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1981. In 1985 I took a break from practice, when my children were young, and spent time lecturing on accountancy and taxation matters. In 1996 I qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser and went back into practice, joining DMC and becoming a partner in 2000.
In my spare time I love to look after my garden as well as cycling through the leafy lanes of Sussex or over in France.
Sandra Stone, FCCA, CAT
I joined the firm in 1998 and DMC supported me through both my CAT and ACCA studies until I successfully qualified in 2010. I have a detailed knowledge of Sage accounting software and have been able to assist clients over the years with set up, training and troubleshooting when there are problems. When not at work I can be found dancing my way through a Zumba class or enjoying the company of my grandchildren.
Rob Brown, FCA
After finishing my A Levels I joined a firm of accountants in East Grinstead, working primarily on company accounts and audits. This is where I completed the majority of my training. With one exam remaining I took a year out and travelled around Australia and New Zealand. I joined DMC in 2005 and qualified in 2007. I became a partner in 2013 and work on company accounts, audits as well as taxation matters.
I am a proud father and husband and I am really enjoying watching my children grow up. I am also a keen golfer, cyclist and runner and in recent years I have set myself an annual challenge to train for and complete.
Barbara Cordner, BA (Hons), ATT, CTA - Taxation Manager
I gained an English and American Literature degree from Warwick University in 1985, initially pursued a teaching career, but a change of direction saw me applying to the Civil Service. In 1988 I was posted to the Inland Revenue, and thus began my career in tax. After two years at the Inland Revenue, I left in order to study for a formal tax qualification and joined a small Sussex firm where I studied for and passed the exams to join the Chartered Institute of Taxation. I joined DMC Partnership in September 2005 as Tax Manager and deal with all aspects of personal and business taxation.
Outside of work I am an active member of Hailsham Tennis Club and enjoy the social aspect of that as well as competing in match competitions. I enjoy walking, and the occasional run! I also regularly compete in pub quizzes. With all of this, and two young granddaughters, my life is very busy but enjoyable.
Alison Garrido, BSc (Hons), ACCA, FMAAT – Accounts Manager
I joined DMC the first time, in September 1999 and commenced my accountancy training, undertaking the AAT qualification. I then had a break to go to university, where I obtained a degree in sport and exercise science. Returning to DMC in 2008 and qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2014. I am responsible for managing the firm’s workload, allocating work to individuals and ensuring all filing deadlines are met. I prepare accounts for all types of client and prepare individual, partnership and limited company tax returns; VAT returns, as well as offering support for the company’s internal IT needs and organising our social calendar.
I am a keen cyclist, having previously completed the London to Brighton bike ride and John O’Groats to Land’s End. I also enjoy baking and gardening.
Peter J Fuller, ACCA, MAAT – Accounts Manager
After A levels I took up a position in banking with NatWest before joining DMC in April 2007. In my time here I’ve worked as part of the accounts production team as well as covering the payroll function for our clients and gone on to complete the AAT and ACCA qualification in August 2015. Outside of DMC I’m a keen badminton player and an optimistic Spurs supporter.
Samantha Aubrey, ACCA, MAAT – Accounts Senior
I joined the practice in 2003 following employment with an Airline and Bank. Whilst at DMC Partnership I have studied and gained my AAT qualification in 2006 and the ACCA qualification in 2016. My responsibilities at work include accounts preparation for Sole Traders and Limited Companies, together with tax returns for individuals and Companies.
My responsibilities outside work are caring for my two young children. When / if I have spare time I love to flower arrange and go to the cinema.
Matt Sankey, ACCA, FMAAT – Accounts Senior
I started working at DMC in 2010 opting to start a career in accountancy rather than going to university. I obtained the MAAT qualification in 2013. In 2016 I went travelling for 3 months exploring North and South America (including the Galapagos Islands which were amazing!). When I returned I got back into the textbooks and finally completed the chartered ACCA exams in June 2018. My day to day work consists of preparing accounts and tax returns for sole traders, partnerships and companies. I also prepare and submit VAT returns and assist with company audits.
Outside of work I enjoy travelling, walking and running on the South Downs and pretty much all sport with football, golf and running being my specialties. I play football for Ridgewood FC (6 trophies and 10 promotions in 8 years) and often take part in Eastbourne Parkrun.
Kim Edwards, ACCA FMAAT – Accounts Senior
I joined DMC in May 2018. Since leaving school I have worked in a variety of accountancy roles, gaining invaluable experience from working in both practice and industry. I achieved my AAT qualification back in 2014 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2019. At DMC, I have a varied role from preparing accounts and tax returns to helping clients move onto Cloud based Software.
Outside of work I enjoy running, cycling and swimming as well as riding my horse around the local Sussex countryside.
Alison Mullins - Taxation and Company Secretarial
I joined DMC in September 2008. After leaving school I worked for Legal & General at their Surrey headquarters for many years. I had a couple of years out to look after my two then small children and then returned to work in the local area. At DMC I look after the company secretarial work as well as assisting with personal and corporation tax matters.
I love to travel, mainly Europe, nothing long haul planned for the moment. I enjoy walking on the Ashdown Forest, eating and drinking in the wonderful local pubs. Looking after my home and garden keeps me fairly fit and swimming when I get the time.
Nicky Sankey – BA (Hons), AAT - Payroll
I joined DMC Partnership in 2016 as Payroll Administrator having previously run a large payroll for a pharmaceutical company. I achieved AAT in 2002 and have spent much of my working career in banking and finance. I have also enjoyed studying for a degree at the University of Brighton and working and volunteering with children’s charities.
Hannah Ferris – Accounts Trainee
I started working at DMC in September 2017, after completing my A levels. I knew I wanted an apprenticeship in accountancy rather than going to university, and DMC was a fantastic opportunity and has been a great start for me. I am currently studying for my AAT qualification whilst preparing accounts for sole traders, partnerships, and personal tax returns at work.
Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, playing with my dogs, and going out with friends and family, and I also recently have picked up knitting.