Meet the team


Bruce Cunningham, FCA

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

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

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, ACA

Rob Brown, ACA

After finishing my A Levels I joined a firm of accountants in East Grinstead, working primarily on company accounts and company 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, company audits as well as taxation matters.

I am a proud father and husband and I very much enjoy watching my daughter grow up. I am also a keen cyclist, runner and golfer, and for the last few years have set myself an annual physical challenge to complete.


Barbara Cordner, BA (Hons), ATT, CTA

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

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

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

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, MAAT

Matt Sankey, MAAT – Accounts Senior

I started working at DMC in 2010 at the age of 18 straight after finishing 6th form college. Since then I have obtained the MAAT qualification and have completed the foundation exams for ACCA. I hope to finish my ACCA exams in the next couple of years and become a fully qualified chartered accountant. At work I prepare accounts and tax returns for sole traders, partnerships and companies. I also prepare and submit VAT returns and assist with company audits.

I pay football for Ridgewood FC and also enjoy playing golf. I am also DMC reigning bowling champion!

Alison Mullin

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

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.

Jodie Smith – Accounts Trainee

Jodie Smith – Accounts Trainee

I started working at DMC in July 2015, after completing my A levels. I am studying alongside work for my AAT qualification. My role at DMC is accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships, along with personal tax returns. I am continuing my in house training and working on other aspects of accounting and taxation matters.

My hobbies and interests outside of work include; horse riding, walking my dog, going out for dinner, shopping, spending time with my friends and family and reading.

Administrative Support and Secretarial

Siobhan Cass

Siobhan Cass

I joined DMC in 2008. I work as receptionist looking after client data maintenance and also offer administrative support to the partners and staff.

In my spare time I enjoy being walked by my dog Darcy on the Ashdown Forest as well as looking after my horses.

Sue Patience

Sue Patience

I joined DMC in 1987, winding down my self-employed typing business in order to learn the art of word processing. I have always shared the role of receptionist/office admin and this has allowed me to follow other interests such as golf, gardening and teaching swimming. It also gives me the opportunity to spend time with my grandchildren.