About Us

The faces behind the names

Our Philosophy

We aim to offer clients a friendly, approachable service, which is both affordable and efficient. The relationship a client has with their accountant should be one of trust and mutual understanding. We want our clients to be able to call and tell us how their business is going, without fear of what they may be billed. We aim to become a resource for your business, rather than a necessary evil.

Transparency and working with clients to help them incorporate small changes that can save them money in the long term are important to us.

All potential clients are encouraged to get in touch to speak to us about the services they require. We will talk you through what things can be done immediately to help address your needs and discuss long term goals. And for the initial consultation, we won’t charge you a penny. We believe in building long term relationships with our clients, based on honest and frank discussions, so everyone knows where they stand.

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Clare Stones - Group Client Director

Clare joined Ivybridge Accountants on a full time basis in December 2022. She qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2004 after completing AAT and went on to do a degree in Applied Accounting. Clare then worked for an accounting practice in York until she had her first child. After having her second child, she enjoyed the flexibility of working for herself before returning to practice, which she enjoys hugely.

Outside work, when Clare is not spending time with her family, she enjoys running or signing herself up for some sort of challenge or event. She has recently completed the Yorkshire Marathon raising money for a local charity.

During lockdown, Clare taught herself to crochet and likes to make friends and family homemade items they never knew they wanted.

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Claire Hayman - Practice Manager

Claire has worked in the accountancy sector since 2014 and has completed her AAT Levels 2 & 3.

Claire is proud to be a member of the Ivybridge team and loves nothing more than to assist and help clients. Claire is the current Practice Manager and has been busy implementing a new client management system. She comes with a wealth of systems and process knowledge.

Claire is a lover of formula one and helps keep Cadburys in business with her love for chocolate fingers. She has 3 crazy dogs and enjoys weekend walks with her family.

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Adam Aitken - Assistant Accountant

Adam Aitken joined the Ivybridge team in March 2023. In 2013 he obtained his AAT level 2 whilst working in industry, and in 2018 he went on to study at Plymouth University obtaining a degree in Accounting and Finance. Adam has remained local and is aspiring to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

Adam enjoys weekly swimming, weekends away to Cornwall and exploring the South-West.

Adam is very keen to get stuck in and support the team and our clients and to continue his professional development.

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George Brennan - Trainee Accountant

George has recently completed ICB Level 2 and is currently working towards completing ICB Level 3, whilst gaining experience in bookkeeping and accounts, George is training to become the new Ivybridge Office Manager, ready to welcome clients with a warm smile and is looking forward to getting to know you all. George is available to help or point you in the right direction with any queries you may have.

George is a keen gym goer and enjoys a wide range of live music.