Directors

Graham Kirk
Graham Kirk – Managing Director
Very much hands-on in his approach, Graham’s responsible for setting the firm’s strategy – but he’s equally involved in seeing strategies through into actions. He’s extremely passionate about Kirk Newsolme’s success – as well as that of its clients, whose service and satisfaction is the main focus of his role.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4222


Justin Smith
Justin Smith – Tax Director
Having previously worked for a Big 4 accountancy firm, Justin joined Kirk Newsholme in 2000 to lead firm’s team of Tax Specialists, overseeing a wide range of tax affairs for his clients. These range from family businesses through to large organisations. Justin makes it his business to understand what clients want to achieve in business and outside so that he can deliver appropriate tax planning solutions.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4228


Jill Wright
Jill Wright – Director
After having worked with Graham Kirk previously, Jill joined Kirk Newsholme in 1993 when the firm was a team of just 5. She did her training at Ernst & Young in Leeds and qualified in 1989, following a degree in Accounting and Financial Management with Maths at Sheffield University. Jill works predominantly in the firm’s Business Services department and is also involved in the Audit department.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4219


Neill Rayland
Neill Rayland – Audit Director
Before joining Kirk Newsholme in 2008, Neill gained over 10 years experience in partner positions with BDO LLP and John Gordon Walton. As well as his position as Audit Director, Neill is also the firm’s Audit Compliance Partner and Money Laundering Reporting Officer. He provides audit and professional advisory services to a portfolio of clients dominated by family, owner managed businesses and professional practices across a wide range of sectors.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4213


Peter Blinkhorn
Peter Blinkhorn – Director of Kirk Newsholme Financial Planning Ltd
A highly qualified Chartered Financial Planner, Peter works very closely with us to provide advice aimed at maximising clients’ investments and – where possible – reducing tax liabilities. His role involves identifying and carefully considering benefits both to the business and the individual.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4214


Richard Leonard
Richard Leonard – Director of Kirk Newsholme Financial Planning Ltd
A highly qualified Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, Richard provides investment advice and strategic financial planning solutions to individuals and families (private clients), businesses and the trustees of private trusts to help them to build, manage and protect their wealth.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4215


Ben Maughan
Ben Maughan – Business Services Director
The core services of the team he manages are Managements accounts, bookkeeping and VAT, end of year accounts and corporation tax compliance.
Ben and his team look after clients in a wide range of industries including the manufacturing, property and service sectors.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4217


Stephen Parnaby
Stephen Parnaby – Business Services Director
Stephen started work at Kirk Newsholme in 2001 as part of the Business Services Team and works with a wide range of different sized businesses.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4218


Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas – Audit Director
Having qualified as a chartered accountant at a small independent practice based in Huddersfield, Andrew joined Kirk Newsholme in 2006 following a two year stint at a national practice. Andrew’s role at Kirk Newsholme is mainly directed towards the firm’s larger corporate clients in the field of audit and compliance where he helps lead a team of talented, young and enthusiastic individuals.

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  Direct Line: 0113 204 4223