A team you can trust

A truly dynamic accountancy firm

Meet the team

John Hornby FCA, FinseD, FRSA, R'FOjohn.hornby@jfhornby.com

John is the firm’s founder and Chairman and has been a Chartered Accountant since 1968. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He also holds a Freedom of the City of London. After training locally John moved into industry becoming Chairman and Managing Director of a listed plc. For his work as Consulate of Norway, John holds the impressive Knight First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, conferred on him by the King of Norway.

With his strong commercial links John created somewhat of a niche when he founded the firm – ‘accountants with a definite commercial edge’ John brought not only excellent contacts to the local area but a lifetime of advice and knowledge working with the biggest law firms and accountants in the world. Bringing this level of expertise to the local area has really made the firm stand out. Being accomplished with business on a larger scale has helped clients with business acquisitions, sales and raising finance. John sets incredibly high standards and has an impeccable reputation as a Chartered Accountant for nearly 50 years.

Paul Hornby BA (Hons), MBA, FCCA, ACApaul.hornby@jfhornby.com

Paul joined the firm in 2000 after previously studying for his Degree and Masters. He is a Chartered Accountant and the firm’s Managing Director. Paul deals with all manner of clients giving them advice ranging from start up, strategic direction or taxation matters. He also heads up the firms in house tax boutique providing bespoke tax advice. Paul has a wealth of contacts both locally and nationally which provide invaluable help to clients.

His approach has been one of the firm’s major success factors, approachable and friendly yet a forward thinker on all tax related issues. Paul prides himself on being a problem solver and clients are frequently amazed the benefits gained from having him on board. In 2016 Paul was listed as one of the top 5 accountants in the UK and he’s also a director of Barrow AFC.

Beverley Hornby AAT ACCA

Beverley is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Divisional Director of the firm. She has been a key member of the business for nearly 15 years and currently manages the accountancy team. Her approach is friendly but extremely attentive and professional. This has not only endeared her to clients but ensures she strives for perfection in her role.

Beverley has a wealth of knowledge in taxation and as part of her role carries out tax compliance for the firm. Beverley is the point of contact for most of the larger clients some of which have become personal friends over the years such is the quality and care she provides.

Tom Southward BA (Hons) AAT

Tom is an accomplished accountant and became a Divisional Director in 2015 after spending 8 years with the firm. Previously with a Top 50 accountancy practice Tom also has a degree in business management. Tom’s hardworking approach means he doesn’t mind getting stuck into any task. He is respected by his fellow colleagues for getting his sleeves rolled up and either helping with training, or reviewing their work. Clients like Tom’s approach in really getting to know their business and making recommendations which not only saves them money but time.

Tom is our small business specialist and apart from seeing clients he helps them in all aspects from start-up through to expansion or simple queries. On a personal front Tom is a member of Hoad Hill Harriers and a founding member of Ulverston Tri Club. He has also been on the Town’s Lantern committee all of which makes him well known in the local area.

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More than just Accountants

J F Hornby & Co is one of the leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants in Cumbria. We have substantial across-the-board expertise in all aspects of general practice.


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Tax Planning

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Corporate Finance

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