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Meet The Team

John Hornby

John Hornby


He may be into his sixth decade as an accountant – but John is still very much a part of life at JF Hornby & Co.

He 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 the 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.

Paul Hornby
Managing Director

Paul Hornby


Paul is a big picture thinker and visionary – and under his stewardship as Managing Director, JF Hornby & Co has enjoyed many years of successive growth.

He joined the firm in 2000 after previously studying for his degree and masters and also holds Chartered Accountant status.

Paul deals with a range of clients, giving advice on everything from start up to strategic direction and taxation matters. He also heads up the firm’s in house tax boutique providing a suite of bespoke services.

In 2016 Paul was listed as one of the top five accountants in the UK and he’s also Chairman and Owner of Barrow AFC.

Beverley Hornby
Divisional Director

Beverley Hornby


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 manages the growing accountancy team.

Her approach is friendly, but extremely attentive and professional – qualities that have proven to be very popular, both with members of the JF Hornby team and our valued clients.

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
Divisional Director

Tom Southward

BA (Hons) ACCA

Tom is an accomplished accountant and became a Divisional Director in 2015 after spending eight years with the firm. Previously with a Top 50 accountancy practice Tom also has a degree in business management.

Clients like Tom’s approach in really getting to know their business and making recommendations which not only save 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.

Mark Leadley
Divisional Director

Mark Leadley


Mark joined the business in 2008 and is a Chartered Certified Accountant.

He has seen the business significantly develop over the time he has been a member of the team and is now Divisional Director.

Mark has a wealth of experience in accountancy practice and specialises in tax and VAT legislation including case law. He is extremely approachable and leaves no stone unturned in his approach to helping clients. Mark’s calm and measured approach, even at the busiest of times, is legendary and he very quickly puts clients them at ease.

Outside of work, Mark enjoys walking, reading and spending time with his young family.

Victoria Thompson
Chartered Accountant

Victoria Thompson

BSc(Hons) FCA

Chartered Accountant Victoria has 18 years of practice experience and has spent the last eight at JF Hornby & Co.

She spends most of her time liaising with the company’s vast clientele, advising them on general business and taxation matters.

Victoria is also responsible for the training requirements of qualified and experienced members of staff, ensuring they meet their training goals and keep up to date with the ever-changing tax legislation and financial reporting landscape.

Outside of work, Victoria enjoys spending time with her two children, walking or running on the fells, or enjoying one of Cumbria’s many lakes

Paula Boyd

Accounts Manager

Roland Darbishire

Accounts Manager

Susan Lynas

Tax Manager

India Douglas

PA to Managing Director

Joanne Parrington

Office Manager

Sarah Woodward

Payroll Manager