Meet our Advisers

Alastair Gould FCA / CTA


Specialist in: Tax planning

T: 0151 647 6681

Alastair has over 30 years of experience in dealing with owner managed businesses and small to medium size companies with particular emphasis on tax planning, tax efficient profit extraction and exit route planning. He has unrivalled knowledge of current issues effecting business and advises companies based on their individual needs and specific sector conditions. He is a member of the ICAEW and Chartered Tax Institute, Vice Chair of Wirral Chamber and Chair of The Business Investment District.

Paul Cochrane BA FCA DChA


Tel: 0151 647 6681

After 25 years with the firm, Paul has taken on a more strategic role as Chairman.

Anne Stubbs ACA


Specialist in: Audits and Legal practices

T: 0151 647 6681

Anne has over 20 years' experience in the audit profession dealing with a wide range of businesses within a number of sectors. As well as Statutory audits, she is the firms specialist in Solicitors Accounts Rules audits.

Anne started her career at McEwan Wallace in 1993 and qualified as an Accounting Technician in 1995. She then went on to study ACCA and qualified as Chartered Certified Accountant in 1999. More recently in 2009, Anne became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales).

She enjoys following football and spending time with her family.

Kris Billington BA (Hons) ACA FPC


Specialist in: Auditing larger entities, charities and groups

Tel: 0151 647 6681

Kris has over 20 years’ experience in accountancy having initially developed his interest maintaining the records of the family business. He works with a wide range of clients and continues to build upon the strong professional relationships he has developed.

Kris qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1997 and joined McEwan Wallace later that year. He has since become a member of both the ICAEW and CII and acts as Independent Examiner for small local charities and clubs.

Kris enjoys various sports and DIY.

Liz Elliott LLB(Hons) CTA ATT


Specialist in: Tax planning

Tel: 0151 647 6681

Liz joined the firm in 2004 and has worked in tax for over 20 years, after initially graduating in Law. She specialises in the owner-managed sector, covering both corporate and personal tax issues.

Liz is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of Taxation Technicians.

She enjoys following football and socialising with friends.

Nicky Barber

Accounts Manager

Specialist in new business starts ups & small businesses

Tel: 0151 647 6681

Nicky has over 20 years’ experience in the profession, qualifying as an Accounting Technician in 1992.

Nicky was promoted to Accounts Manager in 2005 and as well as specialising in new business start-ups, she oversees a sizeable portfolio of small owner-managed business clients. In addition, she works closely with Anne Stubbs in managing the accounting and taxation requirements of a number of Medical Practices.

Nicky is a keen runner and keep-fit enthusiast.

Philippa Baker CTA ATT

Tax Manager

Specialist in: Taxation

T: 0151 647 6681

Philippa has over 15 years' experience in the profession and specialises in personal and corporate taxation.

Philippa joined the firm in 1998 and was promoted to manager in 2010. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and Association of Taxation Technicians.

Her areas of specialism include Research & Development Tax Relief and Seafarers’ Earnings Deduction claims.

She is a Classics graduate and enjoys listening to music and going to the theatre.

Matthew Ryan FCCA ACA


Specialist in: Sole traders and partnerships

Tel: 0151 647 6681

Matthew’s specialist skills include the implementation of financial management systems. As a manager he still takes an active part in the preparation of accounts and has a wide range of experience working with clients of all sizes.

Matthew joined McEwan Wallace in 1999 and studied for the Association of Accounting Technician examinations, and qualified as an Accounting Technician, in 2002. He then continued his studies and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2005.

More recently in 2012, Matthew became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales).

Ralph Schofield FCCA


Tel: 0151 647 6681

Ralph was promoted to manager in 2014. He specialises in preparing and auditing charity financial statements, groups of companies and pension schemes. He also audits service companies and conducts interim internal control reviews.

Ralph joined McEwan Wallace in 2005 after graduating with an honours degree in Accounting & Financial Management and Mathematics. In the summer of 2009, Ralph completed his final exams to become a Chartered Certified Accountant.

David Connolly IPPM Dip

Payroll Managing Director

Specialist in: Payroll


Tel: 0151 666 5940

David has over 12 years of overall payroll experience and 9 years' experience within the payroll bureau business.

His knowledge of payroll is unrivalled and he specialises in the setting up new client payrolls spread across a wide variety of company types and sizes.

David joined the company in 2007 and became Managing Director in Jan 2010.

David enjoys playing Golf & supporting Liverpool FC and spending time with his family

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