Chartered Accountants

London +44 (0)20 7710 5300
Reading +44 (0)118 963 7495
info@carbonaccountancy.co.uk

Carbon Accountancy

80–83 Long Lane
London EC1A 9ET

400 Thames Valley Park Drive
Reading RG6 1PT

Meet the team

We have an excellent team in our London and Reading offices.

London office

John Leyden, FCA

CEO

John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 and then spent 7 years with KPMG.

He has considerable experience in all areas of the firm’s services and specialises in particular in business advice, tax planning and enquiries, corporate finance, due diligence and share option schemes.

John also acts as a part time finance director for a number of companies backed by venture capitalists and business angels and has been involved in approximately 50 fund raisings, 35 acquisitions and 20 disposals of businesses as well as resolving shareholder disputes and business valuations.

He has considerable experience in dealing with HMRC enquires including tax fraud cases.

Amit Kamboj, FCCA

Senior Client Services Manager

Amit is a fellow member of ACCA, qualifying in 2001.

He has considerable experience in managing and conducting audit for clients ranging from property developers, manufacturing and hospitality entities, non-profit organisations, charities, solicitors and FCA governed entities.

Having worked for a top 50 accountancy firm in the UK, Amit strives for perfection and clean accounting. He leads our commitment to go paperless.

Chris Haris

Senior Client Services Manager

Chris is responsible for ensuring that the needs of our clients are provided in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Chris joined us in 2002, since when he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the business affairs of our clients. He is therefore well equipped to anticipate the services required and the best way of delivering these.

Chris specialises in providing audit, accounting and business advisory services to our corporate clients. He is also well equipped to ensure that appropriate advice is given on all corporate and personal tax matters.

Prior to joining Carbon, Chris gained invaluable auditing, accounting and tax experience working in the UK accountancy profession, most recently as an audit manager.

Nimesh Ghimire

Senior Client Services Manager

Nimesh is a fellow member of ACCA, having qualified in 2008.

Nimesh joined Carbon in 2015. He manages audits for small and medium sized owner managed businesses as well as international groups, charities and not for profit organisations and delivers accountancy and taxation services to portfolio of clients.

Beata Zuzel

Practice Manager

Beata is Carbon's Practice Manager and Compliance Officer, ensuring compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), anti-money laundering regulations, and the practice assurance regimes of the ICAI and ICAEW. She is also responsible for Financial Control and Company Secretarial duties.

Beata has experience with Company Formations as well as day-to-day company secretarial matters, including resolving problems with Companies House where information has been incorrectly filed by companies in the past or incorrectly processed by Companies House.

Beata has been a member of the Carbon Accountancy Team since 2014.

Ann Stainer

Payroll Manager

Ann joined the Carbon Accountancy Team in 2011 and specialises in Company Secretarial and Payroll as well as Employment Related Securities and EMI Share Options.

Ann has experience with Company Formations as well as day-to-day company secretarial matters, including resolving problems with Companies House.

In relation to payroll, Ann will ensure that the payroll is produced in a timely manner and that you are kept fully informed of the amount to pay HMRC and when to pay. Ann has considerable experience in dealing with HMRC where issues arise over payroll.

Gaurav Shrestha

Senior Accountant

Gaurav is a member of ACCA, having qualified in 2014, and joined the Carbon Accountancy Team in October 2016.

Gaurav coordinates Carbon’s Personal Income Tax Team, also providing assistance to individuals requiring Self-Assessment Tax Returns. He also has experience in assisting with Statutory Accounts, Corporation Tax Returns and R&D Tax Credit claims for SMEs.

Tetyana Bystrova

Senior Accountant

Tetyana is a member of ACCA, having qualified in 2018. She previously worked in practice before joining the Carbon Accountancy Team in June 2019.

Tetyana assists clients with the preparation of Statutory Accounts, Corporation Tax Returns and R&D Tax Credit reclaims, VAT Returns, Internal Audits and Personal Tax Returns.

Upkar Karmacharya

Accountant

Upkar is an ACCA affiliate and has an MBA in Business. He joined the Carbon Accountancy Team in 2019, and provides assistance to clients with their Management Accounting, Statutory Reporting, Corporation Tax Returns, VAT Returns and Personal Tax Returns.

Rachana Karki

Accountant

Rachana is an ACCA Affiliate, who joined Carbon Accountancy in 2019, and has experience of working in practice since 2011. She provides assistance to clients with Statutory accounts, Corporation Tax Returns, Personal Tax Returns, VAT Returns and book-keeping.

Rachana has a MBA in Business, and when she manages to break away from her desk, she enjoys travelling to different places and cooking good food.

Samir Shrestha

Accountant

Samir has been a member of the Carbon Accountancy Team since 2018, and has helped clients complete Grant Audits, Statutory Accounts, Audits, Corporation Tax Returns, Personal Tax Returns and VAT Returns.

Anna Szneider

Accountant

Anna has been working for Carbon Accountancy since 2014. She is studying towards her ACCA qualification and is responsible for preparing company accounts and personal tax returns as well as assisting with audit and personal tax work. She also is keen on helping train more junior members of the team having been a teacher before her accountancy career.

Joel Haris

Accountant

Joel obtained his MSc in Physics in 2017 and has been with Carbon Accountancy since 2018 having previously spent a year as an intern with us. He is currently studying towards the ICAEW ACA qualification.

Given his degree, Joel has a passion for science and technology businesses. Joel has experience with the production of Statutory Accounts and Corporation Tax Returns for SMEs and has translated his passion for science into assisting numerous clients with R&D Tax Credit reclaims.

Jade Murphy

Accountant

Jade graduated with a BA Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and is working towards her ACCA qualification. She joined Carbon Accountancy in 2020 and assists clients in preparing their Company Statutory Accounts, Corporation Tax Returns and Personal Tax Returns.

Daiga Lazdina-Racenaja

Bookkeeper

Daiga is a Bookkeeper who has been part of the Carbon Accountancy Team since 2020. She has over 25 years of experience of working in accountancy practices in the EU and UK.

Daiga’s responsibilities include bookkeeping for clients and preparing and submitting VAT Returns. She has experience in with Sage Line 50, Xero, QuickBooks, VT+ and Receipt Bank (Dext).

Marieta Tripon

Bookkeeper

Marieta is a Bookkeeper and joined Carbon Accountancy in 2020. She has an AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3 and has worked in practice since 2017 on a portfolio of clients.

She has experience in bookkeeping on Sage Line 50, Xero, Quickbooks, VT+, Receipt Bank (Dext), and in preparing and submitting VAT Returns.

Magdalena Plotka

Receptionist and Payroll Assistant

Magdalena joined Carbon in February 2019 as our receptionist and has since taken on payroll assistance for clients. She is also responsible for new client onboarding and administrative duties around the office.

Reading office

John Leyden, FCA

CEO

John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 and then spent 7 years with KPMG.

He has considerable experience in all areas of the firm’s services and specialises in particular in business advice, tax planning and enquiries, corporate finance, due diligence and share option schemes.

John also acts as a part time finance director for a number of companies backed by venture capitalists and business angels and has been involved in approximately 50 fund raisings, 35 acquisitions and 20 disposals of businesses as well as resolving shareholder disputes and business valuations.

He has considerable experience in dealing with HMRC enquires including tax fraud cases.

John Turner, FCA

Consultant

As a chartered accountant, John has enjoyed a long career in public practice in the Reading area. He caters mainly for private taxpayers and small local businesses, with a particular specialism in working with start-ups. However, he also acts for some larger organisations.

Catherine White

Senior Client Services Manager

Catherine is a chartered accountant with more than twenty years’ experience in public practice and industry. She has been working with us for the last five years, preparing statutory accounts and corporation tax returns as well as providing technical expertise in a range of accounting and taxation matters. Catherine also looks after clients who use QuickBooks Online and trains clients as required.

Catherine qualified with a medium-sized accountancy firm in Gloucestershire before joining KPMG to work on large company audits. She then went into industry, working as a financial accountant and financial accounting manager in two companies before setting up her own practice serving small, owner-managed businesses in and around Reading.

Kanwal Ahmed

Personal Tax Specialist

Kanwal is the firm’s personal tax manager, and she has worked here for more than a decade. She has over twenty years’ taxation experience, starting with Deloitte before moving to smaller regional practices to take up more hands-on roles. Kanwal is a law graduate and a member of the Association of Tax Technicians.

She is passionate about all aspects of her work, from preparing personal tax returns to dealing with clients’ queries. She also provides a consultancy service in complex tax cases and liaises with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for clients.

Clare Lacey

Office Manager

Clare is our office manager. As well as looking after the day-to-day running of the office and keeping us all in check, she keeps us up to date with all regulatory requirements. These include compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), anti-money laundering regulations and the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales’s (ICAEW’s) practice assurance regime.

Clare studied Business, HR and Marketing and worked in a variety of roles before joining the team here, gaining expertise in project management, training and marketing. Her wide range of business knowledge makes her an invaluable member of the team.

Rhonwen Nicholson

Bookkeeper

Rhonwen is an experienced bookkeeper who has been working with us since 2011. She has more than twenty years’ experience in all aspects of bookkeeping, so has an in-depth understanding of departmental bookkeeping, multi-currency accounting, factoring and research and development.

Rhonwen has forged strong working relationships with a wide range of clients and ensures VAT returns are completed on time, while also preparing reports for year-end accounts. Rhonwen has a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics and an eagle eye for detail.