Paul Feist, Director
Paul is the firm’s managing director. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he spent 5 years working in the tax department of Grant Thornton in Brighton before founding the firm in 1992.
He is responsible for overseeing the accounting, tax and business services provided to many of the firm’s largest clients, covering a diversified range of businesses including healthcare, telecoms, retail, McDonald’s restaurants, technology companies and the property sector. Paul’s approach is hands on and pragmatic – he is interested in the detail and with a full understanding of the business, advises directors and owners on the key strategic and planning issues.
Paul also manages the firm’s marketing and business development programme and after more than 20 years promoting the firm in the Brighton area, he has acquired an enviable list of trusted professional contacts to whom we recommend our clients. He is a keen supporter of the Brighton MD HUB, a peer to peer networking group for business owners.
Corporate and Social Responsibilities are a key part of our presence in the community and Paul supports a number of local charities and organisations including Ronald McDonald House in Brighton, East Dean Cricket Club and Eastbourne RFC where he now uses a calculator more than a pair of rugby boots. He continues as Chairman of the Brighton and Central Sussex group of Chartered Accountants, ever hopeful that somebody else will take on the role after almost 20 years in the chair.
When there is any spare time, the gym seems to take second place to the kitchen but at some stage, that may need to be reversed!
Peter Hedgethorne, Director
Peter joined Paul in partnership in 1993 after a number of years working in tax for major national accountancy firms, during which time he developed his knowledge and skills in tax planning for large owner managed businesses and wealthy individuals. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a smaller firm in London which has given him a wide spread of experience in dealing with accounts, audit and tax; he is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and is Secretary of the Brighton and Central Sussex Group of Chartered Accountants.
Peter now heads up the tax team at Plus Accounting, in addition to looking after a portfolio of clients, and deals with a wide variety of issues from complex corporate reorganisations to inheritance and capital gains tax planning.
In his spare time, Peter tries to keep up to date with the activities of his three daughters in various parts of the country and relaxes by running ridiculously long distances on a regular basis, interspersed by trips to the Amex - he recently passed the fiftieth anniversary of his first trip to see Brighton & Hove Albion at the Goldstone Ground.
Jamie Young, Director
Jamie qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992 with a national firm of chartered accountants. He then worked in a variety of roles as Finance Director and Financial Controller for both small and large domestic and international corporations for over 12 years and then operated his own outsourcing business until 2010 when he merged his company with Plus Accounting.
Jamie specialises in providing part time finance director services to a range of businesses in different business sectors. He has seen businesses through radical growth, international expansion and guided corporations out of serious financial and commercial problems.
Jamie now heads up the Xero and Technology and Innovation sectors for the firm as well as looking after his portfolio of clients. He heads the firm's Business Management Services operation that provides commercial and management information support to clients.
Luke Thomas, Director
Luke joined the firm in 2008 and was appointed director in 2014. Luke trained with another local firm of Chartered Accountants, qualifying as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2006. Following this Luke transferred to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales through their pathways to membership scheme.
Luke has developed a wide range of accounting, tax and VAT knowledge and looks after a diverse portfolio of clients.
However, the focus of much of Luke’s work is in the Technology, Media and Innovation sector including the Independent Video Game industry where he offers specialist expertise such as Research & Development and Video Games Tax Relief claims.
Luke who lives in Seaford has recently become a father for the first time with his wife and now rarely has any spare time! When he gets the opportunity he enjoys playing golf and watching football, being a lifelong supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.