The Plus Accounting Team
Melanie Benton, Office Manager
Melanie joined the firm in February 2001 as Senior Secretary and was promoted to Office Manager two years ago. Melanie is responsible for the smooth running of the administration department.
Melanie lives in Hailsham and has one daughter. Melanie and her daughter have two horses and three cats. Melanie spends a considerable amount of time at the yard mucking out and hacking her horse along the country lanes.
Victoria King, Marketing Manager
Vicky joined the practice in 2005 and is now the firm’s marketing manager. When the firm rebranded in 2012, she was the driving force behind the development of the firm’s online and offline presence and she continues to promote Plus Accounting through every available social media channel. She is a very effective networker and is a well-known face at Juice Breakfast, Chamber of Commerce, First Friday, Ladies Lunch and many more – if you don’t yet know her, feel free to say hello!
Vicky passed her CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing in November 2013 and has since implemented the firm’s highly successful Workshop & Surgery Programme. For upcoming events please take a look at our event page. As part of her role, Vicky is responsible for the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme and is a keen promoter of our nominated charities for 2017/18 which are the Albion in the Community and Ronald McDonald House.
Carina Ngwira, Assistant Manager
Carina joined the firm in May 2014 as a qualified Chartered Accountant. She is also AAT qualified and has over 10 years experience in accounting practice.
Carina has experience in all areas of accounts from VAT to statutory accounts and audit work. She is also a key member of the firm's Healthcare and Xero teams, promoting cloud accounting to clients.
In 2015 Carina was promoted to Assistant Manager, where she is now responsible for assisting managers and directors with their portfolio of clients and supporting junior accounts staff.
Carina lives in Brighton with her husband and son and enjoys spending quality time with her family. Each year she looks forward to her annual holiday in Zimbabwe visiting family and friends.
Carina is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.
Laurel Giles, Assistant Manager
Laurel joined the practice in 2017 as an Assistant Manager, and is responsible for assiting the managers with their portfolio of clients.
Laurel qualified under ACCA in July 2016 and has several years of practice experience. She is keen to develop her accountancy and taxation skills and knowledge in her role.
Laurel is originally from Surrey, but now lives in Woodingdean with her husband and two children. She is a member of a local Morris team and spends many summer evenings and weekends dancing and playing her fiddle (not at the same time!) around local drinking establishments. She also enjoys playing badminton and baking.
Laurel is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.
Nick Short, Accounts and Audit Senior
Nick joined the practice in November 2017 as an Accounts and Audit Senior. He qualified under ACCA in July 2016 and has several years of practical experience. Prior to that he obtained a 2:1 degree in Business Management with Finance at the University of Brighton.
Nick lives in Worthing with his wife and son. Outside of work Nick enjoys playing football and supports his "local" football team, Manchester United!
David Wallace, Accounts Assistant
David joined the practice in 1997 - yes, 20 years ago! He has a Civil Engineering degree and had previously worked in the construction industry.
At Plus Accounting, David works in the accounts department and also has responsibility for the firm's corporation tax compliance service.
In his spare time, he is a member of a local church and enjoys singing, playing the guitar and piano, and walking in the countryside.
Nicky Kavanagh, Management Accounts & Credit Controller
Nicky is a qualified by experience (yes 30 years of it!) Management Accountant and Bookkeeper and provides bookkeeping services to various clients in and around Brighton.
Nicky originates from Zimbabwe and spent 26 years in South Africa with her husband and two sons and has now been in the UK for 9 years.
When not in the office you will find Nicky enjoying cooking, playing tennis or enjoying all sports on TV (sorry but not football!)
Nicky is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.
Michelle Baldwin, Tax Senior
Michelle joined the firm in April 2018 as a Tax Senior, following a move from a firm in Seaford.
Michelle will be looking after the personal tax affairs of the firm's private clients in relation to both compliance and advisory work.
Michelle started work as a secretary before turning to personal tax in 2003, since when she has looked after a wide range of personal tax clients and qualified as a member of the ATT.
Michelle and her husband are dedicated members of Seaford Bonfire Society, which they joined when it reformed in 2010 and where Michelle has held the role of Captain of Pyrotechnics for several years. In her spare time she also enjoys gardening, woodland walks and ninjitsu.
Hayley Nash, Trainee Accounts Apprentice
Hayley joined the firm in September 2013 as a trainee accounts apprentice. Hayley is now AAT qualified and currently studying for her ACCA and she hopes one day to become a chartered accountant.
Hayley lives in Portslade and when not at work, she enjoys watching/playing football and socialising with her family and friends.
Hayley is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.
Gemma Stephens, Accounts & Audit Assistant
Gemma joined the practice in 2014 after she finished studying for her Accounting and Finance degree at the University of Brighton, gaining a 2:1 honors degree. She is a member of the accounts and audit team and also assists the tax manager with the firm's large personal tax portfolio. She is now studying to complete her ACCA exams over the next year or so, having previously completed a year-long placement at another firm of accountants based in Eastbourne. The experience which she has gained so far helps her to contribute to the firm's specialist Tax and Audit sectors.
Gemma is orignally from Surrey but moved to Brighton to attend University in 2010. She is a massive football fan and is a supporter of Crystal Palace. Also in her spare time, Gemma enjoys cooking, socialising with friends and travelling as much as possible, when not studying!
Elzbieta Bagan, Accounts & Audit Assistant
Ela joined the firm in January 2015 as a trainee Accountant. Ela has a degree in Business Management and is now studying towards her ACCA qualifications. For the last two years Ela has been working at another local firm.
Ela hopes to become a fully qualified Accountant in 2016.
Ela lives in Hove and likes to travel. In her spare time she is cycling, taking photos and meeting her friends, but recently sacrifices her time for studying!
Ela is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.
James Potton, Accounts & Audit Assistant
James joined the team in May 2016 after graduating from the University of Dundee with a 2:1 in Biological Chemistry with Drug Discovery. He has now completed all of the ACA Certificate Level exams and is currently taking his Professional Level exams.
James lives in Eastbourne with his fiancée. When not at work he is an acoustic and swing musician, having been lucky enough to sing with the Big Band at university and performing many charity gigs, performing his own songs and covers. He also enjoys playing squash, reading and socialising with his friends.
James is confident that he’ll one day see his beloved Celtic repeat their 1967 victory of the European Cup.
James is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.
Victoria Peacock, Accounts & Audit Assistant
Victoria joined the practice in September 2016. In the last two and a half years Victoria has gained experience at another local firm. She is currently studying for AAT Level 4 with 2 exams to go before completion. She hopes to pass by Christmas and eventually become a Chartered Accountant.
Victoria currently lives in Hove although originally from Luton. She is a big supporter of Luton Town Football Club and travels up to see them play as often as possible.
She also enjoys baking, playing tennis and watching movies.
Victoria is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.
Sue Offord, Marketing Assistant
Sue joined the practice in September 2016 as Marketing Assistant. Her first job upon leaving school was in accounts for a local family run decorating business at a time when NCR machines were widely still in use! Since then, Sue has taken a varied career path including working in publishing, graphic design, vintage clothing and accessories, doctors' practices and, more recently, admissions and marketing in an independent prep school.
Sue lives in Eastbourne and enjoys walking, reading and spending time with her family.
Debbie Marriott, Xero Co-ordinator
Debbie has rejoined the firm as our Xero Co-ordinator after previously working with the firm for over 17 years.
Debbie will be dealing with all aspects of Xero so please feel free to contact her with any Xero queries / assistance you may have.
Debbie has always lived in Hove and enjoys keeping fit at the gym and running along the seafront, as well as, caravanning at weekends, decorating, socialising and walking her dog Ralph. Debbie recently became a vegetarian and cycles to work every day (even in the rain!)
Debbie is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.
Stanley Fowler, Trainee Accounts Apprentice
Stanley joined the firm in September 2017 as a trainee accounts apprentice after finishing college at BHASVIC where he studied maths, accounting and business. Stan is currently preparing to start his ACA Certificate exams and is hoping to become a fully qualified chartered accountant in the future.
Stan lives in Woodingdean and when not at work he likes to spend his time going to the gym and playing football. He is also a season ticket holder at The Amex and is confident he will one day see Brighton and Hove Albion lift the Premier League!
Stanley is a Xero Certified Advisor - please contact for more information on this accounting software.