Oxford Office - 01865 552 925  |  Witney Office - 01993 776 476 team@themgroup.co.uk

Meet the Team

Partners

Richard Clayton FCCA

Partner

In 1984 Richard became the youngest ever partner at The MGroup at the age of 27, and is now the longest serving partner. Richard is a true team player, having been a prominent local footballer in his early years. He very much brings the team ethos to The MGroup who like to work as an integral part of their client teams. Richard qualified in 1982 and has worked with many of his clients for decades, evidence of the excellent service provided by both Richard and the firm.
Richard is proud of the exceptional reputation The MGroup has. He continues to develop new strategies and explore improvements to the services they provide and remains highly ambitious and committed.
Outside of work Richard enjoys golf, football, spending time with his family and the very occasional glass of wine (normally accompanied by too much food!).
He has a depth of knowledge and experience in all areas of the construction industry and also deals with most of the firms agricultural clients. Richard also deals with a wide range of other clients which include a substantial number of UK subsidiaries of overseas companies together with a number of high profile local businesses. Richard is a firm believer that the role of a trusted accountant is to provide clients with the best possible advice and support. The client does not always have to follow advice but he believes they must have all options on the table to form a meaningful decision.

r.clayton@themgroup.co.uk

Oxford Office: 01865 404705
Witney Office: 01993 848079

Secretary: 01993 848053

Penny Casterton BA, ACA

Partner

Originally from Oxford, Penny trained as a Chartered Accountant at a National Practice. She then went on to spend time working in industry and taught accountancy in the private sector. She returned to practice by joining The MGroup in 1987 and became a partner in just two years.

Penny is a general practice partner with clients in many different sectors but specialises in forensic accounting work, property, and private clients. Penny believes it to be a privilege to be a part of so many different people’s lives, assisting them with their businesses. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with her clients, enabling them to make informed decision for the future, overcome their financial challenges and meet their goals.
The MGroup has a regular program of recruiting trainee accountants and their training is under Penny’s guidance. Penny sees working at The MGroup as a transformative experience for staff, turning them into knowledgeable, down to earth, adaptable all-rounders who build strong relationships with clients. She considers these values to be key to the success of the practice and works hard to instill them in all employees.
In her spare time Penny enjoys holidaying anywhere warm, including recent travels to Italy. She regularly visits Somerset, enjoys going to restaurants and is a keen gardener. She is also very proud to be the only female partner at The MGroup.

p.casterton@themgroup.co.uk

Oxford Office: 01865 404732
Witney Office: 01993 848075

Secretary: 01865 404713

Peter Smith FCCA

Partner

Qualified in 1990 and became a Partner at The Mgroup Partnership in 1996. Responsible for a portfolio of clients that includes the following sectors Charities and not for profit , Property and Construction , Manufacturing , HealthCare , Education , International Business and Start Ups. Peter has passed the examination for CPAE qualification (Certificate in Pensions Automatic Enrolment) with The Pensions Management Institute and is a Certificate member of the PMI AE Accredited CPD Programme. Currently President of The Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce which is part of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. Has also represented Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce on the executive board of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Represents Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce at the group meetings of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce , which is accredited by The British Chamber of Commerce.

p.smith@themgroup.co.uk

Oxford Office: 01865 404726
Witney Office: 01993 848052

Secretary: 01993 848053

Darren Green BA (Hons), FCCA

Partner

Having grown up in North Oxfordshire, Darren joined The MGroup in 1999 as a trainee, qualified in 2003, and became a partner in 2010. Darren is best known for his ability to ‘go the extra mile’ for clients; even changing a flat tyre outside the office when it was discovered after a meeting, helping his clients to safely make their way home.

Aside from changing tyres, Darren enjoys helping clients to grow their varied and interesting businesses, and gaining insights into a wide range of sectors. In particular, he likes working within the corporate finance team, assisting with financial projections and due diligence for prospective buyers. Darren enjoys the challenging and pressurized nature of this type of work. Many of his clients are from manufacturing, technology or start-up backgrounds.

In his spare time Darren is a family man and he also enjoys sport, including football, skiing and running.  He has taken part in a 26 mile walk for a cancer charity with colleague Geoff.

d.green@themgroup.co.uk

Oxford Office: 01865 404709
Witney Office: 01993 848059

Secretary: 01865 404713

Mark Crossfield ACIB

Corporate Finance Partner

As Head of Corporate Finance, Mark is a qualified banker who brings 30 years of banking and corporate finance raising experience. In 2004, Mark formed a corporate advisory practice which advised on business acquisitions, business sales and the forms of finance raising. He joined The MGroup in 2010 to head up the specialist Corporate Finance unit. He enjoys all sports and regularly swims for charity. His main outside interests are wildlife and walking.

m.crossfield@themgroup.co.uk

Oxford Office: 01865 404731

Tracy Andrews<div>DipPFS</div>

Tracy Andrews
DipPFS

Financial Services Adviser
  • Oxford
John Ayres<div>MAAT</div>

John Ayres
MAAT

Senior Manager
  • Witney
Steve Basham<div> </div>

Steve Basham
 

Senior Accounts Executive
  • Witney
Anita Behal<div>FCCA</div>

Anita Behal
FCCA

Assistant Manager
  • Oxford
Emily Bickerton<div>MSc</div>

Emily Bickerton
MSc

Accounts Clerk
  • Oxford
Geoff Bower<div> </div>

Geoff Bower
 

Tax Executive
  • Oxford
Rebecca Brown<div> </div>

Rebecca Brown
 

Office Assistant
  • Oxford
Rob Brown<div> </div>

Rob Brown
 

Senior Corporate Tax Manager
  • Oxford
Owen Bunce<div>BSc (Hons), ACCA</div>

Owen Bunce
BSc (Hons), ACCA

Senior Manager
  • Oxford
John Burrill<div>DipFA, MIFS</div>

John Burrill
DipFA, MIFS

Financial Services Director
  • Oxford
Oliver Butt<div>BSc</div>

Oliver Butt
BSc

Accounts Clerk
  • Oxford
Laura Caiger<div> </div>

Laura Caiger
 

Senior Accounts Executive
  • Oxford
Penny Casterton<div>BA, ACA</div>

Penny Casterton
BA, ACA

Partner
  • Oxford
Robert Chowne<div>BSc (Hons)</div>

Robert Chowne
BSc (Hons)

Accounts Executive
  • Oxford
Richard Clayton<div>FCCA</div>

Richard Clayton
FCCA

Partner
  • Oxford
John-Paul Cleaver<div>BSc (Hons), ACCA</div>

John-Paul Cleaver
BSc (Hons), ACCA

Practice Manager
  • Oxford
Mark Crossfield<div>ACIB</div>

Mark Crossfield
ACIB

Corporate Finance Partner
  • Oxford
Edward Dixon<div>BSc</div>

Edward Dixon
BSc

Accounts Clerk
  • Oxford
Ashley Eden<div>MAAT</div>

Ashley Eden
MAAT

Accounts Clerk
  • Oxford
Geoff Farmer<div>BSc (Hons)</div>

Geoff Farmer
BSc (Hons)

IT Manager
  • Oxford
Heather Faulds<div>BA (Hons)</div>

Heather Faulds
BA (Hons)

Personal Tax Manager
  • Witney
Kevin Gamble<div>BSc (Hons)</div>

Kevin Gamble
BSc (Hons)

Software Support Executive
  • Oxford
Darren Green<div>BA (Hons), FCCA</div>

Darren Green
BA (Hons), FCCA

Partner
  • Oxford
Richard Hall<div>DipPFS</div>

Richard Hall
DipPFS

Financial Services Director
  • Oxford
Gerry Harvey<div> </div>

Gerry Harvey
 

Payroll Manager
  • Oxford
Tricia Hughes<div>BSc (Hons)</div>

Tricia Hughes
BSc (Hons)

Office Administrator
  • Witney
Shelly Jatta<div> </div>

Shelly Jatta
 

Payroll Clerk
  • Witney
Angela Jones<div> </div>

Angela Jones
 

Senior Administrator
  • Oxford
Ben Kinchin<div> </div>

Ben Kinchin
 

Accounts Executive
  • Oxford
Jordan Lyne<div>MAAT</div>

Jordan Lyne
MAAT

Accounts Executive
  • Oxford
Alice Lockwood<div>BSc (Hons)</div>

Alice Lockwood
BSc (Hons)

Accounts Executive
  • Witney
Jessica Mason<div>BSc (Hons), FCCA</div>

Jessica Mason
BSc (Hons), FCCA

Senior Manager
  • Oxford
Tracey Middleton

Tracey Middleton

Cleaning Services Officer
  • Oxford
Rebecca Morris<div> </div>

Rebecca Morris
 

Executive Assistant
  • Oxford
Holly Moscrop<div>BA (Hons)</div>

Holly Moscrop
BA (Hons)

Accounts Clerk
  • Witney
Tony Mytton<div> </div>

Tony Mytton
 

Paraplanner
  • Oxford
Kim Newman<div> </div>

Kim Newman
 

Executive Assistant
  • Oxford
Jo Painting<div>FCCA, CTA</div>

Jo Painting
FCCA, CTA

Senior Tax Executive
  • Oxford
Jade Paxton<div>LLB (Hons)</div>

Jade Paxton
LLB (Hons)

Senior Accounts Executive
  • Witney
Thomas Rawlings<div></div>

Thomas Rawlings

Accounts Clerk
  • Witney
Nick Richardson<div> </div>

Nick Richardson
 

Senior Manager
  • Oxford
John Slade<div> </div>

John Slade
 

Assistant Manager
  • Witney
Peter  Smith<div>FCCA</div>

Peter Smith
FCCA

Partner
  • Witney
Frazer Solomon<div>BSc (Hons)</div>

Frazer Solomon
BSc (Hons)

Accounts Executive
  • Oxford
Oliver Squire<div> </div>

Oliver Squire
 

Accounts Executive
  • Oxford
Guy Swain<div>BA (Hons)</div>

Guy Swain
BA (Hons)

Accounts Clerk
  • Oxford
Wendy Tatham<div>BA (Hons), FCCA</div>

Wendy Tatham
BA (Hons), FCCA

Senior Manager
  • Oxford
George Tattersall<div>BSc (Hons), ACCA</div>

George Tattersall
BSc (Hons), ACCA

Manager
  • Oxford
Rachel Tilsley<div> </div>

Rachel Tilsley
 

Payroll Assistant
  • Oxford
Ian Walker<div> PDipBPM, AIFS</div>

Ian Walker
PDipBPM, AIFS

Business Development & Corporate Finance
  • Oxford
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