Meet the Team


John Flexton FFA 156875


Email :
Direct Dial: 01279 600360

John started the business in 1980 specialising in running the back office accounting systems for Aviation & Marine insurance brokers. In a short time the business expanded to become more of a traditional accounting practice. John now prefers to use his experience on new business start-up and corporate recovery.

David Langston FFA 157137


Email :
Direct Dial: 01279 602540

David joined Ashley James in 1981 having worked with John at BDO for six years then EMI as assistant to the chief accountant. David became a partner in 1990 and has unlimited experience in all aspects of accountancy and taxation. David is also semi-retired but is involved in the company on a consultancy basis.

Darren Fowler AFA 232453


Email :
Direct Dial: 01279 602541

Darren joined the company in 1990 as junior accountant and was made a director in 2008. In 2015 Darren became Managing Director and is responsible for the day to day running of the practice. Darren has boundless energy and has always had a great rapport with clients.

Senior Account Manager

Amanda Anderson MAAT, AFA 247811

Email :
Direct Dial: 01279 602547

Amanda joined us in 2007 and has thirty years’ experience of SME companies and self - employed including Health and Social Care Workers. Amanda looks after a significant portfolio of clients and specialises in Annual and Management accounting and new business.

Payroll Manager

Leigh Mulford

Email :
Direct Dial: 01279 602542

Leigh joined an associated business in 1991 as our IT manager. In 1992 we offered Leigh a retraining position to fill an ever growing Payroll Department which he now manages over 250 clients’ monthly payrolls and is now our expert on the new auto enrolment pension legislation imposed by our government. Leigh also manages our Company Formations and Company Secretarial departments.

Bureau Manager

Kim Robinson

Email :
Direct Dial: 01279 602544

Kim joined us in 2010 and has worked in commerce and accountancy most of her working life.
Kim manages our book-keeping and accounting bureau in addition to preparing clients annual accounts.

Accounts Assistants

Chris Ward BSc (Hons)

Email :
Direct Dial: 01279 602545

Chris joined Ashley James in 2014 as trainee accountant having obtained a degree in accountancy and has progressed rapidly in our accounts department and is now looking after his own portfolio of clients.

Gemma Felstead - MAAT

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Gemma re-joined Ashley James in 2014. Gemma works in our book-keeping and accounting bureau and has her own portfolio of clients in addition to preparing clients annual Limited Company Accounts.

Adam Tyler - MAAT

Email :
Direct Dial: 01279 602543

Adam joined us in 2016. Adam’s previous experience was in commerce and practice and he has added strength to our accounts department.

Jennifer Arguelles

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Jenny joined us in 2016. Jenny would like to further her accounting career in the UK after teaching accounting at an undergraduate level in the Philippines for over 8 years.

Secretary & Administration Manager

Sarah Lawrence

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Sarah joined us in 1992 as office junior and has been our senior Secretary for the last twenty years. There is not much that Sarah does not know about our clients and she keeps a well -oiled ship running as smoothly as possible.