Meet the Team
Andy is the driving force behind business growth at THPCA, due to his charming, outgoing personality. After training as an accountant with Houston Rooney Chartered Accountants, Andy gained a wealth of experience running his own small professional practice, as well as a spell in industry as a Company Accountant. He has therefore spent a large part of his career at the cutting edge of small business tax, VAT and compliance issues. Andy co-founded, (with his brother David) THPCA’s predecessor firm The Houston Partnership Chartered Accountants.
After 5 o’clock Andy can usually be found playing guitar, watching sport (or for those of you who know him better, he’ll either be in the pub, moaning about something, or both ?).
Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984, and with the exception of a few years working abroad, he has spent over 30 years looking after the tax, accounting and general business requirements of small owner managed businesses, principally with Taylor Lauder and Gemmill a small Glasgow based public practice firm He brings his specialism in the medical and dental professions to THPCA.
When he is not working, Richard enjoys playing golf (honing his accountancy skills by counting up the number of shots per round), as well as listening to music and attending live music and sporting events.
Morag qualified as a Chartered Accountant around about the same time as Scotland last had a good football team, we’ll leave it to you to guess when that was. Having trained in the tax department of KPMG, she went on to become a partner in Houston Rooney Chartered Accountants, before moving into industry and working in a variety of sectors, including IT, Education and Leisure. She now practices her renowned managerial skills at THPCA.
Being from farming stock and living on a farm, Morag spends her spare time milking cows, birthing lambs, and drinking fine red wines.
Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant back in the good old days of no HMRC or Companies House penalties, David has spent most of his career working for himself, firstly as a founding partner of Houston Rooney Chartered Accountants (now Grants CA), then as founding director of Glow International, an international tax consultancy. THPCA has evolved from The Houston Partnership Chartered Accountants, set up with his brother Andy in 2011.
Outside work David’s main interests are a good political discussion (inevitably destined to end up as an argument), sport and learning to play the saxophone (badly!).
Alison, having gone through university and the arduous chartered accountancy training schedule with Morag, started off her accountancy career initially with a small Glasgow practice, then joined Houston Rooney, where she worked with David for over 13 years. After gaining experience working within industry for the last few years, she has recently re-joined David & Andy at THPCA.
Alison’s leisure time is mostly taken up spending time with her family, although she also has been known to enjoy an occasional glass of rosé wine.
Caroline, our token Essex girl, spent twenty years in the finance departments of various companies in the City of London, across a wide range of industries, before joining David at Glow International in 2005, and has been working with him ever since. During this time she gained a wealth of experience in the financial and compliance peculiarities of the particular needs of the freelance professional sector.
After work Caroline enjoys horse riding, as well as being a keen leisure and touring cyclist.
Bob, another ex-Houston Rooney stalwart, brings a wealth of experience to THPCA, having worked across a broad spectrum of accountancy posts including private practice, local government and international tax, where he worked with David, helping to establish their international tax compliance practice.
Bob is another founding employee of The Houston Partnership and can always be relied upon if you are ever stuck with a crossword clue, need a pub quiz participant, or his speciality – name the group and the year of that song! His expertise has been augmented with the arrival of Google ?!
Greg trained as an accountant in a small practice environment and has spent his career in several practices comparable to THPCA. He came to our attention through his previous employment with one of the peer firms of THPCA, and has stuck with us through the rapid expansion and related challenges of the last two years. Greg is a calm head in a hectic environment, and often has the answer to the question that no-one else has the time or inclination to address.
When the laptop is closed, Greg is another THPCA football enthusiast, helping to stoke the tongue in cheek Old Firm rivalry within THPCA, and has been known to relax by being shouted at on a football pitch while strutting his stuff as an amateur referee.
Lauren is one of the lynchpins of THPCA, being with us almost from inception, and has very quickly managed to grow a particularly thick skin and learn how to give as good as she gets. She has developed into principally a payroll expert but can turn her hand to most tasks allocated to her. Lauren is informally known as ‘the boss’, as no-one does anything in THPCA unless Lauren approves.
After work Lauren is usually seen in The Shed nightclub in Glasgow’s southside, or driving down the California coast in a Mustang.
Clare, after leaving school, went straight into the Customer Service environment working for various high street branded companies, Argos, House of Fraser and Office Shoes being three of the more popular brands. Clare decided it was time for a change after 8 years in the environment and joined THPCA where she now does a variety of different jobs, including reception duties, telephone answering, administration, payroll, bookkeeping, online accounting, coffee making, cleaning, and generally making a nuisance of herself.
In her time away from work Clare enjoys playing football (top scorer for Kilmarnock FC in 2017 with 34 goals!!), and spending time with her family and friends.