About Us

Johnston Wood Roach Limited are a firm of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors.

Our sister company JWR Audit Limited are Registered Auditors and work alongside Johnston Wood Roach Limited.

We are a progressive and modern firm of chartered accountants. We pride ourselves in obtaining growth only through client recommendations and with the help of a loyal and experienced team of accountants. We are also accredited to train our employees to become ACA or ACCA qualified.

Our accountancy practice started in 1992 and with 28 years experience we are all very proud to say that our client base has grown solely due to our reputation and client recommendation. We are here to take the worries away from you, by offering a forward-thinking approach to all accountancy. We are friendly, approachable and communicate in a way which is easily understood by all, from sole traders to corporate organisations.

Directors Crystelle Johnston, Kate Wood and Jamie Roach work within the practice alongside our team of 20 professional staff. We offer a fixed fee audit, accountancy, bookkeeping, payroll and tax solution and we mean it when we say “there is no business too big or too small that would not benefit from talking to us”.

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The Directors

As a founding member, director & shareholder of JWR, I am exceptionally proud of the company’s growth, development and ever present customer centric ethos.

My accountancy career began as an office junior in 1977 and I steadily progressed through the tiers until finally reaching the role of Financial Director at the time of my appointment with JWR.  Joining JWR in 1997 initially as their Head of Client Services, I focussed primarily on improving both internal and client accounting systems, procedures and standards to enhance efficiency.

My career development has enabled me to gain a unique first hand understanding and in depth knowledge of the mechanics of a business and I carry that experience into implementing our own finance systems, policies and procedures to this day. 

I am very grateful to my colleagues and clients who we have helped create JWR into what it is today and I look forward with enthusiasm to our future.

Email: crystelle@jwraccountants.co.uk

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Starting as a trainee at S Johnston and Co Limited in April 2001, I qualified as an accounting technician in 2002 and then as a Chartered Certified Accountant in September 2005. In October 2013 the company rebranded as Johnston Wood Roach Limited and I was appointed a Director of the company. I am now a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA).

I am also the Audit Compliance Principle for the firms sister company JWR Audit Limited and specialise in the technical aspects of accounting and auditing.

I can advise SME’s and individuals on strategy, accountancy, tax planning and general business support and have been involved in both the due diligence process on acquisition of businesses by our clients and also on the sale of our clients business.

I enjoy the variety that working in general practice can bring, including both the clients that we deal with and the breadth of advice we can give in any situation. I enjoy building long lasting relationships with my clients and assisting them with any problems they may have.

I am also the treasurer for a local domestic violence charity, Aurora New Dawn and I am pleased to be able to support the charity in this way. 

Expertise: Accountancy; Consolidated financial statements, Audit and assurance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Valuations, Personal and company tax and business planning, Small and medium-sized businesses, Charities

Email: kate@jwraccountants.co.uk

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I began my career in accountancy 17 years ago after hanging up my football boots for the last time playing as an apprentice for Portsmouth FC. (Well, who wouldn’t want to give up football to become an accountant!)  I am ACA, ACCA qualified and a Chartered Tax Advisor and I joined the firm in 2011 and became a Director in 2013.

Most people would say a typical accountant would be someone who lives for excel spreadsheets and number crunching, but I would say I am not your typical accountant as for me it’s more about being able to help businesses be the best they can be and overcome business challenges.

I am a down to earth professional and will always be open and honest with people and talk to them on a level that is easy to understand. I believe that one of the key attributes an accountant needs to have is good communication skills, someone who can offer out the box solutions and someone who can offer a friendly, personal, pro-active service. 

I understand the challenges people are faced with day to day and I always aim to provide solutions to resolve them. I like to strengthen all my client relationships on a deeper level and connect with people personally. I have a highly collaborative approach with business owners and organisations, working together to make sure they are structured in the most efficient way. 

I specialise in group reorganisations designed to protect assets, reduce trading risks and being efficient from a tax perspective. Other areas of expertise include:

Expertise: Research and Development claims; EMI Share option scheme, EIS/SEIS claims, Share valuations, Assisting clients with buying and selling businesse, Exit/retirement planning, Business plans, Remuneration planning

Email: jamie@jwraccountants.co.uk

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