Thomas Cox & Co, accountants in St Albans and Harpenden, now part of the Ad Valorem Group

Accountants in Harpenden & St. Albans

Thomas Cox & Co is a leading proactive accountants practice for entrepreneurs in Luton, St Albans, Harpenden and all of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Our Mission

“We exist to help you create wealth through growing your business with best in class accounting, tax and business management advice, thus ensuring a sustainable future for you and your family, your customers, your employees and your suppliers.”

What are the benefits for you at Thomas Cox & Co?

Most business owners are facing challenges in these harsh financial times. We are passionate about your business and finding not only solutions to these challenges, but also to help you progress, grow and, most importantly, keep more of what you earn. Our friendly team will help you every step of the way.

Despite the economic downturn our Top 15 customers have increased their combined net worth by 77% and are still growing!

Even better, now we are part of the Ad Valorem family, we can offer a wider range of services to our clients.

Want to know more? Contact us now:

Located on the outskirts of Harpenden, Thomas Cox is ideally placed for clients in Luton, St Albans, Welwyn, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead. Offering a full range of accounting, taxation and business growth services, the firm prides itself on providing future-focused solutions for entrepreneurial businesses and their owners.

Contact details here:

4 Home Farm

Luton Hoo Estate

Bedfordshire

LU1 3TD

Tel: 01582 482224

Fax: 01582 720605

Email: amanda@thomascox.co.uk

  • Nigel Adams

    Nigel Adams | Ad Valorem Accountants

    Nigel Adams

    Managing Director

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    Nigel Adams | Managing Director | FCCA

    As a practice, we measure our performance on the success of our clients and how they grow. We are well positioned to do this as a result of our client selection process which ensures that we only take on clients where we believe that we can add something. This means our client base is smaller and our team are therefore more engaged to our client’s needs.

    Naturally we undertake all of the services that you would expect an accountant to perform, i.e. year end accounts, tax returns (corporate and personal) as well as payroll, VAT and general book keeping, these services can be applied for either separately or as a total offering, through our dedicated outsourcing centre.

    We think that our real value, however, comes from our pro-active approach in working with dynamic growing businesses and their entrepreneurial owners. As an entrepreneur, (with interests in other ventures outside the core business) Nigel recognises the constant need to monitor and appraise his personal wealth management profile. With this in mind, he has built a strong dedicated tax team who work in conjunction with our wealth management team to ensure that clients’ entire wealth, both corporate and personal, is optimised.

    Away from the office

    Away from the office Nigel has an eclectic range of interests outside the office, ranging from rugby (Northampton Saints supporter), cricket, collecting vintage records (50's, 60's including The Beatles, Sixties Beat, psychedelic music and Pink Floyd), digital photography and is also an enthusiastic twitcher!

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  • Nikki Adams

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    Nikki Adams

    Practice & Client Services Manager

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    Nikki Adams | Practice & Client Services Manager

    Nikki is a Director of Ad Valorem and runs the operational and administrative functions of the business. Nikki also acts as Client Services Manager so if you have any queries or concerns, Nikki is the lady to contact.

    Her background is mainly in commerce, having worked for 11 years in London for a fast-expanding group of recruitment companies. Nikki joined the company at the age of 19 and was involved in the group’s growth from one product area and 6 team members to four product areas, four branches and 70 team members. She was made a director of the company at the age of 24 and directly managed a team of 5, being responsible for the finance and administrative functions of the group for over 6 years. Although originally a family company, it was sold to a South African group in the late 80’s and Nikki was part of a management buy-back in the early 90’s.

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  • Valerie Lindsay

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    Valerie Lindsay

    Commercial Director

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    Valerie Lindsay | Commercial Director

    Val has come to us with a strong track record in driving small fast growing companies helping develop systems and resources to support the growth and avoiding common pitfalls. Her skills and experience include developing UK and International sales, Marketing, Legal and commercial contracts, Human Resources and Training.

    Val is very keen to work alongside our clients helping them develop their businesses once she has got her feet under the table - part of Val's role is also to keep me in line so this may take a while! Failure To Implement is one of the most common causes for small businesses to stagnate. Val won't allow that to happen

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  • Peter Cox

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    Peter Cox

    Director of Business Planning and Innovation

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    Peter Cox | Director of Business Planning and Innovation

    Peter started his career in accountancy in 1962 after his parents had talked him out of being a cruise liner purser, a school teacher or even seeking a career on the railways.

    He qualified with Chantrey Button & Co, became a Partner there in 1972 and helped that practice grow to what has now become Chantrey Vellacott.

    During his time with his former firm, one of Peter's main achievements was his involvement with the financial structures and controls of Watford Football Club in the heady days of the Elton John/Graham Taylor partnership. This even included running the London Marathon in 1989 and raising £3,500 (at 1989 prices) for the Club!

    In 1997 Peter decided that he needed fresh challenges and so founded Thomas Cox & Co where he was able to pursue his passion for outstanding customer service. Thomas Cox & Co quickly built a local reputation for innovative client service and by 2013 their top 40% of clients were showing annual growth rates of 20%+ even through the banking crisis economic downturn. In October 2013 Peter decided that it was time to slow down a bit and sold the practice to Nigel and Nikki Adams of Ad Valorem Accountants to ensure that the Thomas Cox & Co cultures and values could live on and continue to flourish.

    Peter is married to Yonna and has three children – Wendy, Gareth and Victoria – all of whom, despite some questionable parenting techniques, seem to have grown up into model citizens.

    Recent notable personal achievements have included taking part in a fundraising trek to Annapurna in the Himalayas and playing on Mike Gatting’s team in a cricket match at Lords.

    Like his mother, Peter has inherited a love of cars and feels immensely privileged to own a 1995 Bentley Brooklands, which, when it is not in storage, does the odd wedding and the annual trip to South Wales to visit Yonna’s brother.

    Peter loves to travel and, whilst health and mobility permit, he and Yonna are intending to complete their circumnavigation of the world by sea. There are only two sectors left – New Zealand & Australia and Singapore to India; the first is planned for 2015.

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  • Amanda Codling

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    Amanda Codling

    Principal Manager

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    Amanda Codling | Principal Manager | ACA

    Amanda is the Principal Manager based at the Thomas Cox & Co office and is responsible for ensuring the clients receive the best possible service as well as managing the compliance team.

    She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and spent 10 years working for a medium-sized local firm of accountants, progressing to become Audit Manager.

    After a break at home when her two children were young, she worked for a travel company and a property company as their accountant, before joining Thomas Cox & Co in September 2008. Amanda much enjoys working with growing businesses, solving their challenges and providing valuable information and assistance. She is very happy to become part of the Ad Valorem family and take on new challenges, along with continuing to work with the clients she has grown to know so well.

    In her spare time she enjoys football and is a fan of Manchester Utd.

    Amanda is very interested in family history and digging around for skeletons in the family tree that some older members of her family would rather stayed secret!

    Most of all, she loves being a mum to her two teenage children and spending time with her family and friends

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  • Richard Feakins

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    Richard Feakins

    Tax Partner

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    Richard Feakins | Tax Partner | ATT

    Richard has ten years of experience within the Private Client tax practice of a Big Four firm during which time he gained a wealth of experience advising clients in areas as diverse as wealth preservation, new business structuring and tax efficient remuneration for employees.

    Richard moved to Ad Valorem at the start of 2012. This move was prompted by a desire to get closer to the people he is advising. His focus is ensuring that individuals pay no more tax than they should, whether through their business or individually.

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  • Delyth Barnett

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    Delyth Barnett

    Senior Tax Consultant

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    Delyth Barnett | Senior Tax Consultant

    Delyth is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate practitioners (STEP) and has worked in the tax profession for over 20 years.

    Delyth's experience covers a wide range of areas, income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax and corporate tax, for clients ranging from single owner managed businesses to landed estate owners.

    Delyth has more recently been involved in looking after the tax affairs of barristers including regularly presenting to newly qualified barristers at Middle Temple as a part of their advocacy training.

    Delyth joined Ad Valorem in 2013 to assist Richard with the successful tax practice he had built up.

    Outside work, Delyth enjoys playing golf and reading.

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  • Kemi Rockson

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    Kemi Rockson

    Payroll Manager

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    Kemi Rockson | Payroll Manager

    Kemi joined Ad Valorem in 2007 and is responsible for managing the payroll department.

    Born in Glasgow but raised and educated in Nigeria, when she was 19 Kemi came back to the UK to study Business Studies in London.

    Kemi then worked for One-2-One and was an administrator for four years. After deciding she wanted a career change, Kemi decided accountancy was the path for her. She joined a large London based company working within the accounts department and began studying for her accountancy qualifications.

    In 2000 Kemi joined Nampak working in the purchase ledger department and worked her way to the position of Assistant Financial Accountant.

    Since joining Ad Valorem, Kemi has passed several ACCA papers and has a great deal of experience in accounts preparation. Kemi is now focussing on payroll as a specialisation and has assisted many Ad Valorem clients through the headaches and complexities of RTI with her usual good humour and sunny smile!

    Kemi and her family are actively involved with her church. Her interests are reading and watching Desperate Housewives!

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  • Steven Brown

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    Steven Brown

    Client Manager

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    Steven Brown | Client Manager | MAAT

    Steve joined Thomas Cox & Co at the end of March 2014 as Client Manager, after returning to the UK from living and working in Australia for a year.

    Before going to Australia he had worked for two local firms of accountants progressing to a senior level and gaining much valuable experience, now being used in his role at Thomas Cox & Co.

    He is a qualified Accounting Technician, part qualified ACCA and now works within the compliance team.

    Steve is responsible for preparing year-end accounts, management accounts, cash flows and forecasts along with being involved with Corporation Tax, bookkeeping and VAT.

    Steve enjoys playing and watching most sports especially badminton, golf and football along with socialising with friends.

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  • Maureen Rigby

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    Maureen Rigby

    Account Manager

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    Maureen Rigby | Account Manager | AAT

    Maureen joined Thomas Cox & Co in 2011, and as a qualified Accounting Technician, has been keeping a careful eye on clients’ accounts for nearly twenty years.

    She specialises in book keeping, management accounts, VAT and payroll.

    Maureen was originally a chef and still loves to cook. She can sometimes be persuaded to treat her colleagues to some of her home baking, which they all love.

    In her spare time she likes lots of activities like going to the gym, walking, playing tennis or visiting the theatre and comedy clubs. She enjoys reading and playing with her grandchildren, who she loves to spoil.

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  • Wesley White

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    Wesley White

    Junior

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    Wesley White | Junior

    Wesley joined Thomas Cox & Co at the start of 2013 as an apprentice from Oaklands College and is currently studying AAT Level 4.

    He hopes to become AAT qualified and would then like to move on to ACCA, in order to further progress his studies and career in accountancy.

    Wesley works within the compliance team preparing accounts and book-keeping; he is also very interested in online accounting.

    In his spare time you can find him indulging his great passion for music or keeping up with the latest Formula 1 races.

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  • Makayla White

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    Makayla White

    Tax Assistant

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    Makayla White | Tax Assistant

    Makayla joined Ad Valorem in June 2013 and works within the tax team, assisting with the preparation of personal tax, VAT returns and Payroll. Makayla also assists with the analysis and drafting of research and development claims for SME’s, together with more complex bookkeeping.

    Makayla is currently studying towards her level 3 AAT qualification at Milton Keynes College. She hopes to become AAT qualified and then go on to study the ATT qualification in order to progress her career and knowledge in tax.

    Outside of work and college, Makayla enjoys teaching contemporary dance and socialising with her friends and family.

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  • Alex Combes

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    Alex Combes

    Accounts Assistant

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    Alex Combes | Accounts Assistant

    Alex works within the outsourcing team preparing payroll and bookkeeping for our outsourced clients.

    Alex is studying his AAT level 4. Since starting at Ad Valorem in 2013 has worked hard.

    Alex enjoys a lot of music and has a good social life with his friends.

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