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Who We Are

Established in 2004, we are a small team of accountants with a vast wealth of experience. Based in North Yorkshire, we have built up a good reputation and have a growing client base of over 500 clients ranging from sole traders, partnerships, charities and companies with up to a £5 million turnover.

We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable with a firm emphasis on building a trusted working relationship with our clients.

Our forward thinking, reliable and efficient team embrace new technologies and help you navigate the increasing complexity of tax regulations. We are not just accountants but part of your team, we are there when you need business advice and a sounding board for ideas. It's our job to listen, understand and advise.

James Clarkson

James Clarkson

(ACCA, MAAT, ATT)

Director and Chartered Accountant

James joined the firm in 2007 and qualified as a member of the Association of...

James joined the firm in 2007 and qualified as a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 2017.  After 6 years with the company, James became a director in March 2013.

James enjoys a close working relationship with his client base, providing a range of services to satisfy clients requirements together with overseeing the day-to-day running of the practice.

Away from the office, James is a keen sportsman spending summer weekends on the Cricket field and winter weekends on the Football pitch.

Dawn Clarkson

Dawn Clarkson

(FMAAT, ATT, BA(Hons) LM)

DIRECTOR AND LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT COACH

Having originally founded the business, Dawn now works with business owners, ...

Having originally founded the business, Dawn now works with business owners, coaching them through transforming their business; increasing their profits, improving their cashflow and decreasing the amount of their time spent working in the business.  Dawn also offers Leadership and Management Development training.

 Growing up on a farm in Devon, Dawn quickly learnt from a young age what it is like to run a business and understands that it is not always plain sailing.  Dawn loves working with people and helping clients to be successful.

 Dawn loves to spend time in nature, enjoys travelling and meeting people from different cultures around the world.

Mark Alderson

Mark Alderson

(ACCA, MAAT, ATT)

Chartered Accountant

Mark joined the team as an apprentice in July 2011 on completion of his A-Lev...

Mark joined the team as an apprentice in July 2011 on completion of his A-Levels due to an aptitude for numbers. He soon realised that being part of a team was much more than that; it is about getting to know the people and finding out what makes them tick.  He enjoys working with clients in helping them achieve their Personal and Business Goals.

 Outside of work you can often find him playing an active part in the community as a member of Leyburn Town Council.

Deb Wood

Deb Wood

(MAAT, ATT)

Assistant Accountant and Marketing

Deb joined Clarksons in November 2013 and has gained her AAT and ATT qualific...

Deb joined Clarksons in November 2013 and has gained her AAT and ATT qualifications.

As an Assistant Accountant Deb is involved in all aspects of accounts and tax return preparation and is one of our Xero certified advisors.

Brought up in a Dales Community and from a hospitality and marketing background, Deb knows how important it is to work together. She loves working with people as part of their team and has a passion for clients to be successful and do well.

 Deb enjoys listening to live music and at weekends can be seen helping on her family’s dairy and sheep farm.

Lucy Dent

Lucy Dent

Trainee Accounts Technician

Lucy isn’t your typical accountant apprentice! Being a farmers' daughte...

Lucy isn’t your typical accountant apprentice! Being a farmers' daughter means that when she’s not at work she’s getting her hands dirty milking and working on the family farm.

 After completing her A-Levels at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, she began her accounting career at Dawn Clarkson Associates and is currently studying for her AAT qualifications.

Penn Shewring

Penn Shewring

Personal Assistant to Dawn Clarkson

Penn joined Dawn in January 2016 as her P.A. She loves using her experience a...

Penn joined Dawn in January 2016 as her P.A. She loves using her experience and organisational skills to set up systems, declutter & see to the smooth running of the day to day. 

Penn has lived and worked in Switzerland, France, Holland, Monaco and London & has 40 years’ experience in large & small organisations.

 When not doing this she loves reading, walking her dog & enjoying the beauty of North Yorkshire.

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