Sue Crouch ATT (Fellow) TEP - Senior Manager

Sue runs the firm's Personal Tax Division and she has done so for many years. Her clients value the friendly personal service she provides, where her genuine interest in the wellbeing of those concerned extends far beyond purely their financial needs.

Sue and her husband, Chris, have two grown-up daughters and twin grandchildren, so babysitting duties are to the fore. Sue enjoys walking her dog, entertaining and is a keen supporter of the arts, being a frequent visitor to the De La Warr Pavilion.

Tony Bough FCA - Consultant

Tony was senior partner in the local practice, Hamilton & Wilton, which merged with Ashdown Hurrey more than twenty years ago. Having served his time as a partner, his many years of experience are now tapped into through his current role as a consultant, with the firm benefitting from his great knowledge on taxation of individuals and trusts.

A Chartered Accountant, Tony has recently been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Tony remains a keen golfer, being both a member and trustee of Highwoods Golf Club. His interests include DIY, walking, gardening and photography and he serves as both a director and treasurer of the Bexhill Conservative Club.

Natalie Wordsworth FCCA - Manager

Natalie joined Ashdown Hurrey in 2003 and trained initially as an Accounting Technician (AAT) before qualifying as a Certified Accountant in 2010.

Natalie's main role within the practice is providing support to Carl Read on his portfolio of clients.  She also oversees the HR requirements and training matters for the Bexhill office.

Away from work, Natalie's time is taken up mainly with her two children. She enjoys running and a spot of retail therapy.

Louise Hutton FCCA - Manager

Louise joined the practice in 2010 shortly after completing her degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Louise now works with Paul and Tamsyn, providing support on their portfolio of clients.

In her spare time, Louise is kept busy looking after her young son and spending time with her family.

Sarah Playford FCCA - Manager

Sarah joined the firm in 2009, having become interested in accountancy when she started AAT training whilst working with another local business.  She completed her AAT qualification in 2010 and continued her studies to qualify as a Certified Accountant in 2014.

Sarah mainly works with Carl and Ben, assisting them on their portfolio of clients.

Having recently welcomed her first baby, Sarah is a busy new Mum who enjoys spending time doing lots of activities with her family.

Stephen Greenfield ACCA - Manager

After finishing his degree at university, Stephen went straight into industry accounting and spent over five years gaining some valuable experience in the sector. He joined the practice in 2015 and progressed to qualify as a Certified Accountant in January 2019.

Stephen works closely with both Carl Read and Roy Jones in our Bexhill branch. Stephen is continuing to develop his own client base and enjoys the client contact this involves.

Stephen has three young daughters who keep him and his wife thoroughly entertained. In his spare time, he plays for a local football club and when not playing the beautiful game he tries to watch Brighton & Hove Albion as much as possible. He is also the Secretary at a local football club.  His other interests include listening to music, walking and when time allows a fair bit of home cooking!

Carl Addy ACA - Manager

Carl applied for a graduate trainee position as he came towards the end of his degree course and having been successful in both his application and his degree, he is now working in the firm’s Bexhill office.  

In December 2018, Carl became an ICAEW member after successfully completing all his exams and is now a Chartered Accountant.

Carl is a keen skier and and likes to hit the slopes for his annual adrenaline fix. To the bewilderment of his football-following work colleagues, he follows the fortunes of Chelsea FC, seeing them at Stamford Bridge when possible - clearly keen to avoid the misery of supporting one of the many less successful teams!

Natasha Chambers FCCA - Senior

Tasha studied accountancy at A' level and having got a taste for the world of finance, joined Ashdown Hurrey in 2007 and progressed to qualify as a Certified Accountant in 2011. Tasha originally worked in the firm's Hastings office, but switched to Bexhill when Paul and Tamsyn had a vacancy for an experienced senior accountant for their client portfolios.

Tasha enjoys the social side of life with her family and friends and likes exercising the family's dog.

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Jane Hilder - Senior Accounts Assistant

Jane has acted as Nick’s personal accounting assistant for more than twenty years when she worked at Williams and co before the two firms merged. Jane tackles accounts production as well as running various payroll for clients. Jane is keen to ensure the smooth transfer of responsibilities for clients from Williams and co to Ashdown Hurrey.

When away from the office, Jane plays netball in the Eastbourne and Hastings league, weekends are dominated by her granddaughter with any spare time available used for keeping fit by  walking or cycling.

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Lorna Piper ACA - Senior

Lorna got to know Ashdown Hurrey and the work that the practice does both through her year ten work experience whilst she was at school and with a one-year placement as part of her university degree. Lorna achieved a first class honours degree in mathematical sciences at the University of Bath and is now on the full-time accountancy trainee path.

Away from the office Lorna plays golf, undertakes pole fitness classes and enjoys reading and going to see live music in her spare time.

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Tom Curteis - Trainee Accountant

Tom spent two years working for local business support group Let’s Do Business where he undertook a finance role. Seeing the benefit of formal qualification, he began studying for AAT and was keen to develop his potential working in a professional office environment. Since joining Ashdown Hurrey he has continued with his AAT studies and works closely in Carl Read’s section with Steve Greenfield as part of the finance back-up provided to a major national client.

Tom is a keen sports follower, particularly Formula 1 and football, following the fortunes of Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge when he gets the opportunity.

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Kate Brett - Trainee Accountant

Kate studied maths at university and obtained a Diploma in Higher Education. Having spent nearly a year working as a bookkeeper and as a general administrator, Kate saw the benefit of studying for professional qualifications and joined Ashdown Hurrey as an ACA trainee.

Outside of work, Kate is an avid gardener but when the weather is less than favourable she loves to sew, knit and craft to her hearts content.

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Amy Hemsley - Trainee Accountant

Having worked in a busy doctors surgery, dealing with reception, administration and practice finances, Amy took the decision to apply to Ashdown Hurry to undertake professional training towards ACA. Having undertaken study towards an Open Degree with the Open University studying business and finance modules, Amy is familiar with the work involved and sees the benefit of formal qualifications.

Amy likes to spend plenty of time out socialising with her friends with a bit of cooking and baking, which should make her very popular. She also has an interest in kick boxing, so be warned!

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Nelson Whyman MAAT - Trainee Accountant

Nelson joined us after a four year career with Natwest where he fulfilled various challenging roles across ten different branches.

After completing his AAT studies in early January 2021, Nelson will now begin the Chartered qualification.

Outside of the office, Nelson enjoys travelling, holidays and is another Manchester United fan.

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Kai Mersh - Trainee Accountant

After studying at college, Kai was keen to begin a career in accountancy. He attended the University of Kent for a year before deciding that work based learning in a trainee role was better suited for him. Kai is now studying towards AAT Level 4 before continuing on to the professional ACA studies to become Chartered.

Outisde of work Kai quietly admits to being a Gunners fan and enjoys participating in all sorts of sports when he finds some free time.

Rachel Gatcum - Trainee Accountant

Having completed her A levels, Rachel attended the University of Brighton where she completed a Business with Finance degree. 

Rachel works in the client section headed up by Carl Read and is building up her knowledge and experience within the accounting profession.

Rachel is a keen golfer when work and studying gives her a bit of free time.

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Eliott Matthews - Trainee Accountant

Eliott joined the practice in December 2020 having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first-class honours degree in Accounting and Finance.  Eliott is working in Carl Read’s section building up his practice knowledge and experience with a view to moving on to undertaking the ACA route to professional qualification.

Eliott’s sporting activities include football and golf and he also follows Chelsea FC.

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Cindy Messetter - Accounts Assistant

After a career break to bring up her children, Cindy has chosen Ashdown Hurrey to relaunch her bookkeeping career again which she loves.

Outside of work, her interests include volunteer work for the youth of Battle to provide a safe environment for children to have fun together playing football, table tennis, sock hockey and badminton to name a few.

Alisa Winters - Secretary

Alisa joined the Bexhill office team in July 2020 as a full-time secretary.  She provides administerial support to both sections at the office and her duties include company secretarial updates.  Alisa is keen to provide all visitors with a warm welcome.

Outside the office Alisa loves to cook, enjoys walking and Boogie Bounce.  Her 40th birthday present of a disco ball in her kitchen is still spinning, much to her grandchildren’s delight.

Contact us


Hastings Office
Tel: 01424 720222
Fax: 01424 720888

Bexhill-on-Sea Office
Tel: 01424 730300
Fax: 01424 730086

We offer free initial consultations - to arrange a meeting or to have a chat over the telephone, please contact us.



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