Payroll Team

Ben Sallows FCA - Associate

Ben first came to Ashdown Hurrey on work experience during his school days and must have found something he liked, as he returned as a trainee and achieved his ACA qualification in 1998. His importance to the practice was formally recognised when he became an associate in 2007. Ben has recently moved back to the Hastings office where he is managing the payroll section, and is soon to also be taking on more of a Practice Management role ensuring that the internal Ashdown Hurrey systems are running as smoothly as possible. 

Outside work, Ben participates in various sports. This is mainly limited to running and fitness training, he also concentrates on stoolball during the summer. As a regular participant in the Hastings Half Marathon, Ben is one of those who has taken the opportunity of using this as a way of raising funds for St Michael's Hospice. He is also the treasurer and trustee of a local charity.

Heidi Martin - Payroll Division

Heidi spent a number of years doing secretarial and reception duties but also undertook some payroll and internal accounting work as well.

When the practice decided to establish a dedicated payroll division, Heidi was the ideal candidate to specialize in this area.  The introduction of Real Time Information (RTI) and Auto-Enrolment has convinced many employers that a payroll bureau is the best approach.  Heidi enjoys the new challenges of her role in this increasingly important part of the practice's service delivery.

Heidi had previously worked for partners Paul and Jeff at their previous practice. She joined Ashdown Hurrey shortly after them following a brief but exciting period of working in Moscow when her husband’s job took them in that direction. Now with the time demands of her family, when not providing her children with a taxi service, she likes to go horse riding.


Teresa Hastings - Payroll Division

Teresa is another staff member who started work unfeasibly young to enable her to clock up thirty-three years with Nationwide Building Society before another six years with a local Financial Adviser. Teresa then joined the payroll section and enjoys the new challenges the role presents and utilising her existing experience with Auto-Eenrolment pension schemes.

Teresa enjoys Formula One motor racing (watching not driving!) and admits a massive obsession with dogs. She has recently taken on two retired racing greyhounds called Bruce and Bryan who keep her company when they are awake, which isn't often! Teresa enjoys watching films, with a preference for scary ones with blood, guts and entrails - clearly payroll is not quite exciting enough!

William Cooper - Payroll Division

William joined the payroll team having previously worked as an accounts assistant for a recycling company which supplies materials for biomass energy.  Prior to that he worked for an insurance loss adjusting company clocking up five years with them as an administrator.

William enjoys cooking and baking, which will keep him popular with his work colleagues when he shares!

William enjoys travelling to Texas and Oklahoma to see his partner’s family where he relishes the amazing southern food, although he draws the line at biscuits and gravy or grits for breakfast!

Omar Ismail - Payroll Division

Before joining the Ashdown Hurrey payroll section, Omar worked in industry on the payroll side and then with a local payroll bureau.  Omar brought his relevant experience with him which is much needed in this critically important service. 

Omar enjoys walking with his dog in the countryside and confesses to be a fan of British heavy metal music.  He would like to look the part by growing his hair long but unfortunately he says it is too curly!  He also enjoys horror films and a good kebab.

James Cornford-Hutchings - Payroll Division

James’s history is in working for SMEs locally undertaking both payroll and bookkeeping roles.  He also worked for his local council in customer service and finance.  He gained wider experience through undertaking a variety of roles within each company he has worked for,  developing a wider knowledge of the business and encouraging an increased focus on the needs of the customer.

James has two rescue dogs from Spain called Juanita and Pandy, who arrived with their interesting names, and they ensure he gets plenty of walking exercise. He enjoys socialising with friends and likes to travel. James enjoys holidays, and when possible takes in a couple of European cities each year.

Julie 2021

Julie Bean - Payroll Division

Julie worked for Barclays Bank and American Express before getting married and moving to London where she continued to work in various financial institutions, including J P Morgan in the bullion department and the foreign exchange trading floor. She went on to work in a local construction company doing their payroll before retiring to the seaside and settling in Bexhill. She then decided that she wanted to continue to work and was drawn back to payroll.

When not working Julie enjoys spoiling her grandchildren and socialising with friends. She enjoys holidays and has been lucky enough to travel widely. Walking is one of her pastimes, either along the coast or more rural.


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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