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Richard Brewin (Managing Director)

Richard has worked with hundreds of businesses and dozens of accountancy practices helping them to realise their potential. His vast experience comes from building and selling two of his own accountancy firms creating the perfect accountancy practice along the way (using the same systems and strategies in our very own Accountants Growth Programme).

Richard co-authored the very successful book “How To Quickly Grow Your Accountancy Practice”.

He is married with two children and is a long suffering Leicester City supporter.

Steve Hackney (Marketing Director)

Steve is a former professional rugby player with Leicester Tigers and England. His marketing programmes, systems and services have evolved over a 15 year period and have been used successfully by hundreds of accountants and thousands of businesses in over 250 industries and across every continent (in 46 different countries).

He co-authored “How To Quickly Grow Your Accountancy Practice” and regularly speaks all over the globe to accountants and other entrepreneurs.

Steve is married to Helen who works as a maths teacher in secondary school. They have three children, Thomas (13), Matthew (10) and Olivia (7).

When he’s not entertaining the children, Steve enjoys watching rugby, athletics and football and keeps his competitive juices flowing by playing golf.

Peter FinlayPeter Finlay (Commercial Director)

Peter started his business life as a life assurance salesman before building one of the UK’s largest independent direct insurance sales companies. He has personally trained over 2,500 sales people and sales managers throughout Europe and is an experienced franchise development and business strategist.

A keen sportsman although these days his participation is mostly as a spectator, however he still manages to take money from Simon and Steve whenever they manage a game of golf!

He’s married to Julie and they have a son, Joshua.

 Ernie Williams (International Director)

Ernie has worked with accountants for over forty years.  He joined the New Zealand arm of Coopers & Lybrand in 1970 and worked with them in Wellington and London for nine years.  He then joined a practice in provincial New Zealand where he grew the client base immensely and became New Zealand chairman of HLB International.

He was the accountant for and a director of Fastway Couriers, a New Zealand company that was awarded fastest growing private company in Australia in 1993 and included in Australia’s fastest growing group of businesses for the next two years.  He has been on the boards of the Franchise Association of New Zealand and the Franchise Council of Australia.

Ernie has two grown up children and four lovely grand children to keep him young.

In his leisure time, Ernie enjoys watching the All Blacks win Test matches and England beating the Aussies at cricket.  He participates regularly in hunting and fishing.  Shooting a trophy moose and catching the elusive ten pound trout are two of his immediate goals.

Carrolly Torres (Member Support Team Manager)

Carrolly’s role within AFG is to oversee our Member Support Team. This includes managing the marketing campaigns and the recruitment of new members, mentoring new and current members, and ensuring that our Member Support Team provides an outstanding level of service to both members and their clients.

Carrolly is married to Ian and they have an 8 month old son, Keane.

Away from the office Carrolly loves spending time with her family and when she has the time, keeping fit, which consists of mainly road running these days.

Rowena Barnwell (Management Specialist)

Having had the experience of creating, running and selling her own business over a 16 year period, Rowena’s knowledge and experience of systems, processes and management of small and medium-sized businesses is second to none.

She is married with two children, is a gym fanatic and is a devoted Leicester Tigers supporter.


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