Our staff team

Led by Chief Executive John O'Brien, the staff team at CA Plus hold a wealth of experience in delivering services and support to the sector. I'm sure we are not that old, but it adds up to nearly 200 years! There probably isn't much we haven't seen before, but it's good to learn new things every day.

Meet the team:

John O’Brien – Chief Executive

I've been working with CA Plus for a long time, since 1991 in fact and believe it or not, I still like what I do. I really believe that our work with the finance side of life can help organisations to work more effectively in achieving their own objectives.

As well as managing CA Plus itself, I tend to focus more on accounts, training and consultancy work.

Prior to working in this field, I lived and worked within a L'Arche community for people with learning difficulties for 10 years, eventually taking on responsibility for the financial administration of this charity. I was among the first voluntary sector workers to gain the MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation at the LSE and after joining CA Plus, I gained the professional accounting qualification with ACCA. I've since become a fellow member of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE), and in February 2009 passed the Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA) with the ICAEW.

For my sins, I also chair the national network for community accountants, and administer the national website.

Favourite hobbies: golf, footy, talking to my chickens, they seem to understand - and best of all, playing guitar with The Old Codgers.

Eva Stevens – Accounts Services Manager

I am the Accounts Services Manager at CAPlus which means I organise the schedules to ensure all the accounts work is distributed to our accountants.  On a day to day basis I prepare and examine accounts and also co-ordinate the organisations who need a corporation tax return submitting.  Additionally I help with training and support to our groups – mostly on a one-to-one basis.

I am a Cipfa qualified accountant (Qualified in 2000). I have worked at CAPlus for 10 years (since joining in 2008) specialising in charity accounting. Prior to this I have worked in Local Councils in Internal Audit and also for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their Public Sector Audit department.

What I really enjoy about my work is the variety that comes from working with so many varied charities and community organisations and the many different people we meet along the way;  People who are so passionate about the charitable work that they undertake and just need a little bit of help with their financial duties.

Cathy Whyld – Bookkeeping Services Manager

I am the Bookkeeping Services Manager at CAPlus which means I organise the bookkeeping schedules to ensure all the bookkeeping work is distributed to our bookkeepers.  On a day to day basis I prepare and examine accounts, train and support groups and manage and support our bookkeepers. I also give advice to groups on VAT issues.

I am a CIMA passed finalist, I have worked at CAPlus since joining in 2010 specialising in charity accounting. Prior to this I have worked in Notts County Council, East Midlands Electricity and British Coal as a management accountant.

Romana Kocicova – Community Accountant

I am a Community Accountant at CA Plus. On day to day basis I prepare and examine accounts and I also do a small amount of bookkeeping. Additionally I can help with training and support to our groups.

I joined the CA Plus team in March 2017. In the same year I completed an accounting qualification with AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and became a full member (MAAT). Currently, I am studying towards becoming a chartered certified accountant with ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

When not working or studying, I enjoy going to the gym where I mainly do Pilates, weight training, a bit of swimming and occasionally play badminton. I also like spending my free time outdoors - gardening, hiking, and riding my Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.

Juliet Brain – Community Accountant

I’m a Community Accountant, so my work is a mix of preparing accounts and going out to groups to support them with bookkeeping, reporting and training.

I have an ICB Level 2 Certificate in bookkeeping and I have 13 years of experience working in finance for small businesses and charities and I’ve been with CA Plus since 2014. I’m planning to start studying towards a level 3 qualification this year.

When I’m not working I like to spend my time outdoors walking, mountain biking and gardening.