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.

Alison Paling - Payroll Manager 

I am the Payroll Services Manager and I oversee the day to day running and the development of the payroll service at CA Plus.

I began my time at CA Plus as a Payroll Officer in 2000 and took on the role of Payroll Manager in 2003. Prior to this I was a Payroll Team Leader with NAAFI for 10 years so my payroll career currently spans 28 years!

I have seen many changes in the world of payroll since my career began and I enjoy the challenge of keeping up with the often fast paced changes in legislation from a number of Government departments including HMRC and The Pensions Regulator.

I am a member of the Employment and Payroll Group at HMRC which is HMRC’s principal forum for HMRC, and other government departments, to engage with the employment and payroll community.

The Employment and Payroll Group focuses on high-level operational policy and process issues. It provides a forum through which members can raise and discuss issues or problems in administering payroll obligations or in relation to employment tax issues more generally.

I am also an associate member of CIPP.

Providing a service which ensures that our client organisations are compliant with payroll legislation but which enables them to concentrate on their front line service provision rather than becoming burdened with the worry of calculating employee pay correctly, is extremely rewarding.  

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.

Jeanette Stafford – Community Accountant

I am a community accountant at CAPlus, this means I undertake year end Independent examinations. Additionally I help with training and support to our groups, either in a workshop style setting or on a one-to-one basis.

I am a FCIE member and have worked at CAPlus for 20 years specialising in charity accounting & training. Prior to this I worked at Stonebridge City Farm as their Co-ordinator, raising funds, book-keeping and ensuring all statuary paperwork was in order.

What I really enjoy about my work is the diversity of the charities and workers/volunteers we support.

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.

Leann Leverton – Bookkeeper

I am a Bookkeeper at CAPlus.  I have 31 clients based in the Nottingham City area some of which I visit and some I work for in our office.  My role is to keep their accounts records up to date and assist with any questions or training they may have.  My work is satisfying because I get on with the not very glamourous paperwork side, ensuring my clients can deliver their valuable charitable services, safe in the knowledge that they are complying with the ‘other’ important stuff.  I also have a few accounts clients for which I carry out independent examinations and prepare year end accounts.

I have a 2:1 Hons degree in Administrative Management and have completed my level 2 bookkeeping qualification.  I have worked at CAPlus for 7 years.  Prior to this I was the HR & Finance Administrator for a regional charity and before that worked in a variety of sectors including retail manufacturing, car finance and the restaurant industry.

I spend most of my free time at the climbing wall or at a rock climbing crag in the Peak District.

Joanne Plumbley – Payroll Officer

I am a Payroll Officer at CA Plus which means I am part of a team of 4 who run the Payroll Service.

I love the variety my job brings; no two days are the same as you never know what kind of queries are going to come in each day. I love the challenges of solving queries. My job involves a lot of data input and liaising with customers.

I am passionate about what I do and enjoy all aspects of payroll. During 2014 I obtained my Diploma in Payroll Management via The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP). I have worked in payroll for 23 years now formerly processing payroll for a 2 large Recruitment Agencies.

During my spare time I enjoy Horse Riding, Socialising, Holidays abroad and spending time with my family and children.

Louisa Elliot – Payroll Officer

I have worked in payroll with CA Plus for 3 years.  Prior to that I worked in payroll for Nottinghamshire County Council.  I have the IPP Foundation in payroll qualification.

I really enjoy working in this sector and getting to know all the groups we deal with.

Outside of work I really enjoy gardening and try to get out there as much as I can. 

Jackie Bondswell - Payroll Officer

I am a Payroll Officer working within a small team of four.  I have been working for CAPlus for 14 years and have 20 years’ experience within payroll.

I find my job particularly satisfying as I am able to support various small and medium sized charities who in turn provide an invaluable service to the local community.

I have a degree in Business Studies, and am currently studying Law part time.

Gill Williams - Administrator

I am the Administrator at CA Plus which means I am responsible for the administration tasks across all Services.

Having worked at CA Plus since 1990 I am now the longest serving member of staff.

I enjoy my job and the variety each day brings.

My role includes reception duties, escorting clients around the building, incoming and outgoing post, preparing client files, payroll assistant and debt management.

During my spare time I enjoy reading, craft work, walking in the park, assisting with my Church Sunday School and spending time with my family.

Anna Horsley - Cutsomer Service Coordinator

I joined CA Plus is April 2017 managing all things communications, marketing and new business .  It’s been a challenging year with GDPR and our transition to all things cloud based, we have however survived. I oversee all training, webinars, events and social media,   It is highly likely if you have received a CA plus comms this will have been sent out by me. 

In my spare time I like to go to the gym, read, drink gin and binge watch stuff on Netflix.