our team

‘Our reputation is built on team work’ at Parkes & Co we pride ourselves on finding the right balance. Our core group of accountancy experts have extensive expertise and can offer their advice and assistance on a wide range of accountancy and taxation issues.

Stan Parkes Company Director  FFA/FIPA

Stan started the practice in 1982 and ambulated with Claire into a partnership both in marriage and business in 1994.  They then formed the limited company in 2004 together.  Over the period they have increased the company client base to over a 1,000 clients from recommendations only. Stan is a member of the Institution of Financial Accountants

Stan enjoys cycling and walking particularly to the local pubs and restaurants that his local town has to offer.

Claire Parkes Company Director

Claire is Practice Manager and Company Director in the business.  She controls daily running of the business, and over sees the PAYE and VAT Departments, and more recently Pension Advisory Service.  She strives to expand the business and is an excellent asset and ambassador to the company. Claire is an Associated Member of The Instutute of Financial Accountants (IFA)

In Claire’s spare time she enjoys, cycling, walking Martha and Ted, her two Miniature Schnauzers, and socialising. Having four daughters, four grandsons, a grandaughter, and newly born baby Eric, who makes five grandsons and takes after his grandad, Claire has no spare time to do anything else!

James Clifford Office Manager - ACCA/AAT

James works closely with Stan and handles large limited companies and all aspects of client base.  He is AAT and ACCA qualified

James loves travelling and has travelled, as far afield as Australia, America and Asia.  In James' spare time he enjoys playing football every Saturday and supports Arsenal, he also enjoys a swift half on a weekend.


James is our Office Manager, after the directors he and April are next point of contact as supervisors.

Michelle Lynch

Michelle also works closely with Stan and is also a member of the ACCA and has 20 years’ experience of working in the accountancy profession, handling small to medium limited companies, sole traders and partnerships.  Michelle has a broad knowledge of SAGE Line 50, payroll and SAGE taxation.  Michelle also visits client’s premises to complete external audits.

Out of the office Michelle spends most of her time running the children around and enjoying wine tasting, she also enjoys her gym sessions when she eventually gets there!!

April Cunningham Payroll Manager

April has worked in the accountancy field for over 30 years within the West Midlands.  April is head of the Payroll Department, and has expert knowledge of PAYE statutory payments, CIS monthly returns, and pensions auto enrolments, and jointly with Claire offers a Pension Advisory Service.

In April’s spare time she enjoys swimming, aerobics and cooking, also enjoying her property in Malta.

Sarah Rennox VAT Manager

Sarah heads our VAT Department, and has worked in Industry and the Accountancy field, gaining a wealth of experience in SAGE Line 50.  She is AAT qualified and is a great asset to the team.

In Sarah’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, eating out and going to see bands, and also loves relaxing with a drink or two.  Sarah loves looking out for old furniture that needs tender loving care.

Sarah Noott MICB

Sarah works in the VAT Department as a Book-keeper, and is experienced in SAGE, SAGE Business Cloud, Quickbooks and Excel. Sarah has recently gained an ICB level 3 diploma in self-assessment tax.


Should you require SAGE training Sarah is our girl.


In Sarah's spare time she enjoys looking after two ragdoll cats, but doesn't enjoy cleaning up after them.  Sarah also has a very sweet-tooth, so we have to keep our chocolate well hidden. Sarah also enjoys a gin and tonic at the week-end, and has up to 33 bottles of different gins.

Chloe Coleman

Chloe started out on a week’s work experience, and never went home.  Chloe has successfully passed her AAT and is now working towards her ACCA at Kaplan.  As a semi-senior of the accounts team Chloe has to keep the lads in check. She works closely with Stan on preparation of financial accounts and enjoys all aspects of her job.

During Chloe’s spare time she enjoys the Saturday nighlife and is the biggest Prosecco lover.

Sophie Parkes - AAT

Sophie joined Parkes and Co many years ago, and after having her children is now back on a full-time basis.  She is now fulfilling her deam. Sophie is AAT qualified and is working towards her ACCA.


Sophie enjoys spending time with her children, visting her gym and enjoying life to the full.

Ashleigh Botteley

After passing her A level accounting at Ellowes Hall School, Ashleigh has now joined us as an apprentice studying towards her AAT and ACCA and continues her studies at Dudley College.


Ashleigh has recently passed her driving test.


In her spare time she enjoys reading and socialising with her friends enjoying the odd tipple of Malibu.  Ashleigh enjoys sports and was a major team player at Ellowes Hall School netball team

Katie Slater

Katie is our Administration Manager and loves answering the phone and meeting and greeting clients.

During Kate’s spare time her hobbies are running around looking after her two children and husband.  Katie also enjoys eating out, and can be seen most Saturdays around the Merry Hill as she is a Shopaholic.

Danielle Woodbine

Danielle works in our Administration Department.  Danielle loves meeting and greeting clients and will be your first point of contact.


During Danielle’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter Isla and partner.


Danielle also enjoys going for long walks and eating out ‘a lot’.

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