our team

‘Our reputation is built on team work’

Like the very best teams, 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

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 just short of a 1,000 clients from recommendations only.

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.

In Claire’s spare time she enjoys, cycling, walking Martha and Ted, her two Miniature Schnauzers, and socialising. Having four daughters, four grandsons, and a newly born grand-daughter Florence born in June 2016, Claire has no spare time to do anything else!

James Clifford Office Manager

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.

April Cunningham

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

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 has recently taken up sewing being inspired by the programme Sewing Bee.

Sarah Noott

Sarah has recently joined out VAT Department as a Book-keeper, and is experienced in SAGE, Quickbooks and Excel.


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.

Katie Slater

Kate 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.

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!!

Chloe Coleman

Chloe started out on a week’s work experience, and never went home.  She joined Parkes and Co from King Edward College, Stourbridge, and is studying AAT at Stourbridge College, flying through the course with ease and now on her final period of training to gain an AAT qualification.  As a junior member 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 clubbing with her mates, as far afield as Bristol, and has recently became an aunty.

Liam Powell

Liam is a junior member of our accounts team, and works closely with Stan.


In his spare time he enjoys playing cricket and golf, socialising at his local pub and watching his football team Wolves.

Sophie Parkes

Sophie is our newest member of staff.  She will be studying for her ACCA and we wish her well. 


Sophie has three children two boys and a girl.  If she has any spare time, she enjoys going to the gym and particularly enjoys spin.

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