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 joined with Claire into a partnership both in marriage and business in 1994. They then formed the limited company togehter in 2004.  Over this time, 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. 


Away from work, Stan enjoys walking particularly to the local pubs and restaurants that his local town has to offer.

Claire Parkes Company Director/Practice Manager

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 walking Martha and Ted, her two Miniature Schnauzers, and socialising. Having four daughters and eight grandchildren, Claire has little spare time to do much else!

Sarah Rennox VAT Manager/Company Director

Sarah is a Director and heads our VAT Department, and is AAT qualified. Sarah has worked in accounts for over 20 years and has gained experience in both practice and industry.

Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dining out, going to see live music and also relaxing with a drink or two. 

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. Jointly with Claire, April offers and oversees a Pension Advisory Service.


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


Sophie May Senior Accountant ACCA

Sophie works closely with Stan, and has worked in practice for over 8 years. Sophie is ACCA and AAT qualified, and is experienced in using Xero, Quickbooks and Sage.


Sophie enjoys spending her spare time walking her Cockapoo puppy, going to the gym, and travelling to different parts of the world.


Michelle Lynch Senior Accountant

Michelle works closely with Stan and is also a member of the ACCA. Michelle has over 25 years of experience in the accountancy profession. 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 enjoys spin classes, family walks and a glass of wine. 

Katie Slater Administration Manager

Katie joined the Parkes & Co team in 2015 as an Administrator, and has progressed to oversee the department as our Administration Manager. She enjoys speaking to clients and is a familiar face when our clients visit the office. 


Kate loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. They are often out walking, trying to wear out their bouncy, energetic dog! Kate also enjoys socialising with friends & family, going to the theatre and handmade crafting. 

Sophie Parkes Semi-Senior Accountant ACCA Diploma 

Sophie is the second eldest daughter of Stan and Claire – the one who inherited the accountancy genes! She loves being a part of the family business, working in the Accounts department and closely with Stan.  Having gained her ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 4) in September 2019, she is currently part way through her final exams to become a full ACCA Member.


When the working week is done, she enjoys spending time with her three children and her partner. Weekends usually consist of long dog walks, some exercise and of course - prosecco!

Ashleigh Bottley Accounts Assistant Level 3 AAT

Ashleigh joined Parkes & Co as an apprentice after passing her accounting A Level at Ellowes Hall School. Having passed her Level 3 AAT, she is now an Accounts Assistant and continues her studies towards AAT and ACCA at Dudley College. 


In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends & family and eating out. 

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