Everyone in our team has supported, benefitted from and worked with many charities over the years, and it’s something we are very proud to specialise in. We understand the nuances that make a charity unique. We put our heart in to everything we do and our own passion for figures works in complete harmony with your passion for your charity. Together we can help you feel 100% confident that you are 'getting it right'.

Carol Stevenson

It is hard to write an autobiography without laughing out loud. Let’s see: I am 41 years old, I have a Master’s degree from St Andrews in Latin of all things, I used to be an actress and I have moved house nine times in the past twenty years….

In a more serious tone, since giving up treading the boards, I have spent the last 20 years managing the finance and organisation of various companies and projects, particularly within the healthcare, charities, telecoms and energy industries. I have run an events company which specialises in conferences for charities since 2010. In 2016, in response to the demands of a growing family whilst also managing a life-changing illness, I also decided to become a qualified bookkeeper and have been working with Beeston-Clarke Accountants for 18 months. In my third job (after all, who doesn’t need a third job?!) I also manage a team of 30 within the Utility Warehouse, a business which saves people money on their household bills.

What can I say? I give everything a go and hope that I’m good at it. I am motivated and inspired by many things but, in particular, people who work out of the goodness of their hearts and other working parents who have become, in my opinion, society's modern-day miracle workers. I live in beautiful rural Leicestershire with my suffering husband, two amazing yet batty children and a hamster with a self-destructive despondency. I enjoy brisk walking on cold sunny days, swimming and yoga, pub lunches before the rugby, and very occasionally I manage a visit back to my favourite haunt, the theatre.

What do I bring to the team? Well, I am the bookkeeper so what I do affect everyone else, and I like to think that no one else could do their job without me doing mine. In truth, however, I know anyone could do it. Especially Steph of course! But I hope that the fact that I care about getting it right will mean I’ll be a part of the team for a long while to come! I am also the queen of juggling many balls, both personally and professionally, so if you want a job doing, give it to a busy person – me!

Steph Beeston-Clarke FCCA

Rather than talk about myself, I thought it would be fun for the team to talk about me (for a change!)

Here's what they had to say...

Steph has a tremendous ability to make an incredibly difficult job look very easy. She has magic fingers on the keyboard and calculator that seem to turn the proverbial ball of tangled wool into a beautiful jumper! Her patience with and dedication to us in the team is always apparent. Even when we make mistakes, (rarely of course!) she sees us as human beings and works with us to ensure they don’t happen again. As a leader, she lays great importance on training and encouraging understanding. Even though she must have in-depth knowledge of every client, she is excellent at letting us take the reins when she feels we are ready. She questions herself continually and is always trying to do things better, either from a professional or personal perspective. I feel very lucky to be guided by her – put simply, she “gets it”.

Steph is a warm, friendly and supportive person. Her thoroughness, knowledge, experience and dedication to her clients provides the example as a leader that is inspiring. I am very pleased to be a part of her team.

Ahhh thanks ladies 🙂. A little more about me though........

Over the past 25+ years, I have served a wide range of small charities and, being both a qualified Accountant and Bookkeeper, I am able to see both sides of the finance coin. I love what I do, and 'work' is both a joy and a passion for me.

I have the most supportive husband of 28 years who keeps me very well fed (as cooking is something I just don't do!). Together we spent 10 years as Foster Parents; we have three birth sons and two foster sons, all of whom are grown up now, and so far two beautiful grandchildren 💜💜💜. I feel blessed and proud that our lives have touched many other young people through fostering, which was a very special time for us. To wind down we are often away in our touring caravan and, whenever we can, we love to visit Lanzarote and our dream is to move there eventually.

I love helping CEOs, Trustees and business owners to achieve their dreams, by doing something that I love… oh and, last but not least, I love all things purple!!!!

Yasmin Ali
Bookkeeper & Practice Co-ordinator

Hello! I’m Yasmin and in addition to my bookkeeper role, I’m also a polymer clay artist. I enjoy using this medium to create a variety of items and sharing the joy of creating with others by running regular workshops. I particularly work with business owners helping them take a little time out of their busy month to do something creative and take the brain away from the stresses of the day.

I enjoy baking and many weekends, I find myself making treats for the family, especially for my two children. I love travelling (although not the long haul flights so much) having visited Canada, where I’m from, the Caribbean and Europe. I’ve recently started walking to boost my fitness level.

I bring my previous knowledge of working within a charity to the team and the way their accounting works, and my accounting degree into full use. I am a person who likes to make sure things are done correctly, and I feel this is a huge asset to have when working with charities where attention to detail is particularly important with different fund accounting. I also bring a calming presence to the team (keeping Steph calm when she gets a bit over-excited!!). I am particularly proud that I work really well in a team and believe this is a key skill to provide the best possible service to clients.

Rachel Keightley
Charity Accountant & Client Co-ordinator

Hi! I’m Rachel and I joined the team in June 2021. As a Charity Accountant, I am responsible for producing management accounts for our clients, carrying out Independent Examinations, helping with budgets, yearend accounts and anything else that comes my way.

I have over 10 years' experience in working as an Accountant in the public and not-for-profit sectors and currently also work part-time for a larger sports charity based in Doncaster.

I have a real passion for working with charities and find it incredibly rewarding to see the differences and benefits charities can make to the communities they serve. Although I’m not frontline I love being able to make a contribution to those differences.

Since I started at Beeston-Clarke Accountants I’ve been getting stuck in with client’s management accounts and Independent Examinations. I have some friendly and supportive colleagues to help me along the way, and I’m looking forward to working with them to help more charities understand their finances and figures.

Away from work, I have two young daughters who generally keep me very busy, but when I do have some spare time I enjoy baking (with varying degrees of success). I love reading books, mostly fiction, and I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Faye Lord
Payroll Clerk & Bookkeeper

I joined the team in June 2021 as a Payroll Clerk and Bookkeeper and I really enjoy being a part of such a lovely team.

I pride myself on delivering a great service to all clients and always endeavour to deliver on task. I have worked in various roles in the past, including many years in accountancy practice, as well as in industry. For 6 years I have also worked alongside a local prostate cancer charity providing their bookkeeping and payroll, and this has been very rewarding knowing I’m using my skills to help them.

I am also the co-owner of a local plumbing and heating business, which gives me real insight into everything a business owner has to manage.

Outside of work I have four children and a husband who all keep me very busy. In my spare time, I enjoy seeing family, eating out and exploring the outdoors with my children. My favourite place to visit is the beach and I hope to one day live by the sea.