At TBL Accountants, we believe in the bigger picture, and we are passionate about taking businesses to where they need to be. With more than 50 years’ experience behind us, we know a thing or two about financing and we are also very aware how fast things can change. That means as well as providing tried and tested solutions that we know work well, we are constantly honing our skills to open new doors for our clients. Rest assured, your company is in good company.

We provide effective accountancy, VAT advice, taxation, business consultancy and related support services locally from our offices in Southend and Billericay. We are always on hand to advise businesses on issues like cash flow, tax and much more, and are specialists in a wide range of services and sectors. Let our expertise take your business to new heights.

Got a challenge your business needs solving? Contact us with your finance query for expert guidance and advice from our team.

Meet the TBL team

Paul Stafford FCCA - TBL Partner

Paul Stafford FCCA


Paul set up TBL with Chris Humpage, and provides expert advice on gifts, trusts, estate planning and more.

Having worked in Southend most of his career, Paul qualified in 1996 and became a partner in the local office of a London firm in 1998. In 2017 Paul and Chris set up a new independent practice, TBL Accountants.

Paul has a wide and varied client portfolio, including those in the Charity sector - an area where Paul has wide experience having served as trustees for a number of Charities. He believes a strong open relationship in clients of all sizes achieve their objectives. Paul is a registered auditor authorised to execute statutory audits for UK registered companies and charities.

Outside of work, Paul is a long-suffering West Ham fan, plays Tennis (poorly!) and is a local District Commissioner for Scouting.

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Chris Humpage FCA - TBL Partner

Chris Humpage FCA


Chris set up TBL with Paul Stafford, and is experienced in business valuations, preparing exit strategies and more.

Chris trained with a Top 50 firm in Suffolk and qualified in 1996, becoming a Partner in the local office of a London firm in 2009. In 2017 Chris and Paul set up a new independent practice, TBL Accountants.

Chris has a wide and varied client portfolio, with a large number of clients in the motor industry. Chris believes that the most important person in his business relationship with his clients is his client. He is a registered auditor authorised to execute statutory audits for UK registered companies and charities.

Outside of work, assuming he is not taking one of his children to dancing or cricket, you will find Chris on a golf course, on his bike or watching cricket.

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Ian Chandler FCA ATII - TBL Consultant

Ian Chandler FCA ATII


Ian is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor who trained locally in Southend, gained good all round experience in London before setting up in practice in Southend in 1988.

Ian specialises in family businesses with particular expertise in the recruitment, hotel, restaurant and personal service companies. He has served on the local Chartered Accountants group for many years.

Outside of accountancy, Ian is an experienced private pilot, is chairman of local flying club, former school governor and West Ham season ticket holder.

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Lisa Keith FCA - TBL Client Manager

Lisa Keith FCA

Client Manager

Lisa works with Paul Stafford in the management of his client portfolio.

Lisa is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales and a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and has been working in practice in Southend for the last 4 years. She ensures that the firm's standards for quality are upheld and ensures adherence to deadlines.

Lisa has worked with a wide variety of clients and has a special interest in Charity accounting and has experience with solicitor’s accounts rules.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Gary Willis - Client Service Manager

Gary Willis

Client Service Manager

Gary is responsible for managing the client portfolios of Chris Humpage and Ian Chandler.

Gary has over 35 years of experience working in all areas of accountancy, including Corporate & Personal Taxation, VAT, Payroll and Management Accounting.

When not working Gary enjoys listening to music (from his vast and eclectic collection of records & CDs), reading a good book and sampling single malts (in moderation of course).

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Claire Barrington - Payroll Manager

Claire Barrington

Payroll Manager

Claire is responsible for the managing and processing of payroll operations for our clients.

Claire has been with the company for 7 years now, working within the Payroll department. Prior to this, she worked within the Investment banking sector in London. This was a very pressurised and stressful environment to work in, although it was an experience that gave her the ability to stay calm when approaching deadlines.

When Claire isn’t playing the part of taxi driver for her 2 daughters, she enjoys going to the theatre and eating out.

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Kim Sharp - Bookkeeping/CIS Supervisor

Kim Sharp

Bookkeeping/CIS Supervisor

Kim processes clients' records, quarterly submissions of VAT and CIS returns and provides training for clients.

Kim has been part of TBL for nearly 3 years and has been at her current position as supervisor for 1 year. Kim is AAT qualified.

The area of accounting Kim specialises in is VAT, Bookkeeping and CIS. She also specialises in the following accounting software, QuickBooks Online, Xero and Sage.

When not at work, Kim loves spending time with her children, making memories and travelling.

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Alex Tricker - Bookkeeper

Alex Tricker


Alex processes clients' quarterly VAT returns and assists clients with different accounting software.

Alex has worked at the firm for over 2 years and been in his current position for over a year. He holds AAT Level 2 & 3 qualifications.

The areas of accounting Alex mainly specialises in are VAT and Bookkeeping. He also specialises in different accounting software, such as QuickBooks, FreeAgent and Xero.

When he’s not at work, Alex follows West Ham United Football Club, through more tough times than enjoyable ones. He also enjoys travelling.

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Liz Darby - Tax Technician

Liz Darby

Tax Technician

Liz deals with personal tax compliance ensuring all Tax Returns are submitted on time.

Liz is ATT qualified and has worked for the firm since 2007. She enjoys all areas of tax but works mainly in personal and corporation tax.

Liz enjoys spending time with her friends and family competing in Nuclear Races and going away in the caravan to have some time out from rebuilding her house.

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Jo Upton - TBL Secretary

Jo Upton


Jo provides secretarial support for Partners, office administration, company secretarial work for clients and is our events co-ordinator.

Jo has 26 years of experience working in an office, the majority of which has been in practice. Outside of work, Jo enjoys going to the gym 3-4 times a week and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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Peter Stafford - Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior

Peter Stafford

Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior

Peter completes year-end accounts and statutory audits.

Peter has worked in accounting for approximately three years, starting out at bookkeeping and moving onto accounts preparation and audit. He is fully AAT qualified and in the process of completing the ACA examination, of which he has completed approximately half.

When Peter isn’t working, he enjoys helping out at a local Scout group, cycling and reading.

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Crystal Smith - Audits and Accounts Semi-Senior

Crystal Smith

Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior

Crystal is responsible for the preparation of statutory, sole trader and partnership accounts.

Crystal continues to study for her ACA qualification. She has experience in her role since 2015.

In her spare time, Crystal enjoys a social round of golf or a game of tennis. Crystal also endures the lows and occasional highs of being a West Ham United season ticket holder.

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Coral Smith - TBL Audits and Accounts Semi-Senior

Coral Smith

Audits and Accounts Semi-Senior

Coral prepares year end accounts for companies and sole traders.

Coral has worked in accounting since 2013 and is a part-qualified accountant, having passed the first 12 ACA modules.

Outside of work, Coral is a member of a ten-pin bowling team, plays tennis at her local club and enjoys playing the piano.

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Ryan McCarthy - Trainee Accountant

Ryan McCarthy

Trainee Accountant

Ryan carries out various Accounts jobs and occasional Bookkeeping jobs.

Ryan has recently completed his level 3 AAT qualifications and plans to study level 4 AAT in the near future. He has acquired a full breadth of experience under his apprenticeship in completing various Accounts jobs, Bookkeeping jobs and carrying out Payrolls for clients.

Outside of work, he enjoys socialising with friends and family and he’s a fan of Tottenham Hotspurs.

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Vikki Bines - Secretary

Vikki Bines


Vikki provides secretarial support to Paul Stafford and Lisa Keith and company secretarial work for clients.

Alongside her secretarial support, Vikki provides PA support for office administration, drawing on her experience of supporting various sales and operations teams, as well as managing and coaching teams of her own.

When she’s not at work, Vikki enjoys making great memories, whether she’s travelling, watching films and spending time with my family and friends.

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Social responsibility

For us, an important part of improving local businesses is improving the community around us. That’s why we endeavour to give back at every opportunity, support great charities, and volunteer our skills for fantastic causes. For many, giving of time and money is a private engagement with a cause and our team wish to keep much of it private, however:

What we do


TBL is well known for supporting local events and regularly take on students from schools and colleges for placements and apprenticeships. We continue to engage in this way by welcoming our newest apprentice in early September.

Charity work

Over recent years, we have supported a number of local charities and organisations including the local food bank, HARP, Jeans for Genes, and, most recently, Southend Mencap.

In the past, the firm has taken part in the Foulness Bike Ride, raising money for ‘The Music Man Project’.


TBL strengthens its commitment to the local community by supporting a range of causes and offering opportunities to young people, whilst supporting a wide range of local business with their tax and accountancy requirements.

Managing Partner Paul Stafford is a local Scout Leader and a former primary school governor. Chris Humpage is a former Governor at SEEVIC.

Proudly working with Willow Financial Planning

TBL Accountants are proud to work in partnership with Willow Financial Planning, independent financial advisors based in Southend-on-Sea. Together, we help our clients achieve their financial goals.

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Our Locations

With offices in Southend-on-Sea and Billericay, we are well-positioned to help businesses and individuals with their accounting needs throughout Essex. Find out more about each of our offices here.