ABOUT US

Meet Our Team

Diane de Garis BSc FCA

Diane studied Pure Mathematics at university and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with KPMG in 1999.  She became a fellow of the institute (FCA) in 2011.

Diane has a background of project management and CFO roles in banking and fund administration, as well as general audit, prior to taking a career break to raise her young children and setting up de garis accounting.

Diane delivers a refreshingly personal and caring attitude towards offering an accountancy service in Guernsey.  Her aim is to provide an exceptionally high level of customer and business care to individuals and businesses on the island.

Diane has used many different accounting systems, but quickly realised Xero really is beautiful accounting software.

Diane is a Xero expert, has been a Xero certified advisor since 2015 and has helped set up hundreds of businesses on Xero. Diane loves cloud accounting and the change it can make to small businesses, and Xero is always at the start of that journey or app stack.

On a more personal note…Diane is married to Rick and they have two children.  She loves spending time with her family, especially off exploring in their motorhome!

diane@degaris.gg

DDI: 210441

Kirsty Bell ACCA

Kirsty qualified as an accountant in 2013, and has an inherent ambition to help small businesses grow.

Kirsty started in Practice and then gained experience in a variety of commercial companies and as FD in a regulated financial services company.  Now back in practice she loves to share her knowledge and build relationships with SMEs.

Kirsty is passionate about small businesses, and ensuring clients understand their numbers so they can make informed decisions.  Her motto is to keep things simple and effective.

Kirsty is also a keen roller skater and fitness instructor and co-principal of a local dance school.

kirsty@degaris.gg

DDI: 210447

Alex Jenner FCCA

Alex is FCCA qualified with substantial client relationship experience within the financial services and third party sectors.

Alex has held numerous roles at Board level, along with key operational roles in the third sector more recently.

Her interests are family, friends, Charity support, walking her dogs and staying fit.

alex@degaris.gg

DDI: 210445

Rosie Grimes ACCA

Rosie qualified obtained her ACCA accountant qualification in July 2018, with KPMG.

Rosie's audit background is a perfect fit with the advisory approach we take with clients.

Rosie enjoys working with small to medium size businesses and helping them achieve their growth potential – whether that be advising on financial information, forecasting or setting them up with efficient systems.

Rosie is a certified Xero advisor and experienced in other accounting systems.

In her spare time Rosie enjoys baking for friends and family which allows her to use her creative abilities. This is also reflected in her love for photography.  Another passion of Rosie's is to travel and  she has been lucky enough to visit some of the most beautiful national parks in the world, including Yellowstone, Zion and Yosemite.

Rosie@degaris.gg

DDI: 210443

Zoe Lihou BSc FCCA

Zoe studied BSc (Hons) Maritime Business & Management Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and qualified as an accountant in 2002.

Zoe has a background in external and internal audit, finance as well as the small business and commercial sector.

Zoe is a certified Xero advisor and our resident Receipt Bank expert.  Zoe loves working with businesses, getting them set up on these systems, and seeing how much admin time can be saved through using these clever systems and automation.

Zoe is married to Shaun and they have two children. She loves spending time with her family, especially at their French retreat.

zoe@degaris.gg

DDI: 210442

Samantha Sparkes

Sam is our bookkeeping expert, who we first met when we converted a client to Xero, and Sam took to the new system like a duck to water!

Sam has a lot of bookkeeping experience on various systems, but loves the level of automation that Receipt Bank and Xero bring to the process.

Sam's interests are reading, keeping fit, gardening, cooking and family time.

sam@degaris.gg

Charlotte Dickson

Charlotte has a background in small business, including running her own business and keeping on top of the accounts.

This experience makes her a great addition to our team, with excellent Xero bookkeeping skills and the broader business knowledge to ensure she is always adding value as well as keeping the books up to date.

Charlotte's other job is running Herm & Guernsey Oysters Ltd, and you may see her at local food festivals and events shucking oysters and serving champagne.

charlotte@degaris.gg

DDI: 210444