SJO Accountants Team
Sara Otley BA (Hons) ACMA CGMA
Chartered Management Accountant & Director
After graduating from University of Ulster with an Accountancy degree, Sara trained in industry while studying towards her professional qualification with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. After gaining experience with JP Corry, Isaac Agnew and Almac Pharamceuticals, Sara established SJO Business & Accounting Services in 2008 with a view to supporting SMEs and individuals. The business was then incorporated in 2015 and has continued to see significant growth since then.
A mum of two teenage girls, Sara has a love for music and enjoys spending time playing the piano and singing in the church choir. She can often be found walking Luna, the office pup, or heading off in her caravan when the weather is nice (sometimes even when the weather isn’t!!).
Jane Hill BAcc (Hons) FCA
Chartered Accountant & Senior Manager
After graduating from University in Scotland with an Accountancy degree, Jane commenced a training contract back in Northern Ireland, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2005 with Chartered Accountants Ireland. Jane became a Fellow of the Institute in 2016.
Jane has gained a wide range of experience having worked in practice over the last 20 years, specialising in audit and forensic accounting for much of that time. Jane joined SJO Accountants in May 2019 and is engaged in all aspects of general practice, including accountancy, personal and corporate taxation, looking after all clients from sole traders to limited companies and charities.
Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with her busy young family and practicing yoga when she can.
Jill Dunlop BAcc (Hons)
An accountancy graduate of a University in Scotland, Jill has had a varied career from training in a small accountancy practice, to joining a large accountancy practice as an Audit Senior before taking on a role within treasury in a pensions administration firm looking after investments.
Jill joined SJO in 2017 and is involved in all aspects of work within the practice including taxation, management reporting and accounts preparation.
Outside of work Jill enjoys spending time with her young daughter, walking, cooking and researching her family tree. She also is a Guinness World Record medal holder for being part of the world’s largest tap dancing class.
Rachel Cunningham BSc
An Economics graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Rachel trained with a large Private Equity Fund Administration firm in Belfast towards her ACCA qualification. Upon finishing her practical requirement experience towards ACCA she wanted to broaden her experience where she joined SJO in 2017 to continue completing her ACCA qualification.
Rachel is engaged in all aspects of general practice including accounts preparation, taxation, management reporting, payroll and providing clients with technical support on using Quickbooks Software.
In her spare time if she’s not in the gym you’ll find her chilling on the sofa gaming on her Playstation!
Senior Accounts Technician
Recently relocated to Northern Ireland from the New England Metropolitan Area of the United States, Ricardo has studied Financial and Managerial Accountancy in Norwalk Community College and Western Connecticut State University, receiving his degree in 2018.
Before arriving in the UK, Ricardo has continued to gain experience in bookkeeping, tax preparation, and financial reporting by working for a variety of businesses in different industries such as Energy sourcing, Cyber Security, Interior Design, Distilling, and Retail. This experience has enhanced his technical capabilities and proficiency with the following accounting packages: QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Xero, Sage 50, and VT.
Ricardo is an avid golfer and has recently joined Donaghadee Golf Club, where he has been able to enjoy playing competitively in interclub events against other clubs around Northern Ireland.
When Julie left school, she began working in a local coffee shop, climbing the ladder to manageress in a few short years. During this time, she also worked for the Carmichael Group. When an opportunity arose for a position within their accounts department her career really began.
Since then, Julie has worked with several employers within different industries over the years. A jack of all trades Julie has experience with Pegasus Opera, Sage, and VT software. Julie joined SJO in October 2020 and since then has been a valued member of the VAT and Payroll team.
Outside of work Julie loves to spend time with her young grandson, and also enjoys the occasional superhero movie.
Leanne Martin BA (Hons)
After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law and Business Studies, Leanne went into the Education sector working in the finance departments of Hunterhouse College and Victoria College, Belfast.
In 2020, Leanne wanted to further her career in Accountancy and decided to study to become an accounting technician. She is currently completing Level 5 and hopes to complete this in June 2022. Leanne has just recently joined SJO in June 2021 and is a member of our VAT team.
Outside of work, Leanne enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and two golden retrievers up the North Coast most weekends.
Payroll Administrator/Accounts Assistant
Jo-Anne Dunn is an Accounts Assistant within our team, responsible for the processing of client payrolls and bookkeeping duties. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of accounts and payroll processing and has previously applied her talents to several Accountancy Firms in Scotland and England, as well as a previous role at The University of Dundee. Also, a former Payroll Supervisor with MITIE Facilities Management, she brings a wealth of business experience to our Team.
Jo-Anne strives to ensure a helpful and approachable service to our clients, providing a friendly ear to those clients in need of direct assistance. She lives locally with her family and can often be spotted out and about with her beloved Patterdale Terrier, Tess.
Jackie Brown BA (Hons) MSc
Jackie graduated with a Postgraduate Business Degree from Strathclyde University and subsequently ran her own business for over 20 years. Preparing her own books over the years inspired her to pursue an Accounting Technician qualification and is currently working to finish Level 5 ATI.
Jackie works on all areas of bookkeeping requirements of client. Her own experience means that she loves the whole process of the business and relishes the successes while understanding the challenges of the client.
In her spare time, Jackie loves to cook, always on the lookout for new interesting ingredients. Meals are often planned to allow suitable leftovers for her gorgeous Dog & Cat.
Arianne Lundy BA (Hons) MA
Upon graduating in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Production from Ulster University, Arianne went on to complete a masters degree in Media Broadcasting at Queen’s University. During her degree Arianne studied Media Law, writing two dissertations.
Arianne joined SJO in the Summer of 2021 and began working in administration. When she’s not reading spreadsheets, Arianne enjoys reading and writing fiction. At home she is slowly making her way through her very long reading list.
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