Partners 2017-12-05T15:53:50+00:00

Chris Checkley FCCA


Chris joined Russell New in 1998 and quickly made his mark within the firm’s audit department, where colleagues and partners came to rely on his imaginative and efficient attention to any task asked of him.

Chris has undertaken a wide range of demanding assignments over the years including assisting clients with stock market listings (AIM, PLUS & Frankfurt) and corporate restructuring. He has a practical approach to each individual project and brings a high degree of commerciality to the table during these transactions.

He holds an ACCA practicing certificate and audit qualification in addition to having the Association’s certificate in business valuations and being a registered ATOL reporting accountant.

In common with all the partners at Russell New, Chris is keen on efficient business and financial management, keeping tax bills and the cost of financial compliance to an absolute minimum. It is to Chris that we all look for a practical solution to a problem.

Vince McLoughlin CTA


Vince joined Russell New in 1995, becoming a partner in 2001. He advises on all aspects of business and corporate tax planning from start up to sale, as well as remuneration planning, share schemes, company restructuring and VAT planning for businesses and charities.

Tax planning is not just about clever marketed schemes which have hit the headlines in recent years and Vince is keen to ensure that Russell New clients are able to reduce the tax cost of any transaction they undertake.

Vince aims to deliver sound advice and guidance in a calm and measured fashion to ensure clients are confident with the actions they are taking.

Sylvia Spencer


Sylvia has been with the firm since 1980, initially working in and then managing the Tax and Company Secretarial departments. She has now been a partner for many years.

A trusted business adviser and confidante to many, Sylvia’s extensive experience of general commercial strategy, employment and payroll matters, combined with a natural tendency toward pragmatism, can be useful in life’s more challenging moments.

Sylvia believes every deal is a big deal to a client, from decisions to change bankers, right through to buying or selling large businesses. She dislikes jargon and complex technical language and tries hard not to inflict it unnecessarily!

Mark Cummins FCCA


A determination to raise the profile of Russell New’s activity in the charity and education sector was the driving force behind Mark Cummins’ decision to join us in 2003. As the firm’s Charity and Education Partner, Mark has continued to develop our already thriving presence in this sector. He particularly enjoys the passion and enthusiasm of the people who work in the sector.

Mark is a well known writer and speaker on matters of financial governance. He feels that the team work ethos of Russell New enables our firm to offer a broad range of services to charity clients with the benefit of the commercial edge which is often forgotten by many other advisers.

His approach is based on understanding our clients and their particular needs which enables us to work with them in achieving their strategic goals.

Aside from heading up our team working in the sector, Mark provides charity training and general governance reviews for many of our charity and education clients.

Mark is a keen marathon runner and over the years has raised in excess of £10,000 for charities.

Ben Bingham ACCA

Associate Partner

Ben joined Russell New in 2011 bringing with him with 14 years of audit and accountancy experience in the commercial and not for profit sectors.

As well as working with clients on audit, accounting and business strategy, Ben oversees our commercial audit teams, ensuring that Russell New’s high standards are maintained and delivered to our clients.

Keeping up with technology and its integration into the ever-changing world of accountancy is also important to Ben. He is keen to encourage the use of software systems which are easy to understand and accessible on the move.

Charlie Owen ACA CTA

Associate Partner

Charlie advises clients in the SME sector on all aspects of tax planning and compliance in relation to their business interests as well as their personal affairs.

With the fast pace of change to tax legislation in recent years, Charlie is keen that clients are kept up to date in those areas which affect them while also taking advantage of any opportunities that might result.

Key to Charlie’s approach is the aim of ensuring clients minimise their tax exposure where possible, while not losing sight of their wider commercial objectives.

Jonathan Aikens ACA ACCA

Associate Partner

Jonathan joined Russell New in 2012 with a passion for the not for profit sector leading him to specialise in charity finance.

Jonathan has a sound understanding of sector needs as a result of his broad ranging experience. He has worked closely with a wide array of charities, from start-ups to well established organisations turning over in excess of £45m. 

Having previously worked for one of the big banks Jonathan has a strong commercial background. This commercial edge is highly beneficial in a sector where charities are required to operate as viable businesses to secure their financial future particularly in times of economic uncertainty when competition for funding is fierce.

Whether you require audit/independent examination and accountancy services, governance advice, trustee training, recommendations on how to improve systems and controls or advice on any other charity matter, Jonathan will be able to help.

Associate Partners of the firm are not directors of Russell New Limited, and are not subject to the obligations and responsibilities of directors set out in the Companies Act 2006