Meet the Team

Geoff Beak, Owner

If I were a client, I’d expect to hear the straight answer, so I don’t equivocate. And I try to treat people as I’d want to be treated. If that’s old school, with no pipe music, I’m comfortable with that!

Ben Houston, Accounts, Start-ups and Audit Manager

Seeing a business start from scratch and helping them grow is what gets me out of bed in the morning!

David Fisher, Tax Planning Advisor

I’m known in the office as a stickler for the detail. I like following through a job from beginning to end. Unfinished business irritates me!

Sue Northcott, Bookkeeping, PAYE & VAT

Someone will come in with a boxful of paperwork under their arm. It’s my job to make sense of it all and get things all in order.

Geoff Beak, Owner

Geoff qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975, cutting his teeth in the Square Mile. In 1977 he moved to Plymouth and never looked back. He’s built a reputation in the region for his no-nonsense, honest, old school approach. Particularly useful when dealing with HMRC, who hate talking to him, because they know they can’t bypass his clear, knowledgeable arguments on behalf of his clients. He will do everything legally possible on behalf of his clients, representing them against scrutiny. His driving force in tax negotiations with HMRC is very simple – he doesn’t like unfairness. Geoff has worked through three major recessions during his career, and has helped his clients survive then flourish, no matter the state of the economy. Because he’s hands-on, in the majority of cases, Geoff will be your first point of contact.


  • Qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) in 1975
  • With over 40 years experience, he’s seen almost everything!
  • Specialist in business/entrepreneurship and no nonsense advice
  • Expert tax planner
  • HMRC hate talking with him, for good reason
  • Likes Classic Cars (owns two)
  • Treasurer for Gables Farm Cats and Dogs Home

Ben Houston, Accounts, Start-ups & Audit Manager

Ben is Harold Duckworth & Co’s technology and start-up specialist. A qualified Chartered Certified Accountant, with extensive industry experience under his belt, he has been instrumental in using the latest accounting software and automated systems to free up client time and analyse businesses’ current situations and future goals. He has a particular expertise, and passion for, working with start-ups.


  • Qualified 2011 Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA)
  • Passion for helping businesses grow, start-ups, solving client problems, and analysing management accounts
  • Our cloud accounting and general accounting software go-to person
  • Experience in the industry since 2001
  • Likes hacking around a golf course, motor racing, attempting to learn languages

David Fisher
Tax Planning Advisor

David is our specialist tax planning advisor, managing all tax returns, submissions and, liaising with Geoff, agreeing liabilities. He has particular expertise in dealing with rental income and UK liabilities for overseas clients.


  • Tax Manager started in 1971 with HMRC, moved to the bright side in 1974
  • Specialist tax planning advisor
  • Keen Plymouth Argyle Supporter and treasurer for their supporters group.
  • When not at work, normally found with a pint of real ale at a festival
  • Qualified by experience, having been in the industry since 1971

Sue Northcott, Bookkeeping, PAYE & VAT

Sue’s been with us since 1993 and she’s still going strong. As our resident expert on all things enrolment, pensions, VAT compliance and PAYE, she keeps in regular contact with our clients to make sure everything’s on track.


  • Auto-enrolment compliance
  • VAT specialist
  • Our resident bookkeeper
  • Sue will make sense of your paperwork

Please call us on 01752 665134 to discuss your particular requirements.

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