The Simply Additions Team

Lorraine Ellison FCMA, MiP, MBA
Chartered Management Accountant

My background is in management accountancy, which is often described as business accountancy. I set up an accountancy business, Simply Additions Ltd, and started trading in 2006 following many years of working for North East businesses in the manufacturing and service industry. I love helping businesses to get started and develop into profitable, sustainable legacies.  Through the use of technology, QuickBooks Online and tax, I can help our customers to improve their business success.  From my humble beginnings of working from home, the business now employs 6 people and looks after nearly 200 customers.

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My previous experience working for larger companies means I can bring that expertise to smaller companies who do not employ their own accountant. With over 20 years experience in preparing Financial Statements and Corporation Tax returns we have the expertise to offer a wider range of accountancy services including historical accounts, up-to-date management accounts and future projections for profit and cashflow.

My current challenge is learning to play golf which forces me to do a bit of exercise and get some fresh air.

Alison Giblin, MAAT

Accounting Technician

Following my success of qualifying as an AAT Technician, I am now studying my ACCA accountancy exams.  In my 5 years since joining Simply Additions I have mastered Payroll, Auto-enrolment, sole trader tax returns, bookkeeping and now I am learning to prepare limited company accounts.

Outside of work I have two dogs to look after.

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Helen Adamson

Key Account Manager

Since joining Simply Additions I have enjoyed working with the team to look after our small business customers.

I love to travel which involves rail travel around the world (with the smallest backpack according to the rest of the team) and touring around the UK in Molly, the campervan.

When I’m not working or travelling, I’m usually looking after my two children, my two dogs, Sam and Angus, and my daughter’s horse, Polly. 

Lynn Baker

Financial Controller

My role includes looking after the finances for Simply Additions and providing remote and onsite bookkeeping services to our customers.  I was originally a Sage expert but the last few years have been mainly on QuickBooks Online.  I have enjoyed the challenge of working with new technology and I still get a buzz when the bank reconciles correctly.

2017 was an amazing year as we went to two QuickBooks conferences, one in San Jose, California and the other in London (during the big freeze!) and its great to be part of the QuickBooks journey with Simply Additions.

Des ‘the Bookie’

It all started in McDonalds after one of our Ceroc dancing events.  I’d been turned down for many jobs but this was the day I persuaded Lorraine to give me a chance.  She made me dress up smart and attend an interview.  It was in Wetherspoons with a curry and a pint, so it was a relaxed interview and I got the job.

I can honestly say that bookkeeping is nothing like any of my previous jobs (doorman, DJ, security supervision) but I’m lovin’ it!  I can even do a bank reconciliation.  Yes, it balances!

Katsyarina Woodward (aka Katerina)

AAT Apprentice

I joined Simply Additions in 2017 and I’m now studying towards my AAT exams.  My role includes learning payroll and bookkeeping on QuickBooks Online.

I’m originally from Belarus and speak fluent Russian as well as Italian.  In my spare time I teach both languages to students.  My 3 year old daughter is now learning to speak Russian too but we have to go to school to learn as she refuses to be taught by me!