We are husband and wife team, Ben and Nicky Gander. In 2011, we took the successful step into setting up on our own and Gander Tax Services Limited was born. Our offices are based in Petersfield on Station Road, just a short walk from the train station or Petersfield’s main car park. We now have a brilliant team supporting the work we do and ensuring that we can still offer the same level of personal service as we grow.
Whilst we have the experience and knowledge of a big practice, our fees are considerably less. Consequently, we offer the same services as much larger firms, but at much lower rates, without the bureaucracy, and you will always be dealing with the same people!
Ben Gander, Tax Consultant and Director
LLB (Hons) Law, PGDip, ATT, CTA
Ben is a Chartered Tax Adviser, with a legal background and over 16 years of tax consultancy experience. Previously, Ben worked for six years in London for Ernst & Young and a smaller firm specialising in owner managed businesses. He also worked for Grant Thornton for a number of years covering most areas of tax consultancy. Ben provides the tax advisory and planning services offered by Gander Tax Services. His key skills are in problem solving, being personable and having technical know-how.
Out of work Ben is a member of a local amateur dramatics group where he enjoys treading the boards with both daughters or directing plays that he has written himself. He also spends a lot of time drawing and listening to all genres of music.
Nicky Gander, Chartered Tax Adviser and Director
LLB (Hons) Taxation & Law, CTA
Nicky worked for Ernst & Young for three years in London and Luton after achieving a first class degree in Taxation & Law. After having their first child, she worked for five years in PR & Marketing before re-joining the tax world in the family business and passing her Chartered Tax Adviser exams. Nicky heads up tax compliance in Gander Tax Services, as well as dealing with PR & Marketing, Finance and the day-to-day running of the business. Nicky is very personable, thorough, organised and good at “getting things done”.
Nicky enjoys cooking and holding dinner parties which fits around taking the children to their various activities! She is also Treasurer of the PTA of the youngest member of the Gander family’s school and sings in a band.
Nicky Heather, Chartered Tax Adviser
CTA, ATT, BA (Hons)
Nicky is a Chartered Tax Adviser and joined the firm in February 2018 from Martin & Co in Winchester. Nicky has been working in tax for over 20 years having started at Grant Thornton here in Petersfield. Since then she has worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Grant Thornton again (in Slough) but preferred working for smaller firms where she has had the opportunity to work on a variety of clients including farmers, actors and high net worth individuals dealing with both compliance and tax planning issues.
After work Nicky can be found driving her children around and cheering them on at various sporting activities. She also enjoys walking the dog, reading and socialising with friends.
Kerrie Knowles, Tax Adviser
Kerrie is a qualified tax adviser experienced in supporting individuals and businesses alike in managing their tax affairs, from the smooth running of routine tax compliance, to advising on available tax reliefs and identifying tax planning opportunities. Having started her career with National Westminster Bank Plc’s London Tax Branch she quickly appreciated that having the focus on the needs of the client is central to any service offered. Kerrie joined Gander Tax Services in 2016 after working for Wise & Co for the last eight years.
Away from work Kerrie likes to spend time at home, often with her head in a good book, and out walking with her husband and the family dog.
Paul Duce, Chartered Tax Adviser
Paul is the newest member of the team as he joined us in June 2018 following a short career break away from tax. Prior to that Paul worked in tax for 15 years at various accountancy firms including Deloitte in Southampton, where he passed his ATT and CTA exams, and more recently for PKF Francis Clark in Salisbury. Paul has experience in personal, corporate and employment taxes and is always keen to ensure that clients receive a fantastic service with a “can do” attitude.
Away from work, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, as well as playing and watching football (although he is a Southampton fan!) and also (occasionally) tennis.
Debbie Watts, Office Administrator
Debbie is our office administrator. She has worked in an office environment since leaving school, in particular working for Grant Thornton for six years. Debbie is our saviour, dealing with the day to day administration of the office!
Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her family, taking their dog for lovely walks in the countryside and enjoying time with friends.
Flo, Office Mascot
Flo the pug, adds nothing to the service provided but makes sure we all feel wanted every day!