CRW Accountants

The Mews, Queen Street
Colyton, Devon, EX24 6JU
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Meet the Team

Christopher R. Way BA, MSc, AIA, CPA, FTA(Tax) Dip.Bus
Principal Director

Chris Way

Chris commenced his professional accountancy practice in 1985.  He trained in a National firm of Chartered Accountants and has established his own practice based on the concept of individual service supported by advanced technology and trained staff, thus allowing a minimisation of costs to the overall benefit of all concerned.  Since 1985 he has liaised at high levels with the Inland Revenue, Customs & Excise, Bankers and other professionals.  As a professional accountant, in addition to operating his own commercial business, he has a wide experience of solving the numerous problems that are encountered time to time by individuals and businesses.

Chris holds a diploma in Business Studies, a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and is also a member of the Association of International Accountants, a UK Government recognised Qualifying Body of Statutory Auditors.  As part of his continuing professional development Chris studied three years for and, was awarded a Master’s degree in 2011 by the prestigious University of Northampton’s Business school.  Chris’s research thesis was centered on owner managed businesses, the effect of Government economic policy and, Government assistance to owner/managed businesses.

Chris owns an apartment within a 19th century building which is managed via a Property Management Company so that he is very familiar with the everyday practical aspects of letting properties, Statutory Accounts and Tax treatment of Property Management Companies.



Hayley M. Perham BA (Hons) FAIA, CPA, FMAAT, ATT (Tax)
Taxation Director

Hayley has been a Director of Taxation Services for CRW Accountants since 2002.  Having trained and qualified within CRW Accountants since 1994, Hayley has established a sound knowledge as a Professional Accountant in Practice and this, combined with her experience of dealing with Clients on a day to day individual and Business basis enables her to provide reliable and beneficial taxation and other professional services.

A fully qualified member of the Association of International Accountants, together with membership of the Associations of Accounting and Tax Technicians, Hayley is able to deal with all accounting and taxation obligations of the Professional Bodies of which she is a member.  In addition Hayley can draw upon the knowledge and disciplines gained from studying with the Open University for a first class honors degree in sociology and psychological studies.  
These factors combined with personal skills, which include being a married working mother with a young daughter and a Scentsy Consultant, provide a friendly and welcoming professional approach to assist all individuals and businesses.


Miss Zoë Parsons BA MA

Administrator / PA

Zoë joined the Firm in 2011 and has quickly taken full responsibility for all admin and associated duties.  Zoë has previously studied and gained an LLB Law & Accounting Degree with Honours and continued her studies to achieve a Masters in European Law.  Zoë currently lives in Colyton and her main interest outside the office is walking.  Zoë can be spotted regularly roaming the surrounding country side with her  two dogs. 


Beth Webb FCA
Beth is a Chartered Accountant. Beth has wide experience of business financial and taxation matters. Principally responsible for Limited Company's and LLP's. Beth is easy to talk to and provides a wise breadth of business knowledge.


Keeley Widger AAT QB

Keeley is responsible for Payroll, CIS, VAT and Client Quickbooks services. Keeley also assists Beth on Limited Company's and LLP's. 


Rachael Quinlan 
Rachael is currently part qualified with AAT and is supporting Hayley Perham our Tax Director, and also assists with Accounts preparation and compliance matters relating to Payroll and CIS.


Richard Grenville Cole

Richard Grenville Cole 2017

Richard Cole is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, having been admitted as an Associate in 1975 and gaining Fellowship in 1981.

Working for Glover Spencer in his early days Richard was soon admitted to Partnership and continued to work for the Firm for over 25 years.  The strong Client base which was developed over that period was subsequently sold to Robert Whowell & Partners in 1998, which Firm Richard joined as Associate Partner enabling him to further provide excellent service and expertise to his Clientele.

Subsequent to his move to Devon, Richard joined CRW Accountants Ltd, bringing with him a wealth of practical knowledge from over 40 years Professional Accounting experience gained in General Practice, focusing on Owner-Managed Businesses, to benefit the Firm’s Clients here.

Richard is married to Beverley and their son, Thomas, attends school in Axminster. 

Richard's interests include golf, cookery and music.



Meet the Consultants


Andy Richens (Consultant) ATII - Taxation and Wealth Development Consultant

CRW Accountants Ltd is probably unique in the South West having a technical tax consultant on hand.  Andy Richens is an excellent resource for the Firm in advising our Directors, Staff and Clients on Tax opportunities.

Having previously worked with HM Revenue and Customs, Andy headed national Tax-training programmes for two of the “big 4” firms of accountants, before joining Bishop Fleming in 2004.  He advises care homes, on Tourism & leisure, Property & Construction, Professional Practices etc and is well known on the lecture circuit - including lectures for Central Law Training.

Born in London, Andy remains an ardent fan of Chelsea having been a match-day presenter in the 80’s and 90’s.  He is also a Lotus motor cars enthusiast.

Rich Tax Services Ltd  Tel: 07484 328462


Dave Brown (Consultant) CTA, AIIT - VAT Consultant

Dave Brown is one of the UK’s most experienced VAT consultants, having dealt with VAT on a day-to-day basis for 38 years.  After 13 years working as a VAT officer, he left in 1987 to embark on a successful career in the accountancy profession, specialising in VAT.  Four years ago Dave went self-employed and despite the harsh economic climate, he has managed to set up a thriving VAT advisory business, covering every aspect of vat – from registering for VAT, to advising on complex property transactions.

Another specialism relates to the often complex rules relating to listed buildings, and in this respect he is the national VAT advisor to the Listed Property Owners Club, a support organisation based in Kent.  Although Dave is based in Devon, his client base is already nationwide and he is therefore well placed to answer any questions you might have on this topic.


Mark Ollier LL.B – Solicitor & Business Legal Advisor

Mark studied at Leeds University and trained at a highly regarded personal injury litigation firm in Birmingham before qualifying in 1984 and moving down to the West Country in 1986. He is the designated Compliance Officer for Legal Practice for Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors, Senior Partner designate, and in addition leads the Seaton Office of the firm and the Property Team.

Mark deals with all aspects of property work including residential conveyancing, commercial property conveyancing, leases – both for individuals and for commercial clients, and the buying and selling of other businesses including companies. He is an advisor to local charities and trustee of local organisations and has a special interest in residential leases and private lettings.  Having had a wealth of experience in practice and having run three of the firm’s offices over the years, he has a breadth of practical experience at his disposal.

Mark now lives in Exeter with his wife Jane and 2 children. Mark is well known in local amateur dramatic, musical and operatic circles both as performer and producer and more recently has taken part in productions linked to Exeter Cathedral.  He is a keen (but definitely part-time) golfer and as the recent purchaser of a campervan, enjoys practicing the art of doing nothing, in many varied and picturesque locations.

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Pieter Burger (Consultant) Chartered MCIS, DipPFS – Investment Advisor & Stockbroker

Pieter entered the financial services world on the 13th May 1998 by being late for his job interview with Pearl Assurance due to the birth of his first daughter during the night. He met his wife Tanya in Minehead in 1996 and their second daughter was born in 2000. During the 2 years at Pearl, Pieter started studying for his financial qualifications passing all 3 FPC exams whilst building his first house in Exeter.

At the end of 1999 Pieter was offered a job with Lloyds TSB as a financial consultant. He stayed there for 5 years working in Tiverton, Honiton, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary. During this time Pieter continued to study and improve his financial knowledge after one of his mentors told him "always stay at school". Continued changes and a reduction in the investments available to the clients caused Pieter to seek new pastures where he would be able to offer independent advice.

In October 2005 he was approached by Edward Jones Investments to open an Office in Honiton. The Edward Jones experience gave not only an opportunity to provide independent financial advice, but also allowed Pieter to study to become a stockbroker. Most importantly each office was considered the adviser’s own business without management or targets.

Late 2009 saw Edward Jones leave the UK and the entire business was sold to Towry. The direction that Towry was going to take the company did not fit in Pieter’s investment or client relationship beliefs and resulted in Pieter deciding to set up his own practice using the Raymond James Investment Services platform.

Pieter’s expertise leans heavily towards the investment side. He works with individuals and small businesses that would like investment advice and prefer a level of interaction. He is qualified to level 6 through the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and has recently been awarded Chartered Member Status [Chartered MCSI].

Additionally, he has also been studying through the Chartered Insurance Institute. Although he currently holds the DipPFS designation, Pieter has amassed 255 of the 290 points towards becoming an Advanced Financial Planner.

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