PKF Francis Clark

Lewis Partner

business services

“There is always something new going on, challenges to face and surprises around the corner. No two days are the same.”

  • What attracted you to PKF Francis Clark?

    I joined the firm in 1997 as a newly qualified Audit Senior. I was attracted to the firm by its presence in the market, the breadth of service it offered to clients, its ambition to grow and the consequential career opportunities available.

  • Tell us about your role and what you get involved in

    I am a Partner in the Family Business team. With help from the team, I support a broad range of business clients, the owners of those businesses and their families. I tend to provide the strategic advice these business owners and their families need, acting as their ‘trusted advisor’. I also keep an eye on the compliance work in the team to ensure it is completed at the high quality we and clients expect, and have overall management responsibility for a team of about 30.

  • What do you like most about working here?

    I enjoy working with the team, supporting them when they need it, and enabling their development. My client work is varied and there is always something new going on, challenges to face and surprises around the corner.  No two days are the same.

  • Tell us about the culture

    I work in the Exeter office, which is a large office, and always busy.  I am very aware that when new starters join us it can be a daunting place (no matter whether they are school leavers or experienced accountants).  However, the culture of the firm is friendly and inclusive, so people quickly settle in and feel part of the team.

    We are a ‘people’ business, and key to that is supporting our staff, enabling them to develop knowledge and skills, so that they can help and advise clients effectively.  The business is a partnership, and we understand the need to work together, so that individuals’ skills and knowledge can be used to solve problems in a complementary way.

  • How are you supported in your role?

    All team members have a role to play in enabling me to provide the service clients expect, from the newest trainee to the senior managers in the team.  The managers, in particular, enable me to spend time with clients, but they would not be able to do that without good quality help and support from the entire team. I am very appreciative of the support I have!

  • What makes someone successful here?

    Skills that drive success in the firm vary by role, and the reality is that no one individual has the perfect blend of skills. We work hard to support everyone in developing their strengths, but also to help them manage their development needs. I would say that core skills are – communication skills, a willingness to learn, adaptability and resilience (nothing goes right all the time!).

A bit more about me

  • What’s your favourite album and why?

    It varies over time depending on my mood, but I’ve just rebought ‘The Joshua Tree’ (U2), which is a bit of a nostalgia trip. Other than that, anything that Damon Albarn is involved with. My choice probably reflects my age!

  • How do you spend your free time?

    I sail when I can, both for leisure and competitively (although not very competitively).  I prefer to be outside, particularly in nice weather, but I’ll enjoy a good storm if one comes along.