Together our team has over 55 Years of combined experience
Joanna Gibson is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and has been a practising accountant in the Eyemouth area since 1987. Joanna qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and, in training beforehand and practicing afterwards, has over 40 years of experience. Joanna previously worked for a large international firm, a large national firm and a small local firm, working for large, medium and small companies, partnerships, sole traders, trusts and personal clients.
Joanna has in depth knowledge in helping clients with accounts preparation, tax returns and computations, payroll, business plans and cash flow forecasts, budgeting and all the other aspects of running a busy accountant’s office. Her strengths include her empathy and understanding of her clients’ situations and her easy approachability. All her clients receive a quick response whenever required of her. Joanna spends a large amount of time keeping abreast of the constantly changing and evolving tax and company law.
Joanna also has an B.Sc. Honours degree in Botany and Zoology, with a special interest in ecology, a deep interest which she still follows avidly in her leisure time. She prefers to be outdoors in any weather at all times particularly walking, gardening or sailing.
Aileen Shields has many years of experience working as an Administrator and competently keeps records for clients, prepares VAT returns and operates our payroll bureau. She has qualifications in both computerised and manual book keeping.
Her strengths include the positive attitude and sense of humour which she brings to our office every day without fail and excellent organisational and advanced IT skills.
Aileen practised nursing in former times and has previously run her own business which allows her to understand the various issues found in all walks of working life.
In her spare time Aileen enjoys spending time with family and friends, dog walking and reading.
Laura Cooksey (née Phillips) has been with Gibson and Company since September 2011, qualifying as a Member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 2014 and a Fellow in 2019. Laura is presently working towards her Practising Certificate. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance.
Laura has over a decade of experience working in accountancy practice; having previously worked with large accountancy firms in London and Edinburgh and a small firm in Berwick upon Tweed. Laura also has experience working in industry, having spent a year in the accounts department of an international oil company in Aberdeen.
Laura is friendly and approachable, she is organised, takes pride in her work and has a keen attention to detail. She prepares accounts and tax returns for a wide variety of clients, assists with VAT and payroll, and oversees the management of the practice.
Laura also has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology; having taken a break from the world of finance a few years back, she studied in the USA in order to broaden her horizons and gain some ‘life experience’. In her spare time Laura likes working out, walking, reading, music, films and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Gyles Thomson has worked for the firm since January 2007. He has qualifications in computer bookkeeping and IT skills. He has many years of experience in record keeping, preparing accounts from incomplete and well-kept records, completing VAT returns and running the firm’s payroll bureau.
In his earlier years he also worked for an Auction Market learning accountancy skills on the “shop floor” while he trained to be an auctioneer.
He was a farmer in East Lothian for the majority of his working life giving him knowledge of farming.
In his spare time, he enjoys his involvement with the local church, walking and gardening.