Our Team

Meet our expert team of accountants.

Barry Thompson

  • BSc(Econ) Hons, Queens University Belfast
  • FCA Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Member of Institute of Directors
  • Diploma Company Direction (IOD)

Barry started the Practice in 1986 and moved to the current premises in 1990. Married in 1985, to the long suffering Marian, they have 5 children over a period of 13 years, having both lived in the local area all their lives.

He is the oldest member of the team, (although Helen is quite close despite her protestations to the contrary!) and commenced as a sole practitioner from his house, with no team members back in 1986.

Barry enjoys all sports, mostly watching, as his physique displays, and spends most of his leisure time with the family.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816


Barry Millar

  • BTh (Theology) Hons, Queens University Belfast.
  • FPFS Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Chartered Financial Planner

Barry joined the firm in September 07 and is responsible for financial planning, which he says is a lot more interesting than accountancy. He is the younger, most talented and better looking of the Barry’s!

Barry is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, a Chartered Financial Planner and also a CFA Charterholder, one of only a handful of advisers in the UK to hold all three qualifications.

Barry is married with two children. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, golf (better player than Barry Thompson) and socialising.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816


Helen Hazley

Helen joined the team in April 2000. She is married to Brian and they enjoy outings together on their Harley Davidson motorbikes. She has a son and a beautiful granddaughter Olivia.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816


Judith Gowing

  • BND in Business Studies
  • HND in Business and Finance
  • Accounting Technician
  • Part qualified ACCA Accountant

Joined the firm in October 1993. Married to the long suffering Robin, most of their time is taken up on their two young girls, Jasmine and Emma. When she does get time to herself she enjoys nothing more than sitting down with a glass of wine and watching Strictly Come Dancing and the Great British Bake Off.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816


Merlene Woods

Started March 1987 and is the longest serving team member

Married to the very quiet Nigel with two daughters Judith (now married) and Sarah. Interests include working with the thriving 1st Northern Ireland Girls’ Brigade were she is the captain. Merlene especially enjoys spending weekends in the Mourne Mountains with the girls from the Brigade helping them achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816


Melissa Maginn

Melissa joined the team of Barry Thompson & Co in January 2007. She is the youngest (and quietest) member of the team.

Melissa enjoys socializing with family and friends and with her partner Neil. They enjoy holidaying abroad and she can’t wait for her 30th Birthday in LAS VEGAS!!

Telephone: 028 3833 8816


Lynsey Hunter

  • BSc (Hons) Accounting
  • IATI Accounting Technician

Lynsey joined the firm in September 2007 and has gained her IATI Accounting Technician qualification. She is married to Alastair and together they have one lovely little son Luke. Spare time is spent having quality family time together with the odd social gathering of course.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816