Our Team

Meet our expert team of accountants.

Barry Thompson

  • BSc(Econ) Hons, Queens University Belfast
  • FCA Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Diploma Company Direction (IOD)
  • Diploma in Forensic Accounting

Barry started the Practice in 1986 and moved to the current premises in 1990. Married in 1985, to Marian, they have 5 children over a period of 13 years, having both lived in the local area all their lives. Grandchildren now starting to arrive with the first being Erin, the apple of his eye.

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@barrythompson.co.uk

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

bmillar@barrythompson.co.uk

Helen Hazley

Helen joined the team in April 2000. She is married to Brian and enjoys spending time with their son and beautiful granddaughter Olivia. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting and reading.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816

hhazley@barrythompson.co.uk

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

jgowing@barrythompson.co.uk

Merlene Woods

Started March 1987 and is the longest serving team member.

Married to the very quiet Nigel with two daughters Judith and Sarah and new grandson Harry. Interests include working with the thriving 1st Northern Ireland Girls’ Brigade where 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 when she is not spending her weekends in her caravan in Kilkeel.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816

mwoods@barrythompson.co.uk

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 two sons Luke & Toby. Spare time is spent having quality family time together with the odd social gathering of course.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816

lhunter@barrythompson.co.uk

Andrea Tiffney

Andrea recently rejoined the team in August 2018 after a break of 17 years, reuniting Barry’s “Dream Team”(Helen & herself).

She is married to Robert and has 4 children – Kathryn, Michael, Eoin & Ciaran.

In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and family, walking and reading.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816

atiffney@barrythompson.co.uk

Jayne Boyd

  • BSc Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research, Queens University Belfast
  • Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants

Jayne qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2016 and joined the team in May 2018.

Jayne is getting married in September 2018 in Paphos, Cyprus and can’t wait to start married life with her partner of 14 years! It was a well overdue engagement!

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, socializing with friends and most importantly taking her wee dog Pat out for walkies.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816

jboyd@barrythompson.co.uk

Marian Rafferty

  • BSc (Hons) Business Finance and Investment, Coleraine University

In March 2018 the team were delighted to welcome Marian on board. Being the fresh new lease of life the office needed she quickly earned the title of Barry’s favourite. This is the beginning of Marian’s accountancy journey as she has been travelling through Asia and Australia for the past few years.

As much as the thought of getting stuck into her chartered exams excites her, she has also set herself a target of visiting 30 countries before turning 30. As time is ticking on luckily she only has another 7 to do.

In her spare time she enjoys the (very) odd gym session, catching up with her friends and lives by the life motto of ‘Treatyoself’.

Telephone: 028 3833 8816

mrafferty@barrythompson.co.uk