Meet the team

Sarah Hamilton FCA CTA


Sarah was educated at the Girls High School in Colchester before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with BDO in Norwich in 1987. After two years working with BDO in Hong Kong Sarah returned in 1989, married Edwin, and began working for her father, Richard Sexton, in the practice he established and which he was devoted to for over 40 years until his sad passing in 2006. Shortly before the birth of the first of three children in 1991 Sarah passed the Chartered Institute of Tax exams and was made a partner in 1994. Sarah has a real interest in tax, finance and governance issues especially in family and owner managed businesses where taking an intelligent strategic view sensitive to personal circumstances is so important.

You might meet Sarah’s dog at the office as she is an animal lover with more than a few ponies and other creatures to look after, whilst enjoying being part of the rural community involved in village life.

Ken Simpson ACA


Ken grew up in Yorkshire and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Spicer & Oppenheim in Leeds in 1989. He worked within two independent medium sized practices before moving to Suffolk in 1999 just after the birth of his twins – believing this to be a lovely part of the world for them to spend their childhood.

Ken joined Richard Sexton & Co. in June 1999 and became a partner in 2001 – specialising in limited company accounts and taxation but aiming to provide an all-round tax and accounting service to his clients covering personal, corporate and capital issues. He enjoys the personal contact with clients, and being useful in advising them in developing their businesses.

Outside work he has always followed numerous sports and has a keen interest in history and music – which he has attempted to impart to his children with varying degrees of success.

Sophie Warner CTA ATT

Senior Manager

Sophie joined the firm in 1993. Sophie passed her Chartered Institute of Taxation exams in 1999.

Sophie has practical experience in many aspects of accounts and taxation over a wide scope of business types and individuals.

Away from work she passes many hours watching various sports but especially cricket and football. Sophie likes to keep fit by attending the gym, playing badminton and squash and going for long walks.

Lisa Casey ACA ATT


Lisa joined the firm in 2007 and completed her AAT exams before passing her Association of Taxation Technicians exams in 2011. She has recently qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is continuing to gain experience in various aspects of accountancy and taxation with clients of varying sizes.

Now that Lisa no longer has her head buried in study manuals for the majority of her spare time, she has found that she quite likes socialising with friends, cooking, and listening to music.

Pauline Goldsmith ACCA


Pauline joined Richard Sexton & Co in June 2016. She qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2013 with Newsquest.  She is looking forward to gaining experience with our accountancy practice.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the zoo with her son, relaxing at yoga and reading.

James Forsyth

Trainee Accountant

James joined Richard Sexton & Co in 2014, he passed his Level 3 of AAT in 2017 and has now begun AAT Level 4 with a hope of passing this in June 2018. James prepares accounts for small businesses and provides support with bookkeeping, VAT and payroll.

Out of the office and away from studying James enjoys playing football, cricket and having the weekly round of golf in the summer. Very much a fair weather player! During winter James is dedicated to going to watch the famous Tottenham Hotspur most weekends.


Michael Burrows

Trainee Accountant

Michael joined Richard Sexton & Co in 2017 and is currently studying towards the ACA qualification, he started in July 2017. He studied Accounting and Finance and graduated Nottingham Trent University in 2016. Michael prepares accounts and completes bookkeeping and payroll services for small businesses.

In his spare time he likes to keep fit by competing in triathlons at an amateur level, his next fitness goal is to complete a half ironman.

Michelle Lagdon


Michelle joined Richard Sexton & Co in September 2015 as secretarial and admin support after a 7 year break from work to raise a family of three children and a dog.

Michelle moved to Essex from London in 2006 and spends most of her spare time entertaining her children and enjoying all aspects of family life. Michelle has a keen interest in long dog walks with her Springer Spaniel, music and classic films.