About us

Rupert Carthy


Rupert set-up our accountancy business back in 2001. Since then he has grown the business from one man working from home to the town centre offices and a team of over 10 staff.

He knows that many small businesses fail to make it to their first anniversary – let alone their tenth or beyond – because they aren’t able to recognise the need for planning and change. The thing he enjoys most is using his experience to advise clients how to achieve the “earn more, save more, stress less” goal.

In addition to working with clients Rupert’s role as Director keeps him busy supervising internal operations and managing the whole team to ensure the smooth running of the practice, and making sure that we keep the needs of the client at the heart of everything we do.

An avid football fan, he is a frequent visitor to The Hawthorns – home of West Bromwich Albion. For Rupert’s 60th birthday the team made him a permanent fixture with his own brick on the Baggie’s brick road heading into the stadium.

Michael Carthy


Michael joined the family business in March 2014, and has been vital in growing and developing the practice – including masterminding our recent office move and expansion.

After over a decade of being behind the scenes at a successful Arts centre he decided to apply his management skills to a new field, and soon became the “face” of the company. Using the same creative strategies used to coach our clients he has driven Carthy Accountants growth to the highest percentage seen in our 15 year history.

Michael is passionate about our client’s success, and offers advice sessions on getting started in networking, strategy planning and how to effectively market your business – usually over a glass of wine or gin and tonic in the office.

Despite all of this his most prized achievement to-date has to be securing the future of Carthy Accountants for generations to come, when he and wife Katie celebrated the arrival of Carthy Jnr in August 2016. They look forward to sharing their love of food, travel and entertainment with him.

Lisa Purshouse – BA(Hons), ACCA

Accounts Manager and Chartered Accountant

Lisa has worked in accountancy for over a decade, first in industry and then later in a practice firm. She has a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance and has recently qualified as a Certified Chartered Accountant. An expert at handling our larger, multifaceted accounts she also supervises our junior accounts team to ensure that all internal processes are as effective as possible to ensure an efficient service for all our clients. Lisa is a keen athlete and loves to train and compete as a member of her netball and badminton team, cheered on by her little boy.

Laura Sant – PhD, ACA

Tax Manager and Chartered Accountant

Having previously worked in the heart of Birmingham’s Business District Laura joined Carthy Accountants in 2016, and is daughter of Rupert and sister to Michael. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2016, having previously gained her PhD in Chemistry before deciding to follow in her father’s footsteps. A specialist in global mobility tax and the complex implications of having international operations, she consults and advises on complicated tax affairs. A keen dancer Laura enjoys spending time with husband Phil, and is busy at home preparing for the arrival of her first baby girl in early 2017.

Ray Summers – BA(Hons), CPFA

Personal Accounts Manager and Chartered Accountant

Ray has spent over 30 years working numbers, and previously held a senior position helping to control the finances and resources of Staffordshire Police. As such Ray qualified with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy – the leading board for public service finance – and has a BA(Hons) in Business Administration. Ray’s unique experience makes him perfectly matched to oversee the personal tax and accounts preparation for our small to medium business clients. When not in the office Ray can often be found doing DIY at his holiday home in Machynlleth Mid Wales, playing golf or spending time with his family and 2 grandchildren.

Tessa Foy

Training and VAT Manager

Tessa came to accounting after 12 years in a customer service role, when she decided a change was in order and started studying to obtain her AAT qualification. She knows the ins-and-outs of VAT and CIS and, having recently qualified as a certified advisor, she’s our go-to girl for all things Xero – training clients and staff on how best to use the software. When she’s at home Tessa likes spending time with her son, and loves keeping fit by hitting the gym, going on bike rides and open-water swimming.

Jane Feist

Payroll and Credit Control Administrator

Having previously worked in administration and payroll at a nearby RAF base, Jane now runs the payroll services for all Carthy clients as well as managing and advising on auto-enrolment. She has been with Carthy Accountants for over 8 years, and is a familiar and well-loved face to everyone visiting the office. Now that her three children are getting older Jane loves to spend her time reading and planning her next travelling adventure, having visited the Algarve and Finland recently.

Catherine Gosling
Marketing and Administration Manager

Catherine joined Carthy Accountants in 2015 from a Regional development role at a national disability charity. A self-confessed lover of lists Catherine can often be found welcoming new clients and ticking off the steps to get them through the onboarding process, as well as planning content for the Carthy blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts. In her spare time she runs her own small business as ‘At Home Consultant’ for a well-known high-street beauty brand, and writes as a guest critic and blogger for a regional theatre website.

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