Leadership Team


Paul Knights FCA

Paul is Chairman of Knights Lowe. He established the practice in 1987, having trained and qualified with one of the largest international firms of accountants. After gaining experience in the accounts and audit departments and managing a branch office, Paul recognised that there was a need for an independent practice to provide a high quality, personal service. His clients consist of medium sized groups and large family owned businesses. He advises on business sales and acquisitions including valuations and long term tax planning.

Areas of specialism: Manufacturing companies, building and construction industry, private schools, the motor industry and tax planning for high net worth individuals.

Paul finds time to enjoy walking and cycling and his interest in sailing has involved skippering his boat to France, Holland & Belgium, sailing around Britain and cruising extensively in the Baltic.

Paul Knights is an executive director of Knights Lowe Ltd.

E-mail: paul@knightslowe.co.uk

James Knights ACA

James joined Knights Lowe in September 2005 having graduated from Southampton University in that summer. James qualified as a Chartered Accountant in August 2008. He is a Director and his particular areas of responsibility include student training, recruitment and Bury Business Support. His client portfolio consists of large limited companies and groups.

Areas of specialism: Building and construction industry, farming, motor trade, private schools, charity audits, solicitors’ accounts and internationally owned subsidiaries.

In his spare time, James enjoys the outdoors and regularly walks, camps and all types of angling but particularly carp fishing. He also enjoys socialising with friends but his new priority is spending time at home with his new baby.

James Knights is an executive director of Knights Lowe Ltd.

E-mail: james@knightslowe.co.uk

Neil Sandry

Neil is a Client Services Director and joined the firm in 1988 after training with the same firm as Paul. Neil specialises in dealing with sole traders, partnerships and the smaller limited companies. He has particular expertise in new businesses and looking after clients' taxation matters.

Neil has a huge amount of experience as a 'general practitioner accountant and tax adviser' and, if you have a trade sector, there is a good chance that he has clients in that field.

Away from the office, Neil has a passion for raising money for good causes; particularly Breast Cancer Now and various local charities. Recent fundraising events have included Karting events, Pop Quizzes, Golf Days etc. He is a keen runner and runs regular half marathons which have raised many thousands of pounds for charities.

Neil wants to travel the world and go to unusual places. In recent years he has visited places as diverse as Vietnam, Namibia, Madagascar, Brazil, Moldova and Russia. The last three of these destinations are courtesy of being a follower of the England football team.

Neil is a season ticket holder at Ipswich Town FC and is confident that fortunes are about to improve!

E-mail: neil@knightslowe.co.uk

Richard Alliban FCA

Richard has been a practising accountant for over 50 years.

He gives owner manager businesses comprehensive advice about their strategy which may be to build up for the next generation or a company sale after a period. He also assists with raising funds for businesses.

He is also the Client Development Director.

E-mail: richard.alliban@knightslowe.co.uk

Michael Nicholls FCCA, ACA

Michael, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and qualified in 2000. Michael previously worked in two local accountancy firms before joining Stacey & Partners in 2001, and becoming a partner in 2006. Michael was appointed a Client Services Director of Knights Lowe following the merger of the two practices in 2014. He predominately operates from the firm's office in Thetford, where he deals with a broad client portfolio of owner managed businesses that includes industries such as manufacturing, building and farming.

Away from the office, Michael’s time is taken up managing a local youth football team and supporting his son’s other sporting activities, and occasionally fits in a game of cricket or golf.

Specialisms- Manufacturing, Farming, Owner Managed Businesses.

E-mail: michael.nicholls@knightslowe.co.uk

Kirk Vaughan FCCA CTA

Having joined Knights Lowe in 2002, Kirk qualified as a Certified Chartered Accountant before deciding he would like to specialise in tax. He then went on to qualify as a Chartered Tax Advisor and now runs the tax department where he deals with a number of specialist tax assignments within the firm.

As well as heading up the tax department, Kirk looks after a portfolio of general practice clients which mainly consists of small and medium sized businesses. He also joined the Leadership Team in December 2017 when he was promoted to Client Services Director.

Areas of specialism: All areas of tax including business and personal taxation, IHT and estate planning, building and construction and advising owner managed businesses.

Outside of work, Kirk enjoys all forms of sport, in particular football, golf and cricket. Whilst he decided it was time to hang up his boots on his playing career a number of years ago, he has now taken up running to keep fit. He also enjoys spending time with his family and socialising with friends.

Email: kirk@knightslowe.co.uk

Ian Stammers (Client Services Director)

Ian is responsible for family owned businesses, dealing with sole traders, partnerships and some limited companies as well as dealing with clients in the manufacturing industry, construction industry, service industries and personal service companies (IR35). He also specialises in personal tax cases and personal tax returns under self assessment.

In his spare time Ian likes to watch most sports and play squash. He also enjoys home DIY and spending time with friends and family.

E-mail: ian@knightslowe.co.uk