Meet the Altus Team
Richard Ashmore BA, ACA
I’m Richard and I own and run Altus. I am a Chartered Accountant with 23 years post qualification experience. After qualifying I spent 16 years out in industry as a finance director, with experience across manufacturing, service and distribution sectors, before starting Altus back in 2005. I always aim to bring a positive approach, an independent mind and look to be your ‘critical friend’ in the development of your business. I have always tried to break away from the dry, dull grey image people get when they think of accountants.
You will find me friendly and approachable and what I really enjoy is helping people. I continue to gather ‘tools’, ideas and experience to help you with your business. I like to focus on the key business issues that will make a difference to your business. I am a Christian and that is the important foundation stone that my life and this business is built on.
Chartered Management AccountantI’m Carol, and I’m a chartered management accountant with 10 years of finance experience. Over this time, I have worked with a wide variety of business types ranging from sole traders to charities, start-ups to family businesses running over 90 years, all in different industries. I specialise in delivering financial information and working with businesses to improve their internal processes to become more efficient. I am positive and friendly and enjoy building relationships, I get stuck in and really like getting to know what makes a business tick. I am passionate about what I do and want to see businesses and their owners succeed. I have been blessed with two beautiful girls that keep me smiling everyday.
Bookkeeping and Payroll SupervisorHi. I’m Amy. Since joining the Altus family in 2013, I have progressed from Administrative Assistant to Bookkeeping and Payroll Administrator and now supervisor. After successfully completing my Business Administration NVQ in 2013, I set my sights on the world of bookkeeping and I am currently studying for my ICB Bookkeeping Level 4. Within my role, I help maintain your business records, VAT Returns and operate a fully RTI compliant payroll service. This is all done with a great eye for detail and accuracy, along with building first class responsive client relationships. Me? I am a bubbly, approachable person who loves socialising, helping people and learning from new experiences.
Payroll and bookkeeping apprenticeHi, I’m Chloe! I am one of the newest members here at Altus having joined in October 2016. I am currently studying my AAT Level 2 during my apprenticeship. I am responsible for the payroll services and helping with the bookkeeping. I am a friendly and approachable person who is keen to learn from new experiences. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and gaining experience with Altus. In my spare time I like to watch football, especially Aston Villa, and I love playing football for Lye Town Ladies FC.
Practice administratorHi, I’m Maria. I act as a first point of call to the organisation. I am also responsible for the day to day administrative duties, and keeping our company database up to date. I have many years of experience of working in administration, mainly within the public sector. I class myself as an outgoing, friendly and approachable person, who is keen to learn and grow within the team. Walking my very energetic cocker spaniel Alfie keeps me active away from work, as do my family and friends.