Meet the Directors and Staff

Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the right level of professional support so that your private and business needs are met. 


Each partner is specialised in a particular sector. With our many years of experience of working in the area, we have real insight into your concerns as a local business.

As a friendly and helpful team, we know that much of our job lies in helping you to understand the tax maze so that we can work together on the simplest, most efficient way to take your business forward, year by year.

Mr Peter Smith BA FCA DChA

Managing director, chartered accountant

Professional career


Peter Smith qualified in 1988 and was admitted to the ICAEW in 1989.  He has worked for Chittenden Horley since 1991 and increasingly specialised in the audit of charities and other voluntary organisations.  He is Managing Director of Chittenden Horley Limited.


In 2008, he was awarded the ICAEW dipolma in Charity Accounting through the experience route.  Peter is the Chair of the Charity Practitioners Forum, and has been a lecturer and panellist at their annual training day.



  • Audit and independent examination
  • SoRP compliance and implementation
  • Management accounts
  • Charity advice and planning


Mr Geoffrey Horley BSc MBA FCA FCCA DChA

Director, Chartered Accountant


Professional career


Geoffrey Horley trained with a medium sized firm and in 1984 was awarded an MBA degree at Manchester Business School.


In 2000, Geoffrey completed an eighteen-month part-time diploma in Charity Management at City University Business School and obtained a distinction.  He has extensive experience of capital projects for arts organisations, and has worked for both the Arts Council and directly for organisations involved in capital schemes.


In 2008, he was awarded the ICAEW dipolma in Charity Accounting through the experience route.



  • Audit and Independent Examination
  • Business planning
  • Direct and indirect taxes (including VAT)
  • Capital projects

Mr John J Thewlis BA FFA


John Thewlis is our non-executive director and has a wide range of experience. Before joining Chittenden Horley in 1986, he was Director of Finance for North West Arts.  John continues to work for our sister company (CHCA Ltd t/a Chittenden Horley) looking after a range of clients involved in the creative industries.


John is available to offer support, advice and training when required.

Stacy Mason FCCA