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Meet The Team

Sinden Thackeray Partnership is a well-established client-friendly firm of Accountants based in Rochester in Kent.
Between us we have many years of experience in advising small and medium sized local businesses both on day to day business tasks and on future development plans and helping them to comply with the numerous tax, VAT, payroll, accountancy and bookkeeping obligations imposed upon them by Government.

We prepare self-assessment Tax Returns for individuals and partnerships, undertake self-assessment tax calculations and estimate appropriate payments on account. Our clients range from pensioners where income just exceeds the available allowances to directors and partners with substantial earned and unearned income.

For businesses, including partnerships, sole traders and limited companies, we prepare management and year end accounts, VAT Returns and payroll. We offer assistance with bookkeeping and advice on business management and development, cashflow and debt collection.

We aim to offer a fairly priced high quality service to all our clients. In-house, we use Capium software, which is an integrated package that maximises the efficient use of data and hence minimises costs to the client. For clients we can work with most accounting packages but specialise in the use of Capium bookkeeping and KashFlow software, on which we can also supply training on both accounts and payroll. We are happy to visit your premises or your home, or to see you at our offices.

Chris Kember FMAAT AATQB

Senior Partner

Chris Kember FMAAT AATQB joined the firm in November 2007 and became a partner in the practice on 1 April 2012, progressing to senior partner on 1 April 2015.

After the retirement of Vivien Thackeray in March 2018, Chris then took on the practice himself as a sole trader until April 2021 when Kristy Lee became a partner within the firm.

Chris became a Fellow of the AAT in August 2015 and then AATQB in 2020.

Chris has been working in accountancy since 1991 and has extensive computer expertise, some of which he gained working in the computer industry in a break from his accounting career, and which he applies for the benefit of his clients. With a passion for technology, and a real interest in its application to the accounting world and its scope for enhancing the service he can offer to clients, Chris has moved the firm forward, taking advantage of the latest in cloud based technology and seeking to be at the forefront of digital development in his industry.



Kristy started with us in April 2018, became the practice manager in November 2019 and then became a partner in April 2021.

Kristy qualified in 2007 and became a fellow member of the AAT in 2016 and in 2020 qualified as AATQB.

Kristy has gained a wealth of experience over the years and was working for a top 20 firm of accountants before joining the firm.  Kristy deals with all clients, large and small and has a good rapport with her clients. 

Rachel Bristow

Client Manager

Rachel joined in June 2018 as our client manager.

Having been in practice for many years, Rachel has dealt with all manner of clients from small sole traders to having audited large companies in London.

Rachel looks after some of our more complex clients and has a good attention to detail through her auditing experience.

Lesley Skinner

Accounts Assistant

Lesley joined us in October 2021 and assists us with preparation of VAT Returns and bookkeeping.  Lesley has a whole range of experience from her years in practice whilst living in South Africa.

Christine O’Neill

Payroll administrator

Christine O’Neill is our Payroll Administrator and has run our payroll bureau service since November 2007.

Christine has extensive payroll experience and keeps a close eye on legislative changes and changes in HMRC practice.  As well as preparing payrolls for many of our business clients, Christine advises those who deal with their own payrolls when problems or queries arise.

Christine is also responsible for preparing and submitting statutory returns to Companies House for our limited company clients and looks after the firm’s credit control and Health and Safety requirements.

Wendy Miller

Admin Assistant

Wendy joined us in August 2021 to assist with the daily running of the office. Wendy is the friendly first point of contact. She makes a good cup of tea and spoils visitors with biscuits and always has time to have a chat!

As well as helping with keeping the office in a regimental order, Wendy also assists with bookkeeping and VAT returns.

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