Meet the team

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Nick O’Brien FCA - Director

Nick O’Brien FCA

Nick trained and qualified in Manchester with a top-ten accountancy firm before moving to Macclesfield in the late 1970s. In 1981 he and Geoffrey Kime set up Kime O’Brien and over the last forty years the practice has flourished. It now acts for a large and diverse portfolio of clients.

Nick has vast experience in every aspect of professional practice. In particular, he enjoys problem solving, whether that be on a complex accounting or taxation issue, or advising clients on setting up, expanding, restructuring, buying or selling a business. He enjoys developing a close working relationship with all his clients and helping them to prosper, and he ensures that every one, large or small, receives the best service possible.

Away from the office, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, busying himself with DIY projects and creative writing. He is close to completing his second novel and dreams that one day, his efforts might appear on the shelves at Waterstones!

Darren Cliffe FCCA - Director

Darren Cliffe FCCA

Darren is a senior statutory auditor and advisor to businesses large and small, dealing with financial reporting, compliance issues and corporate and personal tax matters. Qualifying as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts in 1998, he became a Fellow in 2003.

His calm approach and understanding, along with his knowledge from over 30 years’ experience, make him a good ally to have in your corner.

Whether you are a start-up, looking to expand, re-organise, choose accounting software or just need help with your day-to-day compliance and filing of tax returns, he will be able to offer practical solutions.

Away from the office he spends time with his wife and son. He enjoys music, both listening and playing and is constantly striving to become a more proficient guitar player.

Nikki Counsell FCA - Director

Nikki Counsell ACA

Nikki joined Kime O'Brien in 2002 and advises a diverse portfolio of clients, dealing with financial reporting, compliance issues (including audit) and corporate and personal tax matters. Nikki qualified and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2008.

Nikki has a diverse skillset developed through the experience of working with clients of different sizes in a variety of sectors. She has a passion for excellent client service and will assist in every way possible to find solutions to any business problems you have, and to help tailor your accounting solutions in a cost-effective approach individual to you.

Whether you are a start-up or established business trading under any structure or an individual in need of help Nikki can assist.

Outside the office Nikki spends time with her family and enjoys running, cycling and working on art projects with her daughter.

Geoffrey Kime FCA - Director

Geoffrey Kime FCA


A founding partner of Kime O’Brien, Geoffrey qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 whilst working in Manchester, then moving to Macclesfield in 1978 before establishing Kime O’Brien with Nick O’Brien in 1981, later moving into bespoke offices.

Geoffrey says that one of the most rewarding aspects of the last 40 years spent working with clients has been to watch the growth of the clients, from “light bulb moments” to becoming, in some cases , multi-million pound businesses . To be a part of that has been truly exciting but could not have been done without the first-class team in the office.

Gwen Pyne FMAAT

Gwen Pyne FMAAT

Gwen is a Fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and has passed Association of Taxation Technicians exams in personal tax, business tax and practice administration and ethics.

Gwen joined the practice in 1999 and looks after the personal tax affairs of our clients.

In addition to Self Assessment Tax Returns, Gwen also deals with clients' PAYE, benefit-in-kind and pension automatic enrolment compliance, accounts, bookkeeping and payroll.

Judy Field-Abrahamse MAAT

Judy Field-Abrahamse AAT

After joining us in 2005, Judy qualified and became a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians in 2008.

Looking after a wide variety of clients, Judy is responsible for Payroll, Pay As You Earn and Auto Enrolment, Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) as well as bookkeeping and VAT compliance.

With a friendly and approachable demeanour, Judy provides outstanding customer service, paying attention to detail with bespoke solutions tailored to the needs of each individual client. Judy has a wide range of experience of cloud-based accounting systems as well as traditional software applications.

Away from the office Judy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, baking, playing the organ and singing in the church choir.