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About Us

Here at Franklin Underwood, we pride ourselves on our strong work ethic, which helps us stand out from the rest as a dedicated and caring professional accountancy firm.

We work from our purpose built premises in Pride Park, just outside of Derby city centre, to provide a comprehensive range of accountancy, auditing, and tax compliance and planning.

Franklin Underwood is a five partner firm, established in 1992 by Collin Franklin, who was joined by Gary Underwood in 1999 and Richard Green in 2012. More recently in 2016 Edina Burns and Lisa Gray have been appointed partners. Over the years, the firm has experienced extensive success and has grown to take on more and more clients from a diverse range of circumstances.

We are dedicated to maintaining a successful team and the key to that is our commitment to the professional development of our staff. We ensure that our team works well together, complementing each other’s disciplines and expertise, to ensure that we have a broad technical appreciation of every area and aspect of accountancy. That way, we can provide a full, professional and reliable service.

This enables Franklin Underwood to identify specific opportunities and potential pitfalls in areas such as taxation as an integral part of the on-going accounts production function.

Our proactive approach is always highly valued with our clients, and is repeatedly acknowledged as the single feature that sets Franklin Underwood apart from its more departmentalised competitors.

Our People

Staff Images Collin Franklin Partner Originally from Northampton, Collin trained with a firm in Northampton before setting up Franklin Underwood in 1992 in Nottingham. Collin is very passionate about his clients and this passion has seen the firm grow steadily from a small start up to the firm it is today. Collin is an expert in all aspects of taxation as well as being involved in accounting, auditing and business structures. Collin balances his spare time between his young family and triathlons.
Staff Images Gary Underwood Partner Born in the North East, Gary read Mathematics at the University of Birmingham before settling in the East Midlands. Gary trained as a chartered accountant with a large independent firm of accountants in Nottingham before joining Franklin Underwood in 1995. As a multi discipline accountant Gary is involved with all aspects of taxation, accounts, business structures, auditing and other compliance work. Gary is married with a young family and enjoys most sports including football and golf.
Staff Images Richard Green Partner Originally from Leicestershire, Richard read Economics with Accounting at Loughborough University before training as a chartered accountant. Richard has a broad range of experience dealing with all accounting, auditing and taxation matters for individuals and owner-managed businesses. Having originally joined Franklin Underwood in 2006 Richard became a partner in 2012. Richard’s spare time is spent mainly with his young family and he also has a season ticket at Liverpool FC.
Staff Images Lisa Gray Partner Originally from Norwich, Lisa joined Franklin Underwood direct from completing her A levels in 1998. Qualifying in 2001 and progressing to become one of Franklin Underwood’s managers she has a vast range of experience within all aspects of accounting, audit and taxation. From April 2016 Lisa has been appointed a partner in Franklin Underwood. Lisa is married with two young sons and enjoys spending time with her family outside of work.
Staff Images Edina Burns Partner Born and still residing in Lincolnshire, Edina went straight into a career in accountancy at the age of 18. Edina trained with one of the top 10 firms of accountants before joining Franklin Underwood in 2003, the year that she passed her final exams as an ACCA qualified accountant. Edina’s career at Franklin Underwood has enabled her to have vast experience in most areas of taxation, accounts, audits, solicitor’s regulatory work and other compliance work. From 1st April 2016 Edina has become a partner in Franklin Underwood. Edina is married, with a young son and in her spare time is a keen golfer.
Staff Images Susan Hammond Accounts and tax senior Born in Nottingham, Susan trained at a firm of accountants in Nottingham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in December 2005. Susan joined Franklin Underwood in 2006 and she is involved in all aspects of accountancy, audit and taxation. In her spare time Susan enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with friends.
Staff Images Michael Hudson Accounts and tax senior Michael lives in Nottingham and completed an Accounting and Finance Degree at Nottingham Trent University. He continued his accountancy training by studying ACCA with a national firm of accountants in Nottingham City Centre, becoming qualified as an accountant in 2003. He subsequently joined Franklin Underwood in 2004 and has developed a wide range of skills in accounting, taxation, auditing and other compliance work. Away from the office, Michael enjoys going to Comedy Clubs, most sports and attending Ice Hockey games, supporting the Nottingham Panthers.
Staff Images James Richardson Accounts and tax senior James was born and raised in Nottinghamshire and upon completing his A levels he joined Franklin Underwood in 2006. Since then James has completed his ACCA exams to become a qualified accountant and has a wide range of experience in all aspects of accounting, audit and taxation work. Outside of the office James enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, visiting the cinema and socialising with his friends.
Staff Images Tom Ruszczynski Accounts and tax senior Tom originally hails from Leeds but calls Nottingham home. He read Physics at the University of York and joined Franklin Underwood shortly after graduation. Tom recently qualified and hopes to build on his acquired experience and knowledge in all aspects of accounting, audit and taxation work to become a key part of Franklin Underwood's future success. Tom spends his spare time keeping active by jogging regularly and playing football at the weekend for his local team. He is also a proud member of Franklin Underwood's 5-a-side team.
Staff Images Kelly Winterton Accounts and tax senior Born and raised in Nottingham, Kelly joined Franklin Underwood following her A Levels in 2001. Kelly qualified as an ACCA accountant in 2006 and has much experience within all aspects of accounting, audit, taxation and other compliance work. In her spare time Kelly enjoys spending time with her young son and socialising with friends and family.
Staff Images James Hall Accounts and tax senior James was born and raised in North Staffordshire and completed a degree in Accounting and Finance at The University of Wales - Aberystwyth. He continued his accountancy training by studying for and completing his ACCA exams to become a qualified accountant. He joined Franklin Underwood in 2012 and has developed a wide range of experience in all aspects of accounting, audit and taxation work. Away from the office James enjoys football, playing video games and watching films, as well as spending time with his friends and family.
Staff Images Elizabeth Booth Accounts and tax senior Born and raised in Derbyshire, Lizi went into a career in accountancy straight after completing her A Levels. She then went on to take her AAT and ACCA accounting qualifications while working in Derby before moving to Franklin Underwood in 2013, where she continues to expand her knowledge in all aspects of accounting and taxation. Lizi is married and in her spare time enjoys travelling, jogging and socialising with family and friends.
Staff Images Oliver Fallows Accounts and tax senior Oli was raised in Derbyshire and completed a degree in Business & Management Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University before training at Franklin Underwood and completing his ACCA exams to become a qualified accountant. He has developed a wide range of experience in all aspects of accounting, audit and taxation work.

Away from the office Oli is a Derby County season ticket holder, enjoys sports, TV, films and spending time with friends and family.
Staff Images Lucie Brown Trainee Accountant Born in Derby, Lucie joined Franklin Underwood in early July 2014 straight from completing her A levels. Lucie is currently doing an apprenticeship studying towards her ACCA qualification. Away from work, Lucie enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family.
Staff Images Holly Sheffield Trainee Accountant Born in Derby, Holly joined Franklin Underwood straight from completing her A levels in August 2015. Holly is currently doing an apprenticeship studying towards her ACCA qualification.

In her spare time she enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.
Staff Images Samantha Summers Trainee Accountant Samantha joined Franklin Underwood in August 2016 after beginning her accountancy career in 2013. She has recently completed her AAT qualification, with a view to progress onto full ACCA membership.

Outside of work, Samantha enjoys walking her dogs in the Peak District and spending time with friends and family.
Staff Images Sam Brown Trainee Accountant Born in Hampshire but living in Derby, Sam joined Franklin Underwood in 2016 after beginning his career with a small firm of accountants in Leicestershire. Sam is currently studying towards his AAT qualification. Away from work, Sam enjoys sports and going to the gym.
Staff Images Jade Smith Trainee Accountant Born in Burton on Trent, Jade joined Franklin Underwood in September 2016 straight from completing her A levels. Jade is currently doing an apprenticeship studying towards her ACCA qualification. Away from work she enjoys rowing and spending time with her friends and family.
Staff Images Yvonne Clough General PA and facilitator Your first point of contact with our firm will very often be with our friendly and efficient receptionist Yvonne. As well as her reception duties, Yvonne is also our facilities manager, and helps to ensure the smooth running of the office. Yvonne is married with two grown up boys. When she is not at work Yvonne enjoys walking, shopping and socialising with family and friends.
Staff Images Jade Martin Technical administrator Jade was born and raised in Derby, she joined Franklin Underwood in early December 2012 and has a level 3 diploma in business administration. In her spare time she teaches dance classes and enjoys spending quality time with friends and family.
Staff Images Claire Pears Technical administrator Claire was born in Derbyshire and joined Franklin Underwood in March 2009. She is a key member of our admin department providing secretarial support to all of our clients and accounts staff. Claire is recently married and in her spare time enjoys walking her dog and socialising with friends.
Staff Images Jo MacNair Payroll specialist Jo was born in Leicestershire and joined the team at Franklin Underwood in November 2001. She brings vast experience and knowledge to running our payroll department, completes VAT returns, accounting and company secretarial work. In Jo’s spare time she loves spending time with her family and is a keen netball player and coach.

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