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Gorilla Accounting specialises in accountancy for contractors, freelancers, SMEs and locums, so it’s fair to say we work hard to help our clients grow their business – and make the most of tax season.

However, we also have a lot of fun in the office. Our team is made up of a unique group of individuals who bring a lot to the company, and their different backgrounds allow them to easily work with people from different sectors.

Want to know more about your accounting team? Check out who Gorilla Accounting is and how much experience we have between us!

Clare Wilson

As team leader and accountant, Clare has been working in accountancy since December 2007 and got her first professional qualification in April 2016.

If you need someone who knows all about personal and company taxes, Clare is the right accountant for you; what’s more, she also has a tonne of experience working with contractors and people in the construction industry.

Because Clare loves helping new members of the team improve their skills and knowledge – and loves helping clients with anything they need – it’s not surprising she also became team leader in 2018. As a mentor to the newer addition to our family, she’s truly invaluable.

But it’s not all work and no play. Clare is a mum of two young children aged 5 and 1, so she spends all her free time playing with them. She likes watching TV in the evening, playing board games with her husband, reading a book, building Lego and catching up with friends as well.

Clare has a very exciting hobby too – she’s an enthusiast snowboarder and very much looking forward to hitting the slopes again!

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Craig Whelan

As head of new business, Craig makes sure that all our clients and new enquiries get the best possible experience. This means using his vast experience and background in accounting (AAT) to answer even the most difficult questions from clients and to offer a high-quality service from the start.

Craig has been with Gorilla Accounting for around 5 years, and he specialises in helping customers make the right choices when getting an accountant. It’s important to us that you receive the best service, so Craig will help you achieve exactly what you’re looking for.

He’s worked in the industry for more than 11 years and, therefore, has been there for every change that occurred during this time. Just like all of our team members, Craig is always on top of the latest news about the industry and the latest government legislation – this way, he can provide the best and most up to date advice.

One of the most important things for Craig is reassuring clients that they’re in safe hands. This is because starting a business can be a daunting prospect, so we aim to take away that stress and leave you the time to focus on making your venture a success.

Craig is a foodie so, in his spare time, he enjoys eating out and trying new and different cuisines. Together with his wife and daughter, he loves travelling and exploring new places too. Of course, Craig is a keen supporter of his local rugby league team, the Wigan Warriors.

Richard Hepburn

As our operations manager, Richard has been lending his extensive knowledge and experience of accounting to our clients for 5 years. He’s a qualified chartered accountant who also manages the Gorilla Accounting team, ensuring everyone is performing their best and offering an excellent service to our clients at all times.

If you were to ask Richard what his favourite aspect of the job is, he’d say it was working with clients and advising them on their accounting and tax needs. If you’re looking to get the best from your business, then Richard will be more than happy to help.

His focused approach and experience in the contracting sector allow him to advise you on any accounting matter you need answered, be it on self-assessment or company formation.

Besides offering a great accounting service to our clients, Richard also loves to eat out and do a bit of running and golfing in his spare time.


Clare, Craig and Richard are on top of their game and work hard to provide you with the accountancy services you need to be successful as a sole trader, contractor or locum. We have a lot of experience in a variety of sectors and industries and continue to add services to our repertoire too, such as our R&D tax credit and our small business accounting.

So, you can rest assured that we can supply you with expert advice and help you maximise the tax efficiency of your business.

Keep an eye on our blog page to learn more about the other members of the team and contact us today if you have any questions for us.