Hugh McAleer BSSc FCA, Managing Director

Hugh established the practice in 1986, having previously trained with KPMG in Belfast.

He is involved in advising clients in various sectors on commercial and taxation issues.

Hugh has been fundamental to the development of the reputation of the practice and the growth of its portfolio of clients.

As well as having extensive experience of accountancy and taxation across a number of sectors, Hugh has  developed a particular knowledge of the taxation of the construction / property and agricultural sectors.


Arnold Jackson BSc FCA CTA, Taxation Director

Arnold joined the practice in 1994 after graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting from Queen’s University, Belfast.

He was awarded the Stokes Kennedy Crowley / KPMG prize for being the best graduand in the BSc Accounting Degree.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998. On route to qualification he was placed first in Northern Ireland in the Professional III examinations.

In 1998 he also passed the Chartered Institute of Taxation examinations and was duly admitted as a member.

Arnold provides specialist tax and transactions advice, including capital gains and inheritance tax, in a wide range of assignments.

With the advantage of an agricultural background, Arnold has developed particular expertise and reputation in the renewable energy sector.


Michael Barnett BSc FCA, Director

Michael joined the practice in 2019 and specialises in providing business and accountancy advice to owner managed and family businesses.

Michael previously worked with two large international accountancy practices. He has over 20 years’ experience in providing assurance services and corporate finance advice to assist his clients develop and deliver their plans for growth. He has had a diverse client base, ranging from large corporate groups to smaller trading partnerships, through which he has developed an extensive knowledge of the Agri-food, Manufacturing and Healthcare sectors.

His reputation for providing practical, common-sense advice and solutions ensures that undue complexity is taken out of key strategic decisions such as business acquisitions, raising finance, succession planning or business reorganisations.

Outside of work, Michael is a Committee Member of the Ulster Society of Chartered Accountants Ireland and Honorary Treasurer of the Clogher Valley Agricultural Society.

Pauline McAleer BSSc FCA, Financial Director

Pauline joined the practice in 1988 from her position as Finance Officer with Omagh District Council.

Prior to that she trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Belfast.

She is responsible for the efficient organisation of internal business management in the practice and deals with staff and training-related issues.