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Meet the Team

Nick MorrellNick Morrell

Nicholas graduated from the University of Leeds in 1973 and then entered a training contract with W J James & Co. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976 and became a partner of the firm in October 1978. He acts for a wide range of clients, but specialises in advising larger partnerships and corporate clients in business development and tax related matters. Nicholas also advises on personal tax mitigation, including inheritance tax and trust planning.

Nicholas is treasurer of Cradoc Golf Club and Brecon Rotary Club, enjoys photography and foreign travel, and endures gardening.

The directors are supported by a team of over 15 support staff

Alun WilliamsAlun Williams

After graduating from the University of Bristol, Alun joined the Bristol office of Deloitte & Touche. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 and joined W J James & Co in 1997, becoming a partner in 1998. Alun looks after a broad range of clients including a number in the arts sector and publicly funded bodies, as well as clubs, legal professionals and estate agents.

In his spare time Alun enjoys walking, reading and current affairs.

The directors are supported by a team of over 15 support staff

Rebecca Saunders-JonesRebecca Saunders-Jones

Rebecca joined W J James & Co in 2000, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cardiff. She was a regional prize winner in her final examinations and is a member of the Farming & Rural Business Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Rebecca became a director in W J James in 2010 and is proud to head up the small and friendly team in the Hay on Wye office. She looks after a varied portfolio of clients with a particular specialism and interest in agriculture.

Rebecca is delighted to have passed the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) Fellowship examination in 2023. The stringent examination was based on a scenario-based situation and followed several intense periods of residential study. It covered specialist taxation issues, current policy considerations, trust issues and agricultural law.

This qualification means she joins one of about 200 other expert professionals including Lawyers and Land Agents who work in the rural sector and are Fellows of the Agricultural Law Association.

Out of the office, Rebecca is a proud mother of 3 energetic lads who finds trying to have the ideal work/life balance a challenge but tries hard to achieve this. She is involved in the running of the family farm with her father, husband and family and says she especially enjoys working with the cattle, whether it be show or sales preparation.

She enjoys running and can often be found on the lanes around her home first thing before the working day starts. She has run several half marathons and would like to run a full marathon before she hits 50 !

The directors are supported by a team of over 15 support staff

Joanna RoderickJoanna Roderick

Joanna joined WJ James & Co in October 2003, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005 and became a director in 2012. She manages a varied portfolio of clients a large proportion of which are farming businesses. She also deals with limited company accounts and audits and has significant experience of clients in the construction industry.

In her spare time Joanna helps out on the family farm and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters. She enjoys running and takes part in various 10km and half marathon runs for charity.

The directors are supported by a team of over 15 support staff


Charities & Not For Profit

We have been providing charity clients with high quality, specialist advice and service for many years, and our charity clients range from small village halls to large national organisations...

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Farming Industry

The largest industry sector that we deal with is farming, as you would expect in a rural practice. This means that we have developed considerable expertise in this field...

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