Directors & Partners

Group Directors

Ged Cosgrove FCA

Group Managing Partner

Based in our Manchester Office, Ged is the Champion Group’s managing partner, responsible for developing and delivering group strategy. Having joined Champion in 1985 as audit & accounts manager, Ged progressed to partner within a year, before becoming managing partner in 2000. As well as managing the Champion Group, Ged continues to look after a […]

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Karen Baird FCCA

Group Finance Director

Karen joined Champion in 1996, qualified in 2000 and joined the main board in 2003. She is responsible for all financial aspects of the business and is involved in developing Group strategy. With a proven track record with bank relationships and negotiations, Karen ensures funding is in place to facilitate long term growth. She also […]

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Gill Molloy

Group Tax Director

Based in our Manchester office, Gill’s role as group tax director sees her manage the tax planning function across the entire Champion network. Gill previously worked at Cowgills and Tenon before being becoming Champion’s tax planning manager in 2013. She knew that the move to Champion was the right choice, as within a few days, […]

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Blackpool

David Hardy FCCA

Director

David is a director at Champion Accountants’ Blackpool office, joining Haworth Moore in 1997, before it later became part of the Champion Group. Having already been accepted into Sixth Form, David decided to go straight into work, completing his accounting qualifications on the job, before progressing through the ranks to director. He looks after a […]

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Debbie Thorn FCA

Director

As director at Champion Blackpool, Debbie oversees the office alongside David Hardy. She is also responsible for a wide portfolio of clients, and is the responsible individual for all audit work in Blackpool. After working as an office junior at a small accountancy firm, Debbie joined Haworth Moore Chartered Accountants in 1983 as a trainee […]

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Chester

Andrew Hopwood BSc (Hons), FCA

Director

Andrew is a director at Champion Accountants’ Chester office, leading a growing team of accountants and business advisory specialists alongside fellow director, Sue Harris. Having joined Allwood Baird Hack – which was later acquired by the Champion Group – as a trainee in 1997, Andrew progressed to manager, before becoming a director in 2008. With […]

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Sue Harris ACA, MA (Hons)

Audit Partner

Sue is audit partner at our Chester office, having joined Champion in 2014. She completed her training at Ernst & Young in Liverpool, moving to Conways in Chester in 1998 and then Baker Tilly in 2003. Before joining the Champion team, Sue worked for three years in industry as a consultant. As part of her day […]

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Manchester

Mark Turner FCA

Client Partner

As a schoolboy Mark dreamed of playing football, but with hindsight he made a wise decision to use his math skills to begin a career in accountancy at Royce, Peeling & Green in 1976. Once qualified, Mark joined Champion in 1988 as a manager, before becoming partner in 1990. As client partner at Champion Accountants, […]

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Paul Knowles

Client Director

A director at our Manchester office, Paul started his accountancy career in 1985 at Durcan & Co, one of Champion’s first acquisitions. Having always worked within the audit and accounts team, Paul uses his expertise to advise clients and work closely with them, forging long-lasting partnerships. As well as overseeing a growing team of audit […]

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Preston

Stephen Robinson FCA

Client Director

Stephen has over 25 years’ experience acting for a diverse portfolio of clients, in particular religious charities and owner run family businesses. He qualified in 1983 as a member of the ICAEW and was made Partner at his family’s accountancy firm two years later. He started his own practice in 2000 and joined Champion when […]

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