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 […]


Karen Baird FCCA

Group Finance Director

Karen joined Champion in 1996, qualified in 2000 and joined the main board in 2003. Karen 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 oversees […]


Gill Molloy

Group Tax Director

Gill specialises in the corporate aspects of tax planning for the Champion Group including mergers, demergers, corporate restructuring, acquisitions, assistance to listed markets and share schemes. She also deals with all aspects of personal tax planning for high net worth individuals. Gill joined Champion in 2003 and has over 20 years experience in tax planning […]



David Hardy FCCA


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 […]


Debbie Thorn FCA


Debbie has over 25 years’ audit, accounts and tax experience, specialising in manufacturing companies, solicitors, property companies and caravan parks. She works for a wide range of clients, from sole traders through to companies with turnover of up to £10m. Debbie kicked off her accountancy career with Haworth Moore Chartered Accountants in 1983, qualified in […]



Andrew Hopwood BSc (Hons), FCA


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 […]


Sue Harris BA (Hons) Cantab ACA


With more than 25 years’ accountancy experience, Sue heads up the audit team at our Chester office and is responsible for business development, strategy and all aspects of client service. As well as audit, Sue specialises in governance and risk management and has many years’ experience working with the charity accounts, not-for-profit and other regulated […]



Mark Turner FCA

Client Partner

Mark’s portfolio of clients is a broad mix of businesses ranging from small limited companies to audit clients with turnover of up to £25m. Mark is also responsible for dealing with all aspects of Practice Assurance and Ethics for the Champion Group. Qualifying in 1984, Mark spent his early career at Royce Peeling Green before […]


Paul Knowles

Client Director

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in Audit and Accounts dealing with a broad portfolio of clients.  He joined Champion in 2001 as part of its first ever acquisition and is always client focussed and pragmatic in his approach. Outside of work his family and Man United take up most of Paul’s time.



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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