People - Our Partners

Adrian Rodaway – Partner

Adrian trained with HPH in York and gained his Practising Certificate in 1991. He managed the Harrogate office of the firm from 1996 and became a Partner in 1999.  He was appointed the firm's Managing Partner on 1 January 2012.

Adrian has specific responsibilities within the firm for Information and Communications Technology. He represents the firm on the HCWA IT committee (currently chairman), helping to determine national policies throughout the Association.

His client portfolio includes a range of charities. He has a particular interest in special-needs charitable organisations through family involvement, and advises informally in a number of areas.

Adrian’s wider interests outside the working environment include activities at, and the running of, his local church where he is a keen musician and youth worker. He acts as a Charity Trustee and is also a School Governor.

Charles Walker – Partner

Charles trained with the firm and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980. He became a partner in 1984 and was appointed Technical Partner in 1989.

He has specific responsibility for the firm’s audit compliance services to clients. Charles has recently completed his service as one of only two appointed members of the HCWA audit quality assurance review panel which undertakes peer reviews of the procedures and standards attained by member firms.  He is currently chairman of the HCWA Northern Region committee.

Charles is the Treasurer of York Against Cancer and has other professional interests including an active involvement in the local branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, having served both as Secretary and as President of the Society.

Robert Woolley – Partner

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An accountancy graduate and qualified Chartered Accountant, Robert trained with Spicer and Pegler in Leeds before joining the firm as a Manager in 1981. He became a Partner in 1987, fulfilling the roles of Training Partner and Finance Partner.

Robert leads the Charities’ Team and has specific responsibilities within the firm for Student Training and Practice Development. He represents the firm on HCWA committees in both these areas, helping to determine national policies throughout the Association.

His client portfolio includes a range of charities (both local and national), independent schools, healthcare schemes, hospital trusts, and clubs and societies.

Robert’s wider interests outside the working environment include participation as trustee and treasurer with a number of local charities and churches and he is a member of the Finance Committee of York Diocesan Board of Finance.  For total relaxation, when time permits, Robert plays cricket for a local team.

Sarah Wearing – Partner

Sarah joined the firm in 1998, after completing an Economics and Finance BSc at the University of York, to train as a Chartered Accountant in the York office.  She moved to the Harrogate office in 2005 and was promoted to manager in 2006.  She was appointed a partner on 1 July 2013.

As well as being a qualified Chartered Accountant, Sarah holds the Institute of Chartered Accountants premier qualification in the not-for-profit sector, the Diploma in Charity Accounting.  She is an audit specialist within the firm and also works with and supports owner-managed and family-owned enterprises.

Outside work Sarah is a School Governor and enjoys participating in running events to raise money for charity.