Get to know our team a little better with our staff profiles.
Andrew is a married Dad of 2 and joined CGA in 2006. He is ACCA qualified and devoted Leeds United Fan and Season Ticket Holder (for 22 years!!!).
Andrew and family moved to Sherburn, North Yorkshire 2 years ago and are members of Wetherby tennis club.
He threw himself out of an aeroplane for Breast Cancer Care in 2009 (and is terrified of heights). He also ran the London Marathon in 2012 and 2016 and still applies for the ballot every year but no luck as yet. Andrew is currently studying for his Company Secretarial Qualification alongside coaching Sherburn White Rose U6s with his son Max, after recently completing his level 1 coaching qualification. Sherburn White Rose U6s are sponsored by Sherburn Aero Club and Andrew’s elder son, Aaron, also plays for the U9 team. Of course time is still found for Andrew himself to play 5 a side football once a week at A1 Football Factory in Pontefract.
On Andrew from the team:
“Andrew’s random facts and sense of humour keeps conversation entertaining whilst in the office. It’s just a shame he’s a Leeds fan.”Lawrence
“Andrew is one of the biggest personalities within the office who can always make you laugh (mainly with his sarcastic comments).”Billy
“It’s always good to have Andrew around to talk football with even though he is a Leeds United fan, when its warm he tends to take off his tie and tie it around his head in Rambo fashion which is an interesting look!”Claire
“Loves his jazzy neon socks and Leeds United and is a funny (and very sarcastic) guy!”Melissa
“Andrew is a proper foodie and will pretty much will eat anything, he loves the fine dining restaurants as well as good old fashioned food, I don’t think he has beat me in the office cook off as yet though!”Chelle
Lawrence grew up near Banbury, Oxfordshire and played a lot of cricket for Banbury/North Oxfordshire as a teenager. Lawrence is an artist and we think his drip-painting technique is fab!
Travelling around North & South America in 2015, Lawrence visited Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Chile & Argentina where he spent 4 months volunteering on conservation projects. He swam in rivers with Piranhas and Caiman, got bitten on the bum by a Tapir (we’re not jealous of that part), released a sloth back into the jungle, tracked some rehabilitated and newly-released spider monkeys through the Amazon, accidentally stood on a Boa Constrictor in flip-flops and released baby turtles into the Pacific Ocean & yes, we feel tired reading that too.
Here’s some more facts about Lawrence:
- Currently the Treasurer of Yorspace, an organisation building 19 community-led homes in Acomb which will be affordable forever and hopes to tackle the crippling need for properly affordable houses in York
- He is creating a mini nature reserve in his new back garden and has just dug a fairly sizeable pond for Dragonflies/Newts to use in the summer
- Moved to York in 2017
- Completed the 10km course Wolf Run last weekend in around 1 hour 20 mins including several swims through freezing cold rivers. Brr!
- Owns a cat called Puzzle
- Enjoys climbing at the Red Goat, York
- Cycles regularly. Hoping to cycle across England in the next year or two.
On Lawrence from the team:
“Hairy artistic type”Andrew
“A friendly approachable face (must be the beard) and always up for a laugh”Billy
“Lawrence with his loud shirts and sense of humour is a joy to have around the office and he’s quite good at accounts too.”Claire
“Art/travelling/vege/sports/beards loving guy who is funny and great to have as a member of the CGA team!”Melissa
“Daily Quiz Master in the office and font of much useless sporting knowledge”Chelle
Melissa joined us as our Practice Administrator in 2014 after 10 years with NFU as Senior Sales Support and work with the University of Leeds. Melissa’s role is to be efficient, effective and keep everything running smoothly. Most often the first voice you will hear on the phone, Melissa will ensure you reach the right person quickly.
Melissa is also part of the payroll team, ensuring clients payroll is completed in a timely manner so they all have happy employees at the end of the month.
A real team player in the true sense of the word, before Melissa became a Mum of 2 she would turn out as Shooter or Goal Attack for Jorvik Netball Team in York and has never been known to turn down a mini break, especially if it involves shopping.
Melissa is the one to go to when it comes to any pointless celebrity gossip.
Here’s some more facts about Melissa:
- Originally from Wilberfoss
- Moved to Selby in 2009
- 2 Gorgeous Daughters – Amelia and Olivia who are 4 years old and 1 year old
- Married to Mark for nearly 6 years but been together nearly 13 years
- Has two cats called Dexter & Miley who are 10 years old
- In spare time likes to play netball, travel, shopping, eating out and general socialising with friends and family but since having the girls my time when not at work now involves days out and trips to parks and soft play to keep them happy and entertained!!
On Melissa from the team:
“A pleasure to talk to although her Love Island chat usually turns into white noise. Always up for a laugh.”Lawrence
“If you ever need to know any up to date pointless news about celebs, Melissa is your woman! Always buys the best secret Santa presents as she has bought mine for the past 4 years.”Billy
“Melissa is my right hand women when it comes to payroll and manages Chelle’s diary with amazing efficiency (which is no easy task). If she was on Mastermind then Celebrity Gossip would be her specialist subject.”Claire
“Can’t cook, won’t cook – Doesn’t like sad cats* – Netball genius”Andrew
*Sad Cats is a book that Andrew bought Melissa as a Secret Santa present – it turns out it was so much a joke book but some very sad cats with terrible back stories – needless to say the book was left on the CGA bookshelf .
“Time juggler extraordinaire – always managing to get in appointment after appointment and still leave me some time to go racing – I mean work!!!!”Chelle
“Loves reality – Knows a lot about celebrities – Mum of two”Adam