About Us

Professionals who work wonders.
What do you call someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing? You are right, an accountant. Well, it’s an old joke and perhaps, it isn’t entirely untrue. Accountants have a reputation for being boring and cynical. We want to change this perception.
We are Chartered Accountants who create value. Our clients have learnt that we are not emotionless automatons who crunch numbers and talk about amortisation, budgeting and cash flows.
We are wonderful people once you get to know us and even wonderful to work with. We also work wonders by giving you practical business advice on how to reduce your tax liabilities, increase your profits and accelerate your business growth. You don’t have to take our word for it. Read what our clients have to say about us here.
Meet Our Team Members
Please note that none of the profiles are written by the person in question. They are all too modest to acknowledge how good they really are. So we asked clients, colleagues and friends to describe each person. Some of it may sound too good to be true but you never know until you meet someone in person, do you?
Phil Edwards
Managing Director
While working as a Chartered Accountant, Phil Edwards realised he enjoyed what he did which is helping business owners achieve their business ambitions. A few years following this realisation, he formed Vanilla Accounting in 2010. Phil has over three decades worth of experience working with various national and regional accountancy practices. While he loves his work, he also knows how to have a good time outside his profession. Besides spending time with his wife and three children, he enjoys playing hockey and tennis at local clubs. He is an avid Forest fan and rarely misses watching any of their games.
Daniel Mellors
Senior Client Manager
Dan had an outstanding accounting career working predominantly in audit, after he graduated in 2006. Once Dan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2012, he figured out what he liked and what he was good at which is helping small to medium businesses achieve their business goals. It was opportune for Vanilla Accounting when Dan joined as client manager in 2013 and since then there has been no looking back, as they say. When he is not peering at balance sheets or poring over financial statements, he is busy putting or driving on the golf course or chasing a ball at one of the local football grounds.
Rachel Wade
Client Manager
Rachel is AAT and part ACCA qualified, putting herself through these qualifications whilst working in local practices and bringing up 2 children. She prides herself on being extremely efficient, and, with great attention to detail and an approachable and friendly manner, Rachel enjoys building effective client relationships. She loves working under pressure and meeting deadlines. This energy means that when she is not in the office Rachel is usually found at the gym or out running, walking the dog or spending time with family.
Kelly Hilton
Bookkeeping & Payroll
After working for accountants for many years Kelly found her passion for bookkeeping and put herself through studying to became an AAT qualified bookkeeper, she joined the team to further her passion.

Kelly strives to learn new ways of doing things and takes on challenges that are sometimes out of her comfort zone. With a methodical approach and positive outlook she thrives on seeing a job through to the end. When she’s not helping people she will be out training for her next race, at a Zumba class or spending time with friends and family.

Helen Parr
Client Services Coordinator
Helen joined Vanilla from a diverse career in both industry and education, where the overriding aim was always to provide the very best service, to her customers or students. When she is not providing support to the team at Vanilla, Helen keeps herself busy: whether it is walking her dog, looking after her family or volunteering with Nottingham Sea Cadets.
Beth Edwards
Office Manager
Beth has worked in many roles over the years but relishes her current role looking after the team and ensuring the office runs smoothly.  When not in the office she is looking after the family and ensuring everything runs smoothly at home too.

Contact Us

Appleton House, 25 Rectory Road
West Bridgford
Phone: 0115 9452222
Email: info@vanilla-accounting.co.uk



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