Meet the team

The team behind you

Lots of firms say they have a wealth of knowledge and experience, but at Mounthurst, that looks a little different. Chris was a partner in one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms, and has had some high profile jobs working for huge corporate companies and dealing in complicated tax and accounting. 

What he realised, though, was that the small business owner, was much more exciting than a big corporate name – and that’s who he was really interested in helping. That’s why our team are focused on bringing startups and small businesses the kind of experience that would normally be out of reach.

Chris McCandless

Managing Director

Phone: 02045667681


Chris comes from a family of small business owners. His mum and grandad ran a distribution company together, and his dad was a dentist that set up his own business. 

He’s always been fascinated by how business works – and is a real whizz with the numbers, too. After studying maths at Oxford University, Chris made the (slightly boring) decision to enter the working world and train as an accountant. 

Following a successful City career that saw him work in top-tier firms with all sorts of rich and famous clients, Chris gave it all up to focus on his true passion: helping small businesses succeed. 

Sarah McCandless

Practice Manager
MChem (Oxon) CTA


Sarah grew up with a love for science, which led to her doing a Chemistry degree at Oxford University.  After starting her career with PwC helping some of the richest people in the UK manage their personal taxes Sarah took time off to raise a family.

Having worked at the London 2012 Olympic games, tutored Chemistry and worked in a local school Sarah is now the Practice Manager for Mounthurst.  Sarah ensures everything runs smoothly at all times.

PS Sarah won the second highest tax prize in the country in her CTA tax exams.  So she knows a thing or two about tax.

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