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The Indispensables

Well not quite, but…

For anyone who doesn’t know us, we wanted to give you an outline profile of who we are, what we have done, and a feel for the sort of people we are.

James Mason large picture

James’ best asset is having a broad, modern business skill base, grounded in an international and corporate business environment, which he now uses to help small (and not so small) businesses.

Talk to James 01273 862 260 james@fifthelement-brighton.com

James Mason - Managing Director

James is responsible for all things related to client support, tax issues, client business reviews, solving client problems, client business development and dealing with HMRC when the need arises.

He is also responsible for developing the practice and keeping staff morale optimised, which he executes brilliantly through an excellent repertoire of comedic verbal exchange!

Four years' training with a firm of Chartered Accountants, five years in Private Banking, six years in International Retail, one year overseas, one year as a windsurfing instructor, followed by eight happy years (and many more to come) back in practice helping businesses locally, nationally and internationally.

Career highlights include reporting at board level for two UK blue chips in Financial and Management accounting roles. Both required international and UK taxation skills and knowledge necessary to ensure all business units, divisions and charges under his wing worked both operationally and profitably.

Coming from a retail and construction family with honed skills from private banking and international retail, James now focuses his skills where he says they matter most, “On the high street and in the local business community”.

Rachael Mason large picture

Rachael's is the quiet voice that you first speak to when you call us. Her excellent customer service skills front our reception here at Fifth Element and when she’s not doing that she’s usually sorting James out.

Talk to Rachael 01273 862 260 contact@fifthelement-brighton.com.

Rachael Mason- PA/Reception

Rachael recently finished her A-levels and is working with us before deciding what to do next. Despite our best efforts she has started to show a keen interest in accountancy and taxation; there are even early signs of her enjoying the statutory compliance aspect of what we do which is almost unheard of.

In her spare time she says she enjoys running, going to the gym and eating Thai food. I suspect not at the same time but you never know.

Rachael’s primary role is to provide support for our clients when and wherever they need it. If James isn’t around then Rachael will be there to help you. She also manages the office to ensure everything is in order and that the team have everything they need as and when they need it.

She is probably the softest one in the office and arguably the brightest, although James is disputing this avidly. Her ability to multi-task and keep the 'engine room running' is a fantastic asset to have within the practice.

If you need someone you can rely on, who is helpful at all times, will never flap and who can multi-task until the cows come home then Rachael is the one.