Bryan Stevens – Managing Director
Direct dial: 01825 746650
Bryan qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984. During his professional career, he has worked for what is now KPMG both overseas and in the UK, as well as in provincial practice. Bryan’s role as Managing Director is to act as the “conductor” of the “Armida Orchestra” in delivering a suite of services to clients, and likes things to be well organised and people to be straightforward.
Outside of work, Bryan is a sportaholic, a Francophile, and enjoys music, food, drink and good company.
1. What did you want to be growing up?
An archaeologist or an astronaut – I was growing up when the space race was on and the Tutankhamun exhibition visited London.
2. What’s your greatest achievement to date?
It hasn’t happened yet but it will be completing a mountain stage of the Tour de France route.
3. In your view, who’s the greatest sportsman or woman who ever lived, and why?
C.B. Fry – he played cricket and football for England as well as being long jump world record holder. Strangely he was also offered the throne of Albania and in his spare time entertained people by jumping backwards onto a mantelpiece from a standing position!
Helen Toole – Director
Direct dial: 01825 746663
Helen became a director of Armida in 2006, having previously worked as an independent HR consultant with the company since 2004. Helen has board level responsibility for human resources management, business plan delivery and business development.
Helen has many years’ experience in the public, voluntary and private sectors and provides an HR consultancy service for Armida’s clients. This service includes anything from developing contracts of employment, through to redundancy programmes and disciplinary procedures.
When she is not at work, Helen enjoys walking, cooking and spending as much time as possible with her son.
1.What lasting contribution would you like to make to the world?
When I retire, I would like to spend time with people less fortunate than myself, and maybe provide somewhere that could bring them comfort or shelter.
2. What constitutes a good day for you?
Leaving the house in an orderly fashion, dropping a happy child at school, satisfactorily solving a number of employment issues for my clients, picking up a still happy child from school and relaxing at night with a good meal, good company and an even better glass of red wine!
3. If you weren’t a Director of an accountancy practice, what might you be?
A teacher. I think the ability to teach children to read and write, and in so doing give them the opportunity to develop into anything they want to be is a very rewarding role indeed.
Tim Maton – Director
Direct dial: 01825 746669
Following on from his degree in Physics from Royal Holloway College, London University, Tim qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989. He worked in London for a top 10 firm in their large audit department, working on a number of assignments around the UK. Tim was one of the founders of Armida when it was established in 2000. Tim is Armida’s Finance Director and is also responsible for corporate finance and business development assignments, and acts for a number of clients in the role of non-executive Finance director.
Outside of work, Tim enjoys all sports, but especially rugby and is an RFU Level 1 coach. He enjoys good food and drink and watching his two sons play sport, which takes up most of his spare time.
1. Who in the world do you admire the most and why?
My father, who at the age of 20 was a Royal Marine responsible for landing troops at Sword beach, Normandy on D-Day 6th June 1944, and had to make life or death decisions not only for himself but for others, too.
2. If you met someone with a crystal ball that really worked, what question would you ask about the future?
“Will England ever win the rugby World Cup again, and when?”
This way I can either make sure I have a ticket, or not build my hopes up!
3. What are you most proud of?
My children, most of the time!