meet the ascott blake team

Who We Are

About Us

Ascott Blake are a commercial, dynamic accountancy practice always looking at innovative ways to be current and keeping up to date with all accounting technology to offer our clients.

We are focussed to create a service which makes us approachable and communicates in layman’s terms to our clients.

Our Office

The historic market town of Bishop’s Stortford is located on the River Stort in rural Hertfordshire. It is a place full of character, with architecture dating back to the 16th century. The town’s history goes back much further and is well documented from the Norman era onwards. Today, Bishop’s Stortford is an affluent town, with terrific amenities such as Jackson Square shopping centres. It also boasts cultural hotspots such as the Rhodes Arts Centre and access to plenty of green spaces, such as Southern Country Park.

Residents and business owners choose Bishop’s Stortford for its rural, yet cosmopolitan style of living. This unique atmosphere, plus its proximity to London, makes Bishop’s Stortford a prime commuter area. The city is just 45 minutes away by rail and around a 30-mile drive via the M11. In addition, Stansted Airport is 5 miles away, a huge boon for both local holidaymakers and business travellers.

Ascott Blake is a proud member of the Bishop’s Stortford business community. We are professional Chartered Certified Accountants committed to delivering real results for local businesses. If your small to medium business is located here or in the surrounding areas, then we can help to transform your finances. Contact us to find out more about our services.

Work for Ascott Blake

We are extremely proud of the culture at Ascott Blake and always look to continually work and develop this. We are always looking to create a dynamic, fun environment where people will thrive and we will invest in developing their potential. We are delighted to say that our employees are the reason we have managed to grow and sustain our success.


We are not currently recruiting. If you are interested in working for Ascott Blake, please send your CV to

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Adam Aziz

Adam Aziz

I founded Ascott Blake in 2016 after working in the city as Group Finance Director of the Ngage Recruitment Group (formerly Human Capital Investment Group). I initially trained and qualified with a major accountancy firm in London and started my commercial career heading up the finance function at TMF Group who are global outsourcers. I am a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

I wanted to set up a practice which was commercial and innovative to bring something new to clients rather than just a compliance service. I have focused to create a service which makes us approachable and speaks in layman’s terms. I want to ensure my team take control of our clients to really understand want they want to achieve so we can help them to achieve their dreams.

We have a range of clients from trades to large recruitment companies. My specialism is the recruitment sector however the team have a depth of experience across all industries and have gained valuable knowledge which we can pass to clients.

My main motivation is my family, my 2 young children. I love to work hard so I can enjoy holidays and quality time with them. I am motivated by being a success and making a difference to our clients life which in turn helps us achieve our dreams as a business. I also love to keep fit and am often found in one of my client’s training studios.
leila osborne

Leila Osborne

I have been working in HR and payroll for 20 years and a chartered member of the CIPD. I have worked at Ascott Blake since 2017 heading up HR and Operations. I am extremely passionate about our clients and ensuring they always receive the best service across all our services.

I work closely with clients to develop their HR practices which results in starting to develop and shape their company culture.

Having a recruitment background, I work closely with our recruitment clients to add value to the HR and payroll services we provide.
I love spending time with my family and friends partial to a glass of prosecco! I try my best to keep fit by power walking and pilates.
emily watkinson

Emily Melville-Taylor

I have been with Ascott Blake since day one and have loved being part of this growing practice. I graduated University with a degree in Accounting and Finance in 2015 and am close to passing my final ACCA exams.

Working at Ascott Blake has enabled me to get exposure to lots of different aspects of accountancy and has allowed me to work closely with a variety of clients. I look after a vast portfolio of clients ranging from SME’s to large commercial businesses which I really enjoy as it means every day in the office is different.

I am a massive Tottenham Hotspur fan which is a struggle in this office as the boss is Arsenal! I love playing all different types of sport and spending time with friends and family, especially my niece and nephew.

lucy roach

Lucy Roach

I joined Ascott Blake in early 2019 and have come from a commercial background, having worked across a variety of sectors as Head of Finance. I have worked in accountancy practice before and at Ascott Blake I like the innovative ways we are looking to support clients to stay ahead of the curve.

I am MAAT and CIMA Dip MA qualified and have a growing portfolio of clients, supporting them with all manners of accounting including tax returns, VAT, management accounts and payroll. I have a real passion for being proactive and looking after clients the way they should be looked after. I like learning new things and continually keeping my knowledge up to date.

When I am not at work I am very family orientated, and enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. I like to keep fit and often have an early personal training session before work, to set me up for the day.

Lauren Comben

Lauren Comben

I joined Ascott Blake in 2018 which is my first exposure to an accountancy role. I used to be a lifeguard so this has been a total change which I have really enjoyed and embraced. I am studying my AAT which has been made so much easier to complete with the experience I gain at work on a day to day basis.

I have been given responsibility for tasks which have fast tracked my learning and I really enjoy things which challenge me. Ascott Blake is a great place to work as I like the atmosphere and the variety of work and clients we have. I am happy I have started my career in accountancy and looking forward to progressing with Ascott Blake.

In my spare time I like to keep busy and be social. I love going to local pubs, mastering every pub quiz and attending as many different festivals as I can. I’m also a Topgolf pro.

Donna Shiels

Donna Shiels

I joined Ascott Blake in 2020 as an Operations Executive. I work closely with our clients to onboard them and ensure they get the best service possible from us.

I love being organised and so this role is perfect for me. I have always been in roles which require organisation as this is my strength.

In my spare time I spend my time with my son and socialising with my friends.

Emelia De Freitas

Emelia De Freitas

I joined Ascott Blake as an apprentice after finishing my A-Levels. I am really enjoying learning the way accounting works and getting to work with the experienced team! I look forward to what I will achieve in the future.

My favourite thing to do is watch West End shows, my current favourite is ‘Newsies’ which I watched over the Summer! I typically spend my weekends spending time with friends, family and, most importantly, my two cats!

Ellie Garvey

Ellie Garvey

I joined the Ascott Blake team as an Apprentice after completing my A-levels and taking a gap year. I am excited to start my career and I look forward to seeing where it takes me. I recently started college and hope the qualifications that I gain help me progress.

I am a very family-oriented person and love spending time with my friends which normally involves going to the pub! I love to travel and going to concerts which is something that I hope to do more off in the future.

Natalie Embleton

Natalie Embleton

I have worked as a Bookkeeper and within accounts for more than 20 years and my previous experience has mainly been for Recruitment companies. I joined Ascott Blake to enable me to broaden my skillset and to allow me to venture in other industries.
I am a very sociable and outgoing person. I spend most of my spare time doing DIY home renovations and socialising with friends and family.
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