Meet The Penzance Team

Phil Lamerton FCCA

Phil who is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, began his career in accountancy in 1988 and worked for several local accountants before joining the Practice in 1993. Based in the Penzance office, he progressed through the company from junior to manager and in 2015 became a partner in the practice which he now runs jointly with Neil Hallam who is based in the Newquay office. The focus is to provide a modern, pro-active and high quality all round accountancy service, with a strong emphasis on business advice.

With a varied client portfolio that includes Limited Companies, Partnerships, Sole Traders, Clubs and Associations, Phil looks after clients large and small, involved in the local trades of farming, fishing and the holiday industry, as well as those involved in retail, manufacturing and service industries.

His interests and hobbies include football, record collecting, time with family and  friends and walking his dog.

Mark Williams FCA DChA

Mark joined Crane & Johnston's Penzance Office in September 2023, having spent over 20 years at a firm based in Truro.

Mark is a Chartered Accountant, with significant experience acting for Limited Companies, Partnerships and Sole Trade businesses.

He has obtained the Diploma in Charity Accounting awarded by the ICAEW, in recognition of his experience dealing with the not for profit sector and has acted for a large number of well known local charities.

Mark is from a farming background (his family farmed at St Levan in the far west of the county for generations), and as a result deals with a number of clients in the agricultural sector.

Mark's experience means that he is well placed to provide quality accountancy and tax advice to his clients. 

Trystan George FMAAT BA (Hons)

Trystan joined the Practice in September 2004 as a trainee Accountant. He has worked his way up through the company, assisting Phil Lamerton for a number of years, and managed the Penzance Payroll Bureau for five years to April 2014.

He now manages a varied portfolio of clients that include Limited Companies, Partnerships and Sole Traders. Trystan looks after clients involved in farming, fishing, engineering and consultancy as well as those involved in retail, manufacturing and service industries.

Trystan's qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Business Administration, a HND in International Business and is a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

His interests and hobbies include cycling, going to the gym, travelling and he is a keen Chelsea football fan.

Julie Salmon

Julie joined the practice in 1976.

She manages a portfolio of Sole Traders, Partnerships and small Limited Company clients including farmers, builders, property developers and holiday lettings accommodation.

Her interests and hobbies include reading, gardening and walking her dog.

Avril Trewhella

Avril joined the practice in 2004 and assists with Accounts and Tax preparation.

She has gained a number of qualifications including Pitman Bookkeeping and Accounts Level 1, City & Guilds Bookkeeping and Accounts Level 2 and ICS Bookkeeping and Accounts Level 1 & 2.

Her interests and hobbies include gardening, especially growing her own vegetables, reading, crosswords and jigsaws.

Laura Hosken BMus (Hons) AATQB

Laura joined us in August 2009 as Secretary/Receptionist and is now Accounts Assistant to Trystan.

She attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff where she obtained BMus (Hons). Laura has recently completed AAT 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Laura is a member of several bands and orchestras in West Cornwall playing various genres from big band jazz to orchestral music. In her spare time Laura enjoys walking the coast paths of Cornwall.

Katie Hocking

Katie joined the team in June 2021 and will be an additional Accounts Assistant to all 3 client  managers.


She has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Portsmouth University but after the birth of her daughter decided to change careers, achieving a Merit in her AAT level 4 Professional diploma in Accounting and becoming a member of the Association of Accounting  Technicians.


In her spare time, she enjoys watching all types of sport and where possible attending live      sporting events especially the rugby where she supports the Irish national team. She also enjoys music and attending live performances whenever possible. Her other hobbies and interests include swimming, fishing and spending time outdoors and travelling with her family.

Bridget Lewis MAAT

Bridget joined the team in September 2021.  She works as an Accounts Assistant.


Outside of work she is a busy mum, supporting local football teams.  Bridget is a keen runner, who also enjoys walks on the coast path and socialising with friends.

Natalie Stephens

Natalie joined us in September 2009 as Receptionist and dealt with all of our typing and administration in reception. 

Her duties and responsibilities have grown since joining us and she now deals with all the marketing aspects of the firm, maintenance of the website and social media platforms and all of our advertising, together with being an assistant to Phil and Neil, the company Directors.

Also since joining us, Nat has gained an NVQ in Business and Administration, together with Text Processing and Word Processing qualifications.

Her interests and hobbies include reading, travelling, spending time with friends and running around after her young family!

Michele Forward

Michele joined us in February 2024 as Receptionist and deals with all our typing and administration in Reception.

Michele worked for many years in local Solicitors' offices where she gained a Diploma in Legal Accounts with the Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators (ILCA). 

After spending the last 10 years working from home on a self-employed basis, she was keen to once again work as part of a team in office setting.  Crane and Johnston seemed the perfect place to do so as her late mum previously worked for the firm. 

Outside of work, Michele's interests include sewing, knitting, baking and other crafts, as well as taking care of her two pet cats.

To contact our Penzance office please call 01736 366433