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Professional BackgroundPhoto of Frances Clark
Frances Clark qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001. She carried out her training with Robson Rhodes in Cambridge, one of the 12 largest firms of accountants in the UK . She worked in accounts production and audit and managed the internal audit of Cambridge University, reviewing all the departmental accounting systems and controls. Having lived in Keswick for many years previously, Frances then came back to Cumbria and worked as a senior manager for Dodd & Co. Chartered Accountants in Penrith. At Dodd & Co. she worked with small businesses and with medical GP partnerships in all areas of accounting and taxation. She was the firm’s charity specialist, preparing accounts in SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) format and carrying out independent examinations.

In 2005 Frances set up Keswick Accountants in order to provide a high quality personal service to the small businesses of Keswick and the surrounding area.


Work History
Frances graduated from Cambridge University in 1987. Prior to training as an accountant, she worked in theatre administration and management. Initially she worked in the West End and then moved to Cumbria to work as the administrator at the Carnegie Arts Centre in Workington in 1993. From 1994 – 1998 she was the Business Manager of the Century Theatre (the ‘Blue Box’) in Keswick, responsible for all aspects of the running of the business side of the theatre, including accounts, the marketing and the staff.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • National prize winner in the 2001 Final Exams for ICAEW
  • Diploma in Management Studies from the University of North London
  • Degree in Medical Sciences from Cambridge University

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