Ford Campbell Freedman

The Entrepreneurs' Choice

FCF is one of Yorkshire’s leading independent firms of accountants and business advisers.

We work solely with entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses and help them overcome any challenges to achieve their business and personal goals.

Our enviable reputation is built on working in partnership with our clients, providing strategic advice at every stage of the business lifecycle.

From starting out in business and securing development funding to planning an exit and protecting your wealth in retirement, we are with you every step of the way.

Corporate finance is at the heart of our offering to entrepreneurs and owner manage businesses. As a niche provider we have unrivalled sector expertise and industry contacts. Our team has advised on deals worth more than £100m.

Our reputation for finding the right buyers, getting deals over the line and achieving maximum value for clients is second to none – that’s why we are The Entrepreneurs’ Choice.

Our services include:

About us

FCF is an independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers.

From our offices in Leeds city centre, our team of 30 staff and partners work closely with clients in relationships that are built on trust and understanding.

Our team of partners and other specialists offer a broad range of expertise and skills and provide a high level of personal service. Many members of our team have worked with Top 10 firms.

What makes us different

We believe successful relationships are with advisers who are approachable, experienced and passionate about your business. 

fcf specialises in working with entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses and has a wealth of experience in advising businesses like yours. 

We offer:

  • Unrivalled corporate finance expertise
  • An established team, guaranteeing you continuity of service and dedicated professionals who really understand your business
  • Our team of tax specialists is the largest and the most experienced outside of the Big 4
  • We are relationship driven and have been working with many of our clients for more than 20 years


’fcf can trace its roots back to the 1930s when my father set up E Freedman & Co.

I took over at the helm in the 1970s and the firm, now called Freedman Ross, became Yorkshire’s leading independent firm of chartered accountants specialising in advising owner managed businesses

Right from the start we have been helping owner managers sort out their problems, raise finance, negotiate with shareholders and lenders and extract wealth– we were doing corporate finance before anyone knew what the term meant!

We have always been passionate about helping the region’s entrepreneurs and SMEs grow and achieve their goals.

In the early 1980s when the banks were going through another of their non-lending phases we decided to take action and help SMEs gain access to much needed funding to grow their business.

Together with Barry Anysz, we set up Capital for Companies, which was the UK’s first provider of private equity capital for companies.

Through the Government’s Business Expansion Scheme, which was designed to provide tax breaks to individuals prepared to invest in smaller companies, we helped hundreds of entrepreneurs secure investment.

Many of those small and fledgling enterprises have since grown into successful companies and are still clients of fcf today.

In 2003, Freedman Ross merged with Ford Campbell in Manchester to form Ford Campbell Freedman. They shared our philosophy and passion for entrepreneurship and had unrivalled corporate finance expertise, making our offering to owner managers second to none.

Our long history and experience has proved invaluable to the region’s entrepreneurs and today we are helping the great-grandchildren of the firm’s original clients. We have lived though many recessions, downturns, credit crunches as well as periods of enormous growth and have always been there working in partnership with owner managers and SMEs helping them overcome their challenges and realise their goals.’


Michael Freedman,
Chairman Ford Campbell Freedman
Former President of the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants

Meet the team

Julia Barnard Partner

Tel: 0113 245 7222


Julia has over 30 years of experience working with companies and business owners, advising them and helping them manage their tax affairs.  She is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with BDO in Nottingham before moving to join the tax team at Grant Thornton in Leeds. More recently she has been a Tax Director at national firm Bentley Jennison in Leeds.

Widely experienced in all tax aspects of owner managed businesses, she is a trusted adviser to clients across the whole commercial spectrum.  She provides specialist advice to numerous high net worth individuals and is the adviser of choice for the provision of tax efficient structures in respect of business sales, purchases, management buyouts and corporate restructuring.

Julia loves horse racing and has been a member of various horse owning syndicates.  Currently she has a share in Veloce (which is Italian for speed) and is hoping that he lives up to his name.

Lisa Calvert Partner

Tel: 0113 245 7222


Lisa is an experienced business adviser and qualified Chartered Accountant, completing her ACA training with the firm (too many years ago to mention!).

She has extensive experience in advising clients on a wide range of business matters, from preparing accounts and delivering annual audit, to planning for growth, raising finance and ultimately how to structure an exit. She thoroughly enjoys working with entrepreneurs and helping them to achieve their goals!

Lisa works with owner managed businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing, advertising and marketing, contracting, retail and property development.

With a young family Lisa’s home life is now as busy as her work life although she still loves cooking and eating out whenever possible – it just involves taking more in her handbag these days! 

She has also been known to throw out some shapes on the catwalk of the Leeds Young Professionals Fashion Show!

Dale Coleman Partner

Tel: 0113 245 7222


At FCF Dale has spent the majority of his time working with the key owner managed clients and, as a result, has an in depth knowledge of their businesses and requirements. He has also spent time working closely with some of our clients on acquisitions and disposals.

He now heads a large portfolio of clients across a wide range of different sectors.

Away from the office, Dale has a young family and enjoys spending quality time with them.  He also enjoys going to and watching sporting events when time permits.

David Lister Senior Manager

Tel: 0113 245 7222


David is an experienced tax professional who qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 1998. He joined FCF in 2009 having moved from a national practice and has never looked back (so he says!). David has considerable experience in advising individuals and owner managed businesses on a wide range of tax related matters such as share incentive plans, corporate transactions and tax efficient remuneration planning. He loves to get involved in complex technical issues and thrives on mitigating tax liabilities through careful planning. He also manages the firm’s corporate tax and personal tax compliance functions.

When David is not in the office (hardly ever!) he enjoys running and watching most sports, especially his son playing football. He also enjoys spending time socialising with his family and friends.

Interesting Facts (not) – David Lister High School in Hull was not named after him and he has never appeared in Red Dwarf

Anton Sydor Audit Manager

Tel: 0113 245 7222


Anton qualified with FCF in 2016 and brings over 10 years of experience providing audit, accountancy and business advice for businesses across the UK.

During his career, Anton has spent his time working with diverse and forward thinking businesses and building strong, long lasting relationships with clients.

Anton has a unique commercial insight and experience into the requirements and internal workings of owner managed businesses.

This drives his passion for understanding clients' challenges and goals while working in a friendly and supportive manner to provide proactive solutions.

Away from work Anton is a keen golfer and spends any chance he can working on reducing his handicap much to the disappointment of his partner.



Tim Fitch Senior Manager

Tel: 0113 245 7222


Tim joined the tax team at FCF in July 2017 from international firm RSM, where he was an Associate Director.

He started his tax career with the Inland Revenue (now HM Revenue & Customs), and spent 12 years working in various tax offices in Yorkshire and the Midlands. Tim has subsequently worked for a number of accountancy practices, both large and small, and in that time has headed up various tax compliance teams. He specialises in personal and partnership taxation, and also has experience in dealing with residence issues and HMRC enquiries.

Away from the office, Tim’s hobbies include cricket (more watching than playing nowadays), walking and birdwatching. More recently he has resumed his long-lost musical career, performing regularly as the bass player in a local covers band!

Stacey Selby Business Services Manager

Tel: 0113 245 7222



Stacey started her accountancy career at a top 20 firm where she developed a wealth of knowledge in working with owner managed businesses.

Her early career was spent working closely with entrepreneurs covering all aspects of their businesses. She also specialises in charity accounts and finance and is a trustee of a grant making Trust.

In her spare time when she’s not fishing or camping with her family you will find her agonising over her fantasy football team!