Our People

Our 30+ strong team contains vast amounts of experience, and is led by our three highly dedicated directors; Phaedra Bird, John Cowan and Debbie Clague – whose illustrious careers have been built on the Island.

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Phaedra Bird

Managing Director

Phae is Managing Director of Crowe Isle of Man LLC, specialising in accounting, outsourcing and fiduciary services.  Phae also looks after our HR function.

Phae was born and educated in Douglas, then left the Island to study at Leeds University.  Emerging four years later with a science degree, she started a career in accountancy.  Phae qualified as a chartered accountant at a Manchester firm, returning to work with us on the Isle of Man in 1998.  Phae has experience across a broad range of business sectors having worked with major players in sectors including construction, fiduciary, insurance, legal and manufacturing.

Phae is STEP qualified and was awarded The Overall Diploma in International Trust Management for 2016.

She is a also a committee member of the Isle of Man Institute of Directors.

Outside of work, Phae spends time with her family and enjoys travel (backpacker style!) and live music.  She is also a Pilates enthusiast and loves to go walking.

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John Cowan

Director

John is the Senior Director of our firm, and has specialised in tax and fiduciary services for over 30 years.  A Manxman by birth, John attended school locally and then obtained his degree in Accounting and Finance at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 1981.

He then joined the largest firm of chartered accountants on the Island and began to specialise in tax, becoming pa to the senior tax partner.  He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984.

Outside work, John is currently a non-executive director of 5 Captive Insurance companies as well as the Manx Utilities Authority, the government body responsible for the Islands electricity, water and sewerage facilities.

His other interests include a season ticket to Goodison Park and, having recently relinquished the role as our firm’s CEO and reduced his hours with a view to retirement in 2020, lots of DIY!

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Debbie Clague

Director

Debbie is a director of our firm and is Managing Director of Crowe Audit LLC and Pinnacle Book-Keeping Limited.  Born and educated in Douglas, she gained a 1st class degree in Accounting and Finance from Liverpool John Moores University.  Debbie joined PWC where she qualified as a chartered accountant in 2004 and obtained 1st place locally in her professional and advanced exams.

Debbie has over a decade of audit experience, including public sector, not-for-profit, hotels, finance, retail, manufacturing and distribution. When not at work Debbie cares for her two young boys, loves to run, read, and walk the family collie, Jet.

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Diane Clarke

Director Crowe Trust Isle of Man Limited

Diane is a director for Crowe Trust Isle of Man Limited and has lead the Fiduciary team since 2015.  Diane started in the fiduciary industry in 1991 and has seen many changes in the fiduciary market. Diane has worked for a number of large fiduciary providers and notes that whilst many fiduciary providers from the early 1990s are no longer in existence Crowe Trust Isle of Man Limited has remained and successfully grown for over 35 years.  Diane is an Associate of the Institute of Secretaries and has experience across a wide arrange of fiduciary matters.

Outside of work, Diane has three children, one of which has a passion for tennis, keeping Diane very busy managing this “budding” professional career.

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Andy McLarney

Senior Manager Business Solutions

Andy has over 20 years’ experience as an accountant in the IOM financial sector after moving from the UK in 1994.  Andy gained his accountancy and Audit experience with BDO, he then joined the Whitebridge Group and oversaw the development of the audit, fiduciary and accounting business for over 17 years.  During this time Andy has developed significant advisory experience specifically in trading companies and property investment structures.  Andy joined Crowe Isle of Man LLC in July 2014 as part of the Whitebridge Group Acquisition.  In Andy’s spare time he finds time to play for a local football team.

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Pam Harvey

Senior Tax Manager

Pam was born and educated on the Island, and enjoyed spending time with her father farming when not in school.  However, she started a career in accountancy with KPMG and after gaining her first accountancy qualification AAT, she joined our firm to train as a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 2004.  She obtained first place locally in her professional exams.

Immediately post qualification Pam went into the private sector before returning to practice in 2009. Pam has over a decade of tax and accounting experience, a lot of which she gained within our firm and is now responsible primarily for our corporate tax clients.

Outside of work, Pam enjoys spending time with her young family and cycling.

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Kimberley Moughtin

New Business Development/Marketing Manager

Kimberley leads the Business Development team and is the marketing manager for CCW and Pinnacle Book-Keeping Limited. Kimberley came to the Island in 1987, attending Ballakermeen High School. She then specialised in investments at Axa, Bank of Scotland and Hansard, successfully taking several Securities Institute exams. Since then, Kimberley has been running and selling her own businesses. She bought, ran and sold a group of corner shops in the UK, moved to Spain where she owned a bar and restaurant and a nursery, before returning to the Isle of Man where she has run a pension trustee company and a profitable cleaning firm. Prior to joining Pinnacle in November 2012, Kimberley ran quidsin.com, a well known promotion company for local businesses. Her experience makes her a great fit for local clients, being able to genuinely relate to and understand their needs, concerns and aspirations.

When not working, and not acting as a taxi for the family, Kimberley likes to run with her border collies ‘Mucky’ and ‘Marley’.

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Chris Dent

Audit Manager

Chris was born and educated in the Isle of Man and studied for his degree at the IOM Business School. Chris trained on island and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2013.  In 2014 Chris came to work for Crowe. Chris leads the audit team, consisting of 6 members. Audits include public authorities, charities and local business. Chris is a keen member of Crown Green Bowls club in Port Erin.

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Caroline Lyon

Manager Business Solutions

Caroline was born and educated on the Isle of Man, before leaving to study accountancy at Lancaster University. Returning to the island, she trained and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1993. Caroline has a track record of over 20 years accounting and auditing on the island, within a broad range of public authorities and large and small businesses. She leads the team on the ground in the busy accounting department.  Caroline is a keen rambler with the ladies Walkie Talkies Group.

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Karen Irving

Payroll Manager
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Elaine Rudge

Personal Tax Specialist

Elaine is our Personal Tax Specialist.

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