Matt Leggett BFP FCA

Matt is a chartered accountant and our founder and managing director.

His career in accountancy began in 1998 at a large regional firm of chartered accountants initially putting stamps on letters and distributing the internal post, although quickly moving into the corporate team.

It was in the corporate team he found his inner geek and took an instant liking to corporate reporting and technical issues and even used to read accounting standards in his spare time (seriously, we're not kidding!).

That thirst for technical knowledge led Matt to qualify, firstly with the Association of Accounting Technicians in 2003 and then with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2007, becoming a fellow in 2018.

After spending time managing the corporate teams of two top 40 firms, the time was right to try things out for himself, and externalaccounts was born.

Outside of work Matt likes to spend time with his family, eating out and enjoy the odd holiday abroad.

Chloe Glacken ACCA

Chloe qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2018 having previously qualified with the Association of Accounting Technicians in June 2015.

Chloe joined externalaccounts in 2019, having previously worked for externalservices since 2015. She is a supervisor and provides our full service to a variety of clients.

During her time at externalservices, Chloe provided virtual financial controller services to clients in the renewable energy sector. Before joing our sister company, Chloe had worked in the housing and agricultural sectors including working for COFCO International, a large grain merchant and Circle Housing, one of the UK’s largest affordable housing providers.

Billy French ACIS

Billy is the founder and managing director of externalservices.

He read law at the University of Hull and trained as a lawyer and qualified as a chartered company secretary in 2008. He provides commercial, corporate and construction law advice.

He has over 15 years of experience in the oil & gas, renewable energy and civil construction sectors, together with recent experience in the banking and finance sector. He has held key positions within the businesses of previous employers and has negotiated multi-million pound construction contracts for onshore and offshore projects in the UK and several foreign jurisdictions including the USA, Mexico, Malaysia, Libya and Qatar.

Billy has previously worked at FTSE 100 company Severn Trent plc, SLP Engineering Ltd and Triodos Bank N.V.

Billy is also chairman of the local branch of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Julie Marquiss

Julie leads our Company Secretarial team and has over 30 years’ experience providing company secretarial services.

She deals with routine compliance matters and ad hoc projects, such as the incorporation of new entities, restructuring and dissolution of companies.

Julie has previously worked at KPMG, TMF Group and Grant Thornton and counts household names amongst her client list.