About Us

Set up by Michael Ghersie in 2003, MG Associates Accountants has expanded into the South Hams and Cornwall, and now has offices in Torquay, Kingsbridge and Cawsand. We are well on our way to becoming one of the most progressive and innovative Professional Services Firms in the area.

Using state of the art Cloud Computing Systems and the latest Software Packages we can access our data remotely which allows us to work anywhere, including at our Clients’ premises.

Appointments can always be made for meetings at any of the firm’s offices:

Devon
Torquay & Kingsbridge
Cornwall
Cawsand

How our team works:

  • We offer our clients a very hands-on personalised service.
  • Our clients want us to really understand their business.
  • Clients expect to get in depth help and advice.
  • Having successfully run our own businesses we are able to do this.
  • We understand the challenges our clients are facing.
  • This gives them the resources of a national practice, without the associated costs – to the benefit of our clients.
  • Phone calls and meetings for ad hoc advice are free.
  • If we need to do research or specific work on a project, we will agree with the client the work to be done and the fee, before we start any work.
  • We don’t believe in surprise bills!

MG Associates (MGA) are Accountants, Business & Tax advisors, and offer services in the following sectors: Manufacturing, Finance, Construction, Wholesale, Retail, Marine, Leisure, Engineering, Hotels, Pubs and Restaurants.

The team

Marlene Baylis – Managing Director

Marlene began her career in Local Government where she gained a sound grounding in administration and working within the confines of red tape and bureaucracy. In 1995 she decided to go it alone, opening her first retail outlet in a major shopping mall. Within three years, she had a very successful retail business operating 4 shops, all in major shopping malls. 10 years later she sold her business and retired. She was persuaded out of retirement to join MG Associates in 2007 as Practice Manager where she brings her administrative and retail skills as well as her entrepreneurial flair. By managing the ‘back room’ administration, the operational staff are able to concentrate on servicing our clients. She provides clients with an easy point of contact for anyone with problems which need solving. She understands the problems associated with running owner-managed businesses and balancing this with a home life.

Michael Ghersie MBA – Consultant

Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) in the City of London in 1975. He then spent 10 years overseas working first in Investment Banking in the Middle East, before joining Philip Morris as a Marketing Executive promoting the Marlboro brand in the Middle East and Europe. During this time he completed his MBA at the Cranfield School of Management. Since returning to the UK in the mid 1980s he has followed an entrepreneurial career investing in a series of ventures and company buy-outs. During this time he bought into a UK-based manufacturing company where he became Managing Director and developed the Company into the world market leader for its products, exporting over 200 million units per month, mainly to the EC and the Far East. Another company buy-in brought him to Devon in 2000 and he went on to setup MG Associates (MGA) in 2003.


Tiffany Jessop – BA Hons – Client Manager

Tiffany joined MGA in 2012 after achieving a BA Honours in Accounting and Finance, where she reaffirmed her love for numbers. A born and bred Devon girl, she has now developed her own client base, dealing with the delivery of all aspects of tax and accounting, to which she brings a wealth of new and dynamic ideas.



Nikita Preston – Client Manager.

Nikita joined us in November 2015 to continue her training within MAAT, rapidly completing level 3 and she is now studying for her final level, before becoming MAAT qualified. She started her career studying a Business and Finance degree, for which she gained a double distinction merit. She provides us with youthful enthusiasm and is keen on all aspects of media marketing. Always ready with useful  help and advice to any client she feels she can support.



Daryl Brandi – Client Manager.

Daryl Brandi – Client Manager.

Daryl joined us in March 2018 after gaining 5 years accountancy practice experience with various companies around the South West.He has completed his AAT Level 3 and will look to complete his level 4 in the near future. He brings a great deal of general business experience, particularly in the agricultural sector, as well as the other leisure-related businesses found in the South West. He has an excellent work ethic and brings and and insightful aspect to our business by delivering an in depth service service to our clients and is always willing to go the extra mile to help his clients as much as possible to further develop their business.

Outside of work Daryl unfortunately follows Tottenham Hotspur Football Club religiously where he has resigned himself to constant failure year in year out; he also has a very vast knowledge of all sports. He also loves spending time with his 5 year old sonaftere work and on weekends.



Vicki Thorn – Accounts Assistant

Vicki Thorn – Accounts Assistant

Vicki joined our Kingsbridge team in mid-February. She has completed the AAT stage 3 qualifications and is looking to be fully qualified by next year. Previously, Vicki worked as an Accounts Apprentice at a local company but wanted to branch out and further her experience within an accounting practice. She is now getting practical hands-on experience developing her accounting and tax skills in the real world within our practice. She is also enjoying getting to know the clients in her portfolio and helping them to to develop their busiensses and make more money!

Vicki is a local girl and is our third recruit from the Kingsbridge Community College. She can be found spending her weekends exploring the South Hams with her trusted four legged companion, Murphy! We also hear she is a mean paddle-boarder who might give complementary lessons, if asked nicely!