The Team


We firmly believe that the 'TEAM' us AND
you will always achieve more together

We take a slightly different view to most other firms when it comes to the 'TEAM'. You see, our view is simple: the TEAM comprises of US AND YOU, not just us.

That's why we work so hard to build a solid relationship with you and all our other clients. It's what helps set us apart from all other accounting firms.

In fact the TEAM ETHOS we work to is the key ingredient in forging a successful relationship with you.

Having said that, let us introduce ourselves to you. Here's a brief introduction to the partners and staff...


Mark Hislop BSc Hons ACIB MBA


Mark is a qualified banker and has helped hundreds of owner-managed businesses to prosper and financially manage the challenges of growth. His unique experience as banker, investor and advisor has developed an innovative and proven approach to tackling even the most complex financial situations any business can face.

Mark holds a First Class Honors degree from UMIST as well as a MBA with distinction from Manchester Business School, where his dissertation covered the funding gap experienced by SMEs.

Outside the office Mark is a keen football fan and an avid supporter of Newport County he will be celebrating their return to football league after 25 years for some time! Every winter he tries to head to the slopes to indulge in a bit of skiing whilst closer to home he is a keen runner and has recently taken up cycling.

A rock music fan, he is still coming to terms with the fact that some of the team were not born when the music he uses for his ring tones was originally released!


Steve Bickerton FCCA


Steve qualified as an accountant in 1994 and has since helped hundreds of owner-managed businesses to prosper and help them to financially manage the challenges of growth.

His unique and proven approach to tackling even the most complex financial situations any business can face has helped him to create and develop his accountancy firm into one of the UKs most forward-thinking firms. A former finance director for a residential and commercial property developer, he regularly advises owners and senior managers on dealing with the wide spectrum finance-related issues that many businesses face. Having sat on both sides of the fence Steve has a clear understanding of the many issues business owners and Finance Directors / Controllers face on a day to day basis. This has helped Steve in his role as compliance partner in the firm.

Steve enjoys all sports, is a keen golfer and is a member of Llanishen Golf Club in Cardiff. Steve also enjoys Mountain Biking and can often be seen climbing the hills North of Cardiff or taking part in charity rides.

Steve loves all 80s music much to the annoyance of the younger members of the team.


Iwan Jones ACA

Audit Manager

Iwan is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has significant experience within audit and accounting fields having worked within the audit department of a leading regional practise since leaving University.

Iwan, originally from Caernarfon is a fluent Welsh Speaker and moved to Cardiff where he gained a 2.1 Maths degree at Cardiff University.

Iwan joined Advantage Accountancy & Advisory LLP in February 2012 and has quickly settled in and is an important decision maker in the organisation.

Iwan is a keen runner at 10k and half marathon distances and has impressive times for both. Iwan has also represented Wales in both cross county running and swimming at school boy level.

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