Meet the Management Team

John Bell


Senior Partner

Non-contentious probate Practitioner

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

He graduated with BA (Hons) from Liverpool’s John Moores University in 1986. He then moved to London, where he worked for Grant Thornton and Smith & Williamson during which time he gained his qualification as a Chartered Accountant.

In 1994 John gained his Insolvency Licence and established Clarke Bell. Since then John has gained extensive expertise in all matters relating to the strategies and practicalities of both Corporate and Personal Insolvencies.

John also has the SWAT UK Certificate in Probate and Estate Administration qualification and handles our probate cases.

Here is what a client said about John…

I am very grateful to John at Clarke Bell.

He gave me good, sensible advice which meant that we were able to find the best possible solution for our clients, brokers and staff members.

Toyah Poole


Head of Insolvency (overseeing Corporate and Personal Insolvency)

Non-contentious probate Manager

Toyah is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and a Chartered Certified Accountant.

She has been with Clarke Bell for more than 17 years, having started here after leaving school. She then rapidly gained the AAT Accounting Qualification, the ACCA Accounting Qualification, the CPI Insolvency Qualification and the JIEB Insolvency Qualification.

She remains one of the youngest Insolvency professionals in the country to have qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner by the age of 26.

Her specialities include Administrations, Creditor Voluntary Liquidations (CVLs), Creditor Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) and Members Voluntary Liquidations (MVLs).

Toyah also has the SWAT UK Certificate in Probate and Estate Administration qualification and handles our probate cases.

Here is what a client said about Toyah…

Toyah is that rare commodity in insolvency of being technically excellent whilst also retaining a sense of humour and the personal skills to help clients through what is a difficult part of their business life.

I have always found her work to be excellent and she has always kept me up to speed with the progress of affairs when I have referred work to her.

I would have no hesitation in referring work to Toyah now and in the future.

Katie Dixon


Corporate Insolvency Manager

Non-contentious probate Manager

Katie is an Insolvency Practitioner.

She joined Clarke Bell after leaving school at 16. She has successfully passed the NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration, and the CPI Insolvency Qualification. She has also passed the Level 3 Diploma in Business & Administration which gives her a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of general business. Most recently she passed the JIEB Insolvency Qualification to become an Insolvency Practitioner.

In her 13+ years at Clarke Bell, Katie has become a specialist in Creditor Voluntary Liquidations (CVLs) and liaising with company directors and their creditors to ensure the process is managed correctly and smoothly for all concerned.

As well as CVLs, Katie also specialises in Members Voluntary Liquidations (MVLs) helping company directors to close down their solvent business in the most tax effective way.

Katie also has the SWAT UK Certificate in Probate and Estate Administration qualification and handles our probate cases.

Here is what a client said about Katie…

I would like to thank you for the efficient and painless way you have handled this MVL.

If I can act as a reference for any potential clients I would be very pleased to do so, and would have only good things to say about you/Clarke Bell.

Jessica Williams


Corporate Insolvency, Assistant Manager

Jessica is another member of the Corporate Team to join Clarke Bell after leaving school at 16.

In the 11+ years since then, Jessica has achieved success in the NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration, as well as the AAT Accounting Qualification and the CPI Insolvency Qualification. She is currently studying to become a Chartered Certified Accountant with the ACCA Qualification.

Jessica specialises in Creditor Voluntary Liquidations (CVLs).

Here is what a client said about Jessica…

Just wanted to thank you for today’s meeting and the kindness and compassion you showed us at this difficult time.

We didn’t expect to be treated with such dignity. Thank you so much.

Tim Slater


Marketing Manager

Tim has more than 20 years experience in professional services marketing, following his degree and post-graduate diploma in Marketing.

He has been with Clarke Bell for more than 13 years and his role is to help the firm with its business development in retaining existing clients and securing new ones.

Here is what a client said about Tim…

I just wanted to say how impressed I have been with every aspect of the MVL process.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with yourself and your very professional company.

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