Meet the Team


Linda Gibson


Linda is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser, with a wealth of experience looking after owner-managed businesses, professional partnerships and medical practitioners. She also has significant expertise in technology-based companies, advising businesses all the way from start-up to their eventual sale to listed companies. In her spare time, Linda is a trustee of the Dreams Come True Charity and is also a volunteer for Tax Help.

Clients value her genuine interest in them and their business, and her tireless, supportive approach to helping them realise their goals.

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Gavin Whitter


Gavin is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. He has been advising owner-managed businesses for over 25 years and looks after our larger corporate clients, as well as heading up our Charity Division and Solicitors Division. In his spare time, he is a trustee director of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, having previously been a trustee director of The Royal Marines Museum. Gavin is Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and is also a member of its Development and Finance Committee.

Gavin is known for his quick intellect, and providing imaginative solutions to almost any problem. Clients value his ability to get straight to the heart of an issue, his positive attitude, and friendly, outgoing personality.


David Bourne

Senior Manager

Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2007, David has built up a huge amount of expertise in a wide range of business sectors. He is very technically minded, which is an invaluable quality for making sure our clients are compliant with even the most challenging legislation and regulations. In his spare time, David is a trustee director of Wymering Manor Trust where he chairs the finance sub committee.

Clients admire his ability to produce very complex and accurate information in even the most difficult circumstances. David is regarded as unflappable and ‘the rock’ for an increasing number of organisations.

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James Phelan

Assistant Manager

James qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with a local practice, before moving to an International Accounting firm to broaden his experience and work with larger businesses. James joined Gibson Whitter to be part of an exciting, fast growing practice and to work closely with a wide variety of clients. James has particularly strong IT skills and is known for his “can do” attitude.


Carla Venables

Senior Accounts and Audit Executive

Carla qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a local practice, before moving to a larger firm where she worked closely with the senior team members of Gibson Whitter. Carla couldn’t wait to join our new and dynamic practice and we were delighted to be able to add her to our team. Carla always approaches the most difficult of tasks with cheerfulness and dependability.


Luke Attrill

Accounts and Audit Executive

Luke is a qualified Accounting Technician and is part way through his Chartered Accountancy exams. Having joined Gibson Whitter as an accounting apprentice, Luke is already an important part of our team.


Denise McGregor

Payroll Manager

Denise is a hugely experienced accounting professional and has primary responsibility for managing our payroll bureau service. Always professional and friendly, Denise is a reassuring presence in this high-compliance area.


Ben Cambage

Senior Accounts Executive

Ben spent the first ten years of his career in public practice, before moving into a Financial Controller role for a group of companies with diversified investments ranging from technology through to property, leisure, and entertainment. After enjoying a successful number of years in this role, Ben took the opportunity to join the growing team at Gibson Whitter where he offers a depth of experience to our clients. Ben is a safe pair of hands and a resourceful member of our team.


Anita Riseborough

Management Accountant

Anita is a hugely experienced member of the team, with a background in both private practice and industry. Always helpful and friendly, Anita has high standards and is dedicated to getting the job done.


Olivia Stirman

Management Accountant

Olivia joined us from a commercial background and so naturally fits into providing our book-keeping and management accounts service to clients.


Bethany Blackburn

Receptionist and Administrator

Bethany is the person most likely to answer the phone, greet you when you arrive and make your coffee.