At Zen we absolutely love Music, Film, Television and the arts. We are privileged to be able to take care of the financial side of our client’s business, to help them to concentrate on being creative.

Welcome to Zen Chartered Accountants

Meet Our Team

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Craig Williams BA(Hons) FCA FRSA

Originally a musician, Craig trained to be a Chartered Accountant in Bristol whilst being a director of a small independent record company. On qualifying in 1993 he worked in London for a number of accountancy practices that specialized in music business clients

In 1995 Craig returned to Bristol to work as a consultant for a local accountancy practice, retaining some of his London clients. In late 1999 he set up his own practice ‘MWM’ with some former colleagues. Craig worked in the company until ‘Zen’ was set up in 2014. Craig deals exclusively with entertainment and media businesses, with his particular expertise being music industry.

Craig has acted as a retained advisor to the Musician’s Union nationally on cross border taxation for touring artistes, and was chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Entertainment and Media Industry Special Interest Group for 13 years.

His current voluntary posts include Treasurer of The Basement Studio (a youth music project). Community first responder for the South West Ambulance Service and an operational team member of Avon and Somerset Search and Cliff Rescue (the local Mountain Rescue team). Craig is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In parallel with his work in practice he has operated an artiste management business, and has managed some internationally successful acts.

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Mike Donovan (Consultant)

Mike has always worked within the music and entertainment world – as accountant at a heavy-rock management company, then at the Robert Stigwood Organisation, at a time when they were very successful with artists such as Eric Clapton and the Bee Gees, and the Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar stage shows.

Since that time he has worked with hundreds of artists, including several of the biggest bands in the world, and iconic artists such as Johnny Cash, James Brown, Little Richard, and Brian Wilson. He now handles tour accounting and tax planning for many well-known names, as well as being the Business Manager for legendary band Motorhead.

Extended Team

Duncan Woodcock ACA CTA – Tax Manager
Julia Williams – Administration and Compliance

How We Do It

We believe that completing your accounts should be a simple process freeing you up to do what you do best, running your businesses or being creative. We have therefore highly systemised our business to ensure you don’t ever have to chase us, we’ll chase you and then keep you fully updated throughout the process for creating your returns and filing your accounts. Just another reason people choose Zen.

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