Michael Hallybone F.C.A.

Michael is one of the founding members of the firm. After qualifying in 1976 he spent some time with a City practice and now heads up the firms Private Client team.

He has extensive experience in advising individual clients on Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estate planning and advising Corporate clients on creating tax efficient business structures for both UK and International operations. Michael likes nothing more than to provide a client with an innovative solution to whatever challenge they may be facing.
Michael’s passions in life (apart from work!) are good food, good wine and holidaying in Suffolk and Italy.


Andrew Mate F.C.A.

Andy qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985. After qualifying he developed his skills working as a client portfolio manager with a provincial Firm. He gained his practising certificate in 1988 and shortly after set about developing his own practice. In late 1989 he and Michael joined forces to create Platt Rushton. 

After further study in the 90’s Andy passed the ICAEW’s financial advisors certification, and in 1997 became a Fellow. He is authorised by the ICAEW for Audit work. 

Over the last two decades Andy has been instrumental in driving the practise from a small general practices, to one of the leading firms of Chartered Accountants in the area. Alongside his general portfolio work Andy specialises in large corporate, and high net worth private clients. He is fully conversant with the complex commercial, financial and legal and tax issues facing them. He is equally at home in the boardroom, as sitting researching a piece of international tax law.

In addition to day to day audit accounts and tax assignments Andy routinely deals with complex tax work, group structuring, acquisition & mergers, corporate finance and UK and international consulting assignments. Andy also deals with much of the practices Estate planning/Wealth management, and trust work. He also consults various legal and financial firms on land, property and agricultural transactions.

Andy professes to be a workaholic, but somehow finds time for his pastimes. In his youth he was a professional sailing instructor, and can at weekends often be found on the water apparently ‘getting his hours up’ for his yachtmasters ticket. In the winter Andy and his family have a love for Skiing. A pastime they have enjoyed together for the past 25 years. In between Andy is a keen golfer, and if he doesn’t answer the phone will be found on a golf course or in the garage tinkering with one of his car restoration projects.


Duncan Sheekey F.C.A.

Duncan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 and is the remaining founder member of Platt Rushton. He specialises in small and medium sized enterprises on all business, advisory and taxation issues. He is also the firm’s Compliance Partner.

Duncan is actively involved as the Treasurer and Committee Member of South Essex Society of Chartered Accountants and is the Courses Chairman for the Southend on Sea Chartered Accountants Group. He also arranges internal and external training courses for the firm.

Duncan is known for his adventurous holidays with many trips to Arctic and Antarctic regions including setting foot on the North Pole in 2001. He supports a number of charitable trusts relating to Polar Regions and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is also a keen supporter of The National Trust, English Heritage and RSPB.

Duncan has visited all 92 football clubs in England, watching Southend United every week. He is now working his way through major stadiums throughout Europe.


Graham Powling F.C.A.

Graham joined Platt Rushton in 1995 and having trained with the firm and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, was promoted to partner in 2009.  Since that time, he has continued to develop his professional skills and manages a large portfolio of personal and corporate clients, dealing with a variety of sectors and tax compliance and planning matters. He has headed up our audit department for many years.

Graham understands the importance of listening to clients and supporting and working alongside them to find practical solutions to their problems.

Away from work, Graham enjoys spending time with his family and travelling whenever possible. He is an active member of his local church, enjoys pottering in the garden, playing the odd round of golf and following cricket. Although he still appreciates theatre, films and music, this is now vicariously through his children. He has learnt an awful lot about Disney.