Our Team

Get to know our team, and find out how we are best suited to help you today.


Chris Cheeney


Chris, for most of his career, has worked in the finance sector– predominantly as a financial analyst for a large global organisation. In 2008,  when his wife Sara, set up her Aesthetics Clinic & Salon, he used this experience to get to grips with Sara’s numbers and help her take control of the business by setting budgets and targets, without having to do it for her.

In 2013, after a call with consultant Simon Lotinga who thought Chris could give the level of support and expertise that salon owners truly needed, CDC Accounting was born.  CDC exists today to help business owners to make more money, have more time and make the business of making money as easy as possible!

Chris is married to Sara, has 2 children Eve and Tomi, a miniature sausage-dog called Polly and also keeps chickens and pigs. As well as motorbike enthusiast, he’s a keen footballer and has set up an U7’s mixed football team to bring children away from the Xbox, and is the treasurer for Llangollen Youth Football Club. Chris is on the School Governors at his children’s local school and also works with Cylch Meithrin (early years children) helping them be financially stable and provide the best service to their children that they can.


Chris’s big goal is to one day own a Porsche 911 in Blu

Practice Manager

Joanne McArdle

Joanne joined the company in Jan 2020 to head up the accounts team at CDC Accounting. Joanne is an ACCA Accountant, and first contacted Chris Cheeney the MD of CDC Accounting in Oct 2018 as she was looking for an accountancy firm who specialise in working with Salon Owners.
In a previous life Joanne worked in a chain of salons for 14 years as the Managing Director where she dealt with everything from staff appraisals to producing salon financials.
We believe Joanne is a great addition to the CDC team and is well educated in salons and accounts to be a great asset to the businesses we work with moving forward.
Joanne has a busy life outside of work with 2 boys Jake & Freddie to look after and a wedding to plan this year.

Trainee Accountant

Abbie Randles


Abbie joined the team in 2017 at just 17, with a background in the hospitality sector, she was regarded as an exceptional student by her local college accounting accessor and passed her exams with distinctions. She is currently studying level 4 AAT and hoping to do just as well.

Ambitious Abbie’s favourite quote is “Believe you can and you are already halfway there, ” she’s  got a promising career ahead of her. Her favourite thing to do in Llangollen is go for a walk along the river, especially when it’s sunny.

Performance Management Accountant

Sarah Elphee


Chartered Accountant Sarah has experience managing a £50m+turnover company and joined CDC in 2018 where she monitors account performance and helps clients feel positive towards their financials. Sarah has worked with M.D Chris Cheeney on two separate businesses and they’ve known each other for over 10 years!

She believes, “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like,” and loves to have a scone and a cup of tea at the Llangollen tearooms with her husband Ryan and two children Ozzy and Evie.

Payroll Administrator

Lisa Rothery

Lisa has 16 years’ pharmacy experience before joining CDC on a new  career path. She now processes and manages the payroll departments for clients and provides education around the ever-changing payroll legislation.

Lisa loves the quote, “The toughest journeys often lead to the most beautiful destinations,” and regards her colleagues as family. Her favourite thing to do in Llangollen with her own family is to eat at the Cornmill followed by an ice-cream, and to see Thomas the Tank Engine when he’s in town!

Apprentice Accountant

Ryan Wiliams


After completing his A-Levels at Ysgol Dinas Bran, Ryan joined CDC in May 2019 where he now helps clients with their receipt banking and develops his accountancy skills with the support from our experienced accountants.

Ryan has a love of learning, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  His favourite thing to do in Llangollen is to visit the International Eisteddfod and to walk along the canal.

Project Leader for Customer Satisfaction

Chris Blackwood


With 16 years’ experience in customer service, Chris joined the team in June 2019. Before this he was managing the Llangollen Post Office and his recent Payroll training means not only can he ensure our customers are happy but can answer any related Payroll questions.

He’s not afraid to stand out, “Don’t be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everybody else!”  Chris spends his time locally, soaking up the views of Llangollen whilst walking his French Bulldog Indie with his husband Damian.

Team events that we all enjoy together include:

– Xero Roadshows

– Lunch out playing pool

– Lunchtime walks

– Breakout

– Jason Manford

We are looking forward to future events, including: ice skating, skiing, rafting, watching rugby, and trying to get an event in at least once every quarter!

Contact Us

Support! If you require some support please use this link to the right to generate the Team Viewer App, please send an email to chris@CDCaccounting.com and we can schedule some time to help you.



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