Our People

Meet the team behind Rupp & Fraser.

Chris Rupp FCA


After leaving school Chris started work in a family owned supermarket chain, but decided that a formal business qualification was needed to gain business experience, and started training to be a Chartered Accountant, initially with a firm in Exeter and then in Newton Abbot.

He then went to London and worked for a 14 partner City firm for four years before deciding to spend two years in the Caribbean working for one of the big international firms. Some of this time was spent sorting out major accounting problems in some of the smaller islands. On returning to the UK he was offered the position of audit manager to the then largest independent firm in the West Country and subsequently became a partner.

After five years he decided to set up independently and in 1986 C.Rupp & Co was born and later became Rupp & Fraser after Ian Fraser joined him in 1988. He has helped numerous businesses to get started and is especially keen to make sure that management information is a priority for clients and lives in Torquay.

His hobbies are music and photography.

Ian Fraser Bsc(Hons) FCA


After gaining a degree in Economics at University College London, Ian started his training with one of the big four International firms in London. Ian and his Wife then moved to Australia and spent time in Papua New Guinea before returning to Devon where he was an Audit Manager for the then largest local firm, and after a short time as a partner in a small Torquay practice joined Chris in 1988.

He has a considerable knowledge of personal, business and company tax matters and in recent years built up an expertise with Trusts and occasionally helps fellow professionals in this area. He looks after and advises a number of high net worth clients.

Married with two grown up children Ian is a keen cricketer playing for a local team and lives in Broadhempston.

Kas Symonds FCCA CTA


Kas was born and bred in Paignton and is a qualified Certified Chartered Accountant and he has recently passed the exams to become Chartered Tax Adviser. He covers a wide range of services for clients from the audits of limited companies and professional practices to advising them on their tax affairs. He regularly helps clients installing and producing management account information from various computerised accounting packages, which supplies them with the information to help clients grow their business. In recent years he has helped an increasing number of clients to transition their accounting records to Xero to enable compliance with HMRC's digitalisation of business records. He also helps with Sage and Quickbooks. He is married and lives in Newton Abbot with his Wife and young daughter and son.

Email: k.symonds@rupp-fraser.co.uk

Neil Southwood FMAAT

Best known to clients for looking after the ever increasing number of weekly and monthly payrolls and helping them to get to grips with the new Workplace Pension legislation. Once the client has decided on the pension company of their choice Neil takes over to ensure clients comply with the Auto Enrolment legislation. When not looking after payrolls he deals with a number of our retired and high net worth clients’ personal tax returns together with sole-traders’ and partnerships’ accounts and tax. He lives in Broadhempston and is a keen runner.

Email: payroll@rupp-fraser.co.uk

Elysia Barker ACCA BA(Hons)

Elysia has recently qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant and continues to help clients with their accounts and tax affairs, and like a number of us in the Office, helps clients to install and maintain their Cloud based accounting systems. She was educated at Torquay Girls Grammar School, and obtained her degree at Plymouth University, and lives in Torquay.

Email: Elysia@rupp-fraser.co.uk

Heather Walters

We are pleased to welcome Heather to our team who will be looking after clients’ Bookkeeping and VAT requirements and especially on Xero.

Heather is married with two children and lives locally.

Email: heather@rupp-fraser.co.uk