Our Team

For free initial advice or further information speak to any of our experienced team.

Giles Frampton - Partner

Giles is a Chartered Accountant (1982) and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner (1989). He is also a member of the Academy of Experts.  He trained with Thomson McLintock & Co in London and then moved to KPMG in Plymouth where he became a partner in 1991. Seeing the benefit of a niche practice dedicated to insolvency and expert witnessing he joined Richard Smith in 1994.

He is a recent past President of R3 and a member of its Policy Group and General Technical Committee. He is also an Editor of ‘Individual Voluntary Arrangements’ published by LexisNexis and lectures on insolvency topics. In past years he was the accounting member of the Lord Chancellor’s Rules committee, the JIEB personal insolvency paper Examiner and Chairman of the Insolvency Licensing Committee of the ICAEW.

Outside the profession he is chairman of the Exeter Diocesan Board of Finance.

He is married to Ruth, has two sons, one daughter-in-law and one grandson and in his spare time sings (tenor) watches cricket and gardens.

Hamish Adam - Partner

Hamish is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. He has over twenty five years of insolvency experience and was formerly a Senior Manager with the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Services practice of Ernst & Young in Exeter. He has both Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency and JIEB qualifications and experience in all sectors and types of corporate and non-corporate formal insolvency work.

Hamish has lived in the West Country since 1985 and is a family man. He lives in Exeter with his wife Helen and adult children. Outside work his interests include St Michaels & All Angels (C of E), Heavitree, hill walking, playing cricket, watching Exeter Chiefs and playing golf.

Ken Cole - Manager

After obtaining a degree in Accounting, Ken spent 12 months travelling around Australia before joining the Corporate Tax department of KPMG in Southampton. However, Ken decided to return to the West Country and joined Richard J Smith & Co in 1999 as an Insolvency Administrator. 

Since joining, Ken has gained experience in liquidations and Company Voluntary Arrangements and all aspects of personal insolvency. In 2002 he obtained the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency qualification and in 2007 qualified as a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. Ken is a Manager in the insolvency department.

Ken lives with his wife and two young sons in Ivybridge and his interests include following the fortunes of Plymouth Argyle and reading non-fiction.  Ken also helps out with the local Ivybridge Juniors football team and is a important member of the Richard J Smith & Co 5-a-side team.

Sam Bailey - Partner

Sam Bailey is a partner in the firm and is responsible for advising clients in respect of corporate and personal recovery and insolvency matters.

Sam joined Richard J Smith & Co in 2008 shortly after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, qualified as a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner in 2012 and became a partner in the firm in 2016.

He has experience of all formal personal and corporate insolvency processes, and has successfully completed assignments for clients that need restructuring that can take place without the need for a formal insolvency appointment. Sam also works on forensic accounting reports, assisting Giles Frampton.

Sam is married with two young sons and follows most sports; particularly football (Man City), golf and rugby.



Sue Proudfoot - Assistant Manager

After working in the Inland Revenue in Scotland for several years, Sue relocated to Plymouth in 1984 and spent 9 years with Coopers & Lybrand before joining Richard J Smith & Co in 1993. 

Sue has experience in members and creditors voluntary liquidations and all aspects of personal insolvency. She is an assistant manager in the insolvency department.

Sue lives with her husband and 3 children in the Ivybridge area and her outside interests include reading, gardening and involvement with local community groups.

Karen Quant - Administrator

Having worked for H M Revenue & Customs within the Voluntary Arrangement section, upon their relocation in 2001 she joined Richard J Smith & Co as an Insolvency Administrator. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Administration and has also achieved her Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency qualification. She has extensive experience in both personal and corporate casework.

Karen is married with three children and her interests are football (watching not playing!), cooking and wine tasting.

Giles Frampton


Hamish Adam


Ken Cole


Sam Bailey


Sue Proudfoot

Assistant Manager

Karen Quant


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