Meet the team

Giles Corby

I set up Merlin Accountancy in 2006. Our name comes from a beloved family pet, not Merlin the wizard. Having said that, we have been given a shoebox of receipts and asked to work magic. Not something we’d like to encourage, of course.

I grew up locally and was at Exeter School for seven years. Back then I wanted to be a doctor. These days I help our clients with a different kind of headache – showing them how to use their business as a way of achieving their goals.

The best bit about my job is making a difference to someone’s life. There is often truth in numbers, as they tell stories and offer insights. We use these insights to help clients find hidden profits or a better work-life balance.

In my spare time I’m passionate about music and rugby. I sing in a local chamber choir and sometimes we provide cover when a cathedral’s main choir is on holiday. At weekends I’m usually up at Sandy Park following the Exeter Chiefs, or in my garden trying to keep the wildflowers under control.

Giles Corby



Like Giles, I’m passionate about singing. Public speaking is not my thing, but let me sing solo in a full cathedral or the Barnfield Theatre and I’m in my element. I love how singing can always change my mood. It turns a quiet over-thinker into a performer!

We’ve worked together since 2007, We’re a good team, and complement each other. Before Merlin, I was a company accountant and bookkeeper for a large local charity. So I can see the other side of things, and understand how we can help our clients.

Making other people’s lives easier is the best part of my job. We’ve helped change the approach of many companies, leading to a big impact further down the line. The worst part? My commute from Exminster can be a pain. Then there are times when a new client’s records need attention. Unpicking it all can be a real challenge, but it’s satisfying in the end.


Merlin Accountancy is a breath of fresh air. My business switched to them in 2018 and we have no regrets. The service we receive is a fixed price package and spread over monthly payments, so we always know the costs.

Wayne ToozeBlaze Concepts Ltd

I have found Karen and Giles to be friendly, accessible and totally unflappable! Quick to respond to queries and happy to provide advice when needed. I’d recommend their services to others without hesitation.

Cara StobartThe Devon Association of Local Councils Ltd

As I’m writing this, Giles has just called and said that he has sorted out another problem for me. Merlin Accountancy are just exceptionally great professional people; patient, honest, reliable, and always ready to help.

Simon WilkinsQuayclick Marketing Ltd