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 sometimes 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 rugby. At weekends I’m usually up at Sandy Park following the Exeter Chiefs, or in my garden trying to keep the wildflowers under control. I am very keen on improving people’s health through dietary and lifestyle choices, and am a trustee of a charity that focuses on this.

Giles Corby


Team member and champion of local businesses, Karen Reed

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

Giles and I have worked together since 2007, welcoming Niki to the team in 2022. We’re a good team, and complement each other. Before Merlin, I was a company accountant and bookkeeper for a large local charity. Before then, I progressed from day-to-day admin jobs to working in a company’s computer department as its sole admin and accounts assistant. 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 into Exeter can be a pain. Then there are times when a client’s records need attention. Working with them to unpick it all can be a real challenge, but it’s satisfying in the end.


I’m Niki and I joined the Merlin team in early 2023 to start an accountancy apprenticeship. 

I’ve always been driven to do well and better myself, so I’ve pursued professional skills from a young age. I’ve worked in different sectors including hospitality, customer service, and business administration. Having Polish parents but growing up in England means I’m bilingual. Dzień dobry!

Now a year into my apprentice role, my skills are developing in new ways. I feel that my tasks in the team, and with our clients, are helping me on both a professional and personal level.

There are the daily jobs like email management, transaction allocation, and diary planning, as well as regular client visits. As an apprentice, every day is unique for me as there’s always something new to learn. Working with different personalities is what I enjoy best – it’s nice to work with a range of people who have different ideas and aspirations for their businesses. I love supporting our clients on their financial journeys and helping them achieve their goals.

In my personal life, I’d love to travel more and experience different cultures. Closer to home, I enjoy long walks with my friends in the summer – embracing nature and a positive mindset. It really helps me to clear my thoughts and reset for the week ahead.



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