About Us

About Us

FHC Accountants (FHC) was born in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic when Francois van Heerden identified SMEs’ need for support and professional advice to help them navigate what was an incredibly challenging business environment at the time. By giving business owners access to real-time financial data and expert insight, and empowering them to make informed decisions, FHC helped businesses to transform their profitability and sustain healthy growth.

Today, FHC is dedicated to acting as a partner in its clients’ businesses and guiding them on their growth journeys. Located in Dundalk, Co. Louth, FHC supports SME’s throughout Ireland across a range of sectors including construction, retail and B2B. FHC is passionate about cutting-edge accounting technologies and their ability to make money management as simple and effective as possible for business owners and their teams.

In 2021, FHC was nominated for Xero’s Emerging Firm of the Year award. The nomination placed FHC as one of the Top 3 Emerging Firms in Ireland using Xero cloud accounting software, marking a major achievement for the firm.

About Francois van Heerden

Francois is a qualified accountant with extensive experience in practice and in industry. Originally from South Africa, Francois moved to Ireland with his family in 2017. He has previously consulted as Chief Financial Officer to two groups of companies with net assets of more than €70 million and annual turnovers of more than €50 million, and as Financial Director to a consortium of investors with plans to establish a step-down medical care facility.

With experience on both sides of the table, as an advisor and an in-house financial director, he understands what businesses need and what they look for in an accountant.

Francois loves working with people and helping them achieve their growth goals. He relishes the opportunity to support his clients to understand financial reports and how to use the information contained within them to make strong, informed decisions.

Francois is a keen networker and member of BNI (Business Network International) which boasts more than 279,000 members worldwide. In 2021, he was announced as the first person in Ireland to receive a Master Connector award from BNI, which recognises members who bring more visitors, sponsor more members, give more referrals, help more people, and build more relationships.

In his spare time, Francois enjoys spending time with his family alongside recreational activities including fishing, movies, reading, outdoors, wildlife and sport.

About Our Team

We now have the following specialist teams available to look after your financial & accounting requirements:

  • Specialist bookkeeping team
  • Specialist compliance team
  • Specialist tax team
  • Specialist accounts team
  • Specialist business advisor/consultant

Let me introduce you to the new team members, as I’m sure you might in some way or form, be interacting with them at a certain stage through your journey with FHC.

Sam Blain

Senior Bookkeeper

Sam is a senior bookkeeper, qualified in Financial Accounting, with over 10 years’ experience working in accounting practices in South Africa and Ireland. Sam has a passion for working with people and encouraging them to achieve their full potential. Besides a love of working with numbers, Sam enjoys reading, walking and exploring the beautiful Irish countryside with her family.

Denise Zoumboulis

VAT Specialist

Denise is a VAT Analyst with more than 13 years’ experience specialising in EU and Irish VAT and reporting, compliance and return submissions. She has specialist experience in the EMEA region, dealing with tax authorities in a variety of jurisdictions, including UK. She offers extensive experience in VAT reporting specifically for goods trade, including review of import VAT and online services. She is a Certified Bookkeeper through the Professional Bookkeepers Academy, a Certified VAT Technician through IPASS Ireland, and completed the Fundamentals in VAT Certification programme through the IBFD (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation). She is committed to ongoing professional development and keeping abreast of changes in VAT legislation.

Pauline Meehan


Pauline is a bookkeeper with more than 30 years’ experience. She has worked with sole traders, partnerships and family owned companies. She has experience in many accounting packages including Xero, Sage and CV Retail.

FHC Is Your Trusted Partner In Business Growth

We provide peace of mind, insight and the tools and capabilities you need to drive and sustain healthy growth.



“Francois, from FHC Accountants & Business Advisors, has been working closely with myself and my colleagues at Premier Property Group over the past 3 years. He has implemented many changes in Premier during the first year when we embarked on this journey together to grow our business.

Through cloud accounting, FHC have helped our finance team to achieve greater efficiencies and productivity, save time and gain real-time insight into financial data. Introducing cloud accounting software like Xero, Dext, ApprovalMax, Chaser and PLEO cards in Ireland, and setting up the same software in Portugal, have benefited my company in many ways.

Adopting FHC’s unique strategic approach on business advisory, have transformed our operations and helped Premier Property Group to achieve our growth goals.

Francois is not only extremely professional in his approach to business, but also a gentleman outside of business. You can call him at any time and any day of the week and he will be sure to answer your call or message. He is honest, to the point and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to companies in the construction and trades industry. He has become a pillar in my company, and I would hope for many more years of excellent business advice from him and his team at FHC Accountants & Business Advisors.”

John Powell

Managing Partner, Premier Property Group

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