Meet Our Team

Stephen Banks
Director

Stephen Banks is a director of Russell Bedford (Dubai) Limited and a partner in Russell Bedford's London member firm, Lubbock Fine LLP. After qualifying as an ICAEW chartered accountant in 1995, Stephen worked for two other major accountancy practices before joining Lubbock Fine LLP in May 2005. He was welcomed into the partnership in June 2007.

Stephen is responsible for an ever-growing portfolio of commercial clients, including audit of AIM listed companies and international businesses. Many of his clients are FCA, DFSA and FSRA regulated entities as well as mutual and hedge funds. He is also involved with Lubbock Fine LLP’s corporate finance services including listings on AIM and Aquis, and other transactional services. 

He is authorised by both the DFSA and FSRA as Audit Principal, and responsible for the overall oversight of the Firm.

John Donnelly
Director

John Donnelly is a director of Russell Bedford (Dubai) Limited, having joined the firm in 2008. He is a fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, having qualified in 2000, and possesses vast experience gained through both mid-tier and Big-4 firms in the UAE and Ireland.

John moved to Dubai and joined KPMG in 2005. While with KPMG, he gained a broad knowledge of relevant local factors and regulatory requirements. 

He is authorised by the DFSA as Audit Principal and Finance Officer. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Firm and ensuring the quality of accounting, audit and regulatory reporting services provided to our regulated and non-regulated clients as well as overseeing relationships with clients and business partners.

Mark Wilson Mallari
Director

Mark is a director of Russell Bedford (Dubai) Limited. He joined the firm as an audit associate in January 2014. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of the Philippines, having passed the licensure examinations in May 2010.

After qualifying as a Certified Public Accountant, Mark worked for Baker Tilly Philippines where he gained immense experience in external auditing. In addition, he has been exposed to other special engagements such as internal audit, tax compliance and assessments and agreed-upon procedures. 

He is authorised by the DFSA as Audit Principal. He is also authorised by both DFSA and FSRA as Finance Officer. He supports the firm in managing its day-to-day operations, ensuring the quality of services provided to clients, and building and maintaining relationships with clients and business partners.

Sruthi Ann Cheriyan
SUPERVISOR

Sruthi is a supervisor at Russell Bedford (Dubai) Limited. She joined the firm as an experienced associate in July 2021. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), having passed the examinations in 2017.

After qualifying as an affiliate of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), she worked for HLB Hamt Dubai where she had gained extensive experience in external audit. With over 5 years of in-depth audit experience, particularly through mid-tier firms in the UAE, she has developed a strong foundation and expertise in audit procedures and financial reporting.

She is involved in providing and overseeing the accounting, external & internal audit and other ad hoc services provided by Russell Bedford (Dubai) Limited to both regulated and non-regulated clients.

Rendell Bueno
Senior Associate

Rendell is a senior associate at Russell Bedford (Dubai) Limited. He joined the firm as an experienced associate in June 2023. He is a member of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and United States Institute of Certified Management Accountants (CMA), having successfully passed the licensure examinations and completed the certification programme in 2018, respectively.

After qualifying as a CPA and CMA, Rendell gained professional experience at Deloitte and Citibank in the Philippines. During this time, he acquired expertise in financial statements audit, integrated close processes, financial reporting, and consolidation.

He is involved in providing and overseeing external and internal audit services provided by Russell Bedford (Dubai) Limited to both regulated and non-regulated clients.