#WeAreAccounting

Celebrating the accounting community!


The accounting community is powerful, diverse and integral to the UK economy. We are proud to be part of the accounting community, to support and stand by individuals through the good times, and the bad.

We want to celebrate you, the unsung heroes of accounting!

Find out how to get involved. 

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning

Accounts Assistant
Wynne and Co Chartered Accountants Limited

"My name is Chelsea, my journey into accountancy was an unexpected one, I never enjoyed math in school and started my work career as a sales representative for a welsh cake factory.

I started helping out the accounts department when I had spare time - just simple tasks like inputting sales at first, and really enjoyed the time spent doing so. This prompted me to take a book keeping class, this is when I fell in love with the job. I passed the course with flying colours and knew 100% this was the career for me."

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Kate Payne

Kate Payne

Founder / Humankind Entrepreneur
Bradley Brown Consulting Ltd

"My name is Kate I decided to become an accountant when I was 7 after I was introduced to a practicing accountant. I started my accounting studies later than expected due to school closures. Nevertheless, I'm pleased to say I didn't let that stop me!

The most rewarding thing for me is being able to help the businesses I work with keep trading for longer, do more with less money and time, ultimately make their businesses far more profitable than before, in a much less stressful way."

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James Johnson

James Johnson

Director
Hillier Hopkins LLP

"My name is James, I’m a Director at Hillier Hopkins LLP, a top 50 firm covering London and the home counties. After school I studied Hospitality and Catering at college but got on better with the finance and costing side of the course. I was therefore persuaded by my father to do a degree in Business and Finance.

20 years on, I’m now a Chartered accountant acting for a range of clients in a variety of industries such as healthcare, retail, wholesale, travel, supply chain and the manufacturing businesses."

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Wijay Kanagasundaram

Wijay Kanagasundaram

Director
WIS Accountancy Ltd


"My name is Wijay, I grew up in a small village near Kandy - Sri Lanka which was home to chocolate, biscuit and candy factories and as a child, I was always fascinated by these businesses. This led me to pursue my undergraduate in Business and Finance and professional accountancy through ACCA.

I have worked with, and guided several start-ups and have seen them grow to an incredibly significant size. The growth and the testimonials that my clients have given – gives me an indescribable surge of happiness. As a CIMA/ACCA training partner I also get immense pleasure when I see Trainee Accountants becoming fully qualified accountants via us."

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David Nicoll

David Nicoll

Proprietor
Dingle Lane

"My name is David, my uncle was an accountant and he spent his life working in beautiful parts of Africa.

I started out by doing my degree in Accountancy at Birmingham Polytechnic, and then started my training with Reeves & Neylan (now Kreston Reeves) in Canterbury, Kent.

The most rewarding thing about being an accountant is the fascinating people I meet who have set up and run some amazing businesses. 

Being part of the accounting community stops me running off to the circus to be a lion tamer. I have been inspired by John Elkington and Graham Boyd. 

My proudest achievement is getting great customer feedback.

I live on a farm, and so am in wellies more than a suit."

Glenn Martin

Glenn Martin

Owner
Avery Martin Accountants

"My name is Glenn, I have worked as an accountant since leaving school in 1988.

The most rewarding part of being an accountant is the people you get to work with. The collaboration and peer support, from the accounting community, is so powerful especially in these current circumstances.

I have been inspired by numerous people including past bosses, people like James Ashford, Mark Telford & Gary Turner.

My biggest challenge is workload, dealing with tech development and current legislation.

My proudest achievement has been winning Sole Practitioner of the Year at Xerocon in 2018.

I’m just a normal guy who likes what I do and who hopes to make a difference within the community I live and work in."

Gary Jacobs

Gary Jacobs

Director
Eazitax Ltd

"My name is Gary, it was by complete accident that I got into accounting, I was a young insurance broker that wanted to get more involved in how my clients ran their business, and worked with an accountant to add tax products to our range. I started to work with him, I studied at night school and then it just kind of took over. And now here I am in my weird niche practice.

The most rewarding part of being an accountant is getting to fix stuff. Being able to use my experience to help companies grow, succeed and maximise profit.

Being able to work with great people in great businesses, it energises me."

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Toni Wright-Brown

Toni Wright-Brown

Accounts ​Trainee Apprentice,
Soaring Falcon Ltd

"My name is Toni, I got into accounting after finishing college (I had just completed a course in Sport Science so totally unrelated). I was unsure what I wanted to do next and over the Summer met Alex (Falcon) and she agreed to let me come and help out at Soaring Falcon.

After coming in a few times and doing tasks that seemed impossible at first, I found that I really enjoyed the work that I was doing and thankfully Alex was happy with the work I was producing so she offered me a job and I haven't looked back!

The most rewarding part of the job is seeing the clients are happy and being able to focus on the part of their business that they love and grow that into something more.

Being part of this community is amazing because we get to see all the great things we are able to do for others."

Alex Falcon Huerta FCCA

Alex Falcon Huerta FCCA

Director,
Soaring Falcon Ltd

"My name is Alex, I really wanted to setup my own business and I was told that if I learnt to be an accountant I would save a lot of money! I volunteered at a local practice when I was 16 which gave me excellent grounding. The rest is history!

The most rewarding part of my work is delivery to the clients, knowing they can rely and trust us and that we are looking after them. During times like now you really appreciate the support from the accounting community and to be able to chat about best practice, especially as a sole practitioner."

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Chanelle

Chanelle Cherrington

Finance Manager,
Sift Limited

"My name is Chanelle, I left college with A-levels and I thought that I might like to do something with numbers. I saw an advert for AAT at another local college, started the course and never looked back. I completed my level 4 whilst working for Sift.

The most rewarding part of being a finance manager is when something reconciles! On a serious note though its being to help show and develop my colleagues understanding on a deeper level of what the figures mean to them and the business."

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Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan

Owner,
Complete HQ

"My name is Andy, I started my journey into accounting in 2008, completely by accident! I was completing a business course at College and they asked me to sit in on a couple of AAT sessions as by tutors noticed that I had a good understanding of numbers & data. From there, I joined a firm as an apprentice, completed my AAT and then worked my way through that firm to be a Director/Shareholder. I then left that role to start Complete HQ in June 2019.

The most rewarding thing about being in accounting is helping people. I love the fact that our community is now more open and sharing than it once was, which has been enhanced by large Facebook groups (shoutout to the GoProposal FB group!)."

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Stephen Paul

Stephen Paul

Founder and CEO
Valued

"My name is Stephen I got into accounting over 23 years ago. Always wanted to help client owners get more from the business. I started with a diploma in accounting which then got topped up to a degree.
My first job was part of a management accounting roll for a brewery then trainee in practice and worked my way up through that to becoming equity partner

I love seeing the effect that the profession can have on the clients that we work with, it is a truly humbling situation when you work with someone to achieve their goals and they get what they want."

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Enver

Enver Kannur

Managing Director
Accounting Direct Plus Ltd

"My name is Enver, I chose to go into accounting as I was very good at maths so thought it would help, also one of my mentors was an accountant which may have had something to do with my choice of profession. The most rewarding part of being an accountant is helping people to achieve their dreams!

It is amazing to be part of a community instead of being on your own in this wide world! My biggest challenge is empowering our team to help our clients and also be compliant. I’m most proud for being recognised for my charity work."

Catherine Skinner

Catherine Skinner

Owner
Redwood Bookkeeping Services


"My name is Catherine, I fell into bookkeeping by accident - I always said I would never work in an office or do Accounts like my Dad!

I started a job as a HR Assistant, 12 years ago and the role developed into also looking after the bookkeeping and managing the day to day Finances. Over the years the role expanded so I was able to choose between HR and Finance. I chose Finance as I enjoy working with numbers, problem solving and the variety that comes with it. Now I run my own bookkeeping service."

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Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel

Accountant
Brooks and Co

"My name is Nisha, I loved Maths and wanted to do something with numbers, that’s how I got into accounting.

The most rewarding thing about being an accountant is completing messy accounts paperwork into clear organised final accounts that make sense and dealing with client queries regarding accounts and tax.

The most valuable thing about being part of the accounting community is sharing tips and helpful hints and the sense of community.

I’ve been inspired by one of my first managers, Mark Morley. He was so intelligent and managed to explain things so clearly, but was very disorganised!"

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Gemma Denham

Gemma Denham

Managing Director    
GD Accountancy Limited  
 

"My name is Gemma, I was about to start my A-Levels when I realised it wasn't the right path for me, I was ready to start my career. I saw a vacancy for a Trainee AAT at a local firm of Chartered Accountants and I liked the idea of continuing my studies whilst earning.

The best thing is making my clients happy and knowing I am doing my utmost for them. I have kept all of my thank you cards from clients and display them proudly in my office, when I'm having a challenging day I can look over the top of my screen at them and reassure myself that I am doing my very best. 

As a sole practitioner, it means a lot to me to be part of such a large and supportive community. I know there is always somebody I can go to for help or to use as a sounding board and I like to offer the same to my colleagues in return. 

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Sonia Garcha

Sonia Garcha

Finance and Accounting Client Manager
Soaring Falcon Accountancy

"My name is Sonia, I have always been good at maths so accountancy at University seemed like the best way forward. I was hesitant at first as there is a negative stigma on accountants. But once I started I knew it was the right path for me I found it played very well with my own strengths.

The most rewarding part of being an accountant for me is helping clients build in efficiencies with their finances and help aid growth of the business. It is great to be a part of an accounting community as sharing information is key. Being involved in a community means we have somewhere to share issues or best practices so we can all learn from each other. Over this lockdown period with a number of new schemes coming into place and the guidance continually changing it is a crucial time to be involved in an accounting community to share processes and updates."

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Divine Davis

Divine Davis

Accountant
Soaring Falcon Accountancy

"My name is Divine, at first it was my mother's choice for me to pursue accountancy at college, but then, eventually, I learned to love it.

The most rewarding aspect of accounting is being able to help the business grow and knowing I am contributing to its stability and helping make decision making easier.

Being part of the accounting community means more than just part of it, it’s having valuable relationships between everyone and expanding the horizon of learning by sharing knowledge and experiences."

Ria-Jane Lincoln

Ria-Jaine Lincoln

Director,
Ria-Jaine & Co Ltd

"My name is Ria-Jaine, I had always admired a friend of mine who was an accountant when I had left college to start a job at a solicitors as an office junior. I really enjoyed budgeting which was something that I had to do a lot getting by as a single parent.

I could not afford to study independently so never thought I would get the chance however life took a turn and I spent some time living in a refuge, it was at that point that I was offered the opportunity to go back to college so Accounting was my first choice.

I really enjoy helping to take the stress away from clients so that they can focus on their business. It is also rewarding being part of the business journey with clients as they grow and reach milestones such as incorporating their sole trade business or even registering for VAT as a result of increased turnover.  It can be a daunting time managing their own tax affairs for some business owners so I like to be there to support them every step of the way."

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Christine McLaren

Christine McLaren

Partner,
CWW Chartered Accountants

"My name is Christine and I am a grandmother to twin boys! I took a part time admin job in 1996 …turned out to be bookkeeping and accounts. I loved it!

I love being able to help and support clients in their business journeys. I am proud to be part of all things tax and accountancy.

I have been inspired by those individuals who took me onboard through my studies; in the work place; and those who led the many seminars I have attended over the years."

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Eriona

Eriona Bajrakurtaj

Managing Director,
Major's Accounts & Co Ltd

"My name is Eriona, I started working in accounting at the tender age of 13. I worked every weekend, summer holiday, bank holiday and half-term and carried on working whilst studying for my degrees and professional qualifications.

The most rewarding aspect of being an accountant is when you have been able to help a client achieve their dreams, whether it is to be a more profitable business, to grow or be able to get a mortgage for their first house for example!"

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Sid (Sudipta) Moore

Sid (Sudipta) Moore

Director and Sole Practitioner
Moore Accountancy

"My name is Sid (Sudipta) and after doing my Economics degree I wanted to get into Investment Banking (as I thought all the money and glory was there!), but then decided that getting the ICAEW qualification would be a better grounding. I qualified with a mid-tier London firm, and then moved into Banking after 3 years. 

After our move to Manchester 16 years ago, and having a few children, I decided to start my own practice. Being a small company, supporting similar sized businesses; I get the most reward from knowing we have helped them understand their accounts and taxes. This enables them to work on their businesses and gives me satisfaction that we have been able to support them by taking away some of the stress."

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Tracey Ward

Tracey Ward

Director
Miss S Business Support Ltd

"My name is Tracey I fell into accounting by mistake at 18, but once I discovered how much I could help people, especially charities and arts organisations, I stayed and haven't stopped helping people yet. Seeing clients grow before my eyes. I love to help people step out of their comfort zone and be all they can be.

Being part of the accounting community means that I always have someone to call on to help a client if I am unable to or to get some specialist advice for them. Knowing that I am in a community with such a vast knowledge pool is hugely reassuring."

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Mellissa Dean

Mellissa Dean

Director    
Innovate Advice    


"My name is Melissa, I was already working in a newspaper branch counting and recording papers and magazines when my older sister asked me to start AAT with her - she didn’t want to study on her own so that’s how I got started!

The most rewarding part of the job is being in a position where you can help people. Businesses don’t start with finance foundations, they know they need money but they don’t know how the business makes or loses it over a period of time."

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Sarah Sallis

Sarah Sallis

Director
The Accountancy Office

"My name is Sarah, even when I was growing up I looked after my pocket money well. I diligently kept a record of how much I earned from my weekend job and how I was spending my cash. I fell into accountancy completely by accident after leaving school with very few GCSEs, maths not being one of them!

After college I had various office roles and always ended up with the accounting jobs that nobody else wanted to do! That's how it started and I decided to study AAT before progressing onto CIMA...and here I am!"

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Steve Knowles

Steve Knowles

Managing Director
Knowles Warwick Limited

"My name is Steve. As a teenager I met a man who would come and advise my mum in her small business. I didn't understand what they talked about but I realised that after he left things were different and better.

I thought that would be a wonderful job, making a positive difference to people. I also realised that whether a business did well or badly they still needed accounts to be prepared, so it looked a fairly secure job.

The most rewarding thing about accounting is being able to coach clients on how to make their businesses better. I am immensely proud to be a Chartered Accountant, I believe that our profession could, and should, make the biggest difference to UK plc."

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Linda Frier

Linda Frier

Director
Coalesco Accountants

"My name is Linda, I am a builders' daughter and was dragged up on sites. I was always good at maths and all the 'subbies' hated the taxman so they always used to encourage me to be an accountant and be on their side. It just stuck. I found my school report during lockdown which read "A* student - follow your accounting dreams". I left school with my A levels and did my ACCA training contract with Grant Thornton. Due to my birth date and first time passes I was qualified at the age of 20.

The most rewarding thing is without a doubt helping so many other people within their businesses. I feel very much part of the team working alongside my clients to help them become successful. I am respected and trusted and love the fact that I remove a lot of pain from others and pass on my knowledge to help business owners make decisions."

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Steven Crookes

Steven Crookes

Director    
Knowles Warwick Limited

"My name is Steven I left school at 16 years old with average GCSC results, my first job was working in a florist for a family friend, my main role selling Christmas trees, I quickly realised this was very seasonal, so decide to approach a college. As maths was my favourite subject, I was pointed in the direction of accountancy, they found a willing employer and I enrolled on a Youth Training scheme, 4 days working 1 day study. I've never looked back since.

Helping clients achieve their dreams and ambitions. The business journey is often long with many bumps and unexpected turns, I work and advise them throughout and from this establish a wonderful relationship based on trust and respect. I have been fortunate to help many clients achieve results beyond their original goal, and that is after I ask them to dream big, the pride I feel makes the hard times worth it."

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Jo Roome

Jo Roome

Business Owner    
Bookkeeping With Jo


"My name is Jo, I always had a passion for maths and problem solving as a child. I followed in my big brother’s footsteps to become an accountant. The most rewarding thing about accounting is receiving feedback from people who have gone from a fear of finances to fabulous finances.

The accounting community is always supportive and helpful. I can refer clients to those who are suitable. My brother has always been my biggest inspiration.

My biggest challenge is fulfilling my mission of showing business owners that bookkeeping doesn’t have to be boring. By proudest moment was the first time I was recommended by someone. I run Bookkeeping with Jo which provides advice and training to female entrepreneurs on bookkeeping and tax so that they can learn about their numbers and do their own tax returns."

Caroline Harridence

Caroline Harridence

Director
Counting Clouds Cambridgeshire

"My name is Caroline, I have always loved helping others and I have been interested in businesses for as long as I remember so accounting was the perfect choice. 

The most rewarding part of my job has to be working with business owners and helping them achieve their goals. I love to get to know them, what is important to them and becoming the person they can trust to work with them to help them achieve their goals.

The collaboration within the sector is amazing and I have a lot of great friends in the community. We all genuinely like to help each other and support one another which is great. I value collaboration and it is really important to me."

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Mark Resumadero

Mark Resumadero

Accountant,
Soaring Falcon Ltd

"My name’s Mark, I got into accounting because I love solving problems.

I find the most rewarding part of being an accountant is that you gain trust and respect.

Being a part of the accounting community means that you can learn more and be with your fellow accountants.

I think my biggest challenge is client satisfaction. My proudest achievement is that I have been able to work as an accountant which is my dream job."

Francesco P Quagliano

Francesco P Quagliano

Accountant
Attilioaccounting.com

"My name is Francesco, after achieving the English language certificate, I wanted to direct my career in an area that will help people and businesses. I then had to choose between two subjects IT or accounting.

The most rewarding part of being an Accountant is to be able to see clear visions on decisions when many factors need to be considered. Not only quantitative information but also qualitative. Being part of the accounting community gives me a great sense of achievement and is a community where all can have the same values in our profession."

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Kevin Whitehouse

Kevin Whitehouse

Mentor, Coach, Accountant,
Prime Entry Ltd

"My name is Kevin, I was told by a careers advisor "you can make a lot of money being an accountant..." My response; "Sign me up!" I was 17 and knew nothing!

The most rewarding part of accounting is seeing clients achieve their goals, and know that what I do help them live easier and happier lives. 

When I started in the profession as a junior, I was in awe of the respect and position of senior accountants, sadly over time I've witnessed the profession destroy a lot of this through lack of adaptation to change, fear and poor attitude. I'm therefore leading those who want to be led, back to that position of respect those in the profession deserve."

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