Client Account Manager
Pat’s 20 years experience in practice as an accountant have given him with a real appreciation of the problems faced by small and medium-sized businesses. He had previously worked in an AVN member accountancy practice and was attracted to aa Chartered Accountants by our status as an award-winning AVN firm.
Thriving on challenges, Pat is passionate about helping clients to improve their bottom line, retain more of their profits and provide an excellent service to their customers. Pat’s positive and professional manner, together with his ‘can-do’ attitude, make him a valuable member of the team. Most often seen with his head down to the computer, trawling through a client’s bookkeeping, this belies his friendly and cheery approach to colleagues and clients alike. His accountancy knowledge and skills may be the foundation, but he’s far from being just a number-cruncher!
Away from work, Pat lists his leisure interests as enjoying most sports, socialising and spending time with his family.
Aasiyah Joseph ATT
Client Account Manager
Aasiyah is the matriarch of the business, the power behind the throne. She ensures the business runs like a well-oiled machine so our clients receive exceptional service. She is always keen to delve into new technologies like Receipt Bank and Spotlight, and is a certified Xero practitioner.
Aasiyah loves working with clients to ensure that they pay the legal minimum tax. She is currently studying to become a Chartered Tax Adviser.
In her spare time Aasiyah loves to read psychological thrillers. She is also a proud and committed grandmother, and is a keen knitter. She has even used aa’s Platinum Service, the Business One Page Plan, to lose the equivalent of two of her grandchildren in weight!
Shaz Nawaz ACA
Shaz is the driving force behind aa Chartered Accountants.
He is completely committed to business growth, whether it’s his own or his clients. He lives and breathes the business principles he shares with his clients because these unlock true potential and profitability. He is experienced in both accountancy and advanced taxation practices, and has been instrumental in improving the profits of many businesses.
Shaz is dedicated to changing lives, both those of his clients, colleagues, friends and family, but also those less fortunate than himself. As a company, he has been a supporter of the Buy One Give One charity and is involved in various local charities: for example, working with secondary school students, mentoring a young man with learning difficulties, and Young Enterprise.
Outside his career, Shaz is a committed family man with two young sons who keep him busy. He is a keen follower of cricket and motorsport, and is loving the challenge of learning to fly a 2-seater Cessna.
Hilary Gallup BA (Hons)
Business Development Consultant
A long-term local resident, Hilary has been an integral part of the Peterborough business community for over 30 years. She has an extensive network of friends and business associates and her lively wit and approachable manner mean she is an ideal ambassador for the practice. Hilary’s unrivalled experience has seen her principal of two local legal practices and an integral part of various businesses in other sectors.
Her passion and enthusiasm is crucial in her capacity of Business Development Manager for the practice as is her business experience in her capacity of PMI champion. She has a natural aptitude for identifying key business drivers and in eliminating any growth barriers. A lawyer by profession, Hilary brings invaluable experience and genuine empathy when working with our clients. When not at work, Hilary’s great interests are singing with various choirs, reading, travel and crafts.
Client Account Manager
David joined the aa Accountants team in 2016, working two days a week, and is proving himself a huge success with team members and clients. His business credentials are in good order, since both his father and grandfather ran their own businesses and so from an early age David not only had a strong work and business ethic impressed on him but was also involved in the business decision –making process.
A Bristolian (and proud of it), after leaving school David joined an accountancy practice as a trainee accountant and, after qualifying, worked in industry and commerce including a spell as the Financial Director of a 24 company construction business, enabling to move from a compliance-based to a strategic role. He’s worked in private practice for a Top 10 firm and in various Top 50 firms, and in 2001 took control of his own accountancy practice.
Working in a small customer-focussed practice remains his preference and this is where his ethos and expertise chimes with that of aa Accountants. His strong technical skills, professional ethics and ability to listen, analyse and persuade make him a valuable addition to the team. He carries out high level reviews of client matters and acts as a sounding board to the management team.
When he’s not immersed in work, David is something of a self-confessed petrol-head, racing stockcars, riding Lambrettas and getting involved in anything to do with motors!
Brought up and educated in Bourne in Lincolnshire, Benedict always wanted to do something related to business, right back to his GCSE in Business Studies. However, after successfully taking A-levels in Sciences and Maths, he studied microbiology at the University of Leeds, emerging in 2013 with a first class Honours degree. He enjoyed the discipline and analytical approach to scientific study, which he now brings to his work at aa Accountants.
Having decided against furthering his career in science, Benedict returned to his interest in business activities and, after trying one or two different avenues, came to the conclusion that accountancy would give him the right mix of numbers and business involvement. He took the step of registering to study for the ACCA qualification, and funded this by working at a call centre. Although his ‘day-job’ was a far cry from professional accountancy, being in a customer-facing role has given him confidence and honed his skills in dealing with people – a useful attribute in professional practice. Benedict joined aa Accountants in 2016 on a part-time basis and was gratified to be able to start working on ‘real-life’ accounts straight away, as a useful member of our team.
Life is busy for him at the moment, but Benedict has a keen interest in history which he pursues in his few spare moments, his favourite historical period being the classical period, especially Roman history.
Ann is responsible for helping local businesses fulfil their potential through working with Shaz and the team at aa accountants. Her warm and bubbly personality is the first point of contact for many of our new clients.
Her work involves carefully identifying and targeting the type of businesses that will benefit most from the firm’s experience. She explains: “Any firm of accountants should be able to crunch the numbers. We want to work with business owners that want a lot more than that.”
“Timely and accurate management information is the basis to improving business performance. We use this as a starting point to plan and measure growth and improve profit margins. Our clients see us as key advisers to their businesses, not just accountants. We help them transform their lives by identifying their goals and navigating them through to the outcomes they want.”
“We focus on their goals, not the numbers. That can mean buying that bigger house, putting the children through private schools or just taking more time out of the business.”
“But my greatest challenge is helping local business owners to see that accountants should do a lot more than add the numbers up. Most have grown used to a basic ‘file your accounts ‘ service. So we explore how we can help them improve their profitability, secure their wealth and act as key adviser to their team.”
Outside of work Ann’s growing family keep her busy, especially now she’s a grandmother.
She also loves dogs and somehow manages to look after four Labradors!