Once upon a time, I wanted to be a concert pianist, and I spent most of my childhood and teenage years at my piano, practising with that in mind. But it wasn’t to be, and when I left school, I joined Balfour Beatty plc as a trainee accountant.
I qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1990 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 1992. I then pursued a career in finance across a range of businesses, including Swiss Life plc, TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd, and Direct Line Group plc.
I also completed a management buyout during this time, acquiring a national occupational health business from Swiss Life. I ran this as the sole shareholder for two years before selling it to a trade buyer after returning it to profitability.
This gave me a taste of entrepreneurship and at the first opportunity I left the corporate world to concentrate on serving small businesses, and I’ve been running my accountancy practice since 2013.
I’ve now been qualified for over 30 years. I live on the Wirral with my wife and our six children. And I’m still getting a buzz out of helping business owners with their numbers.