Practitioners' network panel
This page contains all you need to know about your Practitioners' network including relevant contacts.
Paul Bithrey, FCCA, Director, Foxley Kingham
Paul has been in practice for over 30 years as part of a growing progressive provincial firm that focuses on training and bringing through young talent.
He joined the panel as an observer before being elected and is currently serving as Chairman. Being part of the panel has given him a greater insight in to the way the profession is shaped and run as well as the opportunity to make representations and have a voice in the changes ACCA is making for the future whilst upholding our respected professional standards.
Yogesh Patel, FCCA, Tax Director, Godley & Co
Yogesh is an ACCA Fellow and a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser. He works at Godley & Co, a tax focussed accountancy firm. Prior to this he spent seven years at PwC building up a variety of experiences ranging from working in Corporate Finance, Business Restructuring (rescuing failing businesses) and the Private Business team (advising SMEs mainly with tax matters).
He joined the panel to challenge ACCA on policy matters, raise key issues affecting fellow practitioners, and push ACCA to constantly evolve to develop new services for its members.
Alastair Barlow, FCCA, Flinder
Alastair is Chief Dreamer and founder at flinder – an international and multiple award-winning accounting, consulting and data analytics business. He spent 16 years at PwC in various roles across Consulting, Assurance and latterly led PwC My Financepartner in London where he worked with growing SMEs.
Alastair joined the Panel in 2019 to share his experiences and passion around leveraging technology and data analytics to provide an enriched client experience and greater insight from finance functions run by accounting firms. Alastair is passionate about sharing the relevance of his consulting experience to enable accounting firms to move up the compliance-advisor curve.
Paul Connolly, FCCA, Director, United Practices Accountancy Ltd
Paul is the owner of The Tax Shop Group, a pioneering accounting practice which uses its own bespoke technological systems to deliver world-class customer service.
Paul was voted by the membership onto the Practitioners' Network Panel in 2018. He got involved with the panel because he likes making himself useful and with the panel, he can look out for things that will help his fellow members and maybe help bring these things into the ACCA offering to practitioners.
Jane Heard, FCCA, Partner, Jane Heard Associates
Jane is a partner in a small accountancy practice in a rural area of West Wales. She recently became licensed to provide probate services.
Five years ago she was privileged to be appointed to ACCA UK's Practitioners’ Panel. Being a member of this Panel is really rewarding – you meet with like-minded practitioners and it provides real opportunities for two-way feedback with the ACCA. The Panel receives regular updates on ACCA’s thoughts and plans and in turn inform it of experience on the ground (especially outside London) and how it can help practitioners. To influence decision-making you need to be there.
Gillian McCreadie, ACCA, Robb Ferguson Chartered Accountants
Gillian has always worked in practice. She qualified with one of Scotland’s leading firms before moving to a global firm, heading up their Scottish accounting and advisory team. She now works for an independent Scottish firm where she heads up their business services department.
She got involved with the panel to give back to ACCA and help shape its future. She also wanted to benefit from interacting and networking with other practitioners from a variety of different backgrounds to gain knowledge that she could take back to her own practice in order to help it evolve as a firm.
Brian Ogilvie, FCCA, Ogilvie & Co
Brian has worked in general practice in the Sussex area for over 40 years, mostly in his home city of Brighton and Hove. He specialises in taxation for owner managed businesses, passing CIOT finals in 1989 and ACCA in 1995. He has worked as a sole practitioner for over 20 years, combining this more recently with lecturing nationwide to firms and professional groups.
On the panel he provides a voice for hard pressed small practitioners.
Saba Shahid, ACCA, BDO
Saba is an Assistant Manager based in London working for a top audit practice with vast audit experience in several industries.
She has found her time so far on the panel to be an excellent experience, as it has allowed her to expand her professional network, stay updated about the developments in industry and contribute to meaningful decision making for the benefit of the ACCA community.
Farhan Syed, FCCA, Partner, Jeremy Knight & Co LLP
Farhan is an Insolvency Practitioner and has worked in practice for over 17 years. Most of his work involves working with small and medium sized accountancy practices, which helps him understand the pressure and complications faced by them. The accountancy market is going through rapid changes and it is important for practitioners to network effectively to remain relevant and to provide better services to our clients.
His aim is to represent ACCA members’ views and contribute in developing the ACCA services for members practicing in the small and medium size practices.
- Pat Delbridge
Member networks manager
How you are supported
Comprising around 24,000 members working in public practice throughout the UK, the Practitioners’ Network supports you in a variety of ways:
We publish a monthly e-magazine, In Practice, which is automatically emailed to you. This contains news and features on the key issues affecting those in public practice, as well as the latest news on relevant ACCA activities, facilities and publications. Access the most recent edition.
ACCA UK offers a portfolio of ACCA-branded products, together with specially negotiated discounts on a range of external products to help practitioners manage their practices more effectively. These include professional indemnity insurance cover and a legal helpline.
For more information, visit our member support services page.
Our Technical Advisory Service provides advice to practitioners on a wide range of topics. This includes offering comment and analysis on key issues such as the use of disclaimers in audit reports, and issuing detailed technical factsheets on important issues.
For more information, visit our technical activities and advice pages.
You can only perform work under our definition of public practice if you hold a practising certificate from ACCA. Similarly, any practices involved in training students and members towards receiving a practising certificate should be registered and monitored by ACCA.
For more information, visit our practising certificate page.
The ACCA logo
Using our logo on your stationery and website provides both a stamp of authority and degree of reassurance. As an ACCA member, you’re entitled to download the logo from myACCA.
Window stickers featuring our logo are also available for your practice. Just ask your member networks manager for a supply.
To find out what’s happening in your sector-specific network and surrounding areas, please search our resource finder for networking events near you.
Got a question? Please email the member networks manager and don’t forget to follow @ACCACPD_Events on Twitter for all the latest news and information on CPD and events.