Practitioners' network panel
This page contains all you need to know about your Practitioners' network including relevant contacts.
Carl Reader FCCA, Chairman, d&t
Carl is a small business champion and the Chairman of d&t - an award winning mid-tier accountancy practice that specialises in the franchising, retail and tuition sectors. Carl regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines around the world on all aspects of starting and running a practice and is the author of three books - most recently Boss It.
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.
Peter Jarman, FCCA, PJCO Chartered Certified Accountants
Peter is the founder of PJCO Chartered Certified Accountants - an award winning accountancy business that, over the last 30 years, has grown into a 2 partner, 20 employee practice. With a passion for training and developing the next generation of accountants entering the profession, Peter has built an ACCA training programme for new recruits allowing them to gain knowledge and experience they need to become relevant business advisers in the future. He has a keen interest in modernising the way the accountancy business model operates, both in terms of structure and investment, so that it can take advantage of the opportunities on offer in a digital world to build a better business environment for both clients and employees alike.
Folake Adekola, ACCA, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Folake is a Manager in the PricewaterhouseCoopers audit practice with over eight years' auditing experience. With the power of connections, she is looking forward to working with other colleagues in ACCA UK's Practitioners' Network Panel to promote and raise the profile of the ACCA brand.
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.
Gavin Spencer, FCCA, Beach Accountants
Gavin is based in the North East of England and has experience in industry as well as practice. He is currently the Managing Director of Beach Accountants Limited and has a passion for advisory as well as compliance methods of accounting to see the industry work in real time and futuristic rather than using historical data.
Gavin is a Gold Certified ACCA employer and an ATOL Reporting Accountant in the Travel Industry. Gavin is a passionate and enthusiastic accountant and tax advisor, presenter and panellist and trainer of all levels of accounting in his practice and beyond.
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.
Sarmad Khan, FCCA, Khan Probate Services Ltd
Sarmad is currently a member of ACCA UK's West Surrey Network Panel. He is also an Authorised Legal Activities Individual (ALAI) by ACCA and has also been authorised to carry on reserved legal activty of probate. He aims to make sure that ACCA remains responsive to the issues being faced by sole practitioners so that value-added services are provided to members to enable them to become more proactive, creative, commercial and entreprenerial and be a voice for small practitioners.
He is interested in the ways in which the profession evolves and allows SMPs to develop, evolve and become dynamic. He also works at Astons - a global immigration firm offrering residence and citizenship solutions.
- 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.