Meet Our Team

Your Business Our Passion

Our team are the core of our organisation, which is why we employ nothing less than determined, hard-working and approachable individuals. Our accountancy services spans a variety of sectors, please hover over our friendly faces and click to find out a bit more about our team members.

 

Not only are the Raffingers accountancy services team dedicated to making your finances less of a burden, they are also devoted to helping the community. Find out more about the team activities we get involved in and how we actively participate in raising money for the Raffingers Foundation.

The Team

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    Aazam

    Payroll Manager

    Aazam, with a French Masters of Advance Study (DEA) in Psychology from Nantes University in France, started working in finance sector in 2006.

    With over 9 years of experience working in practice, her last role before joining Raffingers in March 2018, was the payroll manager at a small city firm.

    Aazam has attended several courses regarding bookkeeping, payroll and final accounts preparation. French and Farsi are two other languages that Aazam speaks. Her interests outside work are music, theatre, reading, walking and socialising.

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    Alison

    Credit Control Team

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    Amratpal

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Amz started temping for Raffingers in March 2014 and permanently joined during June 2014.

    Amz's qualifications include: ACCA qualified; 2:1 BSc Business Management and Accounting, Amz is Sage certified. Outside of work Amz enjoys playing football (Sunday League football), Socialising, festivals, and travelling.

    Things you did not know about Amz - he is a passionate Arsenal fan and Supporter of the India cricket team.

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    Amy

    Xero Manager

    Amy joined as Xero Manager at Raffingers in September 2015.

    Outside interests of work, Amy loves spending time with her son Charlie, going to concerts: Ed Sheeran, James Arthur and Ella Eyre being the latest ones. She loves going to the theatre, going out and eating at new places.

    Things you did not know about Amy - before she went into accountancy, she studied hairdressing and beauty therapy. She would like to further her accounting knowledge by finishing her AAT.

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    Anand

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Anand started working at Raffingers in May 2014.

    Anand's qualifications include: ACCA qualified and AAT. Outside of work he is passionate about cricket, gym, music and Aikido

    Things you did not know about Anand - he recently became a Vegetarian.

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    Andrea

    Client Services Assistant

    Andrea started working at Raffingers in September 2014, following the merger with Alexander Ash & Co

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    Chloe

    Client Services Team

    Chloe works in our Client Services Team.

    Chloe likes going out to eat and reading and is addicted to Games of Thrones and the Peaky Blinders TV series. She is also a regular at ((B))ounce exercise classes.

    Things you didn't know about Chloe.... her secret celebrity crush is James Cordon .

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    Dean

    Cloud Team

    I have completed my AAT Qualification and I am soon to start studying for ACCA.

    In my spare time I like to socialise and watch and play sports such as football and American football.

  • Ed Niman

    Ed Niman

    Ed is an accountant with serious business experience - including running a major record label. Ed was previously Partner at NWN Blue Squared and is now heading up the Music, Media and Entertainment sector at Raffingers. Ed has vast experience working with artists, writers and touring bands and will support you with anything from agents statements and royalty accounting to UK FEU forms and A1 forms.

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    Emma

    Cloud Accounting Assistant

    Emma started working at Raffingers in June 2015 as an apprentice in our admin team. Since then she has progressed through the firm and is now our Cloud Accounting Assistant.

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    Fawad

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Fawad started working at Raffingers in 1998.

    Fawad's qualifications include a Bachelor's degree together with FCCA qualifications. Outside of work he is a keen couch potato and loves doing nothing except relaxing in front of the TV.

    Things you did not know about Fawad - he recently passed a U.S.A. based CISA (certified information system auditor) exam although he dislikes IT!

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    Gerard

    Client Service Manager and PA

    Gerard started working at Raffingers in June 1999 and is now one of our longest serving employees.

    Gerard's expertise is solicitors accounts and his qualifications include BSc (Hons) and ACCA. Outside of work Gerard enjoys watching spurs, golf and running.

    Things you did not know about Gerard - he skydived from 15,000 feet over Las Vegas.

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    Gowri

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Gowri started working for Raffingers in May 2016.

    Gowri is ACCA qualified and has been working with charity and not for profit clients for the past few years. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, reading and baking.

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    Grace

    Payroll Team

    Grace started working at Raffingers in February 2010 and is now our Payroll Client Manager.

    Grace's qualifications include 9A*-C’s - GCSE and a certificate in Legal Secretarial. Outside of work Grace enjoys socialising with friends and holidays.

    Things you did not know about Grace - she is a huge fan of Chelsea Football Club.

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    Halina

    Tax Manager

    Halina joined Raffingers as Tax Manager in February 2018.

    She has over 11 years’ experience working in a public practice and is ACCA and CTA qualified.

    Outside of work Halina enjoys long walks and playing tennis with her son. Her passion is worldwide travel as long as she can avoid spiders!

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    Howard

    Consultant

    Howard started working at Raffingers in April 1995. His area of expertise is Taxation. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

    Outside of work, Howard enjoys football, in particular, he is a huge supporter of Arsenal Football Club.

    Things you did not know about Howard - he joined the Arsenal double winning team to sing their hit song on Top of the Pops in 1971 and was introduced to Pans People who thought he was a professional footballer (Ian Storey Moore) and was about to sign for Manchester United.

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    Imran

    Cloud Management Accountant

    Imran started working for Raffingers in May 2016.

    Raffingers is the third accountancy practice that Imran has worked for. The first two practices being a small two partner firms each in East London where he worked for seven and a half years in total. Whilst working there, Imran developed his skills in management accounts, year-end accounts, VAT returns, personal tax and corporation tax. Imran is a full member of the “Association of Accounting Technicians” and has successfully passed 10 ACCA papers and is hoping to finish his ACCA in the next 12 months.

    In order to further his experience and meet new people, Imran made the decision to move on from here to a larger firm. Imran has always been involved in cloud accounting, and after seeing the tremendous benefits it brings to businesses, he believe it marks the future of the accountancy profession.

    Interests: Imran enjoys socialising, eating out and watching TV in his spare time.

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    Ingrid

    Digital Marketing Executive

    Ingrid started working at Raffingers in July 2017.

    She graduated with a degree in International Business BA (Hons) and has a keen interest in Digital Marketing, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Previous sectors she’s worked in include security, IT, recruitment and higher education.

    Ingrid’s interests outside of her role includes doing charity work for causes related to Congo (DRC), International Development, reading self-development books, socialising and travelling. She loves to spend time with her family and just chill listening to music (you will rarely catch her without headphones in).

    Things you didn’t know about Ingrid – She is a big fan of Beyoncé (has been to 3 concerts…twice attended alone). Her favourite film genre is horror and favourite horror film of all time is Candy Man . When she was younger she wanted to be a WWE wrestler (she thinks she’s quite strong).

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    Jackie

    Media and Entertainment Business Development Manager

    When it comes to the music biz, Jackie has been there, done it, worn and sold the T-shirt. She is a specialist in tour accounting and is used to working with A-list musicians.

    Jackie has done some pretty unusual things in her time – usually for charity. There was organising a post-Glasnost gig for Children of Chernobyl in Moscow’s Red Square, complete with Russian infantry and artillery; or erecting the PRS Music Memorial for Marc Bolan on the site of his death in London. By way of relaxation, Jackie keeps fit so she can keep up in the mosh pits of most of the UK’s festivals.

    Jackie has a soft spot for plants – she buys the ‘sad’ ones at Homebase to give them a good home – banana cake and animals, sharing her office with two Yorkshire Terriers, Dory and Dylan, two geckos and 12 hermit crabs all called Herman. There's also music producer/engineer husband, Phil (aka CrazyJoeCola), with whom she can watch Gary Oldman movies.

    Having started her career taking bookings at Power Plant Recording Studio, Jackie quickly made herself useful at The Sanctuary Group/Focus Business Management where she was Band Accountant. Further accountancy roles saw her working with a roster of glitterati including Maximo Park, KT Tunstall, Bastille and DJ Breach. She joined the NWN Blue Squared team in October 2014 and subsequently Raffingers in January 2018, bringing a portfolio of around 100 music-related clients including The Brand New Heavies, Roots Manuva, Hyperdub and Twin Atlantic.

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    Jackie Da Costa

    Music, Media and Entertainment Business Development Manager

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    Jebtha

    Associate Partner

    Jebtha started working at Raffingers in November 2016.

    Jebtha qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 with a Mid-Tier firm based in the city. He then worked with Haines Watts for 5 years in the accounts and audit team before joining Raffingers.

    His interests include spending time with family and friends & sports especially football and cricket.

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    Jemma

    Client Services Assistant Manager

    Jemma has been working for Raffingers since 1st October 2013, having come from retail.

    Jemma's qualifications include a Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising, BTEC National Diploma in Fashion and Clothing and a Level 2 in British Sign Language. Outside of work, Jemma enjoys socialising with friends and family.

    Things you did not know about Jemma - in the summer of 2013 she cut her hair for a charity in Brighton, who makes wigs for children diagnosed with Leukaemia.

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    Joe

    Audit & Accounts Team

    Joe began working for Raffingers in January 2015.

    Joe's qualifications include BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance, 3 A-Levels and 10 (A-C) GCSE's. He is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification.

    Things you did not know about Joe - he is a YouTube sensation, with one video currently at 26000 views! (It is down to you to find the video!)

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    Jonathan

    Client Service Manager and PA

    Born and brought up in North East London (don't mention Essex), Jon took himself off to the West Country to pursue his passion, History, at The University of the West of England.

    But he was always likely to follow in the family footsteps and completed his ACCA exams in 2015. Jon is certainly excited about the future of the profession and particularly enjoys developing close relationships with clients and developing our services to support their needs and growth. "Accountancy isn't really about maths any more, it's about personality and the ability to relate to people on a personal and business management level."

    Jon should have no difficulty there. His big personality and friendly approach has already made him a trusted business advisor for a wide variety of clients.

    He's also inherited the family Arsenal gene. When he's not sitting in his regular seat at the Emirates, he can be found getting to grips with the historical intrigue of TV dramas like Game of Thrones.

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    Joshua

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Joshua was born and bred in Edgware, NW London, before travelling to NY, LA and Cape Town for his studies.

    Upon returning in November 2014, he secured his first job here at Raffingers.

    When he's not working away on a spreadsheet, he can be found on a football pitch doing his best impression of Dele Alli.

    Did you know? Joshua represented Maccabi GB in a Football Tournament in Spain in 2016.

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    Karen

    Client Services Team

    Karen started working for Raffingers in May 1998. Karen's area of expertise is Company Secretarial and calling out for a plumber!

    She has several qualifications, including 8 “O” Levels and 3 “CSE’s”, RSA Stage 1 Typing & City & Guilds Hotel Receptionist. Outside of work, Karen enjoys Zumba, Rambling and Yoga.

    Things you did not know about Karen - she watched the 1966 World Cup in Germany.

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    Kathryn

    Audit and Accounts Team

    After completing her A-Levels at Epping Forest College in Accounting, English Language and ICT, Kathryn knew she wanted to pursue a career in accountancy.

    Kathryn joined NWN Blue Squared Limited in 2014 and subsequently Raffingers in January 2018 and is currently working towards her ACCA qualification.

    Outside of work, Kathryn's main love is Harry Potter and you will often find her quoting it in everyday life or visiting the Harry Potter studios. Kathryn also enjoys keeping active and attends spinning classes and the gym regularly.

    Things you didn't know about kathryn? Ed Sheeran is her guilty crush. She has been to every tour that he’s done since 2012 and even queued for three hours at HMV to get a signed album.

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    Khilen

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Khilen started working at Raffingers as a graduate accountant in August 2016 straight after achieving a 2:1 in BA Economics degree from the University of Leicester. His A Levels include Economics, Business studies & Photography.

    One of his biggest achievements to date is starting an online business at the age of 15 which has grown and is currently still trading.

    Khilen is an Arsenal supporter (even though they raise his blood pressure on the weekends). Khilen's interests outside of work include going to the gym, socialising and photography.

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    Kulraj

    Tax Team

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    Laurence

    IT Manager

    Laurence started working at Raffingers in October 2011. His area of expertise is IT.

    Laurence's qualifications include 8 O levels and 3 A levels. Outside of work he enjoys gardening, woodworking, slipper and a avid pipe collector.

    Things you did not know about Laurence - he nearly became a professional sailor.

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    Lauren

    Marketing Manager

    auren started working at Raffingers in March 2014.

    After quickly progressing to Marketing Manager, Lauren looks after Raffingers' external communications and is heavily involved with organising the many events Raffingers hold.

    When Lauren is not at work, you will her pounding the streets of London, training for her next run or down her local ‘box’ doing Crossfit.

    Things you did not know about Lauren - she is an avid fan of MotoGP.

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    Leanne

    Client Services Manager

    Leanne is a fully qualified legal secretary and works in our client services team.

    When Leanne is not at work she enjoys reading, going to the theatre, eating out and spending time with family and friends.

    Things you didn't know about Leanne - she wanted to be a florist and attended Capel Manor College for a short while. It is still a hobby of hers and you will often find her attending a leisure course every now and then when she is not at work.

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    Lee Manning

    Lee is a FUTRLI certified advisor and as such is able to help you run an effective and growing business. Through helping establish your goals and setting up reliable and accurate reports and forecasts, he will help you identify issues before they affect your business, make the most of opportunities that present themselves and plan for the future.

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    Liuba

    Audit and Accounts Team

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    Liz

    Client Services Manager

    Liz Started working at Raffingers in 1972! After being here so long, Liz is what you would call “a good all-rounder”. Outside of work Liz enjoys holidays because there is nothing she likes more than being in the sun!

    Things you did not know about Liz - she is Lady Elizabeth of Kincavel (which is in Scotland).

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    Malu

    Cloud Accounting Assistant

    Malu came to NWN Blue Squared, and subsequently Raffingers, as an apprentice, aged only 17. Malu is now completing her AAT qualification and intends to begin studying for ACCA shortly.

    Malu works in our Cloud Accounting Team and is always on hand to support any of our clients with their cloud accounting software.

    When Malu is not at work she enjoys watching Tottenham Hotpsur, going to Disneyland and shopping. Malu also loves singing, baking and interior design.

    Things you didn't know about Malu - she was in Universal Studios in Singapore with world class footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo. She also went to meet The Kardashians, but turned up at the wrong Westfield...

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    Matthew

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Matthew works in the audit and accounts team of Raffingers and enjoys providing proactive advice to help clients grow their business.

    When Matthew is not at work, you will find him in the gym. He is a gym fanatic and we have been told that results will be coming soon...

    Matthew also enjoys playing pool, going to the movies and eating... especially steak.

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    Maya

    Cloud Accounting Assistant

    Maya started working at Raffingers at the beginning of November 2017 as an addition to the Xero team.

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    Mehul

    Associate Partner

    Mehul started working at Raffingers as an Associate Partner in January 2017. Mehul is a qualified Chartered Accountant and prior to working at Raffingers, he worked at a large firm in the City of London.

    Mehul has a wealth of experience of providing business advisory, audit, accountancy and tax services to SMEs, professional practices and owner managed businesses. Mehul’s experience enables him to provide advice to clients looking to grow their business and also becoming their trusted advisor on all aspects of their business and tax planning.

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    Melanie

    Cloud Accounting Assistant

    Melanie has built up a wealth of experience having worked in both industry and practice, which she now shares with colleagues and clients in our cloud accounting team.

    When Melanie is not at work, you will find her travelling, at the theatre or in the gym.

    Things you didn't know about Melanie - she used to play girls five-a-side football.

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    Michelle

    Tax Team

    Michelle started working at Raffingers in January 1998.

    Michelle is AAT qualified. Outside of work, she enjoys Zumba, cooking, swimming, walking, eating, card making and crafts!

    Things you did not know about Michelle - she won bronze silver and gold medals for Ballroom and Latin dancing.

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    Mira Ejaz

    Cloud Accounting Assistant

    Mira started her journey in the accounting profession as an apprentice in 2012, who is now MAAT qualified. Experienced in cloud based bookkeeping, VAT/CIS returns, Payroll, Year-end accounts preparation as well as producing relevant and meaningful MI reports to clients.

    Outside of work, Mira enjoys travelling, good food, painting, styling hair and applying makeup on her friends and family.

    Things you did not know about Mira - Has competed in the London Youth Games and takes part in sponsored mathematical challenges in the summer break, to raise money for the Richard House Hospice.

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    Mukesh

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Mukesh started working at Raffingers in August 2001.

    Mukesh's main areas of expertise are Charity accounts and audit. He is also FCCA Qualified. Outside of work, Mukesh enjoys going to the gym, cooking and also is a huge lover of the cinema.

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    Nasreen

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Nasreen started working at Raffingers in December 2017.

    She is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant. Before joining Raffingers, Nasreen worked at two small city firms for 11 years. Her main responsibility was working as payroll to the audit department.

    Outside of work, Nasreen enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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    Nikhil

    Payroll Team

    I joined Raffingers in October 2015 as a Payroll Administrator.

    Raffingers is the second accountancy practice that I have worked for. The first practice was an Indian small trading firm, where I developed my skills in bookkeeping and customer service. From there I moved to Raffingers where I specialise in payroll and look forward to supporting the department and working with Raffingers' clients

    My qualifications include an M.B.A Degree in Marketing and International Business.

    Interests: I enjoy Playing Cricket, attending parties and travelling. I am also a movie maniac.

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    Oliver

    Audit and Accounts Team

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    Paran

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Paran has over six years of experience working in accountancy practices and is already AAT qualified and studying towards ACCA.

    When Paran is not working, you will find him playing badminton or cooking and relaxing with family and friends. Paran also enjoys traveling and exploring the nature and photography of new places.

    Things you didn't know about Paran - he is involved in charity activities and as such is always willing to help and care for anyone.

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    Reece Karpha

    Tax Team

    Completed AAT Level 2 & 3, obtain a BA (hons) in Accounting and Finance and currently studying towards ACCA qualifications.

    Outside of work I attend the gym and play football. I also use the rest of my spare time trying to not stress out while supporting Arsenal.

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    Sajidah

    Payroll Team

    Sajidah started working at Raffingers in September 2011 and is our Payroll Manager.

    Outside of work, Sajidah enjoys spending time with friends, going to the theatre and like every other woman - shopping!

    Things you did not know about Sajidah - prior to working at Raffingers, she worked within the finance department for a recruitment consultancy in Central London.

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    Sally

    Client Service Manager and PA

    Sally started working at Raffingers in September 2014, following the merger with Alexander Ash & Co.

    Sally's qualifications include a B.Sc (Hons) and FCCA. Outside of work Sally enjoys running, travelling, cinema and eating out.

    Things you did not know about Sally - she is an avid runner, running the Berlin marathon, Boston, New York and Tokyo marathons within the next 18 months. Her ultimate goal is to become an ultra-marathon runner with the aim to complete a 100 mile run within 24 hours.

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    Samantha

    HR Advisor

    Samantha began working for Raffingers during June 2015.

    Samantha's qualifications include a CIPD- Human Resources Practice, BA Youth Justice, Access to Social Work and Teaching Assistance. Outside of work she likes to go out to eat at different places, food is one of her favourite things. She also enjoys socialising and going to dance shows with her son.

    Things you did not know about Samantha - she loves to dance: Her son is a professional dancer and thinks she is just as good! She is also looking to start up her own handmade Bespoke Pillow company. She would very much like to further her career in HR and enrol for further education, too.

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    Savvas

    Tax Senior

    Savvas started working at Raffingers in July 1995, previously he worked in his family business for nine years; however decided to utilize his Accounts and Tax Qualifications and take a chance at something different!

    Outside of work, Savvas is an Avid Arsenal Supporter! People that know him know he is obsessed with the club and everything to do with it. He also enjoys losing at golf, tennis and chess to both his children on a weekly basis.

    Things you did not know about Savvas - at the age of 14 he made a break of 73 in a snooker tournament (He was supposed to be at school at the time!).

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    Seelan

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Smart and sporty, Seelan is a martial artist who's not afraid to tangle with a spreadsheet or take on the big numbers. His proactive approach means plenty of client contact...in a good way.

    Seelan is an a Accounting and Finance graduate from The University of Birmingham. He's also something of an IT whizz, adding Computer Science to his degree as well.

    His first job, with PwC, got his accountancy career off to a flying start and Seelan has joined the ranks of some of the largest audit firms in the world, crunching the numbers for multinationals and SMEs alike including high street banks and major retail brands.

    Joining NWN Blue Squared, and then Raffingers, has given him the chance to hone his skills on the creative sector and broaden his advisory and accountancy horizons. Friendly and proactive, Seelan's approach is proactive: "I really enjoy working directly with clients to help them get to grips with accounting in a way that's relevant and easy to understand".

    When it comes to relaxing, Seelan is a keen sportsman. A badminton racquet is his current weapon of choice, playing regularly with his local club. Occasionally, when he's not battling company accounts or shuttlecocks, he can also be found (well away from our clients) taking on all-comers as a Black Belt in the high-kicking, explosive martial art of Taekwondo.

    He's also happy to talk football, claiming to be a dedicated Man Utd fan (but they all say that).

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    Seema Vara

    Client Services Team

    Seema joined Raffingers on a permanent basis in April 2017, following a three month contract assisting the Tax team.

    Seema has a degree in Accountancy and Finance and before working at Raffingers she worked at KPMG in the Insolvency/Restructuring department.

    Outside of work her interests include travelling, reading and socialising with friends and family.

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    Shafiq

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Shafiq joined Raffingers Audit and Accounts Team from Ernst & Young big 4 Accountancy firm worldwide where he performed audit of financial Services organisations.

    His qualifications include ACMA ACA and FCCA.

    Shafiq is a big fan of cricket and support Pakistan and England international teams.

    Shafiq’s interests outside of work include spending time with family, socialising and sightseeing.

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    Shaina

    Tax Senior

    Shaina began working at Raffingers during June 2015.

    Shaina's qualifications include a BA (Hons) and she is ATT Qualified. Outside of work, Shaina enjoys reading, watching movies, travelling, baking, spending time with her boys and shopping for books.

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    Receptionist

    Sharron joined Raffingers as a receptionist in April 2017.

    Sharron has over 20 years experence in being that smiling face that greets you on reception and once operated a lithographic printing press.

    Outside of work, Sharron enjoys a life on the ocean wave aboard state of the art cruise ships and comforts her husband, son and grandson when Tottenham Hotspur lose!

    Something you didn't know about Sharron: She accompanied her husband Paul when he was the mayor of Waltham Abbey during 1998-1999.

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    Sheryar

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Raffingers is the third accountancy Sheryar has worked for. Previously to Raffingers, Sheryar worked in a four partner practice for about 3 years where he studied for his ACCA qualification. Sheryar has vast experience in preparing accounts for clients across various sectors as well as further experience in audit, too.

    Sheryar began working for Raffingers in March 2016, where he currently prepares year end accounts, corporation tax computations and carrying out audit.

    Sheryar enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and likes to go on outings and see new places and doing outdoor activities.

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    Sinem

    Payroll Team

    After graduating from university, Sinem studied accounts and finance and worked her way up to Payroll Client Manager.

    Sinem now works in the payroll team at Raffingers, supporting a wide variety of clients.

    When Sinem is not at work she is often travelling all over the world. Sinem also enjoys shopping, watching movies and is a food lover.

    Things you did not know about Sinem - she used to be a car sales woman!

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    Sunita

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Sunita started working for Raffingers in June 2015.

    Sunita's qualifications include a B.Com (Hons) and MSc in International Accounting and ACCA. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and exploring new countries and their cultures, watching animated movies, reading a good novel, beauty and fashion and baking and cooking.

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    Susan

    Payroll Team

    Susan started working for Raffingers in July 1988 and is our Payroll Client Manager. Susan is also one of our longest serving employees.

    Susan's qualifications include BTech in Bookkeeping and Business studies. Outside of work Susan enjoys spending time with her two lovely children and one of her greatest friends, her Sky+box!

    Things you did not know about Susan - she knew Barry (Soraff) when he was still at school.

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    Taran

    Cloud Management Accountant

    I studied Accounting and Finance at university and after graduation soon got involved with accountancy work, which I very much enjoy! I'm a football fanatic and my favourite team is the greatest football club in England...LIVERPOOL!

    Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, meeting with friends, swimming, playing football and pool.

    One random fact about me is that I became a qualified swimming instructor at the age of 17. I also occasionally coach football at my local club.

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    Trina

    Payroll Administrator

    Trina started work for Raffingers in June 2016 in the payroll department as our Payroll Client Manager.

    This is Trina's first accountancy practice that she has worked for. Previously Trina worked for Clintons in the payroll department for sixteen and half years.

    Interests - Trina like shoe shopping and taking her dog Jake out for walks.

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    Visham

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Visham joined Raffingers in September 2014, following the merger of Alexander Ash & Co where he spent 11 years of his career.

    Visham's qualifications include: Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) and Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his young family, travelling, reading and following the Gunners‰Û_

    Things you did not know about Visham - he has always dreamt to be a teacher until his dad persuaded him to become an Accountant!!

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    Warren

    Audit and Accounts Team

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    Wendy

    Payroll Team

    Wendy is a former police sergeant and now marshalls the ranks and keeps order in our Payroll Department.

    As a police officer, Wendy worked in some of the toughest areas of the East End of London before a car accident brought her career in the force to a premature end. Born and bred in Essex, Wendy took a maternity cover job at a small local firm of accountants. When the cover ended, she was asked to stay on and learn bookkeeping, VAT and payroll.

    Wendy has been in the financial sector for 21 years. She joined Stonehills in 1996, which eventually morphed into NWN Blue Square Ltd and now Raffingers, making her a dedicated and committed Payroll Manager heading up the payroll department

    A woman of many talents, she also works with her ex-police officer husband, running a photography business. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s designing the albums for weddings and their corporate customers.

    Wendy is not shy about blowing her own trumpet – well, cornet actually - playing in the North East Counties Royal British Legion Band. They can be heard as part of her local Essex Remembrance Day Service as well as giving concerts around the Home Counties. As a stepmother and grandmother, she makes the kids a priority – “the centre of my universe” – and occasionally finds time for a bit of gardening…just to relax.

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    Yaseen

    Client Service Manager and PA

    Yaseen started working at Raffingers in May 2010 and works in the Accounts Department. Outside of work he enjoys football - both playing and watching.

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    Ziyon

    Audit and Accounts Team

    Ziyon joined Raffingers as an Admin apprentice, through an apprenticeship course with Leadership Through Sport and Business studying Accountancy in April 2016. Ziyon has passed his AAT Level 2 and also has 8 GCSE’s A-C.

    Ziyon enjoys playing football, roller skating and reading books.

    Things you did not know about Ziyon: He used to be apart of a choir and went abroad to sing in Germany.

Partners

  • Adam Moody

    Partner

    Adam started out at Raffingers after finishing his degree in Accountancy at the University of Central Lancashire in 1994.

    Two years later Adam qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant and worked his way up the ladder. After promotions to manager and PA to the partners, he was offered a partnership in 2003 which he duly accepted.

    During his time at Raffingers, Adam has grown a portfolio of clients and now specialises in the food and drink sector, representing a number of pubs, restaurants and cafés.

    Why did you choose to become an accountant?
    I think it’s because I am insane! Seriously it is because my mother told me that it was either that or a doctor and I was terrible at science at school.

    And if you had not been an accountant?
    Definitely a professional footballer. At the time the money seemed better in the world of accountancy; however I think my decision was also made easier having two left feet.

    Most exciting moment?
    Delivering my own daughter Elise. Most exciting, but at the same time, also the scariest!

    And your worst moment?
    The same as the most exciting really, whilst the outcome was more than worthwhile, being put in that position is not something I had ever planned for.

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  • Andrew Coney

    Partner

    Andrew started his working career as a sole practitioner in South Africa. As they did not have any computers or laptops to work on, all his training was done “old style”, in paper ledgers.

    Andrew moved to London in 1999 and gained further experience in a medium sized firm located in North London.

    After completing his professional qualifications in 2003, Andrew dipped his toes into the world of industry. For six months Andrew worked as a Financial Controller; he sorted the accounts department out (and team!) to such an efficient level that the owners were able to sell up for a large profit! Job done, he then returned to public practice.

    Andrew joined Raffingers in 2007 as an audit manager, becoming a Partner in early 2011. Andrew specialises in the construction sector, as well as SAR audits.

    Why did you choose to become an accountant?
    My standard 6 accounting teacher said I was wasting my time and should change to home economics. I had to prove her wrong.

    And if you had not been an accountant?
    My wife is a teacher and is on holiday every other week. Sounds to me like a good alternative.

    Most exciting moment?
    South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 1995. Wasn’t as exciting second time round!

    And your worst moment?
    Do not mention the Cricket World Cup!

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  • Barry Soraff

    Partner

    Having been born into a family of accountants, Barry grew up absolutely adamant that he would not be joining the profession.

    Persuaded by his father to come and work for him whilst he decided what he really wanted to do, Barry found himself sitting exams and before he knew it, was a fully qualified accountant before his 22nd birthday in 1994.

    Barry was made a partner in one of our predecessor firms by the age of 26 and has since built up a very diverse portfolio across a range of sectors; his specialisms include retail, travel and property.

    Barry has a wide experience of corporate finance, particularly mergers and acquisitions and does most of the firm’s specialist tax and VAT advice.

    Why did you choose to become an accountant?
    Because my father was a sneaky bugger… although since I now absolutely love it I have since forgiven him (but don’t tell him that)!

    And if you had not been an accountant?
    I realised quite early that my pretensions to football stardom were somewhat misplaced, after which I always dreamed of being a pilot. I did actually study briefly for my private pilot's licence so I know that if the stewardess ever comes over the tannoy and asks if anybody on board can fly a plane that I am ready and willing!

    Most exciting moment?
    Avoiding the clichés about marriage and birth of children, they are mostly football related. Being there when my beloved Tottenham qualified for the Champions League in Manchester. Being in the San SIro to see us beat Milan. Or the Bernabeu to lose to Real Madrid. Beating Arsenal on the way to the FA Cup triumph in 1991. We could be here all day… You get what I am talking about…

    And your worst moment?
    If it were football we could again be here till next week. Other than that thankfully have not really had too many really bad moments.

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  • Gary Inglis

    Managing Partner

    Gary originally trained with a mid-sized firm in the west end of London before gaining a wealth of commercial experience as a Financial Controller.

    Latterly, Gary became a Financial Director of Betacom, shortly before its acquisition by a well-known entrepreneur called Alan Sugar (there is some debate as to who was whose apprentice!).

    Gary then returned to public practice in 1987, took a three year sabbatical in the USA before joining one of our predecessor firms, Freedman Stuart, in 1995 and becoming a partner in 1996.

    Gary specialises in both the Recruitment and Not-For-Profit sectors and has a wealth of experience in corporate restructuring and corporate finance. He is also the firm’s Managing Partner.

    Why did you choose to become an accountant?
    I think it was an overwhelming desire to learn the complexities of tax and audit legislation and most importantly my mum thought it was a good idea!

    And if you had not been an accountant?
    I used to want to be an MP until they changed the expense claim rules.

    Most exciting moment?
    Luton Town being promoted to the Premier League (OK it was the old Division One, but it still counts!).

    And your worst moment?
    Luton Town being relegated (again) to the Blue Square Conference.

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  • Lee Manning

    Partner

    Lee began his career in the city of London, but could only put up with travelling on the Underground for three months. As a result, he decided to move to a local firm in 1988 and work his way through the ranks, qualifying in 1993.

    Then an opportunity presented itself, in 1995 Lee's senior Partner went out on his own and asked Lee to join him. Although a difficult choice, it was the right decision and Lee became a Partner in 1998.

    During this period, the profession continued to evolve at a rapid pace and Lee's firm merged with Freedman Stuart in 2004. The rest they say is history.

    Lee is now responsible for a large portfolio of clients across a range of sectors; although his particular area of specialism is recruitment. For these clients Lee assists them with all forms of tax planning, business development and strategic planning.

    Lee is also responsible for the marketing of the practice and presents seminars on business development and current tax planning opportunities.

    Lee's outside interests include playing golf, running (well walking at a fast pace) and being a taxi service for his three gorgeous children.

    Why did you choose to become an accountant?
    I had trouble choosing my “O” Level subjects and the school I attended offered Accounts and Commerce for the first time, and I thought it was better than doing German. I obviously enjoyed it as I passed with an “A” grade.

    And if you had not been an accountant?
    Well a football star obviously. All was going well until I tore my crucial ligament in my left knee. After this, I thought I better concentrate a little harder in my maths lessons and found I had a natural flare for figures. My profit projections are legendary!!

    Most exciting moment?
    Running, well participating and finishing the London Marathon. If I didn’t have to stop so many times to go to the toilet I would have knocked at least an hour off my time.

    And your worst moment?
    I thought I was doing well in the marathon until I was overtaken by a Teletubby.

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  • Neill

    Partner

    Neill started working for Raffingers in July 2015. As a former senior investigator with HMRC, and someone who has dealt with all levels of HMRC enquiries since leaving the department some ten years ago, Neill's knowledge is invaluable. Whether you need tax advice or have received a tax enquiry letter, Neill is able to support you.

    Neil is also responsible for overseeing our Research and Development claims, which has involved qualifying R&D expenditure of £8million and resulted in tax credit repayments and corporation tax savings of over £1.3million.

    For tax advice or to see if you are eligible for R&D, please contact him.

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  • Paul Dell

    Partner

    Paul qualified in 1990 and took over the firm of Alexander Ash & Co in 1997. Alexander Ash & Co merged with Raffingers in September 2014.

    Over the years, Paul has had extensive experience in the SME sector, advising business owners on all aspects of their business needs and personal wealth management. Paul also deals with a range of clients across a variety of sectors, varying from small to large groups.

    In 2016 Paul became accredited for probate and now leads Raffingers' probate and estate administration service, allowing Raffingers to extend the support they provide to their clients.

    Why did you choose to become an accountant?
    Having worked as a labourer at the large house of an Accountant during his school holidays, Paul quickly realised that the cold early mornings working outside weren’t for him. However, he did like the idea of a big house and thought the career path of an Accountant will do for him!

    And if you hadn’t been an accountant?
    I soon realised I was never going to make it on the golf tour and with a love of numbers it was always going to be Accountancy

    Most exciting moment?
    My first hole in one at the golf club – 145 yards over the pin and spun back into the hole – sweet!

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  • Roy Butcher

    Partner

    Roy started working at Raffingers in June 2015 as a Senior Manager and was quickly promoted to Associate Partner in 2016. In June 2017, Roy then became the eighth partner of the firm.

    Roy has a wealth of experience working with owner managed businesses in the SME sector and is also our specialist corporate finance adviser. Roy's vast experience in this area means he is able to help you get the best out of your business, helping you to achieve your future goals.

    Why did you choose to become an accountant?
    Like most kids growing up in Dagenham, I wanted to be a footballer. However, the next Trevor Brooking I wasn’t to be! Therefore my love of ‘figures’ meant the world of accountancy was a good fit.

    And if you had not been an accountant?
    I genuinely always wanted to join the Marines. And I do feel like a frustrated soldier at heart. But being slightly vertically challenged prevented me fulfilling that.

    Most exciting moment?
    Obviously the birth of my children. But 2017 has been pretty good too. I have taken part in the London Marathon, the Suunto Great London Swim, and jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet.

    And your worst moment?
    West Ham losing to Spurs in any given season.

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  • Suda Ratnam

    Partner

    Suda joined Raffingers in August 1999 and became a Partner in 2008.

    Prior to working with Raffingers, Suda trained with a large firm in the City of London. Suda manages a busy portfolio of clients, including owner managed businesses and UK subsidiaries providing audit, accountancy and business advisory services.

    Suda has a hands-on approach to all his business start-ups, guiding them through their tricky growth phases. He also helps in not just giving accounting and taxation advice, which is essential, but also provides advice on setting up systems and sourcing finance, if required.

    Suda acts for a number of charities and tuition providers and is the current Chairman of the Audit committee for a local Academy School.

    Why did you choose to become an accountant?
    I was rubbish at Chemistry and Biology so medicine was not an option. To my parents' disapproval, I decided on a future in accountancy.

    And if you had not been an accountant?
    Probably a cricketer, modelled myself on the Aussie great Dean Jones!

    Most exciting moment?
    There are a few - that memorable goal by Micky Thomas against Liverpool in 1989 to win the title at Anfield. I remember dropping my dinner on the floor when he scored, and the most obvious one, getting married!

    And your worst moment?
    When I broke my leg playing football for the legendary Raffingers 5-a-side team and had to take 6 weeks off of work.

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