Meet Our Team

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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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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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Consultants

  • Ed Niman

    Partner

    Ed is an accountant with serious business experience - including running the financial department at a major record label - and an equally serious passion for football.

    Ed was previously Partner at NWN Blue Squared and is now, with the partners, heading up the Music, Media and Entertainment sector at Raffingers.

    Ed grew up in Preston, becoming a Preston North End fanatic – or should we say 'sufferer' - before being dazzled by the bright lights of the ‘Big City’. He now lives in Greater London with his wife and has three grown up children and relaxes by walking, swimming and cooking.

    Ed is also passionate about theatre, food and music of all kinds - having at one time worked for Mute Records - but particularly classical and blues. His idea of paradise is fish soup and a good bottle of red wine served overlooking the sea to music from the Allman Brothers.

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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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