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- Managing PartnerGary Inglis
Gary originally trained with a mid-sized firm and then spent a number of years as Finance Director of a large consumer electronics company before returning to public practice in 1987. The electronics company was subsequently acquired by a well-known entrepreneur called Alan Sugar and there is some debate as to who was whose apprentice!
Following a three year sabbatical in the USA, Gary joined one of our predecessor firms, Freedman Stuart, in 1995 and becoming a partner in 1996. Gary specialises in the Recruitment, Property and Construction sectors and has a wealth of experience in advising clients in corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Gary is also the firm’s Managing and Senior Partner.
- PartnerLee Manning
Lee has been at Raffingers since he was a boy in short trousers. His passion is helping clients succeed, grow and be cash rich. One of a few Profit First Certified Professionals in the UK that can really make a positive difference to owner managed businesses and he loves to investigate new technology to see how it can improve the efficiencies within businesses. He specialises in helping recruitment companies from start ups to multi office agencies and is not camera shy being our inhouse webinar guru.
- PartnerBarry Soraff
Barry was born into a family of accountants but grew up wanting to be an airline pilot. Having been persuaded that he may be better suited to a more “feet on the ground” profession, he found a passion that he never knew existed, took his exams and qualified at the age of 22.
Barry was a partner at Raffingers by the age of 26 and has now been with us in one form or another for nearly thirty years. Despite still regarding himself as a frustrated pilot, he has grown to love his new life: “I can go on a plane anytime I want but not many pilots will experience the pleasure of walking into a room, facing down a long list of problems and leaving having helped a client to find solutions to all of them.”
- PartnerAdam Moody
Adam has been at Raffingers for over 25 years, initially as a trainee and worked his way to partner in 2003. Over those years, Adam has dedicated his time to helping SMEs in all sectors to grow and thrive. There is nothing Adam enjoys more than working closely with his clients to ensure that they can maximise their potential and the values of their businesses. Adam enjoys the variety of work that comes with being a partner, no two days are ever the same.
- PartnerPaul Dell
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 deals with a range of clients across a variety of sectors, varying from small to large groups
- PartnerSuda Ratnam
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.
- PartnerAndrew Coney
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 our audit manager and become Partner in early 2011. Andrew specialises in the property and construction sector, as well as start-ups.
- PartnerRoy Butcher
Roy has been in general public practice for over 25 years, working mainly with owner managed businesses in a range of industry sectors, including creative, property, retail, recruitment, travel, consultancy and professional regulated services.
With several years in industry as a Financial Controller for a large group in the motor salvage industry, Roy’s extensive experience includes accounting, taxation, financial analysis, tax planning strategies, audit & assurance reviews, and complex VAT structures.
As Partner at Raffingers, Roy heads up the Creative Client Sectors. Representing clients' in industries including architecture; advertising and marketing; crafts; design (product, graphic, fashion); film, TV, radio and photography; galleries and libraries; music, performing and visual arts; and publishing.
- PartnerNeill Staff
Neill started his tax career by joining the Inland Revenue in 1981. He spent 23 years in the department mostly as a senior Investigator before leaving HMRC to become a senior tax advisor in several large practices. He joined Raffingers in June 2015 and helped transform the tax department into a specialist team with particular expertise in HMRC enquiry work, Let Property Campaigns, Research & Development and tax planning.
Neill is an acknowledged expert in dealing with all kinds of HMRC enquiries including Code of Practise 9 fraud cases, full and aspect enquiries, and over 200 successful Let Property Campaign submissions. He has also dealt with several hundred successful R&D claims securing repayments of over £6m. Neill was promoted to partner in September 2017.
- PartnerMehul Thaker
Mehul qualified at a large practice and spent a number of years providing audit, accountancy and tax services to SMEs, professional practices and owner managed businesses.
Mehul enjoys working closely with clients to understand their business beyond the financials to help with corporate finance, strategic business planning, cashflow management and profit improvement to better business performance and financial results.
- Marketing ManagerAshlee Bloom
Ashlee has worked for international brands and for early-stage startups, and is now heading up the marketing division here at Raffingers. Having spent the duration of her career embraced in creating cutting-edge marketing strategies within a range of sectors, Ashlee also offers strategic marketing advice to Raffingers clients, helping them to generate leads and retain customers.
Ashlee believes strongly in the power of brand and how it helps to build long lasting connections with customers and ultimately, fuels commercial growth.
- PartnerYedidya Zaiden
Yedidya grew up in South Africa and after completing his schooling, studied in Israel and the UK. He qualified with the ACCA in 2006 and whilst he has a particular focus on the property and charity sectors, he has assisted clients operating in various spheres of business.
We were delighted to announce Yedidya as a partner at the start of 2021, bringing the total number of partners at the firm to eleven.
- Client Service Manager and PAYaseen Suleman
Yaseen started working at Raffingers in May 2010 and works in the Accounts Department.
- Client Service Manager and PAGerard McHugh
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.
- Client Service Manager and PASally Dawodu-Talabi
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.
- Audit ManagerMukesh Itburrun
Mukesh started working at Raffingers in August 2001. Mukesh's main areas of expertise are Charity accounts and audit. He is also FCCA Qualified.
- Audit ManagerVisham Gunputh
Visham has been with Raffingers since 2014. 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 the occasional 5-a-side game of football.
- Audit Assistant ManagerGowri Manickavasagar
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, gardening and baking.
- Audit and Accounts SeniorLiuba Batir
- Payroll ManagerSajidah Master
Sajidah started working at Raffingers in September 2011 and is our Payroll Manager. Prior to working at Raffingers, she worked within the finance department for a recruitment consultancy in Central London.
- Client Services ManagerLeanne Collins
Leanne is a fully qualified legal secretary and manages our client services team.
- Client Services Assistant Manager & CRM ChampionJemma Gibson
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.
- Marketing Co-ordinatorCharlie Horne
Charlie’s natural flair for design, social media and brand identity ensures he fits perfectly into our cutting-edge marketing team. Charlie joined Raffingers in 2019 after spending the first few years gaining experience at a content creation company. With Charlie’s loud, enthusiastic and energetic approach… he certainly increases the overall volume of any room he enters!
- Credit ControlAlison Greenslade
Alison is our credit controller which suits her perfectly as she loves getting to know all type of people.
- Audit and Accounts SeniorAmratpal Singh
Amratpal has been with Raffingers for over 6 years providing financial services ranging from VAT, statutory & management accounts and Audits. In his spare time, he enjoys watching & playing sports.
- audit and accounts senior and PAAnand Godhania
Anand joined Raffingers in 2014 and has never looked back since. He is ACCA qualified and has a wealth of knowledge working with SMEs. Anand believes there are no greater joys than helping others achieve greater goals. This motivates him to improve and enhance his knowledge. When he is not crunching numbers, he is busy destroying things via DIY or ticking tasks off the list - given by his wife!
- Cloud Accounting ManagerClaire Miller
Claire started at Raffingers as a Cloud Manager in April 2019. She graduated from university with a first degree in Accountancy and Finance.
- Cloud Accounting ManagerDanielle Hoskins
Danielle is our Cloud Manager, and is currently studying AAT Level 4. Danielle started her career at a larger practice and was there for 5 years where her role involved everything from VAT Returns, Tax Returns, Y/E Accounts to Service Charge Accounts.
- Payroll Clients Accounts ManagerDiana Lisovskaja
I started work for Raffingers in October 2018 in the payroll department. I have completed my AAT Qualification at UK college.
- Cloud Accounting ManagerEmma Cohen
Emma joined Raffingers in 2015 as an Admin apprentice. She then moved into the Cloud Department and 5 years down the line, she is now one of our Cloud Team Assistant Managers. With a real passion for the job, and a loud personality to let everyone know, Emma loves working directly with her colleagues and clients.
- Payroll Clients Accounts ManagerGrace Leahy
I have now worked for Raffingers for 10 years (which seems crazy to me - times flys when you're having fun?). Raffingers was my first insight into payroll which I enjoy, both the interaction with clients and the team here!
- Audit and Accounts SeniorJoe O'Brien
Joe started at Raffingers in 2015 on a work experience placement. After being offered a permanent role at the firm, he has worked his way up from the office junior to being an experienced member of the audit and accounts team. When not in the office, Joe can be found taking chunks out of his local golf course, or in the kitchen cooking up a storm.
- Audit and Accounts Semi SeniorJoshua Bharier
Joshua was born and bred in Edgware, NW London, before travelling to NY, LA and Cape Town for his studies. Upon returning to London in November 2014, he secured his first job here at Raffingers. When he's not tapping away at a spreadsheet, he can be found on a football pitch doing his best impression of Moussa Sissoko.
- Client Services AdministratorKaitlyn Bird
Kaitlyn has been at Raffingers since 2019 which was her first insight to work life and she believes she couldnt have picked a better place to start her career. Kaitlyn is apart of the admin team and enjoys the different variety of jobs that are involved, there are always new things to learn.
- Audit and Accounts Semi SeniorKathryn Hopper
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.
- Audit and Accounts Semi SeniorKhilen Khilochia
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.
- Tax SeniorKulraj Bansal
Kulraj joined Raffingers as Tax Senior in February 2018. His qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance and he is ATT qualified. He is currently studying towards the CTA qualification.
- IT ManagerLaurence Russell
With 40 years in the IT industry, Laurence has been the IT manager at Raffingers for nearly ten years and during that period he has seen the company nearly treble in size. Having personally replaced every single piece of equipment at least twice, Laurence has made sure that Raffingers has the most up to date software and hardware equipment available in order to deliver the highest level of client and employee experience. Having worked all over the world, Laurence can honestly say that this is the first company he has worked at that feels like a family, and is well known for his appalling “Dad” jokes and eye watering collection of pacific shirts.
- Audit and Accounts Semi SeniorMatthew Shanthakumar
Matt is one of our semi-senior accountants here at Raffingers. He has a particular attention to detail and a drive in getting figures correct to the penny, making him a valuable addition to the team. When he’s not working hard on your accounts, you will find Matt either stuffing his face, at the gym or on a 5-a-side pitch.
- Audit and Accounts JuniorMaya Ravikumar
Maya is a part of the Audit and Accounts team and currently studying towards her ACCA accountancy qualification. Maya loves helping clients and is a believer that accounting is the heart of a successful business. Her favourite professional quote is “Surround yourself with assets, not liabilities”.
- Tax SeniorMichelle Calder
Michelle started working at Raffingers in January 1998. Michelle is AAT qualified, and volunteers for The Raffingers Foundation, helping to raise money for The Alzheimer's Society and Pancreatic Cancer.
- Payroll ManagerNikhil Jivnani
I joined Raffingers in October 2015 as a Payroll Administrator after training at a small trading firm, where I developed my skills in bookkeeping and customer service. My qualifications include an M.B.A Degree in Marketing and International Business.
- HR AdvisorSamantha Khan
With 10 years experience as HR Advisor, Samantha started in the retail sector then transferred over to the world of finance. As an associate member of CIPD, Samantha's skills include people management, recruitment, organisational development, personnel management, HR policies and procedures.
- Tax SeniorSavvas Demetriou
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!
- Client Services TeamSeema Vara
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.
- Tax and Probate SpecialistShaina Osman
Shaina began working at Raffingers in June 2015 and her qualifications include a BA (Hons) and ATT. As our Tax and Probate Specialist, Shaina has been working closely with clients to help them to understand the figures, ensure they aren't paying more tax than they need to and, to handle the probate process.
- ReceptionistSharron Burling
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.
- Payroll Clients Accounts ManagerSinem Dogan-Ucak
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.
- Payroll Clients Accounts ManagerSusan Kew
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.
- Payroll Clients Accounts ManagerTrina Kinchlea
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.
- Payroll Clients Accounts ManagerWendy Martin
Wendy has been in the financial sector for 24 years. She joined Stonehills in 1996, which eventually morphed into NWN Blue Square Ltd and now Raffingers, making her a dedicated and committed Payroll team player within payroll department.
- Cloud AssistantAmiebelle Javier
- Cloud AssistantJaycee Saguino
- Onboarding CoordinatorJeannette Di Toro
- Cloud AssistantJiesele Lobo
Jiesele joined Raffingers in Jul 2016 as bookkeeper for the Philippines team. She graduated with a degree in Accountancy.
- Cloud AssistantJustine Desepida
Justine joined Raffingers in December 2018. Justine graduated from university with a degree in Accountancy in April 2014
- Audit and Accounts Semi SeniorJay Rathakrishnan
Jay is one of our semi-senior accountants here and has been at Raffingers since 2018 while studying for his ACCA qualification, he has a particular attention to detail making him a valuable addition to the team.
- Tax AssistantReece Karpha
Reece works in the tax department as a tax assistant. His role involves preparing personal tax returns, offering tax advise and corresponding with HMRC on the clients behalf.
- Cloud AssistantLudy Yambao
Ludy started working for Raffingers in 2019. She claims she loves sleeping so much, that it became one of her personalities!
- Audit And Accounts JuniorMoish Mitz
Moish was born in North London before traveling across the pond for his studies, eventually graduating in the RCA of New Jersey with a BA equivalency. Upon returning to London in September 2019, he secured his first job here at Raffingers. Moish is well on track to become ACCA qualified having already taken a chunk of the examinations.
- Audit And Accounts JuniorDean Buitekant
Dean has been at Raffingers since 2018, back when Arsenal were half decent. He is now part of the Accounts & Audit team while studying for his ACCA qualification. In his spare time he likes to watch Arsenal attempt to play football and watch Christian McCaffrey juking people out their shoes!
- Cloud AssistantTabbasum Bukhari
- Financial PlannerLaurence Daly
Since 1997 Laurence has continuously worked in financial services with careers in New York, Ireland and the UK. Laurence has previously been awarded the Gold Medal for the highest results in the Irish QFA (Qualified Financial Adviser) exam. Laurence specialises in developing full financial plans for his clients. He also has specialised qualifications in Equity Release and Later Life advice such as Long Term Care Planning.
- Financial PlannerAndrew Ross
Andrew after leaving an early career in law has spent his whole financial services career working within an accountancy practice since 2006. Andrew is a one of around 2000 CFP professionals in the UK and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Andrew’s particular specialisms are individual tax and lifetime financial planning. Andrew is also our occupational pension specialist and can provide final salary pension advice to trustees and individuals.
BALANCING WORK AND PLAY
We host a variety of social events during the year. Whether it is our charity ball, monthly team lunches, paintballing or cocktail making, there are plenty of opportunities for our team to let loose and enjoy.
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