We’ve profiled our eight partners below. There’s the reassuring information about their qualifications and experience… and a few (until now) lesser known facts about them.
We’ve profiled our eight partners below.
Chris specialises in advising owner-managed businesses and their stakeholders and also advises a significant number of pension schemes, not-for-profit and charitable organisations.
Chris marries experience with a fresh perspective and has developed an enviable reputation as a senior adviser to many business leaders in the region. He advises owner-managed businesses and many charitable and not-for-profit organisations.
Having graduated from Sheffield University, Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant with an international firm. After a year-long secondment in industry, he joined Sagars in 1988. Appointed as a partner in 1995, Chris is now our managing partner.
Very sporty, Chris led the Sagars team to success in the Three Peaks Challenge, loves a bit of a run or a bike ride (has been known to end up in the canal – bike, computer and all) and competes in triathlons… to mention just a few pursuits.
Favourite film: Angels with Dirty Faces
A Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser and an ICAEW Solicitors’ Special Interest Group committee member, John specialises in advising growing businesses and professional practices.
Following a degree from Liverpool University, John trained with Sagars, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 1996. He became a partner in 2000.
A recognised expert in advising professional practices and owner-managed businesses, John’s advice is always in demand.
On a one-man mission to convert the Sagars team (and any visitors to the office) to green tea, John is working hard on an alternative career as a rock guitarist and/or goalkeeper.
Favourite song: Lucky Man, The Verve
Kate spends a lot of time working with businesses and their owners on tax strategies and mitigation, which includes looking at the business and its structure, through to the owners personal tax situation and their longer term goals and plans.
An experienced tax practitioner, a Chartered Accountant (a prize winner in her finals) and Chartered Tax Adviser, Kate has considerable expertise in tax planning and developing tax mitigation strategies for private and business clients – with particular experience in dealing with complex groups.
Kate graduated from Oxford University, qualifying and working at a senior level with a Big 4 firm before joining Sagars in 2001 and becoming a Partner in 2003.
Having walked down the aisle to ‘Dizzy’ by Vic Reeves and the Wonder Stuff, Kate was persuaded to move North from the West Country on the promise that the beer was better (we’re thankful she didn’t prefer cider).
Favourite book: Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
As cloud accounting partner at Sagars, Paul spends a lot of time ensuring that Sagars has the best cloud accounting offering to help make an even bigger difference to clients.
Paul helps his clients to get the most out of their businesses by providing commercial, strategic, business and tax advice to solve a variety of business challenges, enabling them to concentrate on other business matters.
Heading up our cloud accounting offering, he is also responsible for identifying the most useful cloud solutions and ensuring that our clients benefit from the efficiencies and improved financial information that this new technology can deliver.
Graduating with a Biology degree from York University, Paul joined Sagars in 1999, qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2003. He was promoted to manager in 2005, achieved senior manager status in 2008 and recently became a partner.
Outside of work Paul is a whiff whaff king – challenge him at your peril.
Favourite place: New Zealand
Ali provides strategic business planning, consulting and corporate finance advice and support to SMEs, professional practices and not-for-profits.
Ali specialises in supporting our clients through periods of change and at key stages in their organisation’s lifecycle. Whether planning ahead for future sale or succession, reviewing and improving current performance, finding suitable finance or guiding clients through major sales or business acquisitions, Ali helps our clients to deal effectively with problems and make the most of business opportunities.
With a first-class degree in Management Studies and Psychology from Leeds University, Ali qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a big four firm and following transaction support, turnaround and SME consulting experience at a senior level with another of the big four players, joined Sagars. Now our consulting and corporate finance partner, she provides strategic planning, consulting and corporate finance solutions to support SMEs, professional practices and not-for-profit organisations.
We suspect that Ali might be something of an animal lover…she shares her home with cats, chickens, horses and sheep. Her husband clearly knew the way to her heart when he proposed not with an engagement ring but a new riding saddle.
Favourite song: In My Life, The Beatles
Fergus has a wide range of experience in advising a mixed portfolio of clients ranging from individuals seeking personal tax and trusts advice to companies requiring accounts and corporate tax planning assistance.
A Chartered Taxation Adviser and member of the Association of Certified Accountants, Fergus joined Sagars in 2004 from a national firm of accountants and became a partner in 2008.
Specialising in tax planning advice with particular expertise in capital taxes and trusts, he also looks after a substantial portfolio of trust clients.
Fergus travels the country on safari – well, almost – he actually follows the tigers of Hull City football club.
Favourite film: The Fugitive
Susan provides audit, accounting, taxation and business advisory services to small and medium sized limited companies, pension schemes, charities and not for profit organisations. She has extensive knowledge of accounts preparation and statutory audit work and advises on related corporation tax and income tax matters.
Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Taxation Adviser with a national firm, Susan joined Sagars in 1998 and recently became a partner. She is a member of the ICAEW’s Charity and Voluntary Sector special interest group and is responsible for our graduate recruitment and on-going professional development programmes.
Susan likes to spend her time away from Sagars in the great outdoors – cycling, walking and gardening in the summer months and standing on junior football touchlines in the winter months…she’s also a very dedicated mum.
Favourite song: One, U2
Kevin is an FCA qualified accountant with lots of experience in dealing with owner-managed businesses. He works with the business client team at Sagars, looking after a portfolio of diverse clients with a focus on larger companies and complex groups.
A Chartered Accountant and Economics graduate from Liverpool University, Kevin joined Sagars in 2006. Specialising in advising growing businesses of varying sizes across a range of industry sectors, Kevin has extensive knowledge of general audit work and particular expertise in working with groups of companies on complex audit matters, also providing tailored support to clients with overseas subsidiaries.
After a hard day at the office (in Leeds), Kevin likes nothing more than to pull on his trainers and run home (to Huddersfield) … as a warm-up for the 100 mile challenges that he “enjoys” on a weekend!
Favourite book: Life of Pi, Yann Martel