After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1986, Murtaza joined KPMG in London where, in addition to carrying out audit and special assignments such as mergers, management buyouts and due diligence, he was in charge of the tax work in the department. In 1990, Murtaza left KPMG to start Trustient. Under his leadership, Trustient gained an excellent reputation for auditing and advising clients in the not for profit sector. In 2006, Trustient merged with haysmacintyre and Murtaza became one of our partners.
As well as external and internal auditing, Murtaza has been involved in all aspects of advising charities including Charity Commission review visits, advice on mergers, structure and set up of trading subsidiaries, trustee training, risk assessment, business plan facilitation, set up of affiliated overseas charities, overseas branch offices, donor audits and advice on internal controls.
Murtaza heads up our general Charities sector team. His portfolio consists of a wide range of charities and not for profit organisations including grant making charities, medical research charities, law centres and citizen advice bureaus, environmental, disability, conflict resolution and human rights charities, charities working internationally, membership organisations, lobbying organisations, social enterprises, and training and educational bodies. He also holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting.
During his career, Murtaza has held the following positions:
1999 - 2004: Treasurer of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a charity based in London with more than 20 field offices and affiliated charities in USA and South Africa.
2006 - 2014: One of the founding trustees of Health, Education and Resources for Tomorrow (HEART), working with young children in Africa and India providing grants for schooling and welfare to needy families.
2008 - 2014: Trustee and Treasurer of Small Charities Coalition, a membership charity, whose aims are to assist small charities by matching skills with other charities.
Murtaza is a regular contributor to charity publications and speaks at sector conferences. He uses much of his spare time working for voluntary organisations and socialising.
Nick joined Hays Allan, one of haysmacintyre's predecessor firms, in 1998 where he trained and qualified in the Audit department. He moved into the Tax department in 2002 where he qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 2003. Nick was promoted to Partner in 2012 and heads up our Business Tax team.
Nick works across a number of sectors including property, owner managed businesses, membership organisations and national governing bodies of sport. Nick has experience on a broad range of business tax advisory matters including providing tax advice on corporate transactions and associated shareholder matters, corporate structuring and group reorganisations, mutual trading, what constitutes trading activities, research and development tax relief (R&D) and employee share schemes.
Nick has a particular specialism in property and is part of the Property team. He is responsible for providing taxation services to many of our largest clients in this sector and has experience in providing tax advice on property transactions, tax efficient structuring of property acquisitions, restructuring and refinancing property companies, capital allowances and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).
Outside of work, Nick is married with two young children and is interested in most sports. He enjoys playing six aside football regularly and golf occasionally (now he has children!) and is big Arsenal fan.
Bernadette joined haysmacintyre's Audit department in 1995 and became a Partner in 2006.
Having advised clients from the financial services sector since 1998, Bernadette now heads up our Financial Services team. Her portfolio of clients covers a variety of corporate sectors such as property, manufacturing and marketing, but her focus is on those within financial services. Here she advises a range of clients including private equity and hedge fund managers, intermediary brokers, corporate financiers and remuneration advisers. Bernadette is also responsible for ensuring the team is kept technically up to date and for maintaining and developing relationships with other key service providers within the sector such as compliance firms and lawyers. She is a member of the ICAEW’s FS Faculty, 100 Women in Hedge Funds and AIMA.
Bernadette has extensive experience of working with early stage businesses right through to exit across a range of areas including audit and assurance, tax compliance and planning, remuneration planning and GABRIEL reporting. She is committed to her clients and strongly believes in building close working relationships and good lines of communication should any queries or issues arise.
In addition to her work in the financial service sector, Bernadette heads up our Audit department and is responsible for managing a department of 110 plus. This requires a good head for organisation, a skill she also puts to good use when liaising with her clients to ensure matters are dealt with quickly and effectively. We are the current British Accountancy Awards Audit Team of the Year.
Nigel joined us as a tax junior in 1988, qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) in 1994 and became a partner in 1997. He began his career with HM Revenue & Customs giving him a knowledge and understanding of how it operates.
Nigel specialises in partnerships and private clients and as Head of the Private Client team, he advises on all areas of personal tax and trusts including inheritance tax planning, capital gains tax planning and tax issues relating to non UK residents.
He contributes to both external and internal publications, in particular the technical updates we produce, and he speaks at internal seminars. His specialist knowledge in personal taxation advice coupled with his personable attitude, enables Nigel to translate complex technical matters into basic English.
Nigel is a keen golfer, enjoys travelling and is an avid follower of rugby.
Kathryn has over 20 years of experience assisting owner managed businesses, UK subsidiaries of international groups and inward investment businesses. Her approach to working with people is collaborative and she takes a keen interest in what business people do and why they do it. She is acknowledged by her clients for being highly responsive in providing services to match their needs.
Her specialist skills are in outsourcing, online accounting, project management, strategic advice and financial reporting. She also heads our Outsourced Accountancy Services department.
Kathryn believes that all businesses, regardless of size, should have access to accurate, useful and timely financial information and is interested in using technology to automate accounting processes to deliver this financial information as efficiently as possible. She considers that the delivery of this information is just the start of our service to clients.
She also recognises that technology now allows greater collaboration with clients; flexibility in terms of who does what and the opportunity to provide timely advice to help clients succeed.
The following are examples of outsourcing services and project management assignments that Kathryn has successfully delivered:
- Accounting records and monthly/quarterly management accounts
- Dashboard reporting, including key performance indicators
- Treasury services
- Statutory financial statements and supporting working paper files for audit, where relevant
- Co-ordination of the audit process where a Big 4 Firm is engaged by the client locally
- Preparation of the financial statements of a group of over 50 companies (including consolidated accounts), for audit by a Big 4 Firm
- Project management of secondments of staff to FTSE 100 companies
Kathryn's strategic advice includes:
- Consultancy assignments to review systems, processes, efficiency gains, resourcing, profitability levels, potential acquisitions, business planning, and succession issues
- Business modelling and forecasting
- Acting as a sounding board for clients on commercial issues
- Co-ordinating the provision of tax planning and advice for her clients
Kathryn has been a registered Auditor for over 15 years. Her experience encompasses UK GAAP and IFRS financial reporting. She also has great experience in the following sectors: creative, media and technology, including retail; Information Technology; PR and creative agencies; property (including property investment and development); hospitality and professional services.