Meet the team.
Founder & CEO
Hi my name is Phil, I am the founder of Northern Accountants and have seen the business evolve into the kind of practice I believe delivers the client’s needs and not just that of its partners.
My role is to add value to your business and I do this in a number of ways. First I actively manage your personal balance sheet. As business owners, we often neglect our personal return for the benefit of the business. I help you plan, monitor and manage your business performance to ensure that your aspirations dictate you your personal return and not the performance of the business. Nothing is ever left to chance and I work hard to ensure you have all the facts to make any planning decisions that may benefit you.
When contacting NA, please dial 0113 218 9552 and opt for extension number 205.
What specialist skills do you offer your clients?
Approachable, honest and direct on all things possible.
What were you doing before NA?
I pushed trolleys at Asda whilst at University and then became an accountant, starting my own business in 2008.
What has been your NA journey?
You cannot put it into words the change from 2008 – we have taken the company from something I was embarrassed of to being recognised as one of the most inspirational accountants in the world. I’m pleased to have seen the business evolve into the kind of practice I believe delivers the what our clients need.
What have been your greatest professional achievements while you have been at NA?
Helping my client and now friend adopt a baby, I have a lump in my throat just thinking about what we achieved together.
What does your day-today role currently entail?
As the founder of Northern Accountants, my role is to add value to our client’s businesses and I do this in a number of ways. Firstly, I actively manage personal balance sheets. As business owners we often neglect our personal return for the benefit of the business. I help people to plan, monitor and manage their business performance to ensure that their aspirations dictate their personal return and not the performance of the business. Nothing is ever left to chance and I work hard to ensure you have all the facts to make any planning decisions that may benefit you.
What’s the best thing about working at NA?
The team, I love working with each and every one of them.
Proudest moment at NA?
Being named UK Firm of the Year in 2014. We had a five-year plan to achieve this and we did it in three.
What reasons would you give other people for joining?
We work hard and enjoy the results. We have a great team and the only place we are going is on to bigger and better things.
What is the main reason you would give someone for working with NA?
We are a family that look after one and other, not just within our team but within our clients. We think it’s what makes us different from all the other accountants in West Yorkshire.
What advice would you give someone aspiring to be a successful business owner?
However hard you think it is going to be, it will be 100 times harder but if you do it right, it will be 100 times more rewarding as well.
Family life details?
I am married to Nikki, I have 3 boys, Joshua, Jaksen and Jude.
What’s playing in your car right now?
I love KISSTORY, it reminds of my days in LA’s – a much-loved nightclub in my home town of Hull which is sadly no longer there.
If you could go back in time, what piece of advice would you most like to tell your younger self?
Only fools rush in, systemise everything, believe in your worth and charge accordingly.
What are your pet hates?
Being nagged or emailed about pointless things
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Focused, driven, generous, funny and good looking – ha, ha!
Name your favourite musical artist, food, film, book and TV show?
I love Oasis. My favourite food is Chinese but I can’t eat that anymore as my wife has a serious nut allergy and it is usually cooked in peanut oil. My favourite book is Do Less Work, Earn More Money, I think the author is amazingly talented (ha, ha!) and my favourite TV show is Sherlock.
If you could only take 3 things to a desert island, what would they be and why?
My wife and kids (do they come as 1 or 4?) – assuming it’s one, I would also take an endless supply of Beer Lau (my favourite beer) to drown out the noise and my MacBook ï¿½ because I like to do a lot of planning while in the sunshine.