What do you do?

I’m an Assistant Manager within the Tech & High Growth team down in London. I’m generally project managing the day to day of audits liaising with the audit team & the client to ensure the audit process goes as smoothly & effectively as possible while also providing value to our clients. 

Why do you do it?

I’ve always been analytic, good with numbers and interested in finance so a role in finance was always on the cards from a young age and with my Mom being an accountant I got exposure through work experience to accounting. The auditors were in at the time of my work experience so that’s how I found out about audit in general, and started my career straight from 6th form. 

To be honest I don’t know that I’d have enjoyed a standard desk job in the same office with the same people so audit provided the change of scenery, clients & teams which has kept me on my toes and dare I say I’ve enjoyed my career so far (I’m not boring I promise). Technology is also in line with this, the constant evolution and development of all different types of technology is fascinating to me so again this department is a natural fit to me. 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I trained up in the Core Audit team based in the West Midlands so I’d need a whole page to type out individual projects, but I’ve audited everything from oriental supermarkets to children’s book publishers to breweries to academies and got to learn the intricacies of each industry along the way allowing advice to be given to each and every client. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Despite being naturally a fairly stoic person, I don’t really have a bucket list as such.  

With that being said I’m a massive music lover, especially all things rap, so I’ve dabbled with music production and would love to produce at least one professional song. So, if anyone happens to know Playboi Carti let me know… 

What do you do?

I work with individuals to help them understand their personal tax affairs and look at ways on how they can minimize the amount of tax they need to pay. My role has involved me working with a range of client’s including individuals in Sports and Media, business owners and those coming to work in the UK.  

Why do you do it?

The dream of becoming a footballer didn’t quite work out but who knew that the next dream would be becoming a tax adviser? Calculations were always my favourite task to do at school, so it was a no-brainer that I’d be pursuing a career in accountancy. Being a structured person, I quickly took to tax with all the tricky tax law and rules involved to learn and follow. 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

Our Sports and Media client base has been growing as well as the demand for our advice in this area of tax. We have advised a number of our client on how to properly structure their image rights contracts and ways to manage the income generated from this tax efficiently.  

What’s on top of your bucket list?

One of the top ideas I have on my bucket list is to go watch Nottingham Forest FC win the UEFA Champions League final. It will probably never happen, but there’s no harm in dreaming!

Other ideas include learning a new language, travel the world and drive a lap around the whole of Great Britain.

What do you do?

I look after Recruitment and HR Operations – all geared from an employee experience perspective. Making sure that from first contact with CP, through to interview and onboarding, an employee’s experience is great. I play a role in how we engage and look after our staff when they are here working with my team on reward, payroll and learning and development.  

Why do you do it?

I started out in HR through recruitment many years ago, and have worked through lots of different HR roles. I love making sure people are well looked after at work, giving them the best possible environment to succeed. The business succeeds because of it’s people, and happy people make a great business – I love playing a part in that.  

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

Lots of projects around connecting people, sharing experiences and creating a safe environment to do so. People engagement is a big part of what I do, and most projects I work on stem from this – whether that be improving how we communicate, share, learn or feedback. My clients are the people in the business, so I measure results on how happy and successful our people are. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Right now? Probably going to Disney Land and the Florida resorts with my wife and my young son – I’ve been lucky enough to go myself and I’d love to share that magical experience with my family. Plus I do love the fastest, biggest rollercoasters 😉 

What do you do?

I’m a creative graphic designer. I love being hands on and bringing ideas to life! Outside of work I love photography, baking, crafting, sewing and making things! 

Why do you do it?

I do it because I love it! Getting paid to do the thing that I love the most (being creative), is living the dream!

I love being able to take somebody’s vague idea and turn it into something graphic that makes them say “that’s what I was trying to imagine, but couldn’t!” or “Wow! That’s better than what I had imagined!”

I get to work with lots of different people, and during my career, have worked on materials for so many different brands across different industries, so I’m good at adapting to different styles, injecting new vibes and being flexible. 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

LOTS! My days are never the same. I’ve worked on lots of exciting projects here at CP!

I’ll list just a few so that you can get a flavour; award submissions, digital brochures, exhibition stands, the evolution of our brand, our outstanding events, infographics, fun CX collateral, the launch of our CP wellbeing initiative, our Christmas parties, our website, creating branded templates for the business to use…basically, all sorts.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Going to the Maldives and staying in the most amazing hotel with my husband for a special celebration (without our kids), and having absolutely nothing to do for a few days but soak up the sun, the ocean and the soft white sands! Just the thought is dreamy!

My motivation for achieving my biggest dreams and aspirations is my focus on buying my dream country house for my family with a beautiful garden and gorgeous views! 

What do you do?

I’m lucky to work with a totally talented and multi-skilled marketing team, leading on growth through efficient and effective delivery of our activities. My focus is continually developing and embedding a super-charged marketing operation that keeps us laser focussed, perfectly synchronised and always inspired. 

Why do you do it?

After many years of working as a marketing manager in global technology organisations, moving to Cooper Parry has come as a breath of fresh air. We’re actually doing what many big corporates are still aspiring to, but finding that antiquated, often toxic ideals are too engrained in their DNA to affect more than lip service to new, empowering ways of working and connecting with the market.  

That being said, I’ve brought many years of skills and experience acquired in the global technology market, that I use to help us be more agile, more dynamic and operationally slick. I love making connections, whether it’s people, places, or things. And this role allows me to formulate links between workloads, people, trends, the list goes on. 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

As you could imagine, this is a role that spans across all CP propositions. I get to work on projects that improve our internal operation as well as those that are client-facing, from our website to social media, events, creative content, and marketing insights. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Visiting more countries! Like I said, I love making connections and no connections are better than seeing the world. I’ve travelled a lot through business, and my work colleagues know me for disappearing for a while at least once a year to connect with my people in the Caribbean. Now I need to strike more countries off my list! 

What do you do?

I look after a portfolio of our larger clients, supporting them in managing their corporation tax compliance process and everything that goes with it. 

As well as striving to ensure that the process is hassle-free so that clients can get on with running their business and doing what they do best, I am always on the lookout for a better way and keep a close eye on any tax-saving opportunities. 

Why do you do it?

I feel very privileged and proud to work for an award-winning business with an amazing culture that puts employees’ wellbeing at the heart of all they do.   

I love working with like-minded individuals who have a strong work ethic and strive to push boundaries to deliver a WOW service.  

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I have recently re-joined CP, after taking 8 years out working as a Head of Financial Reporting for a plc, where I was responsible for all external reporting and tax compliance.   

Since returning, I have been able to share my experiences of working for a plc and was able to support the team in delivering an employment tax report for a client to take to board level, which I really enjoyed.  

What’s on top of your bucket list?

My 3 children mean everything to me and they are mpriority in life. My dream is to one day take them to Disneyland Florida and experience the magic that is Disney with them whilst they are young.   

What do you do?

I help save our clients as much money as possible, as fast as possible. We do this by looking at the works carried out by a client on existing properties or new buildings and determining how to maximise tax savings and take advantage of any other reliefs they may be eligible for.

Why do you do it?

After initially applying for an audit role at CP, I fancied trying something slightly different, so I switched to a tax role during the application process and haven’t looked back since. For me, there’s nothing better or more satisfying than saving clients money in areas they may not have considered before or made the most of in the past.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

After moving from business tax compliance earlier this year, I have been fortunate to be involved in a wide breadth of projects so far in my career. These projects have ranged in spend from a few hundred thousand up into the hundreds of millions! With new ways to accelerate the tax savings becoming more prevalent in the current climate, I don’t think there could have been a better time to move into the capital allowances team.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Being a petrol head, the ultimate on my bucket list would taking part in the Gumball 3000 rally, a 3000-mile supercar rally across Europe’s best driving roads and major cities. Ideally, I would love to do this in a Ferrari F12 TDF or the new Ferrari 812 Competizione, but I don’t think I could be choosy!

What do you do?

I assist businesses with all things VAT and Customs related! I help our clients understand the complexities of dealing with tax by working together to find solutions to either reduce risk or costs. 

I absolutely love getting into cross-border supply chains and so really enjoy working with businesses that trade internationally. I like to ask lots of questions and get to know the business and its people really well. If there’s a chance for a site tour (especially in a High-Vis) then I am there!  

Having worked both in-house for a global brand, and as an investigator at HMRC, I am lucky enough to have the ‘holy trinity’ of indirect tax experience, and it’s my mission to use that experience to help others and work with clients as part of their team. 

Why do you do it?

I love what I do and have only grown to love it more in the last 20 years. I have an investigative mind, and a love of the law and business so it was a natural fit for me. However, it didn’t happen on purpose, I only joined Customs & Excises (as it was back in the day) on a one-month contract before going off to get a “real job”! But… I got the ‘VAT Love’ and never looked back, qualifying as a VAT inspector was a proud day getting issued with my Commission from The Queen.  

Since Brexit, I have also expanded my experience into Customs and I find that fascinating too…the whole logistics and transport world is fast-paced and I really like help clients find practical solutions to keep goods moving whether by road, sea air…or pigeon!  

I have always been a bit of a rebel at heart so Cooper Parry being that bit different really appeals to me, it’s wonderful to be yourself and be accepted for the quality work that you do.  

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

 

I have been involved in projects to review international supply chains to help clients achieve their commercial goals whilst dealing with cross-border compliance and looking for opportunities to save costs. I really like to work through issues in workshop style – getting all the right people from the business in a room (or on a Teams call!) to brainstorm and capture processes – I am in my element with a process map. It’s then my job to go away and do the difficult work and simplify the issues, come up with the solutions and then help the client get things implemented.

I don’t like to just give theoretical advice and walk away; my favorite projects are the ones when I can roll up my sleeves and help the client every step of the way. During my time in-house, I had practical experience of how things work in logistics, customs and what actually happens at the borders between countries… I can use that to give businesses new perspective and come up with creative ideas. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

To visit Japan – I have wanted to go there since I was young. I love the food, culture, scenery, everything. I want to visit Tokyo and then take the bullet train to Kyoto. I also want to visit Okinawa, the people who live there have one of the longest life expectancies in the world, and I want to learn the secret and understand Ikigai! 

What do you do?

As a manager in the R&D team, I speak to our clients about projects they are working to deduce the eligibility for R&D tax incentives and help them to identify eligible costs that can be included. I manage their claim from the start to the end, being the main point of contact, working with team members to pull technical and cost information together into a robust report. 

Why do you do it?

I was not looking to move into the world of R&D Tax, it happened by chance in 2015, and I am so pleased it did! I love that I can mix my background in biomedicine and technical support in the biotechnology sector with advising clients on how to save cash.

I get a real buzz out of learning about clients’ existing and new manufacturing processes and the development of new products and technology. I get paid to learn about the latest advances in technology, how good is that? CP is a great place to work, there is lots going on that you can dip in and out of, lots of training and support, and an amazing, supportive team. It really is all about the people. 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

Recently, I have helped a food manufacturer with their R&D incentives claim. One project involved the development of vegan sauces, which was great, because I love anything to do with food!

Another client develops technology for the transport sector, and we helped them to secure a credit of over £100,000 for the development of automated methods to monitor the growth of vegetation on the railways (amongst other projects)The pandemic has impacted many of our clients, so it has been great to see products developed that will help in the fight against the pandemic, as well as help the client save cash. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Going on an exciting trip abroad with my kids and husband – family and making memories are everything to me. 

What do you do?

Simply put, I get to talk to some amazing companies about innovative projects (something I absolutely love), helping them fund further research by utilizing the Research & Development incentives schemes – it’s not rocket science, but ultimately, we could be funding just that!

Why do you do it?

I do it because ever since I was little, I was a bit of an engineering geek – I always have been, ever since being a little kid all the way up to serving in the Royal Engineers, I just love understanding how things work such as how submarines maintain pressure at depth to understanding new methods of additive manufacturing (3D printing)! 

But if you want to know the real reason I love my job, simply put, it’s all down to the people. We have a fantastic team here at Cooper Parry and most of all I value my team. 

Oh, and did I mention I work for the #1 Accountancy Firm in the UK?

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

This is a hard one, I’ve been involved in so many great projects! My personal favorite would be visiting an automotive manufacturer in the West Midlands, where they were not only building prototype Hypercars of the future (which then were debuted a year later at the Geneva motor show), but they were also recreating some timeless classics such as the Jaguar D-type and Aston Martin DB-9 from scratch but using new technology. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I’ve been lucky enough to tick off a lot of my bucket list throughout my time in the military, I’ve thrown myself out of a plane on multiple occasions, but I’d love to jump from a hot air balloon – I think it’s just the feeling of pure serenity followed by a huge adrenaline rush! 

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