Managed Services Director
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Ian studied at the University of Leeds where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Computing and he then worked in Software Development before deciding to study Accountancy in 2006. He became a Chartered Accountant in 2010.
Ian worked with SME and fast-growth businesses as an auditor with the big 4 before joining Clive Owen LLP in 2015 having experienced all aspects of owner-managed business accounting. His affinity for and interest in management accounting and financial systems led to him developing his expertise in this field.
Experience and expertise
There has never been a better time to run a business because of the availability of technology that was once reserved for large corporations. Ian has a unique blend of accountancy and programming skills which complement each other perfectly in the digital age.
He subsequently created a specialist department within the firm to deliver all aspects of managed services. Ian has developed the COMS team from start-up to an eight-strong team in under four years.
The COMS team specifically utilise technology as an enabler for business to increase efficiency and reduce cost. His specialism is reviewing client’s current financial operating systems and providing cost-effective reporting solutions.
On the accountancy side, the COMS team offer:
As well as accounting skills, Ian and his team can also provide specialist advisory services in the following areas;
Ian spends most of his time consulting with clients regarding digital integration and attending client board meetings to analyse and present critical financial data.
With the implementation of Making Tax Digital and the rise of accounting technology that can transform business, his areas of expertise allow him to offer accounting systems consultancy to clients helping them to make informed decisions based on more timely and accurate financial information.
Industrial Computing (BSc)
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales.
Volunteer member of the Durham Tees Valley board of Young Enterprise
Passing all his professional exams first time.
Being given the promotion to manager within a year of being at a top-four firm shortly before deciding to move on after the birth of his daughter.
Creating Clive Owen Managed Services (COMS) and being the first line of support for clients is satisfying every day.
Did you always want to be an accountant?
I wanted to be an airline pilot so I joined the University Air Squadron and was lucky enough to get some flying hours in.
Hobbies and interests
Cyclist, runner and keen on all things outdoors.
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