Heather joined Shepherd Partnership in 2015 and became Director in 2019. Her role involves all aspects of accounting, tax and advising clients but Heather also plays a key role in strategic decisions and business development.
Tell us a bit about your career...
When I was younger I wanted to be an air stewardess but I realised I don’t actually like flying so that career was never going to take off! After finishing college, I secured a position as an accounts clerk and found I loved the work. Having always been ambitious, with a desire to keep learning and progressing, I studied alongside work to become ACCA and ATT qualified.
Do you enjoy what you do?
No day ever ends up as planned and no two days are the same…which is just the way I like it! My role in the practice is really interesting and varied and I also feel very lucky to be able to interact with so many lovely people along the way.
How about life outside of work?
Much of my spare time is spent at our local sports centre where I enjoy exercise classes which I find very motivational. I am also a keen swimmer. I am married with 3 grown-up children; twins (a boy and a girl) and another son.
Do you have any advice for business owners?
My advice specifically for anyone with a start-up business is to plan ahead for your tax bill. The transition from employment (where tax is taken at source) to paying tax as a lump-sum often comes as a shock.