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A keen eye for goal helps David account for success

Posted on March 30, 2018

A life-long passion for football has helped a leading Aberdeen accountant keep his eye on the ball and enjoy success on the pitch and in the office.

David Minett, a partner at north-east chartered accounting firm James Milne, has developed his professional career over the last 20 years and tasted amateur football league and cup glory to boot.

The University of Aberdeen graduate joined the firm straight from his studies in 1995 and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

That same year he also joined Rattray’s XI, the oldest amateur club in Aberdeen which was established in 1947.

Now in his 23rd season with ‘the Ratts,’ David has played in all positions on the pitch, and has also held several positions on the club’s committee, including treasurer.

After being part of Hazlehead Primary School’s Denis Law Cup winning team at Pittodrie in 1983, David played for several teams, including Aberdeen University before joining Rattray’s XI.

As well as helping the team to win the Dickie Trophy in 2009/10, he was also part of the ‘Ratts’ 2015/16 second division title winning side, the team’s first league triumph since 1954.

David is also the treasurer of the Aberdeen University old boys club which was established in 1992. The role involves collecting subscriptions, managing the club’s finances and organising an annual dinner.

Off the pitch, David became a partner at James Milne in 2003 and works on personal and business services at the firm’s Aberdeen and Inverurie offices. He is one of two partners qualified to conduct audit work on behalf of the firm.

David said: “I’ve loved football my entire life and have been lucky to enjoy success on the pitch as well contribute to the club off the field too. Being part of the Ratts for so long has helped me to focus on my own personal and professional goals and I’ve enjoyed being part of the club’s journey over the last 20 years.

“Off the pitch, my focus is firmly on playing my part in developing James Milne, so that the business continues to thrive and grow at a time of great change for the profession.

While some things may stay the same in the accounting world, an upcoming government push to computerise accounting is gathering attention as practitioners await an update from parliament.

David said: “Accountants across the country are waiting to hear about the UK Government’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative which will be one of the biggest changes in accounting for some time and will have a significant impact on how people and businesses report their accounts and personal tax information.

“The firm prides itself on offering a professional service with a partner-led approach. Clients have always appreciated this and its important that we, as partners, are up to speed with the digital changes that will impact on our clients.”

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