Mr Aaron McLeish
Aaron is a seasoned general accountant with vast experience. After training and qualifying at top 10 accountancy firm; Moore Stephens, he went on to manage a wide portfolio of corporate clients at prestigious Chartered Accountancy firms across the South East of England. After learning the ins and outs of accounting practice Aaron became an internal Finance Director, running the accounts department for the largest independent family run plumbing, heating, and renewable energy firm in the South East of England.
Fast forward and Aaron is the Managing Director of Together We Count Limited, an accountancy firm with offices in Sheffield and Brighton (although through the wonders of modern technology TWC serves the whole country as well as international clients). Since 2011 Together We Count has been providing accountancy services to businesses with a little something extra. Aaron believes in educating others to be successful because after all, your success will taste better if you are responsible for it. Along with the services you would expect from a traditional accountancy firm, Aaron will advise you on how to gain or maintain success, offers tailored business advice, blogging regularly about current matters, and coming up with forward-thinking business strategies to drive your business forward.
Together We Count has gone from strength to strength, beginning in Brighton and expanding to Sheffield in 2019. Aaron explains tax and accounting matters in a simple, understandable manner that leaves you empowered. No jargon, no complicated explanations, just straightforward, no bullshit, innovative advice for real people like you.
Aaron is an expert in the construction industry, in particular the plumbing, heating and renewables sector. His first-hand knowledge and experience of the struggles these businesses face and what makes one business stand out from the rest is spotted and then advised upon. He is able to offer expert advice from an accounting perspective to businesses large and small in the plumbing, heating and renewables sector. To compliment Aaron’s knowledge in the construction industry he is supported by a valuable team of key individuals as well as suppliers inside the trade.
Aaron is a family man and if he isn’t working, you will find him at home, in the pub or in his boxing gloves, mentoring youngsters at his local Sport’s club.
Get in touch to see how we can help your business.
Ms Erin Bradshaw-Priest
As a trainee accountant, Erin is a valuable member of the team. She is currently studying for an Association of Accounting Technicians qualification under the help and guidance of Aaron McLeish; an experienced accountant and the founder of Together We Count.
The ins and outs of accounting will be added to a range of skills that Erin has acquired over the years. She is already qualified with a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Music from the most prestigious music college in Europe, The British & Irish Modern Music Institute, with a specialisation in drumming. It is her musical prowess and enthusiasm that makes her perfect for handling Together We Count’s portfolio of session musicians.
Erin’s skills are not limited to taking care of portfolio’s though, around our office she has various duties that make life a whole lot easier for us. Thanks to her exceptional administrative skills the office is always in order and free of paperwork. Along with that Erin is Microsoft Office and Xero trained making her an excellent asset for our firm. Xero is an online accounting software that can make tedious paperwork problems a thing of the past. As someone who is trained in Xero for data entry, in particular, Erin takes care of all our mind-numbing bookkeeping problems effortlessly. She is resourceful and determined, making her a wonderful future accountant for Together We Count.
In her spare time, she loves to socialise; whether it be at a bar or restaurant she just loves people which means she’s no stranger to working with them. As a devoted mother having time to yourself every now and then is pivotal which is why you’ll often find her taking her dog for walks on the beach as a great way to keep her mind at ease.
With all that under her belt, it’s easy to see why Erin is such an important part of Together We Count. She is a hard-working employee, a devoted mother and an accountant to-be making her a fantastic addition to our team.
Ms Sarah Stacey
As Aaron’s personal assistant at Together We Count, Sarah plays a vital part in the company.
You may receive emails or calls from Sarah, and she will always be on hand to pass on your accountancy queries to Aaron.
Sarah loves discovering new ways to make the business run more efficiently and enjoys making the client journey a smooth one.
When she isn’t at work, Sarah will be walking her French bulldog Bella, reading a book or enjoying her family life.
Mr James Miller
James started his career in practice for a six-partner firm before moving to a top 20 firm. Specialising in the Anglo Israeli and Tech Sector.
After being headhunted by one of his clients, he moved into Industry working for a variety of firms up to a Nasdaq quoted company holding positions of Financial Controller and Finance Director.
With the responsibility for the finance function but also building these businesses. James has developed and delivered business growth by developing markets and using technology to deliver stepped change to these businesses.
During this time payroll and HR have always been a key part of his roles, bringing the function in house after being dissatisfied with the service of others providing payroll services, has given him a unique insight into both sides of the fence.
Before joining Together We Count, James has worked for an Accountancy network supporting accountants in the development of their businesses and addressing the issues they come across every day, allowing him to understand the real issues that affect practices.
Payroll and its direct impact on clients and employees have become a rewarding part of his career where he can see the difference, he makes every day.
James is a member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and holds a number of payroll qualifications including the Foundation in Payroll Management Degree. Whilst also possessing a working knowledge of accountancy practices and the accounts function.
Mr Jaymesh Patel
Jaymesh is a qualified member of the ACCA. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University in Nottingham. He has joined Together We Count as a Client Manager with over 10 years’ experience working in public practice. He works closely with owner-managed SMEs in a wide range of industries, working with new businesses as well as those already established to ensure they’re compliant but also ensuring good communication with his clients for the best possible advice/planning, without the jargon. He has vast knowledge of cloud accounting and is Xero certified. Outside of work Jaymesh enjoys playing a lot of different sports, mainly Football, Cricket, and Golf.
Ms Tina Seymour
Tina left university with a degree in contract law and worked within fraud investigation, where she continued her studies within accountancy.
Tina has lived in Germany, Spain, and Egypt. After being made redundant in 2000, she set up working with companies doing bookkeeping and payroll for a number of different clients working within construction, property development, and rentals.
Tina runs and swims on a daily basis and horse rides often. She is currently an Instructor in Scuba diving.
Ms Jodie Roberts
Jodie is a Rotherham girl who began her career bookkeeping for her parent’s bakery in the late 1980’s. She went on to work in industry, looking after the finances of multiple companies. In more recent years Jodie went on to open her own accountancy practice and became a well-respected member of the community, providing business advice and accounting services for businesses in her area.
Jodie is a warm and friendly face at Together We Count who loves nothing more than meeting new people and speaking to clients. She is a whizz when it comes to IT, which has made her a valuable asset to the team. When she is not working, Jodie enjoys spending time with her cat Kasper and learning about new technology, gadgets and apps.
Mrs Donna Alexander
Originally from Kilmarnock in Scotland, Donna is a bookkeeper at TWC, looking after a portfolio of clients. She is responsible for ensuring their VAT, CIS and Management Accounts are up to date and submitted on time.
Donna has a degree in financial services and has worked in accounts since leaving university in 2005. She has worked in both industry and practice, and helps take care of the finances of her family’s butcher business.
Donna is currently undertaking a Graduate Apprenticeship Masters in Accountancy.
When she’s not working Donna enjoys family time with her husband and three kids, going for walks, lattes, Marvel movies, musicals, and a good book!