Meet Northants Accounting
Nishi Patel | BSc ACMA; Managing Director
Nishi started Northants Accounting in 2014 after a successful career in corporate finance with Faccenda & Homebase as a Management Accountant and Financial Analyst. He has been a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) since 2007.
Professionally, Nishi is known for the high standard of tax planning that he provides to his clients and the ability to communicate effectively. He has a knack for identifying what the real issues are and creating actions to deal with them. Listening skills are key to this ability and he often helps clients to prioritise their financial well-being thus leading to peace of mind and less stress all round.
Nishi loves building productive relationships that stand the test of time and let him focus on his Family. That’s why he’s put a business model in place that looks after his customers but also gives him real flexibility in the way he lives his life. He is excited by the people he meets and incredibly passionate about helping people fix their problems as well as building a solid, reliable reputation.
He can’t stop talking about Futrli forecasting and Xero accounting software packages, these are central to the system he has built to help business owners understand their finances and take control.
He and his wife Deepa have a beautiful daughter called Arya, a fairly recent addition to the family and the absolute apple of his eye. Nishi would like to be remembered as someone who always kept to their word and did everything to the best of his ability, and we think he’s well on track to achieve that.
Ariel Cooper | AAT Level 3: Client Relationship Manager
Ariel moved to the UK from the US in 2016 and joined Northants Accounting in 2018 bringing with her a decade’s worth of experience in American hospitality and customer service. Since joining the practice, Ariel has qualified to AAT level 3, which makes her very well placed to help clients out when they have an issue or difficulties with Xero.
With naturally approachable nature and exceptional communication skills, she’s the one clients go to whenever they have any queries and concerns! Ariel truly enjoys engaging with the customers and building positive relationships with them so that they can have peace of mind that everything is being taken care of. Ariel is also responsible for working with clients to ensure their books are efficiently kept in the best position by providing training and ongoing support with Xero (the accounting software that Northants Accounting use), this is something she also supports the team with.
Ariel feels it’s inspiring to work for a small business because she gets to watch not just the business grow and develop, but also herself along with it. Personally, Ariel is most passionate about art, she loves to paint and draw! She loves relaxing in sun with a glass of wine, and spending time with her husband and Corgi. Fun Fact about Ariel is that she was actually named after The Little Mermaid as it was the film her parents saw on their first date!
Sunil Patel | BSc, F.C.C.A: Accountant
Sunil has over 20 years of accounting experience working in SMEs, and in various industries. Northants Accounting has provided him with a great opportunity to use his knowledge and experience working with businesses locally and he loves working with such a wide range of businesses.
As a Chartered Certified Accountant, Sunil has a BSc, F.C.C.A., has a knack for payroll, producing client accounts and tax returns and a regularly utilises a range of bookkeeping skills.
In the past, Sunil has worked for a Mercedes dealership and for a commercial building maintenance company and is most passionate about due diligence, client satisfaction and accuracy. In his spare time, Sunil can be found reading, walking, watching detective TV series and films and he loves to watch a good game of cricket.
Sunil says that achieving his accountancy qualifications is his best professional accomplishment.
Cheryl Mehrtens | AAT Level 4: Bookkeeper
Cheryl was working on a voluntary basis for a client that needed a new accountant, he knew Nishi and that’s where it all began. Cheryl started working a few hours a week as Northants Accounting business grew.
Professionally, Cheryl is known for bookkeeping and getting the work done with a smile; she has been bookkeeping now for more than 19 years and is qualified to MAAT, ICB 2 level. She has a knack for organisation and is best placed to help clients get up to date and then setting processes to help them stay up to date. She says that the most exciting thing about working for Northants Accounting is Nishi’s passion for success, both for Northants Accounting AND our clients; his energy encourages us all to do better.
Personally, Cheryl is most passionate her beautiful two girls and her wonderful fiancé who she plans to marry in their ‘40th birthday year’ (not for another 19 years then eh, Cheryl!). She loves cuddles, long walks and movie afternoons with her girls and tells us the one thing she’d find impossible to give up is cake!
Cheryl would like to be remembered as an amazing mum, a lovely lady to be around, someone who always listened and made you feel better; job done as far as we are concerned!
Becky Neal | Accounts Assistant
Since joining the team in June of 2019, Becky has been looking after self-assessments within the business and providing support with the accounts. Deciding to take the risk of leaving education and joining the world of work, she has thrived on having more independence, rather than being stuck in a school environment. She wanted to work for Northants Accounting because she knew that she would be given amazing opportunities to learn & grow her own skills as well as getting the chance to explore different aspects of a small business.
Becky is currently one of two members of the Northants Accounting team who is undertaking an apprenticeship, starting with her Level 3 Accounts Assistant AAT Qualification. The best thing about Becky’s role is the varied tasks she gets to perform. Combining both the technical aspect of the business and the customer service side, Becky gets to put her knowledge and skills to the test as well as helping clients with their cashflow planning and understanding their business finances.
Personally, Becky loves getting out and about! Any holiday, weekend away, festival, or concert that she can get to, she does! She is a self-confessed ‘shopaholic’, with a love of clothing and other bits to brighten up her day! Beyond that, Becky is lucky to have a very close family network, spending lots of time with her grandparents and other members of her extended family.
What people may not realise about Becky is that she loves working out and going to the gym! She wishes she had more time to spend on activities like that. She also looks back on her school days and wishes she could have joined more sporting and dance clubs – but she was always too shy!!
Jess Wilkie | Accounts Assistant
After completing her A-levels in Media, Business, and Sociology, Jess decided that University wasn’t for her. What she really wanted to do was to get a job, gain some experience, and start earning! Since starting in October of 2019, Jess has started her Administration Apprenticeship, taking on the day-to-day jobs such as the post and client onboarding. She passes on clients to the relevant member of the team to make sure they get the best help possible and helps the team more generally, taking on small tasks when they are busy to help ease their workload.
Jess loves that her job is varied and keeps her busy! She can help the team with VAT and self-assessments when things get busy. Her role is never boring and, because she does lots of different bits, it keeps her on her toes – she loves having things to do! Jess is a big fan of organising and making things neat and streamlined, so this role works perfectly for her! Plus, she loved the Christmas Party last year!
In her personal life, Jess is a sociable person, loving going out and spending time with her friends. She doesn’t feel complete without having her nails done and loves to shop! What people may not realise about Jess is that she is a major fan of murder mysteries, both reading about them and watching documentaries!
Tom Smyth | Accounts Assistant
After Tom completed his A-levels in Further Maths, Maths, and History, he immediately looked to develop his career by favouring an Apprenticeship over going to University, this was due to the fact that he wanted to earn while learning. Since starting in late June 2020, Tom has started his AAT Level 2, as well as helping with various other aspects of the profession. Working mainly with Ariel, he is focusing on preparing and filing VAT Returns for our clients.
Tom finds his role very interesting and the fact that everyone helps each other within the business means he can get a good idea of the different areas within accounting. The period in which he joined us was challenging for most businesses and meant he had to get stuck in straight away, with many developments taking place to enhance the company as well as having to adapt to work during COVID-19.
In his personal life, Tom loves to go out and spend time with his mates. As well as this he is a massive football fan, playing and watching it regularly.