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Meet the Team

Gulam ShaikhGulam Shaikh

Gulam trained in London with a major international firm and spent many years working for US multinationals before moving back into general practice.
Over the years he has helped clients grow their businesses and expand, some of whom ventured into the foreign markets. Gulam has advised on setting up subsidiaries overseas, joint ventures and collaboration structures.
He has extensive experience in advising clients on transactional taxes and employee share incentives, his experience includes advising on the tax aspects of debt restructuring, corporate acquisitions, financing, and disposal of UK and cross border business.
He spends considerable time advising on tax planning for both businesses and private individuals including executives, entrepreneurs, individual investors, trustees, and companies on all aspects of employment and capital taxes including Estate planning.
Gulam loves travelling, meeting new people and in his spare time he helps out at grassroots with the nearby Hockey club. He also takes a keen interest in Cricket and is Vice President of his local Cricket club.

Steve BrownSteve Brown

Steve's background is in the Banking and Leasing Industry where he specialised in business and public sector funding.
He also has extensive experience in manufacturing, logistics, FX management and capital raising for growing businesses.
Steve has been successfully assisting many of our clients in this field.

Colin NightingaleColin Nightingale

Colin started his accountancy career in 1996. In 2006 he joined Shaikh & Co.
Dealing with so many of Shaikh & Co's clients over the years has provided Colin with invaluable hands on experience. Colin has always followed Shaikh & Co's philosophy of establishing long term relationships through working alongside our clients, It is not surprising therefore that Colin's portfolio includes a number of the firm's larger owner managed businesses.
Listening to clients and addressing their needs with care, commitment and enthusiasm is Colin's particular forte.
Colin is a keen cyclist actively seeking new challenges, and is a founder member of his local Rotary Club.

Danielle MellorsDanielle Mellors

Danielle is our Senior Partner's PA and she competently oversees and undertakes all manner of administrative services for the whole practice. Danielle is most often the first point of contact for our clients and greets them all with the same warm and friendly approach. Danielle's strengths are in her organisational skills, her research abilities and her patience.

Danielle really enjoys our working environment because every day she gets to meet and speak to our clients and business associates.

At the weekends Danielle enjoys watching her son play rugby, walking the family dogs and spending time with her relatives.

Colin JamesColin James

Colin is an experienced tax practitioner who has a long association with Shaikh & Co. He is a former District Inspector of Taxes and investigator with the Special Compliance Office of H M Revenue & Customs and specialises in handling tax enquiries and checks at all levels ranging from routine reviews of personal Tax Returns and payroll records through to more serious cases of fraud and tax evasion. Having worked in private practice for over 20 years since leaving HM Revenue & Customs, he is experienced in resolving disputes and negotiating settlements with the tax authorities.
During his spare time Colin enjoys travelling and sailing.

William ParkerWilliam Parker

William is an experienced Director in the technology market who has had a 20 year association with Shaikh & Co. He specialises in start up and early stage companies looking to set up or expand in the UK, and is used to bringing businesses in from other parts of the EU and further afield, frequently in conjunction with government development agencies or with private equity support. His principal skill sets are in the sales and business development fields and he advises on direct and channel sales approaches with the focus on delivering traction for the business in a particular market.

In his spare time William enjoys swimming, cross country running and cricket but is more often likely to be chauffeuring his children to parties.

William ParkerAnna Niu

Anna is our expert on Wealth Management and is based in our office in PRC, having worked for several years in an Investment and Wealth Management Company in PRC, she is able to assist and help our potential clients in China seeking to invest and look for opportunities in the UK. She also has extensive experience in multi-national companies (Nike, Clarks and Deckers) and understands how large companies are run to be efficient, profitable and successful. Anna has a degree in Certified Private Banking and Senior Chinese Financial Planning as well as attending a course for MBA at the Sun Yat-sen University. She also graduated from Shanghai International Studies University as a Bachelor of English Literature. Anna is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

In her spare time Anna likes to read books and listen to Chinese classical music.

Sandra HorscroftSandra Horscroft

At the beginning of her career Sandra worked within the finance departments of small firms and began studying for her accounting career in 2002 when she was working for AXA PPP. This background prepared her extremely well for the intricacies of working in an Accounting Practice and at Shaikh & Co Sandra is acting as Client Manager for most of our Medium Sized businesses. Sandra’s diligent accounting and bookkeeping skills, and attention to detail ensure that all compliance work is thoroughly and accurately completed. Sandra particularly enjoys building client relationships and her warm and friendly approach is always well received.

Sandra is a keen warm water scuba diver when on holiday and is also an avid follower of Rugby.

Denise HaddenDenise Hadden

Denise started her accountancy career 30 years ago, training and qualifying within a small practice. This gave her the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of accountancy, auditing and tax, for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from sole traders to large companies. Her background means that Denise is well placed to assist our clients with all their accounting needs.

Outside of the working environment Denise enjoys spending time with her children and taking long walks with her dogs.


Shaikh & Co Accountants

51 St Mary's Rd, Tonbridge, Kent,TN9 2LE - Tel:01892 552696