MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Nathan looks after a wide variety of clients from farms to software groups, helping them to manage and plan their tax affairs in the most efficient way.

Nathan Sutcliffe Tax Director at MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Nathan Sutcliffe Tax Director at MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Why did you become an accountant?

I liked the idea of being able to work with a range of businesses and solve problems for people. Being an accountant seemed to offer a nice variety of opportunities which, even I didn’t like it, would give me the skills and experience to move on. Of course, that’s not quite how it’s worked out!

Did you set out to become an accountant or drift into it?

I very much drifted in to it. There was nothing specific I wanted to study at university so, for the reasons cited above, I thought accountancy was the way forward.

I certainly had no intention of going in to tax but that’s where I started and stayed – tax was the job on offer so that’s the one I took. Thankfully, I’ve enjoyed it from the start.

How has your career developed?

Having joined as a (very) green trainee in 2011 I qualified as a ‘Chartered Tax Advisor’ in 2014. During that time I’d really enjoyed the project side of my work and so, after the briefest of spells in one of the Big 4, I was enticed back to MHA to be a tax manager to focus on the tax advisory offering.

There has always been a very knowledgeable and supportive team at MHA who have developed me. Most recently that has enabled me to move in to a Tax Director role with the Firm, developing the tax advisory services and our team in Northampton.

What achievements are you most proud of?

Three things spring to mind. Becoming a husband (I hope my wife reads this!), completing the Royal Schools of Music diploma in piano and becoming a Tax Director at MHA.

When dealing with client work, what aspect have you found the most surprising?

Sometimes it’s really hard for all of us to step back and see the bigger picture. For clients I see this when the same thing has been happening for years and costing them a fortune unnecessarily. In tax, sometimes it’s only small changes needed to make a big difference.

This also applies to seeing the end goal. Having worked for years to build up the business, having a plan for the next stage is crucial and not everyone has one so it’s a question I’m always interested in – what’s the big plan? Understanding my client’s goals is really important to providing the right advice.

What would be your one piece of advice to those wanting to have a career in accountancy?

A computer is coming to take your job and career – make sure you research the areas you’re interested in and focus on the aspects less at risk from automation (I’m hoping good tax advice isn’t going to be gobbled up too soon!).

Quick fire questions

I’m happiest when… I’m going down a water slide

My favourite book is… Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The hardest lesson to learn has been… every client sees the world differently

I’d like to be remembered as… someone who cared about people

My worst habit is… picking my phone up

Favourite quote is… I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. (Thomas Edison)