Nick qualified as an accountant with KPMG in Glasgow in 1978. After a spell in a European audit role with Case Tractors he moved to Shell. As head of the North Sea tax department the opportunity arose to visit all of their platforms. This gave an insight into how things work… a valuable advantage when IR35 was introduced.
He left Shell in 1985 to build his own business. Without any clients he had to supplement his income by lecturing at RGU. In 1988 he gave up the RGU position and moved to Strathclyde University to take tax tutorials. At the same time Chevron Funded his PhD research into Oilfield Taxation at Glasgow University.
Learning and communicating are important.
Supporting clients to informed outcomes is a natural extension of the teaching years.
Outside of his day job he was Chairman of Montrose Port Authority until 2017. Time barred from continuing he maintained his passion for all things shipping by moving to the UK board of the Inocea Group which owns the Davie Shipyard in Quebec. Therein lies a very direct connection with Montrose. 3 of the Viking ships have left their home port to be repurposed in Quebec, for service with the Canadian Coastguard.