Jonathan Leather

Audit & Accounts

How did you come to join the Leathers team?
I was working in Leeds as a Housing Officer after University. This was a tough job, which involved working in and experiencing some of the most deprived areas of the country. Unfortunately (and probably understandably!), I didn’t see my future in that industry, and I started looking for a long-term career.  Given my background knowledge (accountancy runs in the family!), a graduate accounts role at Leathers seemed like a perfect opportunity.

So I applied and, after an intense interview process, I was fortunate enough to secure a graduate training contract and I’ve never looked back.  Not only have I successfully passed all of my ACA exams, Leathers has provided me with opportunities to experience a broad spectrum of both audit and accounts work, which continues to kept me interested and excited.  I’ve especially enjoyed undertaking corporate finance work; being involved in such a wide variety of project work, I think, is unique to Leathers. 

What has been your proudest moment at Leathers?
Well coming first at The Children’s Foundation go karting event ranks highly, but I must say not quite as high as finishing my section of Tour de Force after cycling over 1000 miles in 8 days.

Aside from “number crunching”, what do you see as key to accountancy?
The key to accountancy is not whether you can add up (a calculator can do that for you), but rather being able to analyse, interpret and communicate the data so that it is useful for our clients.

Why do you think people tend to stay for so long?
They struggle to get jobs elsewhere… only joking. When I first started as a junior member of staff I found opportunities to get involved straight away and the responsibility given to you exciting. I don’t think the same could be said for every place of work. Seriously, I think it’s such a unique place to work as the team is tight knit and the work so diverse. Some days you never know what’s going to be coming across your desk, which means every day is a challenge and keeps people interested.

Best way to describe the process of solving a tax problem?
As an accountant, I believe it’s just to add back depreciation - simple.

How does an accountant blow off steam?
Sophisticated drinks, which usually end with me, Barry and Joe in the local karaoke bar Cozy Joes.

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