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gary killmister

Gary is the principal of CI Accountancy and has been an accountant in practice since 1987. His experience spans many countries and jurisdictions. Gary was also one of the first members of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners in 1995. STEP is now a global professional body for Trust specialists, Gary remains active within the organization, being a member of the regional management committee and the UK national committee.

Having originally trained and worked in Jersey, Gary has a strong background in tourism and related leisure and licensing industries. Also with respect to trusts and taxation relating to inheritance and capital gains planning, particularly in relation to those owning assets in foreign jurisdictions. 
Gary and his wife own a small holding with a stable yard, giving a particular insight into farming, estates and equine industries.   He is a former international water polo player, and enthusiastic (but not very good) rugby player. His hobbies are being an equally enthusiastic and passionate supporter of rugby, fishing and cooking.

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les hare

Les became a Director and Partner of CI Accountancy in October 2010. He has over 25 years experience in high street banking, dealing with businesses of all sizes. In 2005 Les left banking to set up his own business consultancy, Business Support Direct, motivated by his desire to work closer with both new and existing businesses to help them grow and develop. Les is professionally qualified with management, customer service and sales experience. Les specialises in Business planning, Finance, Business Development and Business Start-ups.

Within Les's role at CI Accountancy he is responsible for operations, client services provision and marketing and takes the lead on business advisory and consultancy services. Les is a strong believer in providing excellent customer service and states "excellent customer service is not achieved by meeting expectations, but by exceeding them".

Les lives in Hexham with this wife. His main hobbies are playing golf (not very well) and watching any kind of sport on TV. Les is a member of local networking groups - Network B2B Hexham, Tynedale Business Network and Hexham Business Forum, Chair of Network North (Double Tree Hilton group) and a Director of Hexham Community Trust. In any remaining spare time Les is an enthusiastic member of English Heritage, having a passion for visiting castles.


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shaun nixon

Shaun joined CI Accountancy in 2008 after studying for a BSc in Mathematics at Loughborough University and went on to achieve his ACCA qualification in 2013. During his time at CI Accountancy Shaun has gained a wealth of experience both internationally and locally. Shaun provides a professional service that meets the best interests of the clients and their businesses. In particular he enjoys working closely with clients to help resolve their queries. He is an active member of Mid Tyne Business Forum and has represented the practice at the annual MGI Conference.

As part of his role at CI Accountancy Shaun is responsible for International and Personal Tax returns as well as Cloud Accountancy options.

In his spare time Shaun enjoys playing golf, watching football and is an enthusiastic Newcastle United fan.

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