Accounting excellence awards for CAs

By Robert Outram

19 June 2015

CA firms and CAs made an excellent showing at the 2015 Scottish Accountancy and Finance Awards.

It was a good night for CA Firm Campbell Dallas who picked up two awards. Firstly, the firm was crowned the Training Team of the Year, with the judges saying Campbell Dallas' training arm "demonstrated a clear vision of the skills and behaviours required for happy staff, happy clients, quality service and financial strength".

Alongside this award Campbell Dallas was also named Large Firm of the Year. Receiving the award on behalf of his firm, Fraser Campbell CA said: "It's all about people." The judges said Campbell Dallas had displayed "vision, goals and values".

Accountant of the Year

Ian Main CA was named Accountant of the Year. Ian is a founding Director at Borders-based accountancy firm Stark Main & Co which has seen highly impressive growth since it was set up in 2006, with turnover exceeding £1m.

Among other achievements the firm, which is strong in the health sector, was a prime mover in creating the Association of Scottish Dental Professionals.

Skyscanner CAs fly above the competition

Shane Corstorphine CA of Skyscanner was named Finance Director of the Year. The judges said Shane demonstrated "clear financial leadership within a dynamic and challenging organisation".

The flight cost comparison site Skyscanner is one of Scotland's biggest online businesses and has grown to encompass an international reach.

The company also saw success in the Young Accountant of the Year award, which was picked up by Barry McGonagle CA.

Specialising in the technical side of accounting, Barry has played a key role in major transactions in recent years in addition to supporting other members of staff.

Brewing up success

Neil Simpson CA of Brewdog, the innovative brewer which became famous for its approach to crowdfunding, was named The Emerging Finance Director of the Year.

The judges said that in a relatively short space of time Neil had developed strong trust at board level and Brewdog's interactions have led to real value being driven across the business.

Other Winners

The winner of the Small Accountancy Firm of the Year was Mint Accounting. Based in Dundee and more recently Aberdeen and Ayrshire, Mint has founded its growth on innovative use of cloud computing.

The Public Sector Team of the Year Award was won by University of Edinburgh finance team "due to the amazing transformation they have undergone and the long term changes being made". The award was collected by Phil McNaull CA, Edinburgh University's Director of Finance.

The Tax Team of the Year award, for the second year in a row, went to Aberdeen-based Anderson, Anderson and Brown ("AAB"), while Johnston Carmichael triumphed in the Insolvency Team category.

Full Winners List

  • Accountant of the Year - Ian Main CA, Stark Main & Co
  • Large Accountancy Firm of the Year - Campbell Dallas
  • Small Accountancy Firm of the Year - Mint Accounting
  • Finance Director of the Year - Shane Corstorphine CA
  • Emerging Finance Director of the Year - Neil Simpson CA, Brewdog
  • Public Sector Finance Team of the Year - University of Edinburgh
  • Young Accountant of the Year - Barry McGonagle CA, Skyscanner Ltd
  • Insolvency Team of the Year - Johnston Carmichael
  • Training Manager of the Year - Campbell Dallas
  • Tax Team of the Year - Anderson, Anderson Brown


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