Darren Harding ACA FCCA DChA - Director & Head of Charity Division

Main Practice Area? Mainly charities and not for profit organisations but I also look after a small portfolio of general practice work.

Career rundown: I left school in 1992 with two A Levels and went on to work for two small accountancy firms gaining experience and leading to qualification.  Attracted by the significant number of charity clients, I joined Richard Place Dobson in 2003 as a Client Manager.  In 2006 I took over the Charity Division having also become a Director of the company.  I have since gained my Diploma in Charity Accounting and continue to develop the thriving Charity Division.

Achievements within your professional life you are particularly proud of? As well as my professional qualifications it has to be the growth of the Charity Division that I have achieved.  This allows us to continue to focus on helping more and more charities and not for profit organisations.

What would you be if you weren't an accountant? Whilst I was at school I wanted to be a teacher - or a footballer!

What do you find most rewarding about your job?  Meeting many different and diverse people and the feeling that I have helped them in some small way.

Describe yourself in four words:  Short, bald and overweight!

Your favourite band? Red Hot Chili Peppers or my brother's rock band Bifteck!

Three words from your school reports that appeared frequently?  "never be a linguist" (I know, that's four!)

Your greatest achievement? Fathering three wonderful children.

Your favourite football team? Chelsea!

One thing that you learned at school that has helped you in your professional life? I always think that spending time getting to know people and trying to understand them is time well invested.

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