Karl Carraher CTA FCCA - Tax Manager

Main Practice Area: I specialise in providing tax and business advice to clients.

Career Rundown: After leaving The College of Richard Collyer, I started my training as a professional golfer before making the change to a trainee accountant.

I joined Richard Place Dobson in January 2001 and continued studying for my Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification; I qualified in early 2003. Shortly after that I began my specialisation in tax.

I went back to studying in 2013 when I started my Chartered Institute of Tax Advisors qualification. Although the ten year break from study added to the challenge, I qualified in 2016.

Achievements within your professional life you are particularly proud of: Achieving first time passes in all twenty professional exams to get both qualifications. Especially the Charteted Tax Advisor qualification due to having the additional ten years on the clock!

What would you be if you weren't an accountant? I expect I would have continued pursuing my golfing career and would likely be a club professional rather than a famous tour player.

What do you find most rewarding about your job? What I find most rewarding about my role is being able to find people tax efficient solutions to their problems; and seeing the beneficial effect it has on them and their family.

Your favourite comedian: The Pub Landlord: Al Murray

Your favourite holiday destination: Las Vegas

What's your lifetime ambition? Simply to be healthy and entertained.

What makes you laugh? Sarcasm and making light of political correctness.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I am an avid gamer, both on Xbox and my PC.

I also enjoy movies and quality TV series e.g. Game of Thrones and for pure escapism I enjoy both table top and live action role playing games e.g. Dungeons and Dragons.

Your favourite football team: Liverpool