We recently caught up with Harri Lloyd-Davies as part of our #TeamBB series. Harri is a Partner at our Swansea office and a key part of the audit team. We sat down with him to learn more about him and his journey to becoming a Partner.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live on a smallholding just outside Llandeilo with my wife, two children, and lots of animals.
When I’m not at home or work, I will generally be doing some sport.
Q: How long have you been at Bevan Buckland, and what’s your current role?
I joined the firm as a trainee in 2003 and qualified as a member of the ICAEW before becoming a partner in 2010, aged 29.
Q: How did you first get into Accountancy?
After university and a brief stint travelling, I did a few temporary office jobs. In one role, I was given eight weeks to repost a year’s worth of sales data onto a company’s system, and I got it done in 3 weeks. This, combined with having experienced many parts of the financial side of the business in the remaining time, led to my decision to become an accountant, and I applied for a trainee role at Bevan Buckland.
Q: What does a typical day look like in your role?
My role is very client-facing, so most of my time is spent with clients. This will be face-to-face, online, or by phone, with emails and reviews of work being fitted in between.
Q: What do you find most interesting or rewarding about your work?
Helping companies solve their problems; while saving tax is great and always well received, a day in which you help a business to overcome an issue by recommending someone who can assist, or a solution that has worked for another client, is always the most memorable.
Q: How do you continue learning & growing as a professional?
I learn a huge amount from the experiences of our customers. My customer base has over 1000 years of business experience, so it is rare that a week goes by when you don’t learn something new. I also spend a lot of time in the car and always have several business management audiobooks downloaded and ready to go.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
To read ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.