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For this edition of our ‘meet the team’ series, we caught up with Johnathan Dight, a Senior Executive at our Swansea office, to chat about Johnathan’s career progression and what his role at Bevan Buckland LLP entails.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. 

A: I am a fully chartered certified accountant with over 20 years of experience across various matters. I have particular expertise in auditing, specialising in group structures, charities and not-for-profit organisations.   

On a personal level, I am married, and we have two young children who take up a lot of our time; they have a very active social life and do a lot of activities, but I love watching them develop in whatever they are doing. When I get time to myself, you will find me on the golf course or in the gym where I do CrossFit.

Q: How long have you been at Bevan Buckland, and what’s your current role?  

A: I joined Bevan Buckland in 2006 as a part-qualified trainee and qualified soon after; I have worked my way up to my current position of Senior Executive, mainly looking after audit clients.

Q: How did you first get into accountancy? 

A: In all honesty, my mother threatened to throw me out unless I started to look for a job after I had completed my A-Levels. It was the kick I needed, and I began to work for a small accountancy practice in Swansea. I had always had a keen interest in maths and business throughout school. I had studied Accountancy during my A levels, so moving into an accountancy job wasn’t that much of a stretch. I haven’t looked back since.

Q: What does a typical day look like in your role? 

A: My job is quite varied, taking on many tasks within Bevan Buckland as required, from preparing financial statements and some less complex tax returns to special work such as due diligence and cash flows, as well as my primary role as an audit manager.

Each day will be different, but I will always review my workload first thing, deal with the ‘quick wins’ and answer the critical emails before planning out the most important or urgent work that needs my attention for that day.

My primary job role is auditing, and over the last few years, we have taken on several large businesses, which has meant most of my time is now spent looking after audit clients. I have a vast knowledge of working with group companies and charities and extensive expertise in the construction and care sectors.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your work? 

A: I enjoy getting to know my clients and understanding their processes and procedures to offer advice if these can be improved; it is not just about adding up the numbers but how I can help benefit the organisation and add value to what they do.    

I also mentor staff and find watching their development within Bevan Buckland rewarding.