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Meet the Team
David Gordon, Partner
David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO in 1985 and spent two years as a Business Adviser with Ernst & Young and three years as Group Financial Controller with Dunedin Fund Managers Ltd before joining KPMG in 1991 to specialise in tax. He qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in November 1991 and spent 10 years with KPMG latterly as Senior Tax Manager. David also spent 4 years with Moores Rowland as a Senior Tax Manager. In 2004 he joined Cook & Co Limited as Tax partner with the remit to develop a tax practice within the firm.
David has experience in advising limited companies and individuals on tax compliance and tax planning matters. This ranges from corporate and group tax planning, employee remuneration issues including share schemes, corporate reorganisation and restructuring, VAT and some international tax planning. In relation to individuals he has experience in capital gains tax and inheritance tax planning, residence and domicile planning and general pre 5 April tax planning.
Alan Young, Partner
Alan qualified with a small firm in Ayrshire before moving to Johnston Carmichael in 2008 as a Senior Audit Manager. Alan joined Cook & Co Limited in February 2011 as a Senior Manager in audit and accountancy.
Alan has extensive experience in audit and accounts preparation for small, medium and large sized owner managed businesses and groups across a wide range of industry sectors including retail, property, manufacturing and investment companies. In addition he also has significant experience in assisting clients with projections and forecasts for inclusion in business plans, grant applications and funding requests for business acquisitions. He has also been involved in advising businesses on restructuring.
Sue Graves, Senior Manager
Sue trained as a Chartered Accountant at Peat Marwick Mitchell, now KPMG, qualifying in 1986. Later that year she moved to their Glasgow office where she specialised in tax. She qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser and became a senior tax manager in 1990.
After two years as a self-employed consultant and tax lecturer while her children were young, Sue joined Macmillan & Co, a small firm which merged with Campbell Dallas in 2005, leaving there in July 2007 to assist Cook & Co Limited’s tax consultancy section.
Sue has a wide breadth of expertise in all taxes but has specialised recently in corporation tax for owner-managed businesses together with the personal tax issues for proprietors. This involves management of routine compliance matters for the firm’s clients together with planning for one-off transactions. She has also developed a broad knowledge of VAT, particularly with regard to property transactions.
Paula Speedie, Senior Manager
Paula’s career in tax began in 1984 in Touche Ross & Co. She joined Coopers and Lybrand five years later and qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 1989. Two years later she became a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners following her work on offshore trusts. When her children were small she moved to Rutherford Manson Dowds as a personal tax manager and then worked part-time for KPMG for the next five years, dealing mainly with expatriate tax issues.
Paula joined Cook and Co in 2006 and deals with high net worth individuals and in particular capital gains and inheritance tax planning. She also specialises in tax planning for non residents and non domiciliaries.
William Vernall, Senior Manager
William qualified as a CA in February 2003 with Scott-Moncrieff and continued to work with this firm until May 2016, before joining Cook & Co as a Senior Manager in audit and accountancy.
William has experience in dealing with a wide range of commercial clients, including companies operating in the retail, financial services and manufacturing sectors. He participated in the firm’s technical committee, with responsibility for researching developments in legislation and standards. In addition, William has worked with many charitable organisations on both independent examination and audit assignments. These include social care service providers and urban regeneration companies. He has significant experience in this area.