Meet the team…

Kirstin Strachan <span style="color:#bc8816;font-weight:lighter;font-size: 16px;">CeMAP CIPD</span>

Kirstin Strachan CeMAP CIPD

Director & Chief Operating Officer

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irstin has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of organisations. Kirstin is responsible for the commercial and operational success of Steedman Accountants, leading multidisciplinary teams across our offices in Scotland, the North East and London.

She has a passion for Venture Capital, EIS and SEIS and spearheads our Entrepreneurial Division. In addition she is a qualified HR Practitioner and CeMap Mortgage Advisor.

Kirstin loves the gym, cooking and walks with her dogs Jack and Cooper.

Mark McLeod <span style="color:#bc8816;font-weight:lighter;font-size: 16px;">ACCA</span>

Mark McLeod ACCA

Chief Financial Officer

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ark joined the Steedman team in September 2020 through the merger with Scotia Accounting.

A member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Mark’s responsibilities lie mainly in the delivery of client service, including tax and business advice, accounts preparation and software integration. Mark specialises in start-up projects, staff mentoring and building solid and lasting client relationships.

Away from work he enjoys spending time with family and friends, plays amateur football and enjoys a round of golf. Most of his time though is spent chasing after his handsome son, Hunter.

Fiona Tait

Fiona Tait

Accountant

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iona has worked at Steedman and Company for over 25 years, looking after the VAT and accounts for a vast range of clients and business types.

As leader of the VAT team, Fiona is responsible for ensuring that all of Steedman and Company’s VAT clients are up to date with their latest calculations, submissions, and returns on a periodic basis.

Fiona also looks after our clients up to the point of final accounts preparation.

Outside work Fiona enjoys spending time with family and her grandchildren take up a lot of her time. Fiona also enjoys travelling.

Jess Insall <span style="color:#bc8816;font-weight:lighter;font-size: 16px;">ACCA</span>

Jess Insall ACCA

Financial Accountant & Crypto Specialist

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ess joined Steedman in June 2022 after working previously as an auditor.

Jess is an ACCA qualified accountant with a specialist knowledge of cyptoassets and blockchain tech, working with many clients on technical and data analysis projects and HMRC/FCA crypto compliance, alongside standard company accounting and tax advice.

Outside of work, Jess likes getting involved in politics and reading books on business and current affairs.

Mhairi Lee

Mhairi Lee

Senior Operations Associate

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hairi joined Steedman in late 2019 under our Modern Apprenticeship programme. Her current role is Senior Operations, supporting senior management in day to day running of the business, credit control and managing our business support team.

Away from work, Mhairi enjoys reading thrillers and going to gigs (from pop to metal!)

She loves to bake and often bakes the birthday cakes for our team.

Ryan Nellies

Ryan Nellies

AAT Trainee Accountant

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yan joined through our Modern Apprenticeship scheme in February 2019 from school where he attained excellent results in Mathematics, Business and Statistics. Since joining Ryan has achieved a distinction award in both the AAT Foundation Certificate In Accounting and the AAT Diploma In Accounting qualifications and is continuing to finish his AAT studies off. Ryan supports the accounts, VAT and payroll departments.

Ryan likes keeping fit by running and getting into the gym. He also enjoys travelling and socialising with friends.

Cerys Jones

Cerys Jones

Trainee Accountant

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erys joined Steedman in September 2022 as a trainee accountant after graduating from Stirling University with a 2:1 degree in Accountancy and Finance. Cerys is currently in her final year studying ACCA, alongside supporting our senior staff in completing company accounts and VAT.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and socialising with friends and family. She also likes to keep active by dancing and running.

Cameron Catterall

Cameron Catterall

Payroll Associate

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ameron joined us in June 2021 under our Apprenticeship scheme, straight from school, excelling in many areas. Cameron is keen to build himself a career in accountancy.

In his free time he enjoys staying active by playing golf with family members and playing rugby. He also likes socialising with friends.

Ya Cheng

Ya Cheng

Payroll Manager

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a, who is originally from China, has a degree in Mathematics. She joined Steedman & Co in March 2021 as a Payroll Associate. Ya has years’ experience in payroll and HR sectors.

In her spare time, Ya loves playing piano, longboarding, photography and going to gigs (she has photographed bands all around the world). She also enjoys travelling and shopping!

Emma Mitchell

Emma Mitchell

Operations Associate

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mma joined Steedman under our Modern Apprenticeship scheme in April 2022. She has background in customer service and is part of our front of house team. She will be one of the friendly faces to greet you at our offices.

In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with family and friends and travelling. She also recently started to enjoy reading.

Mya Haigh

Mya Haigh

Business Support Apprentice

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ya joined Steedman under our Modern Apprenticeship programme in 2024 as Front of House receptionist. She is bright and welcoming and your first point of contact when visiting or calling our office.

Mya enjoys socializing with her friends and family, along with travelling to new destinations and exploring different cultures.

Lizzy Smith <span style="color:#bc8816;font-weight:lighter;font-size: 16px;">BSc MEd AICB</span>

Lizzy Smith BSc MEd AICB

Bookkeepeer

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izzy joined Steedman and Company in 2021 as a freelance bookkeeper after having worked as a Maths teacher in Scotland for 13 years, however, she has now happily joined the Steedman inhouse team.

Lizzy works as part of our Bookkeeping and VAT team. She is a Xero Adviser and is currently undertaking the next stage in her Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) accreditation.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two little girls, baking and getting out to gigs when she can.

Benedictor Manyathelo

Benedictor Manyathelo

Trainee Accountant

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enedictor who is originally from Botswana, has a degree in Accountancy and an MSc in Real Estates Management and Development, as well as being an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Bene joined Steedman and Company in May 2023. She has experience working for a variety of organizations in both the private and public sectors.

During her free time, she finds enjoyment in spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys walking.

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith

Junior Accountant

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icholas joined Steedman in May 2024. He is an Accounting and Finance graduate from Abertay University and aims to become ACCA qualified in the future.

Away from work Nicholas enjoys going to football matches and going on walks with his dogs Buster and Eddie.

Caitlin Devitt

Caitlin Devitt

Trainee Accountant

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aitlin joined Steedman in May 2024 as a Trainee Accountant, studying towards her ACCA qualification. She graduated in 2023 from Nottingham Trent University with a 1st class degree in Accounting and Finance.

Caitlin has returned to Edinburgh after 18 years living in the Midlands and in her spare time, Caitlin enjoys crocheting, going to the gym and baking.

Anne Rogers

Anne Rogers

Administrator

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nne is a busy and organised member of the Steedman team. With a wealth of experience she ensures limited company compliance is kept up to date and liaises with Companies House and HMRC.

Anne loves to travel, cook and spend time with friends and family.

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