20 years of International Men’s Day
Now in its 20th year, International Men's Day celebrates the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.
Today is an opportunity for people everywhere to appreciate and celebrate the men in their lives and the contribution they make to society for the greater good of all.
Today, we want to shine a spotlight on three very different members of the MHA MacIntyre Hudson team. Each one makes a positive difference to our company, to our clients and beyond.
Nigel Eastaway OBE, Tax Partner
"It never occurred to me that an accountant could qualify for an OBE," says a modest Nigel of his gong. Awarded in the New Year Honours in 2012, it is the first to be given to in recognition for services to taxation law.
A fellow and member of many institutes, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigel has sat on sub-committees throughout his career. His work liaising with HMRC has helped to shape and develop the UK's tax legislation.
An award-winning writer, he shares this expertise by interpreting and explaining various aspects of the UK's complex and fast-changing tax law in more than 100 books and guides. He is still involved in writing regular updates as the law continues to evolve.
Despite his many achievements throughout a distinguished career, including many prizes in his professional exams, Nigel left school at 16 years old without a career plan. "I got a five-year article clerkship which paid a pittance, but I was encouraged to study for the chartered accountants' exams."
A regular in the influential Debrett's People of Today since 1992, Nigel still finds time to indulge in his interests of old cars and Russian aviation history.
Andrew Moyser, Head of Audit, Partner
For Andrew, there is no other way to lead, but by example, if there is a job to be done, then he is your man. "I have always been willing to get involved," he explains. "The way I see it; if I don't do it who will?"
It is this positive mindset that helped Andrew rise to partner aged just 31 years old, and, six years later, it has helped him rise even further. From January, he will take on the newly created role of vice-chairman of MHA MacIntyre Hudson.
"I am always looking for my next challenge and for a way to progress," says Andrew. "It is similar to climbing as the minute I reach that peak; I am looking ahead to the next one."
He will now join the company board and work closely with chairman Rakesh Shaunak, although it does mean he will have to give up some of the many roles he currently fulfils. As well as being a partner, head of audit, he is the firm's data protection officer and heads up the GDPR team and is a member of MHA's Technical Experts Group.
A father-of-two, who joined the firm in 2005, Andrew is also involved with the local Round Table, but he admits he works hard and is focused on the task ahead. "Lead by example and take action today," he says. "It is your opportunity to make a difference and create change."
Waqar Ali, Audit and Accounts Junior
After being inspired to get involved with charity work by a university friend, Waqar's experiences working with Charity Week, a volunteer-led campaign of Islamic relief, have changed him and his outlook.
"I had never done anything like that before, and it has opened my eyes to what more I can do to help people less fortunate than me," he explains. "Whereas in the past, I was just doing my own thing."
Last summer, at the same time as joining the MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Waqar joined a 400-strong sponsored expedition to climb Mount Snowdon. Snow may have prevented the team from reaching the summit, but the climb was a huge success raising thousands of pounds for the charity.
Volunteering is more than the headline events, however, and Waqar also committed time to the admin behind the scenes, this included weekly phone meetings and marketing projects. It has taught about the necessity of proper time management. "I try to spend my time wisely and in the best possible way I can," he says.
Charity work also helped Waqar to hone his communication and team-building skills after working with new people from many different backgrounds.
"We all need to be more open to people and more open to ideas," says Waqar. "There are people out there that you won't necessarily see, but they need your help."