Meet the Team

Paul Watson - Director

Paul has over a decade's accounting experience having spent time at Chantrey Vellacott DFK, Grant Thornton and Clydesdale Bank prior to joining Passman Leonard.

His experiences include preparing and supervising accounts preparation and audits of various sized businesses from PLC’s to small independent businesses and charities. Paul also spent several years reviewing businesses on behalf of banks and other stakeholders, preparing independent business viability reviews including historic trading analysis, due diligence, cashflow and working capital analysis, forecast analysis and performing strategic options appraisals.

During his time at Clydesdale Bank Paul worked for the Strategic Business Services team, reviewing businesses with liquidity and solvency issues on behalf of the Bank, performing risk analysis and implementing debt recovery / loan restructuring strategies.

Paul is a Associate of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and has a BEng (Hons) degree in Management with Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

When not at work, Paul likes pool and squash, is a keen cyclist, and is a motorsports fanatic, having raced in karting and autograss leagues.

Neil Shah - Director

Neil takes great interest in working with small businesses and ensures they are aware of all regulatory gremlins. Neil is happy to sit down with you and explain these matters in a clear and understandable manner.

Neil also deals with personal tax matters and tax enquiries for a portfolio of clients that he deals with on a day to day basis.

He is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant with several years experience of working in a practice, with an MSC (Hons) in Human Resource Management and a BSc (Econ) in Banking and Finance.

When not in work mode, Neil is a sports fanatic and also enjoys hiking in various remote destinations.

Puja Shah - Director

Puja is our specialist tax advisor, being both a Chartered Certified Accountant and also a Chartered Tax Advisor. She has been with the firm since 2002 having previously graduated from University with a BSc (Econ) in Banking and Finance.

Puja is responsible for personal tax, corporation tax and tax planning matters for a substantial portfolio of clients involved in a range of activities, and has significant experience in dealing with HMRC tax enquiries.

Hobbies include travelling, swimming and eating out.

Barry Early - Consultant

Barry has extensive experience having been in private practice for 40 years, including being principal partner in several accounting firms with roles including audit, tax advisory, marketing and management consultancy.

Barry has advised on all aspects of finance including corporate structures, division of responsibilities, group finance, tax enquiries, offshore structures and tax implications, and has been actively involved in international trading, sourcing both manufacturing and export possibilities.

He has significant knowledge in a broad range of sectors including retail management consultancy, television advertising and shopping channels, hospitality and construction to name but a few.

Outside of work, Barry is a talented artist and plays bowling for his county. He is also a keen memorabilia collector.

Mike Watson - Consultant

Mike has been a principal partner for more than 30 years, and has a broad range of experience across many sectors including construction and property development, recruitment, retail and professional services. Mike has a strong technical knowledge and works closely with clients offering them superior quality tax, financial and strategic advice.

Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Hobbies include computer programming, bridge and red wine.

Mehdi Bandarchi - Accountant

Mehdi has been with our firm from the beginning, performing bookkeeping, accounts preparation, Payroll and VAT, and all the administration tasks involved in helping our clients run successful businesses.

He has experience across a broad range of industries including hospitality and retail, construction, leisure and recruitment.

Hannah Cole - Administrator

Hannah has worked as an Administrator/PA for over 20 years in various industries including Drainage, Beauty, Printing, Electronic Origination and Pharmaceuticals.

Since 2006, she has been at Passman Leonard, and is responsible for all Legal and Companies House matters for our clients, such as Annual Returns, director appointments and terminations, share transfers, and company formations.

When not at work, Hannah likes going out and enjoying a glass of wine or two, drawing, playing poker and drinking lots of tea.

Michael Dear - Bookkeeper

Having been with us since 2006, Michael performs bookkeeping, VAT, payroll, accounts preparation plus various administrative roles for us and our clients.

Before Passman Leonard, Michael worked in the car rental & FMCG industry performing various accounting/reporting roles.

Outside of work Michael is a keen follower of Formula 1 and football, with his daughter currently playing for Chelsea FC and England!

Anna Mazanowska - Trainee Accountant

Anna joined us in 2013 after graduating from University with a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. She is an ACCA Affiliate hoping to fully qualify shortly.

Anna is mainly responsible for preparation of financial accounts and tax returns for small companies, sole traders and personal clients, but also bookkeeping, CIS and VAT returns for some of her clients.

Outside of work, Anna enjoys country walks with her dog. She is also a keen baker and wine maker.

Nicoleta Corobian - Trainee Accountant

Nicoleta has also been with the company since 2013. She is currently training to become a Chartered Certified Accountant and is also studying to obtain an Oxford Brookes BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting. Nicoleta prepares financial accounts and tax returns for small companies and sole traders and personal clients, along with other bookkeeping duties.

When not at work, Nicoleta enjoys various outdoors activities, such as horse riding and camping, and also likes trying new cuisines.