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Ivan Houston


About me – many members of my family are, or were, self employed; my dad is in horticulture; one grandfather was a shopkeeper. I've always been interested in business. I left school and home at 16 to start my career in finance, held various posts with Ernst & Young LLP and Zurich Financial Services and qualified along the way as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. I joined Scholes CA in 2003, more by circumstance than design, but I'm very glad I did!

What I do at Scholes – I help our team provide advice and support to growing businesses. I provide tailored tax planning advice to our customers, especially concerning corporate, personal and indirect taxes. I also work with my colleague Karen to grow our business and improve and develop the services we provide to our customers, which is an exciting (and never-ending!) journey. Finally, and most importantly, I try to support and help develop our hardworking and talented team.

More about me - I have dived for many years but I still get excited about exploring the historic shipwrecks around Orkney. It's a great adventure and it's all here in our own backyard. I provide mentoring for students through ICAS Foundation, which exists to support and mentor talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. I am married to Amy who is a teacher and fellow scuba diver, and we have two daughters, Bea and Jenny, plus another on the way.

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