ACCA UK has announced ACCA fellow, Yogesh Patel, as its Advocate of the Year.
Yogesh qualified with ACCA in 2011 and is the owner of a firm called Telic based in Harrow, London.
Judged by ACCA UK members, Patel was awarded with the accolade for meeting “all the organisation’s values of inclusion, integrity and innovation”.
Patel is also a founding member of a peer group called ‘The Rebel Accountants’, a group of five accountants running their own accountancy businesses and who collaborate to “inspire each other” and help other firms set up and grow their practice.
He has also played an active and supportive role in ACCA’s work over the last five years, speaking at events, and being the vice-chair of its Practitioners’ Network Panel, which helps to shape and support members working in Practice.
Claire Bennison, head of ACCA UK, said: “Yogesh is a true champion of the accountancy profession, passionate about sharing his expertise with others. He’s a strong believer in making a positive impact for his team, his clients and the wider community.
“He believes that it’s the million positive little things that we do every day that build to bigger and better outcomes. This led him set up Telic, and to also become an ‘Adviser in Residence’ at the London School of Economics (LSE) Entrepreneurship programme which focuses on social entrepreneurship.”
Patel said: “I truly believe in giving back. There’s an immense sense of fulfilment doing this, in fact the choice of the name Telic – which is all about actions and achieving goals – is deeply rooted in this.
“I believe that if you give, then quite naturally you get back and that’s a win:win in anyone’s eyes. Amazingly this has led to opportunities such as speaking on panels and shaping tax policy. Was this the aim? No. Is it a benefit? For sure.”
He added: “ACCA membership has helped me to grow my own practice, and to have the confidence to tackle complex and challenging situations – through the training I have received, but also through the support I’ve enjoyed from the ACCA network itself. I am honoured to be the UK’s advocate of the year.”