John Mbugua

FCCA

Audit Manager

"I do all that I can to make it easier for clients to understand their compliance requirements and build relationships with them to ensure that I am their point of contact for any issues."

Many clients find audits to be a chore that they could do without, so I do all that I can to make it easier for clients to understand their compliance requirements and build relationships with them to ensure that I am their point of contact for any issues arising or difficulties encountered.

I specialise in statutory audits for clients of all sizes in the property, retail and services sectors, ranging from private limited companies and not-for-profit organisations to FCA regulated companies. I often undertake large audits where consolidations are required. I always ensure that clients are aware of any changes in accounting standards. 

If you’re interested…
I graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Nairobi and later qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2001. Having gained experience in various firms, mainly in audit, I joined Gerald Edelman as an audit senior in 2008. I am now responsible for a large portfolio of clients, working closely with the audit partners to ensure the best service for clients.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
To move from Kenya to the UK and study for professional exams without any prior knowledge and no idea what to expect. It has definitely paid-off and was a risk worth taking.

What one piece of advice would you give your 10-year-old self?
Travel as much as possible and enjoy everything that life has to offer.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Mind reading – to be able to find out what people are thinking and solve their problems before they’ve even shared them with me.

Who inspires you?
My dad – he encouraged me to work hard and pursue my ambitions when I was younger, and still does today.