Sean Hannah (FCCA)
In 1991 upon leaving school at the age of 16 Sean began a national diploma in business studies at the local college.
After two years he gained the diploma and went on to university to do a degree in business studies for the next four years specialising in accountancy & finance. During this time he spent a year working in finance and living in Edinburgh.
Then in 1997 armed with a degree he started as a trainee accountant at a respected local firm where he spent the next three years.
After moving to another local firm in 2000 to take up a more senior position he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002.
Upon passing his exams he then moved on again to a more senior position at the same firm Chris was working at. After two years and realising that his prospects for advancement were limited Sean thought about setting up his own practice, knowing that there was a gap in the market for a firm dedicated to customer service.
In 2004 Sean Hannah+Co was born and the rest as they say is history. Sean is married and in his spare time loves driving his classic VW camper van. He loves music and regularly takes part in busker sessions around the North East and Scotland.
Chris Barnfather (FCCA)
At the age of 16 Chris started his accountancy career working as an AAT apprentice for a well-known firm of chartered accountants in Gateshead, which is where he first met Sean.
He quickly progressed through his apprenticeship gaining his AAT qualifications and gaining valuable experience in accounts preparation, value added tax, payroll and how to make the perfect cup of tea (a skill which has never left him).
After gaining his AAT qualification he then progressed to study towards the ACCA qualification. After 5 years Chris then moved on to one of the region’s top firms of chartered accountants in order to gain valuable experience in audit and taxation.
Chris spent 5 years in a senior position and qualified in June 2007 as a Chartered Certified Accountant. Chris has gained experience in auditing medium sized limited company’s financial statements in the transport and logistics, manufacturing, IT services and construction industries.
Over the last fifteen years he has gained a broad accounting knowledge due to working with smaller companies advising on tax, payroll, audit and accounts preparation.
Chris is married with two young children and in his spare time did enjoy playing football and keeping fit. This has now been substituted with watching copious amounts of children’s TV, modelling play-doh, and playing hide and seek.