Heather Hill has taken over as AAT President, succeeding David Frederick who stepped down at the AGM.
She will remain AAT President until September 2022, with Christina Earls taking over her role as Vice President.
Heather began her accountancy career in the early 1980s whilst working for a local authority in the finance department gaining experience in different areas, including IT and housing benefits. During this time, she passed her AAT examinations and later went on to take her Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) membership examination.
Heather is a Fellow member of AAT and ATT and has been a professional member of AAT for 31 years. She maintains a passionate interest in the organisation, supporting local branches and events. Heather has also served as an AAT Council member since 2016, including as Chair of the Management Board.
After relocating to Wiltshire with her husband, Heather set up her own successful accountancy practice in 1993, with clients including unincorporated businesses, limited companies and charities, with a focus on financial and management accounting and tax compliance.
Her sound financial advice, managerial guidance and hands-on support also led her to prevent a number of these businesses and charities from failing. She also provided support to help businesses grow by acting as a sounding board and advisor.
Heather is keen to support the resumption of in-person meetings and networking. There will be an early chance to meet her on Wednesday 27 October when she attends the Leicester branch’s first face to face – Trading with the EU after Brexit.
Outside of work, Heather volunteers at a local branch of an international charity where she helps members of her local community, including providing one-to-one IT training and employment support. Her other interests include country dancing and singing with the Military Wives’ Choir.
Following her appointment, Heather said:
“It’s a great honour to have been elected President of AAT. I’ve enjoyed my role as Vice President, including supporting David in his role and engaging with AAT’s members and students.
“As President, I look forward to working closely with our new Chief Executive, Sarah Beale, alongside the senior management team to help steer the strategic development and future direction of AAT, as well as representing the organisation over the coming year.
“Although this remains a challenging time for many businesses, I look forward to leading AAT in finding new ways to respond and adapt to the rapidly changing world of business, whilst continuing to support our students and members both in the UK and internationally.”
David Nunn is Content Manager at AAT.