Shehzad Ashaq

Tax Director, Wylie & Bisset LLP

The most satisfying thing about my job is …. educating clients on how to manage their tax obligations as efficiently as possible.  Also making clients aware of reliefs available that can improve cash flow and profitability.

The hottest topic in our sector right now is …. probably Research & Development relief as it is undergoing significant changes which will impact on the mechanism for future claims and how much qualifying businesses can claim.

The career achievement I am most proud of is …. being dual qualified as a CA (Chartered Accountant) and a CTA (Chartered Tax Adviser).

The most important career advice I would give to my younger self is …. to work hard and get your qualifications under your belt as soon as possible as, life gets busy when you have a family.

The three best things about working in Glasgow are …. easy access for me as I live in Glasgow but also central for staff and clients, my children go to school in Glasgow and there are plenty of shops available.

My favourite part of Glasgow is …. the city centre as it has a large variety of shops and restaurants suitable for all tastes.

My best tip to achieve a better work/life balance is …. to be strict and leave work behind you when you leave the office, as it is too easy to continue working from home and that eats into your personal time.

My first ever job was …. working for PKF Accountants and Business Advisers and the most valuable lesson I learned there was how important it was to build good working relationships with colleagues and how vital it is to build a network of contacts.

Favourite boxset - Friends

Favourite author - Stephen King

Favourite holiday destination - New York

And, finally, what three words best sum you up? Ambitious, Diligent and Transparent.


  • Shehzad Ashaq