Meet the Team

Mark Weaver

Mark was a senior member of the Accapita (formerly Ashgates) team when the Leicester office opened in 1992. He became a partner in 2008 as part of a management buyout.

Mark manages an extensive portfolio of clients, consisting mainly of small to medium sized enterprises, across a wide range of business sectors. His wide experience allows him to offer practical guidance to help businesses to develop and grow. Mark specialises in business planning, corporate tax planning and Value added tax. He has successfully organised a number of management buy ins and outs.

Mark is a keen sports and outdoor enthusiast regularly playing hockey, badminton and walking in the Lake District.

Ranj Chuttee

After gaining 5 years’ experience in a small local accountancy practice, moved to Ashgates in May 1998 to specialise in tax with a view to managing that department. Over the next 10 years, he developed this position so as to become a key member of the 2008 Management buyout team.

Ranj now controls all aspects of tax from routine compliance through to tax planning (and the inevitable IHT) for an ever growing portfolio of Corporate and Personal clients. He also looks after new business for the firm.

Outside of work, Ranj actively participates in 5‐a‐side football with the regular bout of squash and cycling and in 2011, was part of a group of amateurs who took on the challenge of the 350-mile cycle ride from Leicester to Paris to help raise funds for four charitable organisations.

Darren Ferguson

Darren began working with Ashgates at their Leicester office in 1995 as a trainee accountant. As his knowledge and experience increased within the firm he became one of a group of senior employees involved in a management buyout in 2008, when he was also appointed a director. He became a member of ACCA in 2001.

Darren provides accountancy and taxation services for a portfolio of owner managed businesses which range from self-employed individuals to medium sized organisations.

Darren’s forte is in accounts and audit compliance specialising in several organisations in the not for profit sector including charities and academies.

In his spare time Darren is a keen swimmer and cyclist and also enjoys live comedy and reading.

Rakesh Sonigra

Rakesh started life as an accounts junior in 1997 with Ashgates in Leicester. He has progressed right through the firm and was made a partner in 2008 as part of the management buyout. Having obtained his AAT qualification earlier on in his career, he became a member of the ACCA in 2009.

Rakesh works with small and medium sized enterprises as well as family and owner managed businesses, in particular Dentists providing them with business advice.

Rakesh leads our support team which provides training and assistance with Sage book‐keeping and payroll, along with IT support.

He is a keen sports enthusiast, participating in football, squash and cycling. He also has a passion for reading and exploring the outdoors!

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