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The Team

Shakar Elahi FCCA - Founder and Principal Partner
Shakar is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has over 22 years experience working in the accountancy profession and industry. He has developed his business and technical skills essential for growing SME’s, making him an invaluable Business Advisor. He is also a qualified Mortgage Advisor and specialist in Property and Business Tax. Before establishing Elan & Co in 1997, Shakar was a Senior Manager at Deloittes.
Ajay Patel FFA FFTA - Partner
Ajay began his career in the profession in 1979 and by 1981 he was a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants. He left in 1990 to start his own firm, Ajay Associates, which went on to specialise in the Dental, Medical and Children’s Day Care sectors. The firm merged with Elan & Co in July 2017. He is a founder member of NASDAL (The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers). Ajay has advised many business owners on the purchase and sale of businesses, as well as fund raising, and has a practical and pragmatic approach to his work. Away from professional life he enjoys travelling and golf.
Bernadette Teuma CA - Partner
Bernadette Teuma CA - Partner Bernadette is a Chartered Accountant and she has over 22 years experience working in the profession and industry. Whilst working in practice, she worked with SME’s, gaining invaluable skills in financial and management accounting, auditing and taxation. Whilst in industry she worked in financial management for a number of multinational firms including Colgate, AEG and 10 years at Shell enhancing her business process & systems skills. She joined Elan & Co as a Partner in 2002.
Gary Swain FCCA - Partner
Gary Swain FCCA - Partner Gary is a partner in Elan & Co LLP and was the founder member of McMahon Swain & Co Ltd, a practice based in Shoreditch. He brings many years of excellent tax advisory and accountancy experience to the firm. He enjoys a close involvement with client affairds and helping them to develop and resolve their business requirements.
Waqas Mahmood - Bsc (Hons) FCCA - Consultant
Waqas has several years of experience in managing and advising a diverse portfolio of clients. These range from small including business start-ups right through to medium sized companies.

He has an excellent working knowledge of wide variety of sectors, which include Real Estate (Property Managements and Developers, Mortgage Brokers), Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants, Retail Businesses, Professional Practises (Solicitor, Barristers, Architects, Designers, Business Consultants, Recruitment Consultants and IT Professionals) Musicians, Manufacturing, Car Retailers, Financial services, Charities and Clubs.

Elan & Co have alliances and memberships with a number professional organisations. Click here below for links to their websites which you may find useful.