Name: Suzanne Wasson
Role: Personal Tax Director
Time at Saffery: Nearly 12 years
What’s the best bit about your job?
I love the fact that it is so diverse, and no day is the same. Tax is very complex, which has its downsides, and the ever-increasing complexity certainly needs to be kept in check, but that also makes it very interesting. I also really enjoy helping clients navigate the ever-complex tax landscape. For the layperson it can be very daunting and being able to explain complex tax issues and help clients understand their tax position is extremely rewarding.
The culture of Saffery is really important to the business and the people within it – what do you think you bring to the team and what do you contribute?
I am a good listener and a real believer that everyone’s ideas should be heard, as no one has all the answers. There is a great collaborative spirit at Saffery, and I think people see me as approachable and fair and always willing to listen and consider other viewpoints, and in turn, helping others develop their own skills and progress in their careers. I know how grateful I was to have that support and guidance in my own career at Saffery, and to be able to help bring on the next generation is a real privilege.
If you weren’t doing this role, what might you be doing?
I love travelling and have a passion for scuba diving, although I don’t get to do either very often lately. I think I would have like to have been involved in marine conservation or something similar.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love going for long walks with my dog, we have some of the most amazing countryside and beaches. He is a very typical Labrador that eats everything he sees, so I have to keep a very keen eye on him, which can be a challenge!
Tell us something about yourself that we don’t know
I got married in Las Vegas at the Little White Chapel with Elvis, and Sammy Davis Junior was our photographer!
Who or what inspires you?
My nan really inspired me. She was such a kind lady, and everybody loved her, but she had a tough life, coming from a poor background and being brought up during the war. She also suffered quite a few personal tragedies but always remained positive. She worked hard and was very determined. She always told me that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and she was testament to that.
What’s your favourite place in Dorset?
There are so many it is difficult to choose, but I would probably say Hengistbury Head as it is somewhere I go quite often. I love walking along the beach and the views from the head are fantastic. I always feel a real sense of calm when I am there.
Give 3 words to describe yourself
Compassionate, hardworking, and adventurous.