Take 5 with the Team: Nigel Datta

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Each month we’ll be taking 5 minutes with the Interactive Team so you can get to know the faces behind the numbers.

Meet our Senior Adviser in Sydney – Nigel Datta.

Nigel joined us in May 2018 and has quickly become an integral part of our leadership advisory team.
 He has a wonderful knack for working seamlessly with the team bringing a wealth of tax knowledge, meticulous eye for detail and compassion – always looking for opportunities to deliver great service to our clients.  Nigel has helped many of our startup clients successfully navigate the VC due diligence process, and is also our resident Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) guru.

 Nigel is also a key contributor to the team culture at Interactive Accounting as the designated champion for fried chicken in the office.

Three words that best describe you:  

Dedicated, Positive, Organised.

Tell us about your hobbies:  

Playing drums, trying out new types of chilli, travelling abroad and going to the gym.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

The Steak and Wings combo from Star Bar, a favourite local watering hole of the Sydney IA team.

What is the most memorable place you’ve travelled to and why?

Barcelona. I fell in love with the lifestyle & architecture that graced the city and the influence of Antonio Gaudi’s work, in particularly La Sagrada Familia.

If you were being introduced at a conference/sporting match, what would your walk-out music be?

‘Master of Puppets’ by Metallica.

Aside from your main role at Interactive Accounting, what other specialist (side hustle) skills do you bring to the table?  

I’m an avid muso! I can play drums, guitar, bass, ukulele and the triangle.

Which Mario Kart character do you most identify with and why?

My favourite go-to was always Toad. Not only is he fast and agile but he also gives Yoshi a run for his money.

What new hobbies/skills have you developed while practicing social distancing during COVID-19?

Personal training with my 4 year old, plus baking and barbering (yes, I can now do a mean men’s and kid’s fade!).

You’re happiest when…

Travelling the world with my wife and kids.

What are two things you can’t live without? 

My family and chilli. 😉 

The 3 most valuable things you’ve learned during your 2 years at Interactive Accounting:

1. Teamwork makes for dreamwork – Having colleagues who you can depend on both professionally and socially makes a world of difference and really takes the “work” out of what we do for a living. Clients value the difference that Interactive Accounting bring as a team to each engagement.

2. Flexibility is key – Being aligned with an accounting practice that can pivot as needs change gives us an advantage over other firms. It also creates a better learning environment for our employees who value knowledge and are well equipped to deal with our clients’ needs.

3. Do what you say you are going to do – Honesty is key to developing trustworthy relationships and being able to back what you say ensures clients and colleagues can depend on you through good times and the bad.

What do you love most about working at Interactive Accounting?

We have a great enabling culture that rewards initiative and having accountability over our client relationships.  We are also very client-centric, always looking at ways to improve the client experience, adapting and changing our processes if we fall short. We evolve as the needs of our practice and clients change so we don’t stay stagnant.  This approach really sets us apart from other firms, which is something I’m really proud of

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