AM to PM with Monahans Simon Tombs

By Anita Jaynes on 31 May, 2016

A one day working diary, from rise and shine to lights out.

Every Tuesday we delve into the day-to-day diary of a member of the local business community.  This week we put the spotlight on Simon Tombs, managing partner at Monahans, chartered accountants and business advisors.

Simon advises a wide range of owner managed businesses of all sizes. He heads up the Professional Practices team at Monahans and has developed particular expertise in advising solicitors on all aspects of their practices.

He also specialises in providing Monahans cloud accounting service to smaller businesses to help them reduce costs, minimise the administration they undertake and allow them to have up to date information on their companies.

What time does your alarm go off?

5.52am. I like to be out of bed by 6am and I’ve worked out over the years that it takes me eight minutes to get up!

What’s the first thing you do?

I have a quick morning chat with my wife and then straight into the shower.

What do you do for lunch?

Unless I’m out at a working lunch or taking clients out, I don’t normally have lunch.

What do you love most about your job?

Talking to people and getting to know our clients and their businesses. People think that accountancy is boring but the range of businesses I work with, from small local businesses to international manufacturers, makes every day different.

What’s the worst part of the job?

The red tape. Regulation is necessary but the amount of administration this creates is the worst part.

What executive tool/ gadget could you not live without?

My iPhone, I can’t manage without it now. I was the first person in the firm to have one too. It does what I need it to do – the dictation software saves our secretaries a lot of pain as my handwriting is terrible.

What do you do after work?

I like to go home and spend time with my girls. I don’t really see them in the morning so after work is our time together, whether that’s taking them to their activities or just being in the garden.

If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?

A few years ago it would have been to head to the coast and become a surf bum. Nowadays though it would be to become an antiques and collectables dealer or auctioneer. If I’m on my own – my wife and daughters don’t share my enthusiasm – I like to poke about junk shops.