Meet the Partners

We are a firm of general accountancy practitioners and our partners regularly deal with a wide range of sectors and services. All our partners are qualified chartered accountants. Within our combined experience and expertise, there are some specialisms or areas of interest which we’ve highlighted in the partner profiles below.

Alan Patterson



Date Qualified: 1980
Joined GWA: 1974

Alan is one of our longest serving partners and is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP). Alan’s experience as a general accountancy practitioner is invaluable to the firm and his breadth of knowledge covers many areas including accounting, auditing, personal tax, trusts and estates and property ownership. Alan acts as a trustee for many family’s holding land, property and significant investment assets. He is involved in all aspects of tax mitigation including inheritance tax planning and business structures. In terms of business sectors , some of Alan`s most notable clients are involved in agriculture , property ownership , construction , retail and high net worth cases.

In his free time Alan enjoys a wide range of sports.

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Andrew Ayre

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Date Qualified: 1983
Joined GWA: 1979

Andrew is a member of the ICAEW as well as being the Chair of tax and technical committee for the Farm and Rural Business Group. Farming and agricultural clients make up a large proportion of Andrew’s client portfolio. Andrew’s experience in family trusts, business valuations and inheritance tax planning are a real asset to the practice.

Away from accountancy, Andrew has a number of interests and hobbies which include sailing, cycling, walking, playing tennis and helping local causes.
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Ewan Millar


Date Qualified: 1982
Joined NC Campbell & Co CA: 1984

Ewan trained with a medium sized firm in Dundee and after qualifying had a spell in the tax department of one of the “Big 4”. He was appointed a partner of N C Campbell & Co in 1986. Like all of Greaves West & Ayre’s partners Ewan deals with a wide variety of clients, but coming from a strong agricultural background he takes a special interest in advising farming businesses and agricultural estates.

John Coats

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Date qualified: 1988
Joined GWA: 1983

John is renowned for being able to explain complex business and tax issues to his clients in clear and easy to understand terms. He has a varied client portfolio which includes high net worth individuals, landed estates, farms and a number of professional firms including land agents and dentists. John is also experienced when it comes to capital tax planning and mitigation and VAT issues on land and property.

Outside of work, John’s hobbies are shooting, sailing and walking.

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Robbie Dalgleish



Date Qualified: 1988
Joined GWA: 1984

Robbie is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales , and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He has many clients in various industries, including farming, retailing, leisure, and other professional firms, and is currently head of the firm’s Corporate Services department. Robbie is experienced in advising on a wide scope of taxation, accounting, and auditing issues.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and walking his dog.

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Stuart Allister

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Date Qualified:1993
Joined GWA:1990

As with all our partners, Stuart is a general practitioner with a varied workload. He has a wealth of expertise in corporate acquisitions, disposals and buyouts as well as dispute resolution. Stuart enjoys working with owner-managed businesses on issues such as capital tax and succession planning. He has a number of clients in the manufacturing and renewables sectors.

Agricultural clients and landed estates also form a major part of Stuart’s client portfolio. He acts in an advisory capacity as well as being a trustee involved in the management of estates and their financial affairs.

Stuart enjoys spending his weekends with his family and when he has any spare time left over enjoys sailing, skiing and shooting.

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Colin Frame

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Date Qualified: 1993
Joined GWA:  1990

Colin has spent much of his career in Corporate Services and has clients across many different industries including Manufacturing, Construction, Professional Services, Charity and Retail. Being a farmer’s son he also enjoys working with his agricultural clients who value his knowledge and expertise in their sector.

Colin was elected Greaves West & Ayre’s Managing Partner in June 2014. This means that as well as looking after his portfolio of clients, he is heavily involved in the day to day running of the practice. He finds this role both rewarding and challenging and takes great delight in the success of GWA’s employees and partners who work so hard each day to deliver the “Quality Advice – Quality Service” that the firm aspires to maintain in a fast moving business environment.

Outside of work, Colin is a big rugby fan and played for his local club as well as being a past president. He also enjoys reading and films.

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Douglas Gould


Date Qualified: 1990
Joined NC Campbell & Co CA: 1991

Douglas trained with a firm in Edinburgh qualifying before going on to work in the audit department of one of the “Big 4”.  He joined N C Campbell & Co in 1991 and was appointed a Partner in 2002. As well as dealing with a broad range of clients, Douglas specialises in acting for churches, charities, clubs and associations.


Stuart Faed

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Date Qualified: 1992
Joined GWA: 2001

As well as being a member of ICAS, Stuart has a Diploma in Financial Planning (Dip. PFS). Stuart’s main focus is investment business, wearing both an advisor and compliance hat, although he also has experience in internal and external audit work. As well as providing tax efficient wealth planning advice to private clients, his work includes local businesses as well as local and national charities.

In the summer months Stuart is a keen gardener and come winter time he enjoys shooting. Stuart can also be found starring in performances at the local theatre and panto productions and is a member of two local choirs.

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Craig Little

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Qualified: 2004
Joined GWA: 2004

A member of the Chartered Accountants of Scotland with a degree in accountancy, Craig has expertise in a variety of fields, including tourism, equestrian, construction and business growth. Away from the office, he’s a keen sportsman with an interest in rugby, golf, shooting and general fitness.

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Roseanne Bennett


Date Qualified: 2006
Joined GWA: 2007

Roseanne qualified with a large independent firm of Chartered Accountants in East Anglia before returning to the North East in 2007. She became a Fellow of the ICAEW in 2017.

Roseanne has a diverse client base across a wide variety of industry sectors and supports clients with accounting, taxation and business advice needs along with ad hoc projects as they arise. Being from a farming background and with a degree in Agri-Business Management, Roseanne has a strong interest in supporting agricultural and rural businesses. Roseanne appreciates the uniqueness of farming businesses and enjoys the challenge of working with farming families to tackle the issues that are thrown at them including succession.

Since 2016, Roseanne has been licenced to carry out Probate and Estate administration services for non-contentious probate in England and Wales.

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Richard Ayre



Date Qualified: 2011
Joined GWA: 2005

As partner at GWA Richard follows in the footsteps of his father, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather. He is a general practitioner and has experience of working closely with many owner managed business clients and business start-ups across a wide range of industry sectors. He is regularly involved in the preparation of business projections for management and funding purposes.

Richard is a keen golfer and played rugby for the local club. He enjoys giving something back to the local community in his voluntary roles as Finance Director for both Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick) Golf Club and Berwick Rugby Football Club.