At Xero, we are committed to ensuring our product is the best it can be and is directly addressing the needs of our customers worldwide. With this in mind, we’re always keen to find ways of working as closely as possible with our accounting partners.
To help us achieve this in our newest market, South Africa, where we launched earlier this year, we have appointed Colin Timmis as our new Head of Accounting for South Africa. Based in Cape Town, Colin will be responsible for building our network of accountants in the region whilst ensuring the software continues to meet the needs of our user base.
He will spend much of his time speaking to accountants, from large city-based firms to small provincial practices, about the issues they are facing and how Xero can help them overcome those challenges. Colin will now be splitting his focus between Xero and his existing responsibilities with accounting firm BDO.
Experience and knowledge
Colin has over 12 years of experience in the accounting profession and is widely considered an expert in cloud accounting software implementation, development, integration and best practice.
Having registered as a professional accountant with SAIPA in 2004, he then went on to run a traditional SME accounting practice for eight years.
In 2011, he founded South Africa’s first cloud accounting practice, real time accounting, and was later appointed as the first certified Xero advisor in South Africa. In 2013, Real Time Accounting became Xero’s first Global Gold Partner and by 2014 it had become Xero’s third fastest growing partner in the global territory with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
And it doesn’t stop there. By the time 2015 came around, Colin’s company had become South Africa’s first member of the US based Thriveal CPA Accounting Network, a global network of accountants founded with the aim of supporting each other and sharing best practice.
A new direction
Colin will be instrumental in helping more businesses across South Africa realise the benefits cloud technology has to offer.
He is also uniquely positioned to act as a conduit between our existing customers and our technical team, helping the latter better understand the needs of the industry so we can ensure our product is always ahead of the curve.
Our arrival in South Africa was greeted with enthusiasm and attendance was high at our Johannesburg and Cape Town roadshows. Colin’s appointment is an exciting step forward as we work towards meeting the needs of South African accounting practices and small businesses. Watch this space!
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