Our People

Management Team

James Hair LLB CA : Founder & Principal

James Hair LLB CA, Founder & Principal

At a very early age whilst undertaking my professional training I decided that I wanted to run my own business so James Hair & Co was established in 1980. The last 35 years have flown past and I have had the privilege of working with some extraordinary people along the way and travelled to many different parts of the world advising clients.

I am essentially a general practitioner and particularly enjoy dealing with the challenges faced by my family owned SMEs particularly those with significant agricultural and rural property interests. Investment management is another area of particular interest.


Graduated in 1975 with an LLB from Edinburgh University

Qualified as a CA in 1978, training with HPMG (Formerly Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co)

Held a licence to deal in securities from 1985

Passed J12 Securities advice and dealing examination in 2014


Raymond Hutt MAAT FCCA, Director – Accounts & ICT

I originally trained with James Hair & Co from 1989 to 1993 and then later returned in 1998. I am a general practitioner with a wide variety of experience of mainly owner-managed businesses. I have primary responsibility within the company for accounts, IT, payroll and auto enrolement and I provide accountancy, business advisory and taxation advice to our clients. I also advise clients  on business and tax planning, budgeting and profit maximisation.

Away from the office I enjoy golf, motor racing and football and I am the Finance Director of Forfar Athletic Football Club.


Qualified as an Accounting Technician in 1993

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000


Barbara Acheson LL.B ATT CTA, Director – Tax

I worked with Moore Stephens in Northern Ireland for over 20 years, initially in accounts preparation for owner-managed businesses across a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, construction, retail, hospitality, health and the legal profession. After qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser, I worked as a tax manager with particular experience in VAT, personal taxes, taxation of owner-managed businesses, capital taxes and customs duties. Following two years with Scott Moncrieff, I joined James Hair & Co in 2008 as Tax Manager, with responsibility for all tax compliance and advisory work across the full range of taxes.

Outside of work I am involved in the family farm and various community organisations and charities and I am a member of the Rotary Club of the Howe of Fife.


1982 – LL.B Queens University, Belfast

1994 – Member of Association of Tax Technicians

1997 – Chartered Tax Adviser

David Arthur DIPPFS : Associate – Financial Services

David Arthur DIPPFS, Director – Financial Services

I have worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years having worked at Standard Life and Winterthur Life before joining James Hair & Co in 2007. I have a diploma in financial planning and am authorised to advise on and to deal in securities. I am an Independent Financial Adviser. I am married with two young children and enjoy playing golf when time permits!


FPC 1, 2 and 3, Financial Planning Certificate JO4, Pension Funding Options JO5, Pension Income Options J12, Securities Advice and Dealing RO1, Financial Services Regulation and Ethics RO2, Investment Principles and Risk RO5, Financial Protection, CII – Diploma in Financial Planning


We are always on the lookout for conscientious, dedicated and ambitious people to join the office. James Hair & Co is an authorised CA training office. Positions are available for graduates and school leavers who are interested in three year training contracts starting most Autumns.