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Promotion for new Practice Manager at city accountancy firm

Leicester chartered accountants Newby Castleman has promoted its former Financial Controller to the role of Practice Manager, in the latest phase of growth and change for the firm.

Gulam Sattar, 31, of Leicester, was promoted from his previous position of Financial Controller at the firm’s office on Regent Road in May, following Newby Castleman’s appointment of a new partner, Joanne Chilton, earlier this year.

Gulam joined Newby Castleman’s Bookkeeping & Payroll Services in April 2013, after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance from De Montfort University in 2009. He rapidly progressed to the role of Manager in January 2014 and took a leading role in building the company’s Bookkeeping & Payroll department, which now consists of a team of five.

In May 2017 Gulam was promoted to Financial Controller, taking charge of the firm’s in-house finances. His new role of Practice Manager retains many of the duties of his former position, on top of which he is assisting the Leicester office’s partners in making decisions to drive the company forward.

On a day-to-day basis, Gulam is now working most closely with Managing Partner Chris Castleman and Financial Partner Mike Castleman. He will also be working alongside the firm’s IT Manager to implement more efficient and analytical systems.

Born in Leicester, Gulam lived for a brief period in Mozambique before settling in Leicester City Centre, where he now lives with his wife and 18-month-old son. He is an avid fan of Formula One and makes a point of watching every race live.

Gulam said:

“It’s an honour to have been promoted to the position of Practice Manager within two years of my last promotion at Newby Castleman. In my new role, which is both analytical and collaborative, I will be responsible for developing the company internally.

“I am very much looking forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities that my position as Practice Manager will bring, as I work with the firm’s partners and staff to ensure that Newby Castleman continues to go from strength to strength financially.”

Managing Partner Chris Castleman said: “We are delighted to announce Gulam’s advancement to Practice Manager, a role whose breadth and responsibility recognises Gulam’s proficiency and the experience he has gained with us over the last six years.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Gulam in securing and strengthening the future of our firm in Leicester.”

Newby Castleman is one of the Midlands’ leading independent accountancy firms, with offices in Leicester and Loughborough. It offers a range of specialist financial services, business and tax advice for individuals and businesses. For further information, telephone the Leicester branch on 0116 254 9262, the Loughborough branch on 01509 263500 or visit the website at 


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