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Our accounting team

With a keen eye for detail and a knack for client relations, our accounting team has been helping UK-based SMEs and contractors with all their accounting needs for over 20 years.

Ashley Deakin


Group Finance Director


Ashley chose to study Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University, having been influenced by Raiders of the Lost Ark. Digging up Roman pottery on the North Yorkshire moors proved not as glamorous as he had thought and, ultimately, he was lured into the accounting profession.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in 1989. After moving temporarily into publishing, he went to the University of Cape Town in 1994 to complete his MBA. On arrival back in the UK in 1995, he teamed up with Reg Bamford to start 1st Contact and has been embroiled with the adventures and expansion of 1st Contact and, more recently, Sable International, ever since.

Aside from being the COO, he is heavily involved in providing general entrepreneurial advice to our clients. Outside of work, Ash enjoys spending time with his family (he has three children) at his holiday house in Norfolk as well as taking part in competitive sailing.

Ash’s motto: "Carpe Diem."


Scott Brown


Director: SME Accounting


Scott majored in Accounting and Business Administration at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1998, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working for five years within business services and taxation for a Chartered Accountancy firm, he decided it was time to head to London. On arrival, he joined 1st Contact in its early days, completing annual accounts for contractors.

In 2003, after a number of placements, including managing a baggage relocation company and 1st Contact Visas, he was appointed as Group Financial Controller. Five years later, he was appointed to the board and became Managing Director. In 2010, following mergers with a number of smaller accountancy practices, Sable International's accounting division was born. Scott was appointed as director, heading a team of over 40 accountants and assistants specializing in SMEs and contractors. Scott is interested in travel, music, fine dining and wine.

Scott’s motto: "Just get on with it…"


Alan Robbins

BCompt (Hons), CA (SA)

Client Manager


Alan went to school, studied and completed his articles in Cape Town, after which he started work as an audit manager. His next move was across to the UK in 2003, where he joined Quotient Financial - later part of Sable International - and worked as a client accountant for just under two years. He then worked as an internal auditor for Interserve PLC, a FTSE-listed facilities management and construction company.

With a view to returning to Cape Town, he re-joined the Quotient team in June 2007 in the role of client manager. In August 2009, he relocated to the Cape Town office to manage the accounting team based there.

Alan enjoys most outdoor activities as well as any opportunity to travel.

Alan’s motto: "Onwards and upwards."


Kobus van den Bergh

BA (Hons) (Accounting and Business), MComm (Business Management)

Accounting Manager


Kobus moved to the UK from South Africa right after secondary school. Here, he attended London Metropolitan University, graduating with a BA Honours degree in accounting and business. During his time at the university, he excelled in his studies and was awarded a Merit Scholarship. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from the University of South Africa.

In 2000, he started working in finance-related roles, first in UK government sectors and then at an NGO as an accountant. He relocated to South Africa towards the end of 2009 and joined Quotient Financial - later part of Sable International - as a client accountant. He was promoted to accounting manager in 2013.

In his spare time, Kobus likes to spend time with family and friends and enjoys increasing his knowledge about technology, management and personal development. He likes travelling and seeing new places and is also a fitness enthusiast.

Kobus’s motto: "I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour" – Henry David Thoreau

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom


Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514


5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581



9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 7070528) registered in England and Wales. Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Board in South Africa (FSP no. 41900) and holds an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (AFS License number 335 126).

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