Douglas is originally from Blackburn and studied Physics at Manchester University. Following graduation in 1985 he started accountancy training in Manchester with Ernst & Young. After a spell in industry at Manchester and Heathrow airports Douglas returned to work in audit and accounts for two large accountancy firms in Wycombe.

In 1990 an opportunity arose to specialise in tax with a local firm. Redundancy beckoned in 1991 so he decided to ‘paddle his own canoe’ as a self-employed accountant. Douglas has worked with Cannon Moorcroft since the practice began in 1992, taking on the role of audit/accounts manager in 1998, progressing to associate in 1999 and to partner in 2000.

Golf and tennis are Douglas’ regular sporting activities. He also has a keen interest in cars and especially ‘classic cars’ and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.