Start-ups. Owner Managed Businesses. Large Corporates. International Groups. 


External Audit. Business Advisory Services. 


Food & Drink. Hospitality & Leisure. Shipping. Energy. Power & Utilities. 


Derek Mair is Audit Partner and Head of our Food & Drink team. He specialises in delivering audit, assurance, and advisory services to a wide range of clients.  

Based in our Aberdeen office, Derek works extensively with clients across all sectors.  

Derek can advise you on a wide range of issues, from external audit and business advisory.  


“I am privileged to head up the Food, Drink & Hospitality team and we share knowledge and support clients in that sector. I enjoy attending industry specific events, meeting key people in the industry, and talking to clients about their business challenges. I listen to our clients and other people in the industry so that I truly understand them and build up knowledge and awareness of the challenges and opportunities in the sector. 

Being able to recognise the drivers, pressures, challenges, and the limiting factors on growth, means I can better advise clients. Do I have all the answers? No definitely not, but within our team and across AAB, we have a vast amount of experience and sector expertise. It’s very much a team approach to supporting clients.” 


“I love the fact that in AAB we have a real team ethos, and everyone is important in the client service we provide. We’re all part of a team delivering the best we can to our clients.  

Auditors have the privilege of being in front of the client and often sitting in a client’s business premises, so how we approach the audit, our professionalism, our communication and how we behave is very important. I try and instil in the team that everyone in the team, whether they are a placement student or a partner or director, represent the AAB brand.” 


“I find supporting clients hugely rewarding, but one of the most satisfying parts of my role is being part of the growth and development of the team. I joined AAB as a graduate and have built my career within the firm and I can now help others to do the same.  

I’m involved in our university placement programme. It’s fulfilling when we take on our placement students, they return to university and then join us as a trainee. I’m committed to helping all individuals grow and develop their skills, provide them with opportunities and help them to build their career. There are no barriers to what people can achieve at AAB.” 


“The future of AAB excites me, the growth journey of the firm and the opportunities for individuals to also grow.  

That growth also provides me with the opportunity to talk to new businesses and to work with new clients. Whilst I’m experienced in the technical aspects of my role, what’s more important is the ability to build strong relationships with a huge variety of people. Whether that’s clients, people in my team or other people across the business, I enjoy building those relationships.” 

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  1. Blog29th Jul 2022

    COVID recovery, labour shortages & supply chain issues: the resilience of Scotland’s food & drink sector

    In the last two years we have seen some of the most challenging times in business. In particular, the Scottish food and drink industry has been hit hard by varying restrictions imposed across the country. Despite these challenges, the industry…

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  2. Blog11th Mar 2020

    SeedPod – What does this mean for Scotland Food & Drink Businesses?

    At AAB, we have a dedicated team of Food & Drink specialists who hold a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector – a nod to the significance of the industry in the context of the Scottish economy and to our business. Considering our involvement within the sector, we…

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  3. Blog12th Sep 2019

    Funding Growing Food & Drink businesses

    Fundraising for start-ups or early stage companies has always been a challenging task as anyone who has seen the plucky contestants enter the Dragons’ Den on the hit television programme can agree. However, with a high number of food and…

    By Derek Mair

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  4. Blog4th Jul 2019

    Scotland Food & Drink – the £30 billion pound opportunity – supporting companies unlock their potential

    The Scottish food & drink industry is a globally recognised brand and continuing to strengthen this brand will be key to reaching the shared vision of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership outlined in their “Ambition 2030” strategy. To achieve…

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