Owner Managed Businesses. Private Equity Backed Businesses. International Groups.  


Audit. Outsourced whistleblowing services.  


Oil & Gas. Construction & Property. Food & Drink. Automotive.


James Pirrie is Head of Audit and leads our Audit team. He specialises in providing audit services to a wide range of clients.  

Based in our Aberdeen office, James’ role includes working with clients to provide audit services and he also has an operational and leadership role within AAB.  

James also heads up our whistleblowing business, SeeHearSpeakUp, which provides its clients and their teams with a way to report grievances or wrongdoing in their organisation. James was instrumental in setting up this business in AAB, which is unique in the accountancy sector. 


“I enjoy working with clients where we can build strong working relationships with regular communication throughout the year. This helps us keep up to date with developments in the client’s business which may have an impact on the next audit and enables us to keep the client informed of any changes in accounting and auditing regulations. This type of relationship also enables us to introduce experts from other AAB service lines to the clients to assist them where and when appropriate.” 


“I joined AAB as a placement student and have progressed from being a Trainee to Head of Audit. I’ve been able to build a long career within AAB and our growth gives all the team amazing opportunities to continually progress and take on new challenges.  

The audit team continues to develop both in terms of recruitment of experienced people and through growing our own talent internally. I’m excited about the continuing growth in AAB and the development opportunities that this will bring for those in the audit team. It has always been and will continue to be an exciting place to work.” 


“When clients come to AAB, I think they’re surprised by the level of personal service we provide and our progressive approach to their needs. We strive to consistently exceed clients’ expectations. Clients are genuinely impressed with our service levels and the speed in which we get things done. We turn things around quickly for clients to help them meet their deadlines. 

We’re always there for our clients and myself and the audit team are highly responsive to our client’s needs. Often, it’s the basic things that really matter, like excellent communication, fast response and being proactive and available when a client needs us. Delivering awesome client service is at the core of everything we do.” 


“We continue to invest heavily in technology which makes our audits more effective and efficient, while also improving the experience for clients in relation to exchanging information with us. 

We’re investing in improved data analytics software. This technology allows us to interrogate client’s data more extensively. In addition to making our audit process more robust this software can also assist in identifying areas where clients can improve processes or controls.”