I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1987 and I have worked in finance related roles all my working life.
I have worked in practice since 2003 when I joined with a colleague to set up a new accountancy practice in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I left that practice in 2006 to set up my own practice in Saffron Walden where I have been ever since. During that time I have worked with a wide range of businesses, both start-ups and established across a range of business sectors
Prior to being in practice I had spent the previous 16 years working for the Prudential in a variety of financial roles. These included;
- Providing management information and managing a team of analysts at Egg, the internet bank, which was a Prudential subsidiary, and which launched in 1998,
- Business auditor reviewing financial controls and procedures throughout the UK business,
- Preparation of monthly management accounts and commentary for the division providing domestic car and home insurance and savings products,
- Calculating unit trust prices and preparing annual accounts for various investment funds.
Whilst training as an accountant I spent 3 years working for the Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys where, amongst other things, I was responsible for preparing the budget for the 1991 Census. I passed my final accountancy exams in 1986.
It was my first job which developed my interest in accountancy. I joined HM Customs and Excise in 1980 and worked as a vat officer in North London, visiting vat registered businesses to review their accounts and check that their vat returns were accurate.