The joy of my job stems from my fascination with business in all its forms and with working with great people whose lives are shaped and supported by those
For me, it’s personal. The key is engaging closely with such a wide variety of interesting business people, all contributing their efforts, knowledge and talents in very different ways.
These clients are the wealth generators in the ‘engine room’ of the wider economy upon which we all depend. I see it as a special privilege to be able to help them to plan and manage their affairs. We professionals play our part in creating prosperity, too, by being an important part of their profit making and profit retention strategies.
Tax planning enables me to make a significant difference to the financial lives of my clients (and their dependants). Taxation is an area which is diverse, complicated and full of opportunities (and risks which need to be addressed). It suits my mind and skill set to become absorbed in these challenges on their behalf.
Within my overall role as Tax Partner I work in tax planning across all areas of the UK fiscal code although, arguably, my particular strengths lie in company reorganisations, acquisitions, disposals and methods of extracting value, tax-efficiently, from privately-owned business.
I have been Tax Partner here at Jackson Stephen since 2002, having qualified with one of the big firms back in 1988.
Outside the office, I coach an under-13 football squad in a South Manchester League and with three kids in years 8, 10 and 12 at School, it’s a joy to be kept very busy on the family and domestic fronts, too.