Andrew Taylor FCA
Andrew joined Baker Chapman & Bussey in 1983 and became a partner at the beginning of 1988. His client base ranges from individuals to large corporate organisations. At whichever end of the spectrum he’s working, Andrew describes the best part of his job as meeting clients and helping them cope with the challenges of running their businesses or sort out their private tax affairs.
Specialising in IT, Andrew helps clients select and implement systems to manage financial reporting, PAYE, VAT, etc. He is also involved in compliance issues and the many other financial aspects of managing a business. Andrew says: “Over the years I’ve got to know many clients personally and it’s very satisfying to know that I can provide a solution to their problems. I never wanted to join a large ‘faceless’ organisation, because I love the variety of work that we have here at Baker Chapman & Bussey and enjoy the client contact and relationships that a larger firm simply can’t offer.” He adds: “After being in the profession for more than 30 years, I still enjoy getting up and coming to work”.
Andrew was born in Malta as his father was stationed there whilst serving in the Forces. He returned home aged just 3 months but his father’s occupation meant that he had a life of moving around! Because his parents lived at various bases in the UK and Germany, Andrew became a boarder at Earls Colne Grammar until his father left the Army and settled in Colchester, at which time Andrew became one of the day boys at the school.
From a relatively early age, Andrew had decided that accountancy was the career for him. He took the ICAEW qualification route, completing a one-year foundation course in Norwich and joining a firm for a four year training course, involving work during the day and study during the evenings. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982.
Andrew has regarded Colchester as his home for many years. He is divorced with one married daughter and two grandchildren, although he maintains he’s far too young to be called ‘grandpa’! Now with a long term partner – who has dogs and horses – Andrew often finds himself driving a horsebox around the lanes of Essex and further afield! He has ridden a few times himself but prefers mechanical horse power to the animal variety! His hobbies include sea fishing – he has his own small fishing boat – motorbikes and cars, DIY, golf and cooking.
Jackie Frost ACA
Jackie was born in Epsom, Surrey, on the day England played Uruguay – the very first game of the now infamous 1966 Word Cup Football!
Educated in Surrey, she went to Cardiff after completing her A levels, where she studied at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. After obtaining a degree in banking and finance with economics, Jackie moved to Colchester and began her training in 1988 with a local firm. She joined Baker Chapman & Bussey in 1997 and became a partner just two years later.
With extensive financial skills, Jackie deals with a range of accountancy work. She says: “The way we work at Baker Chapman & Bussey is all about client relationships and this, along with the variety, makes for a very rewarding experience. On a typical day I may be meeting with a couple who have tax arrears one minute, and negotiating bank finance with a bank and a client the next.” Jackie specialises in auditing and accounts, and particularly enjoys the more unusual compliance areas such as charities and pension schemes. She also drives the firm’s marketing strategy and has gained considerable skill in a variety of accounting software packages.
Jackie has put her experience in the charity sector to good use through her voluntary work. Jackie has previously served as a trustee of the Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service and in this role she obtained significant insights how small charities operate and the challenges they currently face.
Marrying Paul, another accountant, in 1995, Jackie is a very keen golfer. A member at Stoke by Nayland Club, she enjoys both the social and competitive sides of golf and often takes holidays where she can refine her skills on courses that offer guaranteed sunshine! She regards her best golfing moment as parring the 17th at the challenging Sawgrass course in Florida.
She also enjoys reading (favourite author, Wilkie Collins) and listening to music, describing her taste as ‘eclectic’ – proven perhaps by the ringtone of her mobile, which is a track from the English rock musician, Julian Cope. She owns three cats and rates her favourite films as ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, ‘The Five Pennies’ or anything in which Johnny Depp makes an appearance!