Nigel joined Burton Sweet in 1991 having qualified with Grant Thornton. He has also worked as a tax lecturer and ran his own practice.
He works with companies, small businesses and not-for-profits, advising on accounting, business matters, tax and VAT. He has a particular interest in community land trusts and local co-operatives, and works with a range of theatres, museums and galleries and across the music and entertainment sector.
For many years he wrote on practice matters for AccountingWEB.co.uk, the UK’s leading website for accountants, and has written several software guides for the ICAEW IT Faculty. He has championed Xero cloud accounts since they launched in the UK and sat on their Xero Partner Advisory Council.
Outside of work he is a keen musician and runs a small music publishing company.
Michele has recently re-joined Burton Sweet as a Private Client Tax Manager and Chartered Tax Advisor after 10 years with other firms in the area where her work included advising clients in a wide range of tax matters including income tax, inheritance tax, trust tax and estate administration matters. Her own personal experience has enabled her to help clients dealing with probate matters following the loss of a loved one. She has also assisted companies and directors with tax planning, company re-organisation and extraction of profits.
Michele uses her 30 + years tax of knowledge and experience to assist each client to meet their tax obligations while working to achieve their aspirations and goals.
Her strengths are in looking at the ‘bigger picture’, as well as the care she gives every case and every query. Client service means everything to her!
Michele first joined our firm in 1997 as an account assistant and member of the AAT. She joined the ATT in 1999 and in 2001 passed the CIOT exams to become a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser.
Outside the office she loves being a grandma of 5 grandchildren. She reads a lot and has volunteered to help at the local nursing home in her home town. In the last 4 years she has completed two of her bucket list goals; travelling to New Zealand to visit the beautiful places where the Lord of the Rings was filmed and taking the whole family to Lapland to see Father Christmas and the Northern Lights. She also loves champagne which could be to do with the fact that she is French and was born in the Champagne region.
Ed qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a Big Four audit practice, and has extensive and varied experience and a thorough knowledge of the sector. He joined Burton Sweet in 2007.
He loves working with charities and civil society organisations!
Ed holds the respected ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting having gained this qualification by demonstrating to the ICAEW his experience and ability in dealing with complex issues around accounting, reporting, tax, governance, fundraising and external scrutiny.
In a personal capacity, he is a Trustee and active volunteer with four local charities, including a large group of churches, a charity seeking to mobilise people to care for their local communities and a charity engaged in the financial support of overseas orphans and widows. Ed is a voluntary senior leader and the Treasurer of Woodlands Group of Churches alongside his part time role at Burton Sweet.
Ed is a regular speaker at charity training events, including being keynote speaker at a recent series of charity finance and governance events and webinars for the Certified Institute of Management Accountants.
Ed works with the team to provide technical input and support as well as offering a range of training and consultancy services to the charity sector.
Cecile is a charity and civil society legal specialist. She advises charities, social enterprises, CICs and other organisations operating in the impact economy and civil society, supporting them with practical guidance on how to work effectively within relevant parameters. Her areas of expertise include charity and company law, the regulation, legal administration and governance of organisations, constitutions and trading activities.
Clients include faith-based groups, churches and other places of worship, museums, arts and cultural organisations, international development organisations, heritage charities, medical and scientific organisations, professional bodies, educational charities, sports and recreational grounds charities, community and village halls, social welfare and family support charities, community transport organisations, organisations supporting those with disabilities and life-limiting conditions, community amateur sports clubs and community interest companies.
“I have known Cecile for a number of years and could not think of anyone better to support us. Cecile is a joy to work with and her knowledge base on Charities, Charity Law and practical set up is absolutely outstanding. She has been fantastic, pragmatic, approachable, and easily contactable throughout our process and I would not hesitate to recommend her highly enough. She is such a great person, a lovely positive attitude, well connected, a mine of information and what is most important, does not explain in complicated terms but she makes sure information is relevant, easily understandable and given in a practical context.” Vanessa Moon, Chair, Insane Root Theatre CIO
Cecile also writes for journals and publications, helps develop and review best practice guidance and serves on working parties commenting in proposed legal reforms and developments. She has a number of published titles including ‘Charity Checklists’ and ‘How to Run a Charity’. She also leads training and development activities for boards, staff and volunteers.
Cecile is a member of the Charity Law Association. She has helped develop and deliver a number of governance events for the Chartered Institute of Governance and is co-tutor for the Institute’s Certificate in Charity Law and Governance.
Besides charities, Cecile’s other enthusiasms range from wildlife and birding to churches and cathedrals, classical and church music – and steam locomotives!
Paul has been a member of Burton Sweet for over 8 years. He joined the firm as a trainee, having achieved a first-class degree in finance and accounting management which involved a year long placement with Burton Sweet, and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2017.
As an Accounts and Audit Manager he works with more than 90 clients. He enjoys supporting charities with the many challenges they face and allows them to focus on the delivery of activities. Principally involved in independent examinations and audit his wide range of expertise include faith-based organisations, arts and culture, social welfare, environmental and many more.
Paul likes to provide high-quality service by getting to know and forging good working relationships with his clients. He enjoys meeting people with a passion for their charity and seeing the positive impact that it can make.
When not watching sport, outside of work Paul volunteers as a youth leader and likes to travel the world.
Josi qualified as a chartered certified accountant in 2006 and joined the Burton Sweet team as an Audit and Accounts Senior in 2016, after having previously held positions at both regional and national practices.
In 2018, she was made Audit and Accounts Manager and now looks after a portfolio of clients made up of audit clients, smaller limited companies, not for profit organisations and charities.
The charity sector is where she has a particular interest with approximately 50% of her portfolio consisting of charity and not for profit organisations who are subject to both independent examination and audit. She is particularly passionate about the sector and takes great pride in getting to know charity trustees and finance team members and creating long lasting relationships, which allows her to carry out proactive support to the specific requirements of each charity.
Outside of the office, most of her time is taken up looking after her family, but if she does get a spare moment, she enjoys kickboxing and meeting with friends. She loves to travel and her bucket list includes visiting all seven continents, of which she has currently achieved four.