Accountant Susan Taylor ACA died near the French coast yesterday afternoon while attempting to swim the Channel for charity.
According to the BBC, Taylor got into difficulty around 5:30pm not far from Boulogne. She was initially treated in a support boat and then airlifted to hospital, where she died.
Having trained with Integra Accounting Limited (formerly Knight Arnold Wall), Taylor moved on to Mayfield & Co in 2006 where she took on a practice management role. She then left to become a client manager at Midlands firm Stewart Fletcher & Barrett for three years. Since 2007, she also worked as a practitioner in her own right as Ripple Accountancy Services. As she put in her LinkedIn profile, “I'm no dull accountant and provide hassle free accountancy solutions…”
She added that her speciality was “positive thinking” and a “get things done” attitude, always with a smile.
A client, Vick Hart, recommended her, saying: “I really appreciated Susan's help and knowledge when I was looking at expanding my business. Her advice helped me to make an informed decision, that is still, months later, the right one. She has a great knowledge of accountancy and is personable and extremely pleasant to work with.”
In recent years, she also became an assiduous networker, partly a result of her involvement with AVN, but also through her work as secretary/treasurer for the Hinkley branch of BNI and her efforts for the past two years as an ambassador for Rainbows Hospice. She was also a member of AccountingWEB’s LinkedIn group and has many, many common connections among our members.
Her Create a Ripple Channel swim was to raise money for both Rainbows and Diabetes UK - more details are available via the link.
As part of her preparation for the task, Taylor took part in relay swim across the Channel with five other swimmers last August, during which she confessed she had to battle her fears of the sea.
Susan Taylor was a true representative of the younger, dynamic tendency that has risen up to challenge many of the profession’s fusty stereotypes, so it is particularly sad that she will not be around to continue challenging those assumptions with her enthusiasm and “just do it” approach to life.
Our sympathies go to her family, friends, colleagues and professional acquaintances.
While asking for privacy while they come to terms with what happened, her family posted on the Raise a Ripple Facebook page, "If you would like to leave a sign of respect please feel free to donate to her fund raising page."