Accountant dies on Channel swim

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John Stokdyk
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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."


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15th Jul 2013 17:48

what a shame

why didnt she get help earlier?

EDIT i see that her brother was a paramedic and did everything he could in the situation.

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15th Jul 2013 18:38

... such a tragedy...

I had the pleasure of knowing Susan personally and was stunned when I heard this today - such a tragic loss of life...

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17th Jul 2013 11:38

Tragic Shame

I did not know her personally but certainly picked up an element of her personality and drive via her LinkedIn comments and postings

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17th Jul 2013 11:42

May her soul rest in peace. Amen. I have learnt a lot from her through her various postings on social media. 

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17th Jul 2013 12:38

So very sad

I did not know her, but I should have like to. My thoughts go to her family and friends. There only consolation maybe is that she died doing something she believed in. she gave her life for someone else, there is no greater sacrifice.. RIP

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17th Jul 2013 12:47

I knew her

I met Susan during her brief stint at AVN. This is very sad news. Condolences to her family and friends.

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By ghewitt
18th Jul 2013 10:28


Never die; they just close the books.

I didn't know her but I am sure she touched the lives of those who did in a positive way.

If we can help with just the smallest thing in another persons life for the better then our life has not been in vain, however long or short it is.

From what I have read she succeeded in doing that for many people.


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24th Jul 2013 06:34

The world is much poorer

I have only just returned from holiday, but this news is so tragically sad. Susan was such a dynamic, energetic and passionate person who really wanted to make a difference. The world is much poorer for her passing.

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