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Carole Alexander FMAAT


It all started after A levels, going into the Inland Revenue, she soon realised that to understand tax calculations you had to understand the accounting processes that were used by industry. Then after two years and a change to Assistant Collector of Taxes, one frequent job was to sit patiently with taxpayers helping them to work out budgets to facilitate payment of their personal tax.

After having James and helping run a pub and a hotel part time, Carole returned to the Civil Service, this time in the Home Office, running a large procurement dept., she gained her RSA bookkeeping exams. Juggling home, young son and work in London did not make for a good home life.

So back in Oxfordshire, Carole ran the purchase ledger in the finance office of a large manufacturing company; she then decided AAT would be a good idea, passing her NVQ4 in 2001 and she then teamed up with Lorna and took the plunge into practice...

Having a farmer for a husband the countryside and the environment are very important to Carole. Weekends are spent in the great outdoors, gardening, walking, cycling and occasionally driving a tractor, but these days that takes a lot of persuasion. Good food also plays a large part in their lives eating fresh and local. When time allows travel to warm winter sun is a must.

Lorna Bennett

After her A levels, Lorna spent a couple of years working in the hospitality industry before going travelling to Australia. After returning to the UK she ventured into the world of banking and mortgages. Veering her career path slightly, Lorna started working for a charity within their financial accounts department. She embarked on her AAT studies, passing her NVQ 4 in 2001, which is when she met Carole.

Whilst pregnant with Ethan, she realised a more flexible working pattern may be required in the years ahead. Following a chance meeting with Carole in 2002, the opportunity arose to work together and the rest as they say is history...

With two very active boys, free time is scarce! Weekends are usually spent venturing to different areas of the county (and beyond!) watching a variety of football and rugby matches. When she is at home Lorna enjoys reading, catching up with friends and family, going to the theatre and long walks with the family dog.