Audit and Accounts
Background and experience
Simon trained and qualified with a top 20 central London practice. He worked in the audit department on larger quoted and international businesses, Lloyds syndicates and shipping companies. Simon then became a partner in a west end practice where he gained many years’ experience managing a portfolio of more complex audit clients including international public companies, lawyers, insurance brokers and investment businesses. In 1982 he started his own practice.
In 2001 he founded Wellden Turnbull with Robin. Together they have developed the firm to be regarded as one of the leading technical firms in Surrey and the south east. The firm punches above its weight and is renowned for finding solutions for more complex matters that would normally be carried out by larger central London firms.
Simon sees himself as a general practitioner. He has looked after clients of all shapes and sizes and has helped clients buy, sell and develop their businesses. He enjoys helping clients grow their businesses and with his years of experience to draw on he has helped many of them become very wealthy.
One notable success is the start-up of Furniture Village plc. which 25 or more years ago was formed with Simon’s help producing business plans to raise the finance needed to open the first few stores. For many years he produced the management accounts.
Simon is one of the firm’s senior statutory auditors. Because of this work clients ask him to help them with management issues, staffing and business planning or maybe just a referral to another local professional.
Since the Institute of Chartered Accountants became authorised to carry on probate work, Simon has developed the probate department. He looks after probate work arising from the firm’s clients. Many clients have named him and the firm as one of the executors in their wills.
Wellden Turnbull carries out alternative dispute mediation (ADR) for mainly financial and matrimonial matters. Simon is a trained ADR mediator.
Away from the office
Simon is a governor of the Royal Marsden Hospital and he has taken part and raised funds in the Marsden March. Over the year Simon has been a member of the Leatherhead round table where he became both chairman and president. The round table under Simon’s chair supported many local charities raising money to help the needy in the local community.