Meet the Murray Taylor Team

Just to reinforce the fact that we have a human side, here are the faces to match the names of our team:

  • Tom Murray

    Tom Murray

    Tom Murray

    Director

    Location

    Montrose

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    My specialist knowledge:

    I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and am a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. I have knowledge of accountancy and tax, together with great experience of business, which I can use to help you increase profits, lower your tax bill and assist you to keep more of what you earn. Initially, I need to know what your goals are – what do you want to achieve and where do you see yourself in 5 years time. Once this vision has been identified, I will work with you and will set up systems that will help turn your numbers into knowledge and guide you towards the development of your personal and business strategies.

    What I do at Murray Taylor?

    My role within the firm is to meet entrepreneurial clients and help them to take their business forward into the future to achieve their projected goals. I am heavily involved in networking with other prospective clients to educate them how the directors of Murray Taylor can assist with advice, which can increase profitability and save tax. I enjoy working with the farming community and the hospitality industry.

    More about me:

    After qualifying in 1976 I worked as a management accountant for a packaging plc, a financial accountant for a firm of stevedores, company secretary for two entrepreneurs who owned businesses involved in potato growing and exporting, farming, agricultural machinery dealing and .hoteliers.

    Thereafter, I set up Murray Taylor with my partner Steve Taylor in 1990.

    I live with my beautiful wife Joan and have four children and five grandchildren (so far). Although I played a lot of rugby in my life, I am a Director of Montrose Football Club and am heavily involved in a couple of local drama groups.

    I also believe that business has to be conducted with a good sense of humour.

  • Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Director

    Location

    Montrose

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    My specialist knowledge:

    I am a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. I have a detailed knowledge of taxation and use this in tax planning strategies, which can assist you in retaining more of your hard earned profits. I am in regular correspondence with specialist offices of HMRC and use my experience of dealing with them to gain advance clearance from HMRC for some of our tax planning. I believe that all clients of Murray Taylor need to be informed of technical changes to taxation, which could affect their planning. I also believe that our clients need to be informed of all tax strategies that are available to them.

    What I do at Murray Taylor?

    I head up the tax planning team. Yes we deal with necessary compliance work but we won’t just prepare your tax return. I work with many talented people on my team and encourage them to develop their ideas for providing tax solutions to problems. We have retained the vast majority of trainees who have qualified with us and what gives me great pleasure is when one of them comes up with an idea that I would have been proud off.

    I am also heavily involved with health care professionals; we act for many GP Doctor surgeries, Dentists, Opticians and Vets. With my partner Louise Sim and our talented Health Care Team we ensure that our clients in this specialised area are well advised on matters that directly effect them.

    More about me:

    I am married to Lynn, have four daughters and six grandchildren who keep me busy and entertained. I am a volunteer worker for Yorkhill Children's Charity and along with family and friends recently raised £6,000 for the hospital at a sponsored go karting event. As well as my family my interests, some would say addiction, are Dundee Football Club and Skiing. I regularly travel Scotland to watch the dark blues and recently joined NASTAR which is a ski training and racing organisation in the USA and Canada. I am also keen on rock music and have enjoyed the experience of attending a concert in Norway performed by the original members of Black Sabbath.

  • Robert Sim

    Robert Sim

    Robert Sim

    Director

    Location

    Montrose

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    My specialist knowledge:

    I am a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. I have an excellent knowledge of accountancy, audit and tax requirements. I can therefore help fulfil the compliance needs of any business, from day to day bookkeeping to preparation of accounts and tax returns. My main area of expertise is dealing with charity and audit client, so I can assist where necessary to help improving internal reporting systems and reducing tax liabilities.

    What I do at Murray Taylor?

    My role within the firm is to oversee all the firms’ compliance work, from general accountancy needs, personal and corporation tax liability calculations, for small businesses, carrying out audit of small and medium sized enterprises and charities. I thoroughly enjoy meeting client to discuss their business needs as the more I can find out you and your business the better placed I am to assist to help fulfil the potential of your business.

    I am also heavily involved with health care professionals; we act for many GP Doctor surgeries, Dentists, Opticians and Vets. With my partner Louise Sim and our talented Health Care Team we ensure that our clients in this specialised area are well advised on matters that directly effect them.

    More about me:

    After qualifying in 2000, I continued to work for a medium sized accountancy practice until August 2004. When I joined Murray Taylor. Since joining Murray Taylor, I worked up the ranks and became partner in April 2007.

    I live with my wife Louise, and son Rhys. I enjoy following football. I am a Director of Arbroath Football Club and an armchair supporter of Aberdeen Football Club. I also enjoy playing golf.

  • Louise Sim

    Louise Sim

    Louise Sim

    Director

    Location

    Arbroath

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    My specialist knowledge:

    I am a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and along with Steve Taylor, a fellow director, head up our talented Health Care Team. We act for many health care professionals - General practitioners, dentists, opticians and veterinary practitioners - assisting them with all matters that directly affect them as individuals and also their practices.

    What I do at Murray Taylor?

    I joined Murray Taylor in March 2005 as a manager and was involved in the opening of our Arbroath office in May of that year. I was promoted to partner in 2010 and am still based in Arbroath. My role within the office is to assist a wide range of clients with their statutory obligations and advise them on tax planning initiatives available to them.

    I also look after the HR of the firm, and am involved in training and recruiting.

    I am also heavily involved with health care professionals; we act for many GP Doctor surgeries, Dentists, Opticians and Vets. With our talented Health Care Team we ensure that our clients in this specialised area are well advised on matters that directly affect them.

    More about me:

    I completed my ACCA training and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2006.

    I am married to Robert, and have one son, Rhys. My pastimes include swimming, reading and supporting Dundee Football Club. I support Edinburgh Sick Kid’s Hospital and recently completed a swim in the cold waters of Loch Lomond to raise £1,750 for them. The experience taught me that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. Watch this space for some other new and exciting ways that you can help me raise more for this wonderful hospital.

  • Andrew Stirling

    Andrew Stirling

    Andrew Stirling

    Practice Manager

    Location

    Montrose

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    My specialist knowledge:

    I am a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. I have a good knowledge of accounts and tax and as such spend a large part of my time ensuring that compliance work for our clients is carried out in accordance with all filing deadlines and to the required standards. We are not simply a firm that carries out compliance work however, and therefore with all work I also aim to identify tax saving opportunities for our clients where possible. I also enjoy working with our clients to offer general business advice when required.

    What I do at Murray Taylor?

    My main role involves taking care of a portfolio of our clients, which means working with our accounts team to ensure all work is carried out to the highest standards and in the most time efficient manner as possible. I am therefore heavily involved in the day-to-day training and guidance for our trainee and senior accountants. Although dealing with a wide range of different business sectors, I work with a large number of farming, construction related and offshore industry clients.

    More about me:

    From a young age, I enjoyed working with numbers and decided in my early teens that my career of choice would ideally be as an Accountant. This was reinforced following a weeklong spell of work experience during my fourth year at Montrose Academy, which was carried out at Murray Taylor.

    Upon leaving the Academy after sixth year in 2002, I applied for and was offered the position of Trainee Accountant with Murray Taylor. Since then, I have progressed through the firm as a trainee, senior accounts assistant and finally as a manager. Along the way, I achieved my certified accountancy qualification and can gladly say my days of sitting exams are firmly in the past!

    I have a passion for football and tennis, including playing, watching on television and in particular regularly attending. A couple of highlights to date include attending the Wimbledon Ladies’ Finals day in 2012 and in particular I have seen Andy Murray play several times, including at Roland Garros in Paris, also in 2012

  • Graham Parker

    Graham Parker

    Graham Parker

    Manager

    Location

    Arbroath

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    My specialist knowledge:

    I am a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants having qualified in 2013. I have knowledge of accountancy and tax, and specialise in the Medical Profession. As part of the Murray Taylor Medical Team, I am involved in the preparation of Doctor Surgery Financial Statements, preparing National Insurance calculations and Superannuation forms for Practitioner services. In addition, I deal with the self-assessment tax returns for Surgery GPs, retired GPs and Locums and am able to advise on future superannuation payments and square-ups.

    What I do at Murray Taylor?

    As the Manager in the Arbroath office, my role within the firm is to ensure the smooth running of the compliance and bookkeeping departments and will be the main point of contact for clients. This includes managing the preparation of Financial statements, Management Accounts, VAT returns, Payroll, Self-assessment Tax Returns and Corporate Tax Return for a wide range of Limited Companies, Partnership’s, Sole Trades and Tax only clients. As a training firm, I am also responsible for ensuring staff are given on the job training.

    More about me:

    I started at Murray Taylor in 2006 as a trainee and worked my way up to Manager following my ACCA qualification in 2013. As a football fan, I enjoy playing weekly and as an Arbroath Football Club season ticket holder, watching my team play on a Saturday afternoon. For relaxation, I am keen reader and like to relax with my kindle. I live locally in Arbroath with my wife, Carrie-ann.

If we sound like the sort of accountants you’d like to work with, we’d love to hear from you. For an informal, no-obligation chat about how we can help you and your business, contact us or call now on 01674 672555.