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Our Team of Experts

Chartered Accountants and Tax Specialists

carl bayley
Carl Bayley, BSc ACA. Carl is Taxcafe's Editor and author of some of our most popular tax guides. A regular speaker on tax matters, he was recently invited to talk to over 450 people at the latest Property Investor Show. Carl is also a regular contributor to TV programmes such as the BBC's It's Your Money programme and national newspaper articles on tax matters. He was recently appointed to the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
david collier
David Collier CA CTA. David is tax partner at French Duncan, one of Scotland's largest and most prestigious firms of chartered accountants. His firm was recently appointed as financial adviser to the Edinburgh International Festival. He and his team have wide experience in all areas of UK tax.
john shearer
John Shearer AIIT. John has very wide experience in VAT having worked in Customs and Excise for almost 20 years. Since 1995 he has worked in the accountancy profession for national and international firms including Coopers & Lybrand, PWC, WJB Chiltern and Francis Clark. John has advised in all sections of business and in respect of charities, educational bodies, estate management, international transport and in the public sector and is now an independent VAT consultant.
james smith
James Smith BSc FCA. James is the author of several guides for small business owners and private individuals. He originally trained with KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms in the country, and now runs his own accounting practice based in Oxfordshire dealing predominantly with owner managed businesses and property tax.
chris field
Christopher Field FCCA. Chris is a Chartered Certified Accountant living in Surrey. He qualified in 1988 and set up his own accountancy practice, Acumen Accounting, in 2000. He specialises in tax planning and compliance work for small companies and is a regular contributor to Taxcafe’s Business Tax Saver newsletter.


Management and Web Development Team



Nick founded in 1999 and is the company's Managing Director. He came to the UK in 1994 to complete a masters degree and PhD in economics at the University of Glasgow. Prior to that he was editor of Tax Breaks and Personal Finance, South Africa's best-known financial advice publications.


Aileen founded with Nick in 1999. She obtained a doctorate in art history from the University of Aberdeen and following a career in art consultancy completed a PgDip in Multimedia.


Gordon is Taxcafe's lead web designer. He is responsible for the design and maintenance of our websites and helping Nick develop the business.