The Parish Council would like to welcome and introduce Simon Schofield on to the Parish Council.
My working background has been specialised in international taxation and tax law for almost 30 years working for major accountancy firms (Ernst & Young, Deloitte) and multinationals (Samsung, Huawei, GE Capital) in London, Paris and elsewhere although have also held roles as a financial controller and covering internal audit as well. I’ve also acted as a private sector representative to the World Customs Organisation and worked with various trade associations on EU and OECD direct and indirect tax matters. I currently have a voluntary role with an international trade association based in the US specialising in e-commerce trade matters although that is likely to cease in the coming months.
My professional qualifications were as a Chartered Accountant (1997) and Chartered Tax Advisor (1994) which I held until my retirement two years ago (and graduated with a Mathematics degree from Emmanuel College in Cambridge back in 1991) As a result the areas where I hope to make a contribution are in relation to finance, governance and risk management and am familiar with poring through complex legislation that may be of assistance in planning and other matters.
I moved into Normandy now almost 10 years ago in November 2013 from Ealing although grew up on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire which gave me an appreciation for green spaces and rural life. Since retirement, there has been much more of a desire to contribute to village/town life hence the decision to apply for the Parish Council. However I recognise there will be a lot to learn in the coming months on local authority matters but have always been a great believer in lifelong learning and look forward to the challenge!