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Profile/History

The practice was founded by Grahame Scofield in 1978 in Hounslow, Middlesex. Prior to that Grahame had gained considerable accounting experience in industry. In the early days the practice served clients in the manufactory, construction, IT and farming sectors. In 1980 the firm moved to Balcombe to serve the needs of the above sectors plus a growing client base in the not-for-profit sector. The move to its current location near Horsham was triggered by the move of one of its larger clients to premises at Roffey Place, next door to the offices in Newhouse Business Centre.

In late 2002, Grahame agreed to share office space with Nick Baldwin who had established his own accounting practice, Baldwin&Co in 2001. The arrangements worked well and the two firms agreed to merge to form Baldwin Scofield&Co on 1st May 2004. This merger has allowed Grahame more time to commit to his duties as International Secretary of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce, and to provide a smooth pathway to his retirement.

Staff biographies

Nick Baldwin

Nick’s early career was spent in Manchester where he specialised in working with owner managed smaller enterprises. He worked with them to gain finance from venture capital organisations and development agencies.

He then spent fifteen years working in Hong Kong for two of the top four firms of accountants, auditing and advising large corporations, including many household names. He also gained significant technical and training experience in their professional practice departments.

Nick returned to the UK in 2000 and built up his own practice working with clients who needed a finance director. During this time he developed further skills used earlier in his career to write business plans and to prepare profit forecasts for funding applications. On merging practices in 2003, Nick turned his attention to auditing many of our charity clients and has built this sector of our practice so that it represents some 30% of our professional fee base.

Nick has been an active Christian throughout his career and has aimed to build good Kingdom principles into his advice and professional expertise. He and his wife are part of the leadership of a new Anglican church initiative in Burgess Hill called, The Point. They have 4 children and live in Cuckfield, West Sussex.

Grahame Scofield

Grahame started in business at the age of 16, over 50 years ago. He was employed in the city in banking and in due course was made Associate of the Institute of Bankers. He later served in the Royal Air Force as a radar navigator on fast jets. During this time he developed an interest in accounting and worked for his professional examinations. On release he joined a city firm of Chartered Accountants as audit manager. He was head-hunted to a job as Financial Controller in an engineering manufacturing company. This gave him an opportunity for practical application of the examination theory. He went on to qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Secretary.

A late call to renew his Christian commitment led him to move away from commerce into the realm of the professional accountant. He spent two years under training before establishing his own practice. His aim was always to be to provide sufficient time and capacity to serve not-for-profit organizations, particularly those related to the Christian faith. In 1995 he joined the International Christian Chamber of Commerce, being appointed a Vice-President and International Secretary in 2001. This duty takes him to many lands where he works with Governments and global agencies. Grahame is a widower with two children and four grandchildren, and lives in Felpham, near Bognor Regis