Alex Spofforth BA FCA
Alex, who served on the South East Technical Advisory Committee for 12 years, represents the South East on the Council of ICAEW and advises clients on sustainable business strategies.
INSTITUTE CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS ENGLAND & WALES (ICAEW)
The ICAEW sustainability committee is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the institute's strategy and policies on sustainability.
RIGHT: Mark Spofforth likes to claim that he is the product of a chartered accountant genetic breeding programme. The incoming ICAEW president is the third generation of a family that has produced eight chartered accountants and given its name to the Sussex firm that today boasts nearly 200 staff and partners. Both grandfathers were chartered accountants and it was his paternal grandfather, Stanley, who started the family firm back in the 1940s. Stanley’s three sons – one of whom was Mark’s father – followed him into the company. Now Mark, his brother Alex and cousin Richard are in charge. Mark’s sister, Joanna, who is a member of the ATT, also works in the business as a tax manager. LEFT: Gemma Spofforth in Rome 2009.
Gemma Spofforth retired at the age of 24 to become a Florida 'gator' in September 2012. Gemma is quoted as saying that she: 'cannot top' the experiences she has had in her career.' The 100 metre backstroke world record holder finished fifth in the event at this summer's Olympic Games. Spofforth, who lost her mother Lesley to cancer in 2007, said: 'I have had a very turbulent career and I feel that I cannot top a home crowd in London or a world record in Rome (in 2009).' 'I've started a new life. I'd like to work with under-privileged kids who need that structure in their lives, who need sport or something like that in their lives.'
ECONOMIA MAY 2012
Chartered accountancy wasn’t the career the young Mark Spofforth, or indeed his brother, had in mind. But his father invited the boys when they were 16 or 17 to spend the summer working in the office to earn some cash. Mark is quoted as saying:
“Instead of putting us in some corner and making us do bank reconciliations, he put us in his office so we could watch clients coming and going,” says Spofforth. “I realised accountancy is not about numbers at all. It’s about solving problems. So suddenly it became an interesting option. That’s probably why both of us ended up becoming chartered accountants.”
“There is a need to reinforce that trust more regularly now. People no longer trust you because of what you’ve done in the past, but because of what your present actions are. That’s really important because what lies at the root of everything from auditing to preparing a set of accounts is whether or not you trust what you are being told."
The Spofforths are now beginning to populate the Institute: Alex joins the ICAEW council this month in time to see his brother take office, while Peter is keen to join the corporate finance faculty. And you won’t be able to miss them. If a chartered accountancy gene runs rampant in the family, so too does one for tallness.
The inventor who persuaded Don Wales to enter the LSR arena in 1991. In this picture from 1993, Nelson Kruschandl is happily promoting the Bluebird Electric 1 (BE1) seen in the Autocar & Motor magazine August 25th edition. Nelson was frequently mistaken for a member of the Campbell family. Not unsurprisingly, since he is part Scottish but from the Hunter rather than the Campbell Clan. Don't let his name fool you, his family were colonials at one time, roving India and Africa as farmers and engineers.
BLUEBIRD ELECTRIC LTD & DON WALES
Alex Spofforth came to work for Don Wales (a friend from his days at Eastbourne College) and Bluebird Electric Limited in 1997, indeed, he was instrumental in setting up the company for Don and Nelson Kruschandl, the inventor, on whose patent battery cartridge exchange system the BE1 and BE2 land speed record cars were based.
This beautiful electric car was designed and built by Kruschandl in 1997. It featured his patented battery cartridge exchange system using four of the pneumatic servos that were tried and tested in the BE1 above. It is painted a proper bluebird blue which proved to be troublesome with insects taking a shine to the color, a phenomenon still unexplained. The car held the potential to raise the LSR well above 300 mph before Ohio State University even got a look in with their Buckeye Bullet - as per a presentation that Kruschandl and Neil Carr-Jones gave to a board of directors for one of Sir Terence Conran's companies in old London town. The car above was built at workshops in what is now Herstmonceux Museum, an early electricity generating station that since 2001 has been on a monument protection programme with English Heritage.
“We have been handling Don’s accounts for many years and also follow his success in the driving seat. He is an ambitious individual and never afraid to take on a challenge. It was fantastic to watch him in action at Pendine Sands and the atmosphere was wonderful. Don puts his heart into every record attempt and was delighted with the result on Saturday”.
After months of preparation Don Wales only just raised the land speed record for lawnmowers by 6 mph to 86 mph on Saturday 22nd May 2010. The event at Pendine Sands in Wales was attended by Alex Spofforth and a crowd of spectators. Bob Cleveland, the previous record holder, was also there to see his record beaten. Honda later raised the record to 116 mph in 2014, trouncing the previous records with a convincing 30 mph increase. It's a bit of fun maybe, but what on earth a Campbell family member is doing racing grass cutting machines is beyond us. There are more important records to work on. Straying like this detracts from the main event(s) and potentially sends the wrong signals to sponsors.
JUNE 2013 - This shell for a proposed Formula E racing car was on display outside the The Theatre Royal Haymarket. It was a real attention getter, but for all the wrong reasons - it's got to be the ugliest racing car concept that we've seen. The mock-up was billed as the new Bluebird GTL Formula E prototype, an electric circuit racing car. This unfriendly looking 'Batmobile,' styled design was on display with Sir Malcolm Campbell's record breaking K3 Boat (owned by Karl Foulkes-Halbard) his Sunbeam 350 LSR car (owned by the National Motor Museum) and other vehicles as part of a centenary celebration of Campbell record breaking. Sir Malcolm famously named his Sunbeam racer "Blue Bird" having seen Maurice Maeterlinck's play at the Theatre Royal. Alex Spofforth (Don’s accountant) had helped him in previous land speed record breaking attempts and was onboard (hoping) for what looked to be a promising venture, but it never materialized. We suppose the looks of this car and Joe's crash in 2011 had something to do with that. Why on earth this vehicle was not painted blue, and a bit more business like in its design escapes us. The team soon abandoned this concept, but was it too little too late? NOTE: The above car did/does not feature the Bluebird™ cartridge recharging system and has nothing to do with the systems or vehicles being developed by BMS.
Spofforths is a leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants based in Sussex, England. They have offices in:
* Storrington and
The firm has eighteen partners and/or directors who are supported by more than one hundred and eighty staff members. They claim to be able to provide an exemplary level of service to their clients. They are an established family firm who are registered to carry on audit work and are regulated for a range of investment business activities by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
WHAT IS ACCOUNTING?
Accounting, or accountancy, is the measurement, processing and communication of financial information about economic entities. It turns bean counting into a science with substantial rewards for those doing the counting.
Accounting, which has been called the "language of business", measures the results of an organization's economic activities and conveys this information to a variety of users including investors, creditors, management, and regulators. Practitioners of accounting are known as accountants. The terms accounting and financial reporting are often used as synonyms.
Although financial accounting produces past-oriented reports, it is based on generally accepted accounting principles and generally accepted accounting practices compliant with International Financial Reporting Standards/US GAAP. In order to prepare the financial accounts/reports an entity has to comply with these GAAPs and gaaps. Which of these accounting practices and principles the board of directors choose at the start of the financial period and whatever changes in these generally accepted accounting principles and practices are implemented during the accounting period, affect the entity´s economy and affect the financial accounts (financial reports) prepared at the end of the financial period. When all entities implement the same change during the financial year as required by
IFRS/US GAAP, then that affects the entire economy.
Thus, the financial behaviour of a company that should have contributed to
another entity, who maybe is involved with environmental research, may
have a significant negative effect on sustainability.
The world's fastest electric circuit racers will surely be looking for a system to recharge batteries instantly during pit stops. The Ecostar DC50 above incorporates the patent Bluebird™ instant energy transfer system - allowing EV refueling for road cars in around 60 seconds - with a theoretical 10 seconds being possible in a further developed form. Get your free developer License from Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd. The blue bird legend continues with the first road car to bear the mark. To date only Team Speedace are licensed to use this technology for the Cannonball Jogle event planned for June of 2015. Click on the car drawing to learn more. NOTE: This original vehicle design and/or project, is not connected in any way with either Alex Spofforth, Martin Rees or Don Wales or any of their companies.
The Bluebird World Cup trophy is for the Cannonball ZEV International series of events set for 2015. These events are free to enter for the enlightenment of politicians and to encourage utilities to install the infrastructure necessary for mass adoption of EVs. Please note: that there is no connection between this BMS commissioned trophy and the trophy proposed for the advertised Rockingham events.
LINKS & REFERENCE
Don Joseph Wales http://ginacampbellqso.com/campbell-dynasty/don-joseph-wales/
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