Chris Lloyd  -  Improving financial management for the small farmer

John Oldacre Foundation

A farm workers son, who is lucky enough to have lived on the Welsh borders in beautiful Herefordshire for almost 40 years. Although having a farming background on both sides of my family and having learnt to milk like my Dad, I ended up as much by accident as by design working for a small firm of accountants in Hereford. After more than 25 years, four mergers, one demerger and an office closure, I am still with the same firm and am lucky enough to be able to work from home and work with long standing clients.

My current role is wide ranging from traditional accounts preparation, advising clients on computerising their record keeping, through to providing support for users within the firm on accounts preparation applications and a long term project to introduce a new accounts production application for a national firm with more than 30 offices and 800 users.

Away from work, I have always had an interest in computers and technology and have to restrain myself from buying the latest version of a gadget sometimes. I joined my local Young Farmers Club, Pontrilas, at 14 and enjoyed competing at all levels before going on to serve as County and Area Chairman and at National level and still help out where I can.

I am also proud to be a member of the Council of The Three Counties Agricultural Society and to work as chief tradestand steward at the Society’s main shows.

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