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Our founder: David Turnbull

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The UK200Group of independent quality assured accountancy and legal firms was founded by David Turnbull, who David Turnbullpassed away in June 2011, aged 67.

Recognising the benefits in bringing like-minded independent firms together to share best practice and expertise, he established the UK200Group in 1986. Today, the mutual association continues to provide members with access to an association of member firms across the UK and overseas, as well as the UK200Group's specialist panels of experts.

Prior to this, he founded the International Association of Practising Accountants (IAPA) in 1979 as a means of encouraging small and medium-sized accountancy firms wanting to conduct international business.

Born in Derbyshire and educated in Yorkshire, David's passion for accountancy came at an early age thanks to his paternal grandfather, John Rutherford Turnbull, a senior partner at Milne, Gregg & Turnbull. David's own father, a Spitfire pilot, had gone missing on operations over northern Europe, just before the end of World War Two, one month after David was born.

David's many interests included cricket and jazz music, with his talents as a pianist seeing him performing for guests at a top Hong Kong hotel. In London, he played a leading role in the exclusive East India Club, serving on its committee for 12 years, including three years as chairman.

Travel was another of David's passions, having heard tales of his uncle Colin Turnbull's adventures in Africa. After training and practising at the family accountancy firm, David would later work in industry for Securicor in Kenya and Zambia. This period is thought to have inspired his founding of the IAPA.

On returning from Africa, David was offered a junior partnership at his grandfather's firm, but decided instead to set up on his own. One of his early significant assignments was a project for the World Bank, involving numerous trips to Yemen and Rome.

UK200Group president at the time of David's death Colin Howe said: "David was both the founder and the inspiration of the UK200Group. He had the vision to recognise what was needed in the UK accountancy profession back in the 1980s and the passion and commitment to turn this vision into a reality."

"He was an exceptional leader and highly respected by all who knew him, not least for his enthusiasm for driving the profession forward."

"His legacy is the continuing growith of the UK200Group, as we welcome new members and expand into new specialist areas."

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