Jean Jesty

The Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers

Jean Jesty Obituary

1952 - 2018

Jean was a Founder Member of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers, joining the Court in 2013.  She joined its Charities committee in 2010, becoming secretary a year later, and her encyclopedic knowledge of previous discussions of the Charities committee proved invaluable to its chairmen!  She was involved in the Lord Mayor’s Show every time that the Tax Advisers entered a float.

Jean was born on 3 August 1952 in Aberystwyth.  In 1974, she graduated from the University of York with a BA in Linguistics, specialising in French and Hindi, before following her father into the Inland Revenue.  After completing the Inspector training, she moved into the tax profession, working for Robson Rhodes in Bradford and Price Waterhouse in Leeds.  Moving  to York, she worked for Calvert Smith and then JWPCreers, one of the largest chartered accountancy practices in the York area, where she was a tax partner for many years, specialising in family businesses and VAT.

Jean qualified as a Tax Adviser in 1987 and joined the Leeds branch committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIoT), where she served for 15 years including one as Chairman.

Jean was invited to join the Councils of the two tax professional bodies, the CIoT and the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT), in the mid-1990s, serving, in each case, for the maximum allowable period of 12 years.

Her main interest on CIoT Council was the provision of services to members working in small or medium sized practices.  She was a regular attendee at the members’ training conferences.

She was President of the ATT from 2005 to 2007. Her main achievement was the introduction of the new examination syllabus.  Previously candidates had to demonstrate a broad range of tax knowledge, but were increasingly specialising in particular areas.  Jean led the way to the current system which includes more papers to cater for specialists. 

For many years, Jean was the ATT’s representative on Working Together, an initiative between HMRC and professional bodies to try to ensure the smoother administration of the tax system.  Jean’s approach and dedication greatly enhanced the reputation of the ATT with HMRC.  After she left Council in 2009, she continued to be involved on the Technical and Professional Standards committees and the Finance Steering Group.

She was appointed a trustee of Tax Help in 2012 where she was valued for her knowledge of how the tax institutions work, her popularity with its people and the respect in which they held her.

Most recently she had been involved with the Brigantes, an association for Liverymen who live in the North of England, joining the committee in December 2018.

She was twice Master of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York (including at the time of her death) and organised many of their social events, notably their participation in the York Mystery plays.

Jean brought many qualities to her work.  She was a great volunteer, always willing to help and gave her full commitment to everything she did.  She was a kind and cheerful confidante and mentor, and will be greatly missed.

Richard Geldard 

February 2019