In the list it says 'officer of the armed services- active or retired' which seems to imply that the other professions should be 'active'...any thoughts? many thanks
you can try contacting the home office to check if they would accept a retired accountant.
We were lucky in that we had a friend who is a 'civil servant' and was able to be our "professional" referee for my wife's Citizenship application. Otherwise, like a lot of people, we would have had no one else on the list that we knew!
I did call the below on other matters regarding the citizenship process, and did get some guidance, so hopefully they will be able to assist with your question.
Citizenship and nationality enquiries: email@example.com
Telephone: 0300 123 2253
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:45pm
Friday, 9am to 4:30pm