Update for the Accountant in Industry & Commerce - Speaker biographies

Ralph Tiffin BSc FCA AMIMechE


Ralph Tiffin is principal of McLachlan+Tiffin, chartered accountants and registered auditors. Ralph also acts a consultant to many companies in the UK and overseas on subjects ranging from project appraisal, applying IFRS, budgetary control systems through to fraud prevention.

Paul Gee


Paul Gee presents regularly on financial reporting under UK GAAP, full IFRS and Financial Reporting for Medium-sized Entities to accountants in practice and industry and commerce. Paul is a member of the Accounting Council’s UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group.

John Selwood ACA


John Selwood is a Chartered Accountant and independent training consultant, who lectures for major accountancy practices, professional bodies, training companies and publishers. John covers financial reporting, auditing, anti- money laundering and company law. Previously, he has been the technical partner for a top thirty firm of accountants and head of an accountancy network.  John is a member of ICAEWs Audit and Assurance Faculty’s Practitioner Services Board and has been involved with presenting and writing the material for the Audit & Assurance and Financial Reporting Faculty’s Roadshows for a number of years. He also regularly writes for Audit & Beyond and is the author of Core Auditing Standards for Practitioners.

Mark Owen, Solicitor


Mark Owen qualified as a Solicitor in 1987 and joined forces with the Peninsula Group of Companies in 2002, to assist with a wide range of issues associated with their ‘core’ services. Formerly a partner with Weightmans, a top 45 law firm, Mark set up his own firm to offer a specialised service, and since then has dedicated his time and expertise to the needs of the Peninsula Group and its clients.

For the past 16 years Mark has also been exclusively retained by Betfred to advise on legal and regulatory issues affecting its business. During this time Mark has advised on a number of high-profile transactions, including Betfred’s acquisitions of the Tote in 2011, and over 300 shops from Ladbrokes/Coral in 2016/17.Mark also has vast experience as a speaker, trainer and presenter, running workshops and seminars not just for Peninsula Group staff but also for its clients and prospects.

When not at work Mark can be found either exercising his RSPCA rescue Lurcher Tilly, or refereeing on a Saturday, enforcing laws of a different kind on the rugby pitch.

Amanda Chadwick


Based in North Wales - Amanda Chadwick is an experienced and well known speaker, specialising in all areas of employment law, Health & Safety law and employee wellbeing. Amanda has worked as a successful, presenter/broadcaster/ author for over twenty five years advising tens of thousands of business owners with everyday issues in employment and health and safety law, by representing at tribunal, mediating, mentoring, presenting, writing and blogging.

Amanda’s past has involved working in the media, developing KPI’s, driving businesses with personally designed incentive programmes, developing training packages, holding motivational conference’s and keeping business owners updated via her webinars and social media.

Amanda is proud to hold relationships with and speaks for many associations, charities, voluntary organisations, business federations and networking groups. It is with this work that she can be seen hosting award ceremonies, International Women’s day, speaking as an inspirational woman, heard on business radio slots and writing articles for business publications.

Dr Stephen Hill


Dr Stephen Hill, BSc (Hons), MLPI, CIIP, PhD is the Director of Hill Bingham Ltd and expert trainer and consultant with over 18 years’ experience providing services to the private and public sector in fraud (cyber) risk management, data security/protection and internet investigations and open source intelligence. He spent 11 years working for a top national firm of chartered accountants heading the Fraud and Forensic Group, advising clients on prevention, detection and recovery of fraudulent assets, working closely with the police, HMRC and private sector. He is a Trustee Director of Fraud Advisory Panel and chairs their Cybercrime Working Group with colleagues from the public, private, and third sectors. He is an honorary member on the steering committee of the London Fraud Forum, founder of Snowdrop Consulting and a director of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners UK Chapter. He has trained UK and European police forces, the National Crime Agency, Home Office, private-sector fraud units, not-for-profit organisations, and major world banks.

Mark Wearden MSc FCCA FCIS


Mark Wearden delivers consultancy projects through MBS Governance a private strategy consultancy, which he has run for the past 22 years, following 12 years in International Banking as an analyst, and 8 years in Industry as a finance director. 

In addition to his client-focused consultancy, Mark is an experienced Non-Executive Director and an Audit Committee Advisor. He undertakes director and board mentoring, a range of academic work, and delivers public workshops, seminars and lectures for professional bodies, together with ‘in-house’ programmes for client organisations. Mark is the strategy examiner and an assessor for ICSA final level exams, and a member of the judging panel for the ICSA annual reporting awards. He stepped down this year after two years as Chairman of the ACCA Global Forum on Governance, Risk and Performance.

Throughout his career, Mark has worked extensively with directors and senior managers from a wide range of different type and size of organisation, from FTSE 100 down and back again, giving him a challenging insight into the minds of the directors of corporate Britain. Mark specialises in strategic analysis and challenge, aligned with board and director evaluation. Mark’s areas of interest are ‘governance thinking’, ‘risk and reporting’, ‘financial analysis’, ‘supply chain challenge’ and exploring the dichotomy that frequently exists between theory and practice. 

Colin Walker, Tax Consultant


Colin Walker began to specialise in tax in 1985 shortly after qualifying as a chartered accountant. He qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser a couple of years later and was a founder member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners.

He has previously been a tax partner with two leading UK accountancy firms and also spent several years as a partner in a specialist tax consultancy firm advising successful owner-managed businesses across the UK.

Colin joined CronerTaxwise in 2016 and is currently playing a major role helping expand the tax consultancy business. The consultancy team provides advice on a huge range of tax topics to a growing client list which includes 4,500+ accountancy firms.

Neil Tipping, Senior Tax Consultant


Neil Tipping is one of the Senior Tax Consultants on a multi-disciplinary team dealing with Full and Aspect CT and IT enquiries, all aspects of Employment Taxes enquiries including National Minimum Wage and written technical consultancy. Neil has worked in tax for over 33 years, starting in Customs and Excise and transferring over to the Inland Revenue. He has also worked in various practices including Grant Thornton and PWC and currently specialises in technical enquiry work providing either background advice or direct assistance to accountancy clients dealing with HMRC enquiries.