Our experts

Meet the experts behind Croner-i.

We have dedicated teams of authors and content managers in tax, audit, accounting, employment law, and other areas, ensuring your information products are fully up-to-date, comprehensive, and relevant. That includes our internal team of writers and editors, as well as a wide network of external authors and editorial panel members.

Julia Bowyer ACA

Julia Bowyer is the Accounting and Audit Content Manager at Croner-i. Responsible for ensuring our content is relevant, accessible and technically strong, Julia is supported by an expert team of in-house technical authors and specialist external authors.

Before joining Croner-i, Julia was at PwC for 17 years where she had experience of audit, accounting and structuring advice, technical helplines, reviews of listed financial statements and due diligence. With knowledge across company law, UK GAAP and IFRS, her specialist areas include real estate and infrastructure.

Anne Cowley ACA

Anne Cowley is senior technical writer for audit and accountancy at Croner-i. She is author of a wide range of our products such as Preparing Small and Micro Company Accounts, Preparing FRS 102 Company Accounts and Model Accounts (MAC).  She has a wealth of technical knowledge and experience gained from working in ICAEW’s technical advisory service, advising chartered accountants on a wide range of technical and ethical issues, and in Deloitte’s central technical accounting and financial reporting team, where she was one of the firm’s central New UK GAAP specialists. Anne is a member of the ICAEW National Technical Advisory Committee.

Helen MacNeill ACA

Helen MacNeill has worked in a variety of audit-related roles in BDO LLP and as a freelance technical author for Implementing GAAS. At Croner-i she is responsible for Private Company Audit System (PCAS) and other audit programmes, ensuring that technical changes are processed in real-time.

At BDO LLP she was a core member of the technical department where she developed BDO’s audit automation tool and global audit manual. She also authored and delivered technical audit training materials and guidance for the UK audit teams. She has updated Implementing GAAS for the last 6 years for changes in auditing standards and legislation.

Helen is a member of ICAEW’s ISA panel.

Rachel Farris FCA CTA

In her technical writing role at Croner-i, Rachel Farris focuses on disclosure checklists (ICADC) and practice management products such as ELT.

Starting her career in Deloitte’s audit department, she has followed a diverse path that has included working in the tax departments of Deloitte in the UK and PwC in New Zealand, giving her a real breadth of experience and expertise. Before joining Croner-i, Rachel worked in the accounting consulting team of PwC New Zealand, advising on a wide range of technical accounting issues under IFRS, specialising particularly in assets, share-based payments and not-for-profit entities.

James Waller BA (Hons) CA

James Waller is a technical writer for audit and accountancy at Croner-i.

He qualified at Crowe Clark Whitehill in London, where he gained experience in auditing charities and larger corporate organisations.

He also has experience of auditing a range of other clients, from travel agents, property developers, finance traders and manufacturing companies.

He has also worked within industry, working as financial controller for a £5 million turnover business.

David Stein MA

David Stein is the content editor for Company Reporting, which tracks and monitors the application of IFRS and wider reporting practice in published financial statements.

He has an in-depth knowledge of IFRS reporting requirements and extensive analytical skills.

His skills have developed over a more than 15 year career examining accounting practice.


Paul Robbins ACA, CTA

Paul Robbins is the content and innovation manager for Croner-i Tax.

After graduating, Paul worked in the tax departments of two large firms now absorbed into the Big 4 before joining Croner-i as a tax technical writer specialising in corporates. 

At Croner-i he has held various publishing posts whilst also managing the team of in-house tax writers and being lead technical editor on a number of core titles. He is now responsible for the quality and development of the Croner-i tax portfolio.

Stephen Relf Mphil, FCA, CTA

Stephen specialises in the tax affairs of owner-managed businesses. Before joining Croner-i, Stephen was Head of the Technical Team at the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and before that he worked in practice, for PwC, and in industry, for Northern Rock. He continues to be involved with the CIOT as chair of the CIOT's Working Together committee. Stephen combines his role as a tax writer at Croner-i with day-to-day tax work as a director of Applause Accountancy Services Ltd.  

As Lead Technical Writer Stephen helps lead the team of writers.

Sarah Arnold FCA, CTA

Sarah joined Croner-i in 2018 where she is reponsible for the tax news stories in Accountancy Daily and Tax Update and runs the tax legislation and treaty databases. Previously, Sarah worked as a freelance tax writer and tax adviser for a number of years and co-authored Taxation of Partnerships. Sarah trained as a Chartered Accountant initially as an auditor before joining a top 50 London LLP as PA to the senior tax partner. Sarah went on to qualify as a Chartered Tax Adviser and moved back to the North East into a role as Director of Tax for a large independent regional practice before setting up her own tax consultancy specialising in the taxation of sportspersons. Sarah is experienced in advising high net worth individuals on all aspects of personal taxation including utilising trusts and the taxation of estates.

Mark Cawthron, LLB, Solicitor, CTA

Mark is a tax lawyer and was formerly a partner in the City office of law firm Pinsent Masons (and its predecessor firms) from 1990 to 2007 and of the US law firm, Bryan Cave, from 2007 to 2010. He has wide experience of the corporate and business tax fields: M&A, corporate finance and restructurings; private equity; real estate investment and development; employee share incentives; employment arrangements and their termination; handling disputes with tax authorities. Mark writes tax commentary for Croner-i on residence and domicile, employee shares, real estate taxation, and double taxation, as well as authoring feature articles on a range of topics.

Julie Clift BA (Hons), CTA

Julie has significant Big Four international and UK practice experience having worked at Arthur Andersen in their UK-US Expatriate team, Ernst & Young’s Entertainment and Media Group and Deloitte and Touche’s Tax Policy Group.

She was also Deputy Editor of The Tax Journal.

She writes in-depth and quick overview commentary on income tax and employment tax. Julie also prepares case reports for decisions released by the tribunals and courts for her commentary areas.

Paul Davies MA (Cantab) ACA

Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse before moving to Northern Rock plc as Head of Tax. There he spent 16 years managing the bank’s tax planning, compliance and risk management activities in addition to numerous special projects including the conversion of the former building society to plc status; successful litigation before the special commissioners; and advising on the restructuring of the bank following the 2008 financial crisis. More lately Paul managed the global tax affairs of a fast growing venture capital-backed hi-tech communications company. Paul writes in-depth corporation tax content for Croner-i including loan relationships and derivative contracts; intangible fixed assets; reconstructions; transfer-pricing; anti-avoidance and other international issues.

Stan Dencher BCom (Hons)

Stan qualified as both a chartered accountant and a chartered tax adviser, and had spent nine years in practice before joining Croner-i.

He joined the company as a tax editor in 1984, working primarily on VAT publications.

He wrote Personal Tax Losses and Personal Trading Losses and is co-author of Company Cars.

For many years, he presented tax seminars for the ICAEW, the CIOT and training organisations all over the UK.


Sarah Kay BSc (Hons), PhD, CTA

Sarah writes VAT commentary for Croner-i. 

She trained with Ernst & Young as part of their indirect tax graduate training scheme and qualified as a CTA in 2001.

Since leaving Ernst & Young in 2004 she has worked for specialist VAT Consultancy firms helping a range of businesses to navigate round the increasingly complex VAT regime.

Stephanie Webber ACA, CTA

Following a career in tax training, Stephanie joined the CCH in-house writing team in the mid-1990s. After several years back in practice,where her main focus was owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals. followed by a career break in France, she spent a number of years doing freelance writing work before joining Croner-i in 2018.

She writes in-depth and quick overview commentary on capital gains tax, inheritance tax and trusts and pensions as well as preparing case reports for tribunal and court decisions in her commentary areas.  She is also involved in writing new modules and updating existing ones for the Tax Workflow service.

Lindsey Wicks BSc (Hons), ACA, CTA

After training as an auditor and qualifying as a chartered accountant, Lindsey joined Grant Thornton's tax practice and went on to qualify as a chartered tax adviser. Lindsey spent 15 years at Grant Thornton, progressing to leading the tax technical and quality and risk teams.

She was then a freelance writer for a number of years before joining Croner-i in 2018.

Her main specialism is business taxation but she covers a range of other topics including pensions, investment income and the annual tax on enveloped dwellings.

Meg Wilson CTA

Meg writes in-depth and quick overview commentary on the management of taxes. The commentary covers: direct tax compliance; HMRC’s powers and dealing with HMRC; measures to tackle tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering; tribunal procedures; and dispute resolution.

Meg also prepares case reports for tribunal and court decisions, eCPD modules and tax workflow modules for her commentary areas.

Meg has worked in tax for over 20 years, including working for KPMG and smaller accountancy firms.

Stuart Chamberlain LLM, BA (Hons), Dip ED

Stuart Chamberlain is senior employment law specialist and author at Croner-i Limited. He writes on a wide range of employment law topics for Croner-i Human Resources.

His particular expertise in this field of law are TUPE and contracts of employment.

Stuart is an experienced and popular lecturer in both the private and public sector.



Joanna Harrison LLB (Hons)

Joanna Harrison is the Development Editor for Environment and Facilities Management and has over 15 years’ experience in legal and professional publishing. 

After graduating and completing Law Society Finals, Joanna worked for several years on the litigation lists at Sweet and Maxwell and Oxford University Press, as a legal editor, commissioning editor and then Publishing Manager. 

She is now commissioning and content manager for Croner-i Environment and Sustainability, and Croner-i Facilities Management.

Samantha Tracey BA (Hons)

Samantha is the Development Editor for the Croner-i Early Years and Care online portfolios, responsible for commissioning and managing content, developing the products and working closely with a team of authors.

She has over 10 years’ experience in legal and professional publishing, working for a range of publishing houses in London and Sydney.

During that time, she has specialised in HR and employment law, education, small business and market intelligence.

Paul Coulam MSc (Econ)

Paul Coulam is the Development Editor for Human Resources and Employment Law.

His background is in academic and legal publishing, in which he has over 25 years’ experience.

He commissions and develops the content and product for the Croner-i Human Resources portfolio.


Gabriella Stiles

Gabriella is the Development Editor for the Croner-i Care online portfolio. She has over 15 years’ experience working on the care, healthcare management, food safety, health and safety and early years portfolios, developing new products, commissioning and managing content and working closely with internal and external teams.

After graduating she worked for PWC in the Business Information Centre and at Macmillan Publishing working on undergraduate textbooks before joining Croner in 2001.


Rob Hobson BA (Hons)

Rob is Development Editor currently commissioning content for the Croner-i Education and Hazardous Substances products.

He has over 20 years’ experience in legal, financial and professional publishing.

He has worked in various marketing and editorial roles for magazine, book and online publishers on a range of topics including law, treasury management, audit and accountancy and human resources.


Alice Lee BA (Hons)

Alice is the Development Editor for Croner-i HR products, including Business Essentials for small businesses as well as hospitality and education.

She is responsible for commissioning and developing content for her portfolio whilst managing writers and authors.

She joins Croner-i with previous experience working in higher education and the editorial field, with a keen interest in hospitality, education and HR.


Vibul Wataranan BSc, MBA

Vibul Wataranan is the Development Editor for the Hazardous Substances database and has over 32 years’ experience in Information Technology, the last 24 years of which has been in database management and publishing.

Having started out as a Business Analyst for companies such as EDS and British Telecom, Vibul then moved into marketing and product management, before finally settling down in database publishing.

He now compiles and builds content for the Croner-i Hazardous Substances database.

Ceri Pickering, BA (Oxf), Dipl

Ceri Pickering is editor on the Health & Safety and Construction portfolio.

She commissions for and develops Croner-i online as well as a variety of looseleafs, newsletters and the annual book Law of Health and Safety at Work. Prior to that she worked on Croner-i’s Environment portfolio.

Following a post-graduate diploma in publishing, Ceri has gained a wealth of experience working across print and digital products for a variety of publishers including Sweet & Maxwell, Country Life magazine and INSEAD Business School.