Our audit & accounting experts

Meet the in-house and external writers, editors, and industry experts behind Croner-i audit & accounting products. 

In-house experts

Julia Bowyer FCA

Our in-house technical author team is led by Julia Bowyer FCA, Content & Innovation Manager – Audit & Accounting. Julia joined Croner-i Ltd from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where over 17 years 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, Julia is responsible for ensuring our content is relevant, up-to-date, clearly organised and technically strong. Another key priority is ensuring linkage of comprehensive commentary, guidance and tools to each other and to the underlying standards and requirements to help all users navigate and understand the complexities.

 

Michelle Roberts
Michelle Roberts FCA

Michelle Roberts FCA is a senior technical writer for audit and accountancy at Croner-i where she focuses on audit tools and guidance in Navigate Audit, UK GAAP commentary products in Navigate UK GAAP Accounting and Croner-i eCPD. Before joining Croner-i, Michelle spent 11 years in KPMG’s audit department gaining experience across a wide range of industries including business services, construction and utilities. Michelle has experience of authoring and delivering technical training material to meet the needs of KPMG’s UK audit staff.

Helen MacNeill FCA

Helen MacNeill FCA has worked in a variety of audit-related roles in BDO LLP and as a freelance technical author for Implementing GAAS. At Croner-i as a senior technical writer she is responsible for Navigate Audit including the Private Company Audit System (PCAS) and other audit programmes, ensuring that technical changes are processed promptly and comprehensively. 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. Helen is a member of ICAEW’s ISA panel.

Rachel Farris FCA CTA

Rachel Farris FCA CTA, a senior technical writer at Croner-i, focuses on Navigate UK GAAP Accounting, Navigate IFRS Accounting, company law and practice management products such as Engagement Letter Toolkit.  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.

Sarah Baxendale FCA

Sarah Baxendale FCA is a senior technical writer for audit and accountancy at Croner-i where she focuses on IFRS and UK accounting guidance in Navigate Accounting, accounts preparation, model accounts, company reporting and guidance on corporate governance.  Prior to this, Sarah was Director in the Accounting and Outsourcing team at Mazars.  She previously worked at PwC for 12 years gaining experience in audit, IFRS implementations and corporate reporting, as well as being an examination marker for the ICAEW and ACCA.

Kate Beeston
Kate Beeston ACA

Kate Beeston ACA is a technical writer for audit and accountancy at Croner-i, where she focuses on Navigate Audit, Navigate Accounting including Company Reporting, and training. Prior to working at Croner-i, Kate was a financial reporting and audit tutor at BPP in London where she prepared students for a range of professional exams including for ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA.  As a result Kate has an in-depth technical and practical understanding of IFRS, ISAs and ethical standards. Kate qualified at KPMG where she gained experience auditing FTSE 100 and other large corporate organisations, mainly in the business services, utilities and shipping industries. She also developed and delivered face to face and online technical training to audit trainees on a range of topics including new UK GAAP.

Lizzie Morris ACA

Lizzie Morris ACA is a technical writer for audit and accountancy at Croner-i, where she works on a wide range of audit, IFRS and UK GAAP accounting, CASS and corporate finance products.  Previously, Lizzie was a manager at HW Fisher, where she qualified. She worked across the audit and corporate finance departments where, alongside audit work, she was involved in reporting accountant engagements for companies seeking a listing on the Standard Market of the London Stock Exchange or AIM and all areas of transaction services, including vendor and purchaser due diligence. She is experienced in auditing private and listed organisations across a range of industries, including regulated financial services, technology and mining. She has an in-depth technical knowledge and practical understanding of IFRS and FRS 102.

External experts

John Selwood ACA

John is a chartered accountant and independent training consultant, who lectures for major accountancy practices, professional bodies, training companies and publishers. He speaks on financial reporting, auditing, money laundering and company law. John is a member of ICAEW’s Audit and Assurance Faculty’s Practitioner Services Panel Committee and the Technical and Practical Auditing Committee. He has been involved with presenting and writing the material for the Audit and Assurance and Financial Reporting Faculties Roadshows for a number of years. He also regularly writes for Audit & Beyond and is the author of Core Auditing Standards for Practitioners.

For Croner-i, John authors and presents Financial Reporting sessions for Accountants in Business courses and is a reviewer of specific auditing and accounting content on Croner-i Tax and Accounting.

Edward Rands BSc FCA

Edward Rands BSc FCA was for eleven years the Risk and Professional Standards partner at a large independent firm of chartered accountants. He led the firm’s technical team, which was responsible for maintaining and updating accounting and auditing knowledge, and for dealing with complex problems and queries as they arose. He was also the founder chairman of the UK technical committee of his firm’s international network, and a contributing author of the network’s commercially published IFRS manual.  He now works as an independent consultant, advising firms on technical and regulatory matters. For Croner-i, Edward is a reviewer of practice management and audit compliance content.

Glynnis Carthy CA(SA)

Glynnis Carthy is a financial reporting specialist who provides consulting and training services related to the interpretation and application of IFRS. Having trained at Deloitte and spent 4 years in their accounting technical department, Glynnis has extensive practical experience and knowledge of IFRS and advises on the application of IFRS to specific transactions.

Glynnis also consults on the extent to which financial statements comply with IFRS. She has previously been involved in the education of qualified chartered accountants and auditors, as well as preparing students for their professional exams. She has been an independent non-executive director of a listed company and is chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of a multi-academy trust. Glynnis has completed the Certificate in Company Direction issued by the Institute of Directors.

For Croner-i, Glynnis works on guidance on preparing IFRS accounts, model accounts, the Company Reporting IFRS best practice disclosure service, eCPD training modules and guidance on other specialist topics.

Paul Gee
Paul Gee

Paul Gee FCA was Senior lecturer, subsequently Principal Lecturer, at Bristol Business School, part of the University of the West of England. He then joined Solomon Hare as Technical and Training Director. Following the merger with Smith and Williamson, Paul became an Associate Director in the firm’s National Assurance Technical Group. He has written several publications including Accountants’ Digests on financial reporting issues and was previously a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group. He presents regularly on financial reporting at the Croner-i Accountants in Business (AIB) conferences. Paul is a reviewer of the financial statement guidance in Navigate IFRS Accounting.

Matt Tilling CPA

Matt Tilling CPA has had a career focused around the international accounting standards (IFRS Standards). He spent nearly 20 years in Australia as an academic (including Head of Accounting at the University of Notre Dame, Australia) and in the profession (including Senior Manager at BDO, Australia). During this time Matt wrote a number of textbooks and many academic papers on accounting. Matt then moved to the UK to join the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) as both Director of Education and a member of technical staff. In these roles he supported the implementation of IFRS Standards around the world and was part of the IFRS 13 post-implementation review. More recently he has been undertaking various projects including lecturing at Cambridge University, supporting Myanmar’s transition to IFRS accounting standards, developing online learning for African accountants and consulting and training on IFRS Standards.

Matt is now Project Director at the UK Endorsement Board and prior to joining, he contributed modules on a range of IFRS accounting topics for Croner-i Navigate eCPD and reviewed financial statement guidance in Navigate IFRS Accounting.

Helen Wilkinson
Helena Wilkinson FCA DChA

Helena works on a practice-wide basis at Price Bailey as a Partner and Head of Charities and Not for Profit. She is the Vice-Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Charity Professionals Committee and was one of the first people to gain the ICAEW’s Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA). She is a recognised charity expert, writes for national and charity press including the Guardian and Charity Finance, and regularly presents at charity sector events. Her roles within the industry have included financial management, corporate governance and strategic planning. Helena authors Preparing Charity Accounts and acts as a consultant on Croner-i charity assurance tools.

Fiona Candron
Fiona Condron

Fiona leads the authoring of the Charities Sector Guide. She is a Partner at BDO LLP and has specialised in the audit of charities for the past 14 years. She has worked with many of the UK brand name charities and delivers both internal and external training to finance professionals and trustees in the sector.

Fiona works within an established and multi-disciplined team at BDO who are recognised as leading experts in the delivery of audit and advisory services in the sector. Fiona is also a trustee of a Kent disability charity.

 

Mark Wearden
Mark Wearden MSc FCCA FCIS

Mark Wearden MsC FCCA FCIS delivers consultancy projects through MBS Governance, a private strategy consultancy, which he has run for the past 25 years, following 12 years in International Banking as an analyst and eight years in Industry as a finance director.

Mark is also 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 and corporates.

Mark is a regular contributor of modules on a range of governance related topics for Croner-i eCPD®, presents at our Accountants in Business conferences and authors the Practical Guide for Audit Committees. He is also the author of the ICSA Development of Strategy textbook.

Steve Collings
Steve Collings FMAAT FCCA

Steve Collings FMAAT FCCA is the audit and technical director at Leavitt Walmsley Associates, a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants based in Cheshire. Steve works closely with academies and specialises in audit, accounting and Solicitors Accounts Rules. Steve is a member of the UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group at the Financial Reporting Council and has written several books on the subjects of auditing and accounting. He is also a nationwide lecturer on UK GAAP, IFRS and auditing. Steve has won ‘Accounting Technician of the Year’ at the British Accountancy Awards and was shortlisted for Practitioner of the Year. He has also been awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Accountancy Profession’ by the Association of International Accountants.

Steve is a regular contributor of modules on a range of accounting topics for Croner-i eCPD® and has reviewed financial statement guidance in both Navigate UK GAAP Accounting and Navigate IFRS Accounting.

Susan Singleton LLB

Susan Singleton LLB has worked with commercial clients including accountancy practices for over 20 years. After practising as a solicitor at leading City firms Slaughter and May and Bristows, she set up her own London solicitors firm Singletons (www.singlelaw.com)  in 1994. She is author of over 30 law books and follows closely, and advises on, regulatory matters, competition law, IT/data protection and intellectual property law in both the non-contentious and litigation fields for clients in the UK and abroad. Until 2017, she was Vice Chairman of the Competition Law Association and she serves on the EU Laws Committee of the Licensing Executives Society. Susan updates the Company Secretaries and Directors Guide for Croner-i.

James Lowe
James Lole FCA

James Lole FCA is a freelance technical consultant and trainer on financial reporting, auditing and ethical matters. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990 and spent his career providing auditing, accounting and business advisory services to a portfolio of clients from entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses to international groups. In 2006, he became National Technical Director for a top ten UK accountancy firm using his practical experience to provide client focused solutions and training in all areas of financial reporting and auditing.

Now as a freelance consultant, he is able to provide technical support to a number of firms including those working with solicitors and other entities dealing with client money. For Croner-I, James is co-author of Practical Guide to the Companies Act and authors the Solicitor’s Sector Guide and Solicitors and other Client Money Programmes.

David Duvaal
David Duvall MA FCA

David Duvall (1948-2021) read Classics at Cambridge and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1973 with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG). He then worked as a tutor for Financial Training in London and subsequently for ATC Thames Valley, where he was client liaison director. He was Training Manager at Chantrey Vellacott DFK from 2002 to 2014, where he was responsible for graduate recruitment and co-ordinating student training as well as external and internal lecturing.

He was President of the Thames Valley Society of Chartered Accountants in 1998–99 and again in 2008–09. For Croner-i, David authored the Practical Guide to the Companies Act, DPB Procedures Guide and the Anti-Money Laundering Guide and was a regular contributor of Croner-i eCPD® modules.