Paul Robbins ACA, CTA
Paul Robbins is the Content 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 is the Deputy Content Manager for Croner-i Tax.
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.
Stephen has served as chair of the CIOT's Working Together committee and was a member of the advisory committee set up to assist the Office of Tax Simplification with their review of income tax and NICs.
Meg Wilson CTA
Meg is the Lead Technical Writer for Croner-i Tax.
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 25 years, including working for KPMG and smaller accountancy firms.
Sarah Arnold FCA, CTA
Sarah joined Croner-i in 2018 where she is responsible 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.
After graduation, Angela joined (then) HMC&E, training as a visiting VAT officer. Three years later she moved to Arthur Andersen to work as a VAT specialist within their tax practice.
Angela then spent ten years working as a Senior VAT Manager in Grant Thornton before setting up her own consultancy business providing specialist advice and training to small and medium sized accountancy clients. During this time, she also developed a specific interest in both the creative and charitable sectors, where she worked as a key adviser to a number of funding and mentoring organisations.
Angela writes in-depth tax commentary for Croner-i on all VAT-related matters.
Laura Burrows CTA ATT
Laura started her career in tax working in practice advising companies, owner-managed businesses, and high net worth individuals.
Prior to joining Croner-i she spent 11 years as an adviser on the tax advice line at Croner Taxwise assisting with queries covering all areas of direct tax.
She is a member of both the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Paul Davies MA (Cantab) FCA
Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant and specialised in corporation tax 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 venture capital-backed hi-tech communications company. A former North-East tax adviser of the year, Paul writes in-depth corporation tax content for Croner-i including company reconstructions; distributions; company losses; chargeable gains; close companies and groups of companies.
Glyn Fullelove ACA, CTA
Glyn Fullelove is a Chartered Accountant and chartered tax adviser. He has worked in tax for over 30 years.
Glyn qualified with Arthur Andersen and was a partner and Head of International Tax for Robson Rhodes before moving into commerce in 1998. He then spent most of the next twenty years in Head of Tax roles in UK based quoted multi-national companies, most recently, until September 2018, with FTSE 100 group Informa PLC.
Glyn joined Croner-i in July 2020 after a period as a freelance tax writer and trainer. He chaired the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Technical committee from May 2016 to May 2019 and was President of the Institute from May 2019 to November 2020. In January 2021 he was appointed an Independent Advisor to HMRC’s Professional Standards Committee.
Martin Jackson ATT
Martin joined Croner-i having spent the previous 15 years as an adviser and team leader with the Tax & Payroll Advice Lines in our sister company, Croner Taxwise. A former National Insurance Inspector, Martin also spent nine years with the Institute of Payroll and Pensions Management (now the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals) as Training, Consultancy and Helpline Manager, where he had represented employers on a variety of government consultation committees. Although advising across all direct taxes, Martin is primarily an Employment Tax specialist. He is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians.
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.
Zigurds Kronbergs BSc ARCS MA ACA FCCA
Zigurds joined Croner-i in June 2019, after many years of contributing to Croner publications as a freelance author. During his 40-year career in tax, after some years in the profession in London and Edinburgh, he has variously been Technical Editor of Simon’s Taxes and Tax Technical Officer for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, before a 19-year association with BDO (first as a tax writer for BDO Stoy Hayward and then as the BDO global network’s first International Tax Services Coordinator, based in Brussels), while continuing as a freelance tax writer. He combines his work with Croner with his ongoing role as Tax Coordinator, Europe for Moore Global.
At Croner-i, Zigurds is responsible for commentary on stamp taxes and ATED , pensions taxation and some aspects of income tax.
Sarah Laing CTA
Sarah Laing is a Chartered Tax Adviser and has worked in tax for over 30 years.
Sarah originally worked for the former Inland Revenue in Newbury and Swindon Tax Offices. She moved into practice in 1991, where she qualified as a CTA in 1995. She has worked for both small and Big 5 firms.
She joined Croner-i in February 2021 having worked as a freelance author for many years providing technical writing services to the tax and accountancy professions.
Philip Spencer BSc(Econ.) MSc FCA
Philip has specialised in real estate taxation since the mid 1980's. He was a tax partner at BDO for 30 years during which time he headed up their Real Estate Tax Group.
Philip devised 'Property Tax Planning', published by Bloomsbury and was the author of the first 15 editions of the book. He has also written and presented extensively on tax topics as well as producing a series of videos and audio cassettes with particular emphasis on property.
In August 2017, Philip retired from BDO to go to University College London where he gained an MSc in computer science. His work with Croner-I focuses on real estate tax issues.
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.
Allan Cinnamon has specialised in international tax planning for more than 35 years in a long career with BDO as head of the firm’s international tax function and chairman of its International Tax Committee.
A well- known international tax expert, he now teaches and speaks on a wide range of international tax subjects, principally on cross border planning and tax treaties. Formerly a visiting teacher at Queen Mary, University of London and The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, he is currently a member of The Tax Faculty’s Large Business and International Tax Committee.
Publications include the CCH Worldwide Tax Guide and Allan has also written many articles on international tax planning including a regular series on tax treaties for Croner-i.
Allan is the author of Practical International Tax Planning.
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.
Andrew has focused on private client and trust related taxation throughout his career in accountancy. This includes tax planning for non-UK domiciliaries and their offshore trusts, as well as inheritance tax and capital gains tax consulting for shareholders in family companies and their family trusts.
He joined Azets in 2021 and is a Director -Tax Advisory in the Midlands. Andrew has more than 35 years of experience, having previously worked for Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Grant Thornton. He continues to be closely involved with the Tax Faculty of the ICAEW and is actively interested in tax policy related issues. Andrew is a member of the Private Client Committee of the Tax Faculty He is a Fellow of the Institute of Taxation, a Trust & Estate Practitioner and Solicitor (non-practicing) as well as being a member of the ATT and an enthusiastic member of the Tax Faculty of the ICAEW.
Richard Dew is a barrister at Ten Old Square Chambers. He focusses on Wills, Estates and Trusts and related professional negligence. His practice is predominantly litigation, and he is frequently involved in large and complex claims. He also advises and represents in Court of Protection matters and provides expert advice in respect of tax and tax planning (principally capital taxation).
He is the Chair of the STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates SIG and an elected member of the Chancery Bar Association Committee. He is a member of STEP and ACTAPS.
Richard updates our Rossdale on Probate and Administration commentary.
Lesley Fidler CTA, Chartered MCIPD
Having spent a couple of decades providing employment taxes advice first to clients of KPMG and then Baker Tilly (now RSM), Lesley decided to put her theory into practice by moving into industry in 2016. She now works part-time as a subject-matter expert in a financial institution whilst continuing with freelance work when the opportunity arises. She sits on the CIOT's employment taxes subcommittee and is one of the few chartered tax advisers who is also a chartered member of the CIPD. She represents the CIOT on HMRC's IR35 Forum.
Lesley works on our Navigate Tax modules on Dealing with employment related issues.
Jon Fursdon BSc (Hons), FCA, CTA
Jon Fursdon BSc (Hons), FCA, CTA is a specialist in corporate tax and the wider tax aspects of owner managed business. He was a tax partner with Deloitte until 2002 and then with Grant Thornton UK LLP until June 2008.
Jon now runs his own tax consultancy business, Prometheus Tax, advising clients and other firms of accountants on business related tax matters. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax Corporation Tax Technical Committee.
Jon updates our Tonnage Tax commentary.
Phil Greatrex is a partner in CW Energy LLP and was a founding member of CW Energy in 1990. He is well known in the oil and gas industry as one of the leading tax advisers in this field. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in London after obtaining a mathematics degree from Southampton University. Phil has been providing tax advice to a wide range of clients, mainly in the oil and gas sector, on varied, and often complex, issues from cross-border corporate re-organisations, acquisitions and disposals and litigation.
Phil is a regular contributor of articles on various tax issues and has lectured extensively both within the profession and on outside courses. He has been a member of the BRINDEX tax committee since the late 1980′s, and has also been an active member of the UKOITC industry tax committee for many years.
Phil updates our Oil Taxation commentary.
Andrew Green has over 30 years’ experience providing tax depreciation advice and is recognised as a leading expert in his field. He is one of the few professionals working in this area who have dual qualification, being both a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is a long standing member of the Institute’s Property Taxes Sub-Committee and an associate member of the British Property Federation’s Tax Committee.
Andrew is a managing director in the European tax advisory practice at FTI Consulting, where he moved in 2011. Before that he was a director at Bourne Business Consulting and he was a partner at Crosher & James for over 14 years.
Andrew is the author of Green on Capital Allowances.
Peter Mason, BSc(hons) FCA CTA FCT
Peter has operated at the executive level in FTSE-100/250 quoted multinational industrial groups for over thirty years improving stakeholder value through leading taxation, finance, treasury and corporate governance teams advising on strategic, operational and transactional projects.
He has established, managed, and restructured corporate tax functions around the world for enhanced performance, effective business partnering, efficient LEAN operation and improved governance, as well as advising on and structuring over 100 M&A deals.
Peter has written two tax and leadership books: "Tax Commandments For Business" and "Building Better Taxes". He is Network Independent Director for the Tax Discussion Group and lectures on taxation management, mentors new corporate teams and provides leadership training.
Sharon McKie is a partner of McKie and Co (Advisory Services) LLP. She has developed a particular expertise in the management of complex tax enquiries and litigation. She is currently a member of both the Private Client (UK) Sub-Committee and the Private Client (International) Sub-Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
She was awarded the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Fellowship Medal for the best fellowship submission of the year in 2014.
Sharon is a joint author of McKie on Statutory Residence.
Simon McKie is a partner of McKie & Co (Advisory Services) LLP. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and also of both the Private Client (UK) Sub-Committee and the Private Client (International) Sub-Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is a former chairman of that Institute’s Capital Taxes Sub-Committee. He is an established tax author and has written and lectured widely on taxation. In no less than seven years he has been a finalist in the Taxation Awards ‘Tax Writer of the Year’.
Simon is a joint author of McKie on Statutory Residence.
Tim Palmer CTA ATT
Tim is one of the UK's best known and popular tax presenters and has been lecturing all over the UK for more than 35 years. He lectures on most areas of tax, including IR35 and CIS, R&D and tax investigations.
Tim is the senior partner of Palmer Consultancy Partnership and a tax consultant with the London firm of chartered accountants, Arram Berlyn Gardner (ABG).
Previously, Tim was a senior tax manager with Howarth Clark Whitehill LLP, advising on all areas of tax and NIC for the firm to their clients. He was also a member of the tax department of P&O where he specialised in corporation tax and the construction industry, being involved in the Bovis Construction Industry tax deduction scheme within the P&O Group.
Tim has written numerous articles in the tax press, particularly with regard to his specialist areas of CIS, self-employed status issues’ NIC and PAYE matters, stamp duty land tax, and the tax benefits of businesses switching to electric vehicles.
Peter Rayney FCA CTA (Fellow) TEP
Peter Rayney practises as an independent tax consultant through his own practice, advising owner-managed companies, accountants, lawyers and tax practitioners on a wide range of tax issues. He specialises in company sales/acquisitions, reconstructions, succession planning and all aspects of owner managed business taxation.
He is always in demand as a tax lecturer and regularly contributes tax articles to the professional press. Peter is also an author of various books and journals including The Practical Corporate Tax Manual (Croner-i). He has won ‘Tax Writer of the year’ at the Taxation Awards an unprecedented three times.
Peter is President of the Chartered Institute Of Taxation and immediate past chair of the ICAEW Tax Faculty’s Technical Committee.
Peter is the author of Rayney on Corporate Tax.
Jonathan Schwarz BA, LLB (Witwatersrand), LLM (UC Berkeley), FTII
Jonathan Schwarz is an English Barrister at Temple Tax Chambers in London and is also a Canadian Barrister, a South African Advocate and an Irish Barrister. His practice focuses on international tax disputes as counsel and as an expert and advises on solving cross-border tax problems.
He is a visiting Professor at, King’s College London where he is Programme Director of the International Tax Law LLM and an IFA Permanent Scientific Committee member. See www.taxbarristers.com
He is the author of Schwarz on Tax Treaties and consulting editor to Croner-i UK Double Tax Treaties. He has been listed as a leading tax Barrister for international corporate tax, and particular expertise in transfer pricing. In the Chambers Guide he is commended for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of double tax treaties’ and described as “clearly amongst the best international tax barristers”. In Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2016, he is lauded for his “brilliant” handling of cross-border tax problems. In Chambers UK Bar 2018 he is “highly regarded for his expertise in international tax matters.” In the Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 he is rated as “the leading advisor on international tax treaty issues.”
Jonathan is the author of Schwarz on Tax Treaties.
Ritchie Tout is a chartered tax adviser. Having qualified at KPMG, Ritchie spent 15 years at PwC providing tax advice to a wide range of listed, private equity backed and owner managed businesses. He is a tax partner at Azets and national lead on tax valuation and share schemes. Ritchie is also the current Chair of the South Wales Branch of the CIOT.
Ritchie’s particular interests are around M&A tax and corporate structures including all aspects of share ownership and share-based reward with tax valuation underpinning a lot of advice across these areas.
Neil Warren CTA (Fellow), ATT
Neil Warren is an independent VAT consultant and author and has worked in VAT for over 38 years. He spent 14 years as an inspector in HM Customs and Excise before setting up his own tax and accounting practice in 1997. As well as VAT consultancy work, he writes extensively on VAT for most of the leading tax publications in the UK. He was on the national tax speaking circuit for eight years until 2014.
Neil updates our Dencher on VAT.
Julia Bowyer FCA
Our in-house technical author team is led by Julia Bowyer FCA, the Audit and Accounting Content Manager. 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, as well as linking the comprehensive commentary, guidance and tools to each other and to the underlying standards and requirements.
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 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.
Donna Stofberg ACA
Donna Stofberg ACA is a Senior Technical Writer for audit and accounting at Croner-i where she focuses on serving the needs of sole practitioners and small practices. Responsibilities include small (FRS 102 s1A) and micro-entities (FRS 105) content in Navigate UK GAAP Accounting, the clubs area of Navigate Audit and client money assignment tools and guidance. Donna qualified at a small accountancy practice in south London and has over 15 years’ experience working with sole practitioners and in small practices dealing with a wide range of clients and sectors. She specialised in service charge accounts, including ARMA and PropertyMark client money checks, before joining Croner-i. Donna is a former Editor of Accountancy SA, the official journal of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Lizzie Morris ACA
Lizzie Morris ACA is a Technical Writer for audit and accounting 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.
Sarika Sharma ACA
Sarika Sharma ACA is a Technical Writer for audit and accounting at Croner-i, working across a range of audit, IFRS and UK GAAP accounting, news and corporate governance products. Prior to joining Croner-i Sarika gained experience as a finance manager in the not-for-profit sector, within a small accountancy firm and at the National Audit Office. She has in-depth technical knowledge of auditing standards, IFRS and FRS 102 as well practical experience of the charity and education sectors.
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 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.
Marek Muc FCCA
Marek Muc FCCA started his career in PwC where he had experience in audit, technical accounting and delivering training to new joiners. He then joined a newly established Allianz Bank where he was primarily responsible for developing accounting policies under IFRS. Later he joined Orange’s Polish division, where he worked as an IFRS expert advising company’s management on various accounting topics and as a manager overseeing consolidation process and preparation of IFRS consolidated financial statements. In 2018, he launched IFRScommunity.com, an online discussion board for IFRS enthusiasts. Marek is now involved in various projects where he provides technical advice on a range of IFRS accounting topics.
Marek contributes modules for Croner-i 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.
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 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 MSc FCCA FCG
Mark Wearden MSc FCCA FCG delivers consultancy projects through MBS Governance, a private strategy consultancy, which he has run for the past 27 years, following 12 years in International Banking as an analyst and eight years in Industry as a finance director.
Mark is an experienced Non-Executive Director and an Audit Committee Advisor. He undertakes director and board mentoring and evaluation, 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 Navigate eCPD, presents at Accountants in Business and authors the Practical Guide for Audit Committees. He is also the author of the Good Governance Guide to Strategy, The Directors’ Handbook and Directors’ Checklists for the Chartered Governance Institute.
Steve Collings FCCA
Steve Collings 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 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.
Alastair Brown is Chief Technological Officer at BrightHR.
Alastair is responsible for driving forward BrightHR’s expansion plans and the management of the businesses technological needs. Alastair’s career has always been delivery focused and he has extensive experience in transforming businesses through technological and process change. Before joining BrightHR, Alastair worked as a director of delivery for an international hotel bookings site. He also worked as a leader for a global accountancy software business, which supported millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries.
Nicola Mullineux BA (Hons)
Nicola is the Content Manager for Croner-i Professional. Nicola has almost 20 years’ experience in the employment law world, with a particular focus on legal research and policy drafting. She has also been heavily involved in the training and development of HR/employment law professionals. Nicola is also an accredited workplace mediator.
Kate Palmer is the HR Advice and Consultancy Director at Peninsula.
She joined in 2009 from another top company where she was Senior HR Manager.
With a specialist background in facilities management in the NHS (public and private sectors), Kate offers a wealth of employment law experience.
She’s an expert negotiator; one notable case was with the NHS’s trade unions over terms and conditions in the Agenda for Change pay system.
Alan Price is Chief Operations Officer of the Peninsula Group. Alan is responsible for the leadership of the Group’s operations strategy, overseeing 100,000 client monthly service interactions and client experience. He also holds a number of non-executive positions across the Group companies, while UK maintaining a Group operational overview and Group HR responsibilities.
Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD with 18 years’ experience in employee relations, a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the CMI, a certified practitioner and Fellow of the AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute), and a member of the Canadian Human Resource Professional Association. Having demonstrated a significant contribution to business and society, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2003, Alan was appointed to her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service and was one of the youngest judicial appointments to the Employment Tribunal Service, which he continues to hold.
For the last four years, Alan has been a charity trustee and Non-Executive Director for the global HR professional body, the CIPD, which represents over 140,000 HR professionals worldwide.
Andrew Willis is the senior manager of the Litigation and Employment Department at Croner.
He assumes additional responsibility for managing Croner’s office based telephone HR advisory teams, who specialise in Employment law, HR and Commercial Legal advice for large organisations across the United Kingdom.
Russell Corlett is the Health and Safety Director at global employment law and health and safety consultancy Peninsula.
He has over 20 years of experience in the regulatory consultancy industry and currently manages over 100 consultants and advisors across the UK and Ireland.
Russell is a Chartered Safety Practitioner, Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH), Member of t
Ceri Pickering, BA (Oxf), Dipl
Ceri Pickering is Editor on the Health & Safety portfolio. 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.
David Price is CEO of Health Assured: a provider of innovative health & wellbeing solutions. He advises employers daily on how to encourage and develop a healthy workplace, whilst outlining best practice guidance on how to combat and control workplace stress.
David’s career has always centred on the development and wellbeing of employees. Before joining Peninsula, David spent several years in the senior management team at a leading national training provider, which helped more than 78,000 UK businesses start up. He has also worked for the Department for Work and Pensions and is a long standing member of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
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.
Paul Coulam MSc (Econ)
Paul Coulam is the Development Editor for International Trade and Brexit and Business Essentials.
His background is in academic and legal publishing, in which he has over 25 years’ experience.
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.
Samantha Tracey BA (Hons)
Samantha is the Development Editor for the Croner-i 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.