Judges

The British Accountancy Awards judges represent the very best of the profession, and its ecosystem. Over 10 judges give up their time to pore over the entries, across a three-stage process.

GLENN COLLINS, Head of Technical Advisory, ACCA

GLENN COLLINS, Head of Technical Advisory, ACCA

Glenn Collins is responsible for advice and support to ACCA members on issues including audit, financial reporting, business and credit advice, taxation, company and business law, ethics, export and access to finance. Glenn spent 16 years in public practice, specialising in audit and business advice, before joining ACCA nearly 16 years ago.

Simon Wright, Operations & Accounts Director, Careers in Audit

Simon Wright, Operations & Accounts Director, Careers in Audit

Simon is a highly experienced recruitment marketing professional and job board operations director who has managed CareersinAudit.com for over 10 years. He has created a global online recruitment brand and has won many awards for his work, including Best Job Board at the prestigious Recruiter Awards. As an expert within Audit and Accountancy recruitment and career trends across the global industry, Simon is ideally positioned to provide key insight from the heart of the sector.

SUE ALMOND, Head of Assurance Market Development, Grant Thornton International

SUE ALMOND, Head of Assurance Market Development, Grant Thornton International

Sue has had a distinguished career in the audit and assurance profession, re-joining Grant Thornton as Head of Assurance in 2015 and taking on the global role of Head of Assurance Market Development in July 2018. Sue lead the ACCA's external affairs programme and remains an active member of the IAASB working group on Data Analytics.

MARTIN ATKINS, Partner, Menzies LLP

MARTIN ATKINS, Partner, Menzies LLP

Martin is a partner at Menzies LLP and is head of the firm’s Business Services sector. A Chartered Accountant, he acts primarily for SMEs and large companies, providing financial solutions to enable them to grow and achieve their financial goals. Previously, Martin was Managing Partner of Harris Lipman LLP. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a Licenced Insolvency Practitioner.

Emma Smith, Managing Editor, Contentive

Emma Smith, Managing Editor, Contentive

Emma is managing editor of Accountancy Age and Financial Director. She joined Contentive in January 2017 from Bloomberg BNA, where she was responsible for a range of international tax publications. Emma currently sits on the Tax Technical Panel of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

STEVE MASLIN, Partner, Grant Thornton

STEVE MASLIN, Partner, Grant Thornton

Steve is an audit partner specialising in listed and large private businesses operating in multiple countries and large not for profit entities.

He chaired the Partnership Oversight Board of Grant Thornton UK LLP from 2008 to 2016 and was Head of Assurance from 1999 to 2007.

Steve represents Grant Thornton globally on public policy. He chaired the Global Public Policy Committee ("GPPC") for 3 years; this committee comprises senior partners of the world's six largest global audit networks on public policy. As chair, Steve was accountable directly to the Global CEOs of those networks. Prior to his first national role, Steve was managing partner of Grant Thornton's London satellite offices in West London and London Gatwick between 1992 and 1999.

Outside Grant Thornton, Steve is a member of the audit committee of the Ark Schools Trust, which operates 36 schools in England with 25,000 pupils, and chairs the audit committee of The Gurkha Museum Trust.

Robert Stenhouse, Director National Accounting and Audit, Deloitte

Robert Stenhouse, Director National Accounting and Audit, Deloitte

Robert is a member of the ACCA’s Council and the current chairman of the Global Forum for Audit and Assurance. In his role at Deloitte, he specialises in auditing technical matters and represents the UK firm on the Audit Technical Advisory Board which develops audit policy and methodology for the Deloitte network worldwide.

Joe Sword, Partner, Nordens

Joe Sword, Partner, Nordens

Joe is a partner at Nordens, based in Woodford Green. Qualified as a chartered accountant in December 2012, and manages a client portfolio of nearly 600 clients. He works strategically with a number of his clients on a regular basis to assist them in achieving their personal and business goals.

Now heading up Nordens strategic department, specialising in working with clients to clarify their goals (B), working from where they are now (A) to create the pathway.

Joe's goals include supporting young people looking to get into accountancy, helping people within Nordens to grow and prosper and to enable clients to get the most from their businesses and in turn their lives

Hilary Lindsay, Immediate Past President, ICAEW

Hilary Lindsay, Immediate Past President, ICAEW

Hilary Lindsay is 2016-2017 President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and also a researcher with The Open University. Her book, Adaptability: the Secret to Lifelong Learning, based on her doctoral research, was published in 2013. She is a member of the court of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants, a patron of Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association and Chair of Axiom Housing Association. She and her husband Colin enjoy their allotment, walking and art appreciation. Both have volunteered with Samaritans for many years.

Mark Holland, Partner RSM UK, RSM Employer Services Limited

Mark Holland, Partner RSM UK, RSM Employer Services Limited

Mark is the managing director of RSM UK’s online services division. The division provides Cloud based payroll and back office accounting services to a broad range of businesses, alongside time and billing and pay and bill services to the recruitment sector. In addition to his continued role in the division, Mark also works with clients in card payments sector and the recruitment sector.

On qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mark specialised in advising businesses on Management Information and Information Technology systems. Over the last 20 years he has advised a range of businesses and organisations on all aspects of their use of IT and management information systems. Mark founded RSM UK’s online services division in 2006. In 2008 the division acquired software house IP 4 Limited and in 2015 payroll services company employer services limited.

Mark is a regular judge for the British Accountancy Awards, previously the Accountancy Age Awards.

Tom Smethers, Finance Director, TUI Airways

Tom Smethers, Finance Director, TUI Airways

Tom joined Thomson Airways as Finance Director in 2015. Thomson Airways a member of the TUI Group, is the world's largest charter airline. Previously Tom was Vice President of Finance for Jumeirah Group in Dubai between 2013 and 2015 and Group Financial Controller at easyJet plc between 2007 and 2013. Tom studied at Durham University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 with Deloitte. Married with three young children, Tom is a passionate supporter of Arsenal FC.

Philip Shohet, Senior Consultant, Foulger Underwood

Philip Shohet, Senior Consultant, Foulger Underwood

Philip Shohet, Senior Consultant, Foulger Underwood Kato Phil has a unique knowledge of the management and development issues faced by accountancy practices in the current and future marketplace. He gained this from many years as one of the leading practice consultants in the country providing strategic, management, marketing ,growth and merger solutions to firms throughout the UK. Phil has authored many books and articles, spoken at national and international conferences and seminars, and is frequently asked to comment by the media on issues that affect the accountancy profession.

Martin Sanders, Chief Audit Executive, Honda Motor Europe

Martin Sanders, Chief Audit Executive, Honda Motor Europe

Martin Sanders is General Manager, Business Administration at Honda Motor Europe Ltd. His role is for providing strategic financial, commercial, and operational leadership and good governance for the £4.1 billion European Business. Martin joined Honda (UK) in 1994 and held positions of Head of Sales & Marketing for Honda (UK) Cars, General Manger Honda (UK) and Europe Power Products. Prior to that he worked for Volvo Cars (UK) as Managing Director of Volvo Finance and before that worked as a world wide auditor for British Airways PLC.

Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales where he qualified with Deloitte in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University College Cardiff. Martin is a Trustee and Chairman of Governance of Wooden Spoon which is the national rugby charity for children who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

Mark Lee, Accountancy speaker and commentator

Mark Lee, Accountancy speaker and commentator

Mark is a highly respected speaker and mentor helping accountants to achieve more success, clients, profits and time.
He originally qualified with the ICAEW and worked in small and large firms including BDO (London). He was Chairman of the Tax Faculty from 2003-2005), has chaired the Institute's Ethics Advisory Committee (2014-2016) and now sits on the Members and Commercial Board.

Mark has been identified as one of the most prolific and influential online commentators for accountants. His articles and blog posts have been read well over one million times. When Mark isn't speaking on stage at conferences, events and large firms' away days, he runs online and 1-2-1 programmes supporting sole practitioner accountants.

Chris Astle, CEO and Founder, Think Forwards

Chris Astle, CEO and Founder, Think Forwards

CEO and founder of Think Forwards, a financial and businesses consulting group on a quest to embed commercial finance excellence, creating value-add financial business partnering teams, and to help you understand what changes may be needed in your businesses to optimize growth and profitability. We bring real-life financial experience to deliver results. We look at what businesses do today and help them implement those changes they want to make to transform tomorrow — delivering positive financial impact.
Chris thrives in situations where he can talk with people about their business and work with them to find ways to drive their business forwards. He has extensive experience in leading projects to drive transformational change whilst ensuring profitable and sustainable growth.
Chris has experience in both large multi-national businesses and in start-ups. In his prior role as International CFO at Allergan, he led an international finance organisation of 170 people supporting a business with $3bn in sales and 4,500 employees delivering double-digit sales growth in over 100 countries. He has established finance functions and to raise funding for smaller early stage companies.
Resident CFO at the Finance Director Magazine, guest lecturer at the Henley School of Management, and judge at the British Accountant Awards.
Chris is a Chartered Accountant with ICAS, and holds a PhD and Masters degree in Chemistry.
Contact Chris at chrisastle@thinkforwards.com. Find him online at linkedin.com/in/chris-astle/ and @astle_chris.

Jane Fuller, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation

Jane Fuller, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation

Jane is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, an independent think-tank, and its pensions fellow. She is also director of Fuller Analysis, a consultancy that she founded after leaving the Financial Times in 2005. She is a member of the Audit and Assurance Council of the FRC, the UK regulator, a Fellow of CFA Society of the UK and an adviser to Nutmeg, the online investment manager. A former financial editor and Lex writer at the FT, she still trains its journalists and is a columnist for Accounting & Business magazine.

Jonathan Hendry, Director of Finance, Magna Vitae

Jonathan Hendry, Director of Finance, Magna Vitae

I have run and advised businesses across a diverse range of sectors from bricks to clicks over a 25 year period, including running my own SME in the 1990's. I have been involved with acquiring businesses, stress testing financial plans, business process re-engineering, launching new products or services, restructuring and setting up overseas operations.

Following a Cranfield MBA and receiving a global commendation for my CIMA accountancy qualification, I now focus my career on finance and strategic business leadership, and shaping organisations future direction with my commercial and finance expertise in senior roles. In the last 5 years I have also sought to utilise my skills and experience to a make a positive contribution to society within the NFP arena, having recently worked as Finance Director for a leisure and culture charitable trust. I am now based in Norfolk seeking my next career challenge.

With my young family, we enjoy a range of leisure activities from mountain biking, skiing and walking.

Mark Gold, Partner, Silverlevene

Mark Gold, Partner, Silverlevene

John Morris, Partner, Smith & Williamson

John Morris, Partner, Smith & Williamson

John is a Partner at Smith & Williamson, where he leads their Scale-Up programme: an integrated suite of solutions, expertise and support, designed to help businesses scale quickly.

John helps ambitious business founders, owner-managers and senior management teams achieve their personal financial goals, as well as the commercials objectives of the companies they run – adding value to private clients and their business interests. He has spent 15 years providing strategy and consulting advice to a variety of businesses in a diverse range of sectors, including management consulting, business process outsourcing, IT services and manufacturing.

Stuart Lisle, Senior Tax Partner, BDO LLP

Stuart Lisle, Senior Tax Partner, BDO LLP

James Abbott, President, UK200Group

James Abbott, President, UK200Group

Graham Lamont, Chief Executive, Lamont Pridmore

Graham Lamont, Chief Executive, Lamont Pridmore

Panayiota Viglas, Partner, Nordens

Panayiota Viglas, Partner, Nordens

Panayiota is a partner at Nordens, based in Woodford Green. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 2013 and was named as our winner of the New Practitioner of the Year Award in 2015. Managing a portfolio of almost 900 clients, Yiota’s team ensures that each receives an all-encompassing service that helps to propel their business forward in a strategic and profitable way.
Now heading up Nordens’ bookkeeping division - created to assist business-owners with "Making Tax Digital," Yiota enables clients to get the most from their businesses while enhancing their work/life balance.

Rob Waddelow, Finance Director, Formula E Holdings

Rob Waddelow, Finance Director, Formula E Holdings

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