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, Grant Thornton UK

SUE ALMOND, Head of Assurance, Grant Thornton UK

Sue has had a distinguished career in the audit and assurance profession, re-joining Grant Thornton as Head of Assurance in 2015. She works closely with the firm's leadership, focusing on quality and excellence. Sue lead the ACCA's external affairs programme and remains an active member of IAASB working groups on Data Analytics and Integrated Reporting.

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 Lindsey, President, ICAEW

Hilary Lindsey, 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, Thomson Airways

Tom Smethers, Finance Director, Thomson 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

Phil joined Foulger Underwood as Senior Consultant, following company merger with Kato Consultancy where he was Managing Director. He continues his work with professional practices to include strategic consultancy and lead advisory work. Phil is also a regular speaker at conferences, and a frequent contributor to features and comment in the media.

Martin Sanders, CFO & GM, Honda Motor Europe

Martin Sanders, CFO & GM, 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, CFO - International, Allergan

Chris Astle, CFO - International, Allergan

Chris has experience across a wide range of financial areas within both start-ups and global listed multi-nationals, from nuts and bolts accounting to shaping commercial strategy as an influential business partner. Several years spent managing FP&A during times of high growth and change, both from the ground up and refining an established model, along with leading integration and restructuring initiatives and in delivering M&A/contract modelling. Chris is an established team leader with a passion for working with people within finance and across the business, with experience in coaching, mentoring and building high performing teams. Chris has lead teams through difficult periods including redundancies, restructurings and mergers.

Chris is passionate about making the work place a great place to work for all employees, leading initiatives across the business to improve the work environment and drive social and community engagement. Chris has been with Allergan for the last 6 years, and his career includes performing research for into new medicines as a chemist, financial auditor and change management consultant.

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