Judges

The British Accountancy Awards judges represent the very best of the profession, and its ecosystem. More than 20 judges give up their time to pore over the entries, across a three-stage process.

KEVIN REED, Head of Editorial, Contentive - CHAIR OF JUDGES

KEVIN REED, Head of Editorial, Contentive - CHAIR OF JUDGES

Kevin is head of editorial for Accountancy Age, Financial Director, and other titles under the ownership of Contentive.
He is one of the most experienced accounting journalists in the UK, and has been involved in the British Accountancy Awards, and its predecessor the Accountancy Age Awards, since 2003.

James Abbott, President of UK200Group

James Abbott, President of UK200Group

James, a chartered tax adviser and chartered accountant, launched his own accountancy practice Abbott Moore in 2012 having been tax partner at another firm. He is UK200Group’s President and is passionate about what UK200Group offers its accountancy and lawyer members.

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 led the ACCA's external affairs programme and remains an active member of IAASB working groups on Data Analytics and Integrated Reporting.

RICHARD ANNING, Head of IT Faculty, ICAEW

RICHARD ANNING, Head of IT Faculty, ICAEW

Richard Anning is Head of the IT Faculty of ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). An ICAEW Chartered Accountant, prior to ICAEW Richard spent nearly 25 years in the business software industry in the UK and abroad helping shape business and product strategies.

PAUL APLIN, Partner, A C Mole & Sons

PAUL APLIN, Partner, A C Mole & Sons

Paul Aplin is a tax partner with A C Mole & Sons and Vice President of ICAEW. He was formerly Chair of both the ICAEW Tax Faculty and its Technical Committee. He sits on HMRC’s Administrative Burdens Advisory Board and Digital Advisory Group. He was appointed OBE in 2009 for services to the accountancy profession and won the Outstanding Industry Contribution award in the 2013 British Accountancy Awards.

MARTIN ATKINS, Partner, Menzies LLP

MARTIN ATKINS, Partner, Menzies LLP

Martin is a partner at Menzies LLP and 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.

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 COLLINS, Chairman and Senior Partner, KPMG UK

SIMON COLLINS, Chairman and Senior Partner, KPMG UK

Simon is the UK Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG and a member of the KPMG Global Executive Committee and Board. Simon qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and spent time at SG Warburg & Co., and at NatWest Markets. Simon founded KPMG’s Debt Advisory practice in 1998. Since then he has assisted major corporates, private equity houses and governments with their financing needs.

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

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

Jane Fuller is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and the 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 a columnist for Accounting & Business magazine.

PETER GILLMAN, Founder and Director, Peter Gillman Consultancy

PETER GILLMAN, Founder and Director, Peter Gillman Consultancy

Peter is a director of consultancy business providing expert advice to the professions. Prior to setting up his own company, Peter worked as a managing director of award-winning accountancy firm Price Bailey, where he spent 12 years overseeing company’s expansion from East Anglia into London and Guernsey.

MARK GOLD, Senior Partner, Silver Levene LLP

MARK GOLD, Senior Partner, Silver Levene LLP

Mark Gold is a Senior Partner at Silver Levene LLP. Silver Levene have won two prestigious awards; Accountancy Age Medium Size Firm of the Year and The Smart Thinking Award for Innovation.
Mark was ACCA President in 2010/11 and is currently the Chair of the SME / SMP Forum for the Federation of European Accountants. Mark is passionate about SMEs and SMPs and has spoken extensively about these.

JANE HOWARD, Partner, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

JANE HOWARD, Partner, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Jane has more than 20 years' experience as a commercial litigator, and handles a wide range of matters for professional firms and corporate clients. She looks after the full spectrum of clients’ needs, whether legal, regulatory or commercial. Jane is a member of the Audit and Assurance Faculty at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and is regularly consulted by the professional body and trade press on issues of law and market practice.

ANDREW JENNER, Director, Briarleas Associates Limited

ANDREW JENNER, Director, Briarleas Associates Limited

Andrew has a unique knowledge and insight into the management and development issues faced by accountancy practices in the current 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 and Ireland. Andrew has authored many books and articles, spoken at national and international conferences and seminars and retains a keen interest in developments in the profession.

GRAHAM LAMONT, Chief Executive, Lamont Pridmore

GRAHAM LAMONT, Chief Executive, Lamont Pridmore

Graham Lamont has been Lamont Pridmore’s chief executive/managing partner for more than 30 years. He has overseen the development of the firm from a sole practitioner in 1979 into a Top 100 national award-winning firm with more than 55 staff and eight offices across Cumbria and Lancashire.

MARK LEE, Speaker, author and consultant at BookMarkLee

MARK LEE, Speaker, author and consultant at BookMarkLee

Mark Lee FCA is The Professionals' Professional Speaker. He works with accountants to help them be better remembered, referred and recommended. It is now ten years since he left professional life to focus instead on speaking, writing and mentoring accountants. Thousands value his commercial, practical and independent insights and advice.

STEVE MASLIN, Partner, Grant Thornton

STEVE MASLIN, Partner, Grant Thornton

Steve has held various leadership positions within Grant Thornton, most recently Chair of The UK Board. He has chaired the audit’s profession’s main public policy committees and this year was guest lecturer at the London School of Economics. Steve’s audit portfolio includes a number of international public and private entities.

SIMON MICHAELS, Managing Partner, BDO LLP

SIMON MICHAELS, Managing Partner, BDO LLP

Simon is a BDO Partner and the firm's Managing Partner until September 2016 when he will have served the maximum of two, four-year terms. In his role Simon has led the firm through the financial crisis and oversaw UK growth of domestic and international business, including completion of the successful PKF merger.

CARL READER, Director, d&t Chartered Accountants

CARL READER, Director, d&t Chartered Accountants

Carl’s key goal is to help businesses to start, grow and franchise. He is widely regarded as the UK’s leading expert and advisor to small businesses. He prides himself on offering straightforward advice to businesses looking to start, grow or franchise… and lives by the simple ethos of ’rolling your sleeves up and take action”. He is the author of The Startup Coach and The Franchising Handbook, both published by Hodder

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.

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.

Simon Wright, Operations Director, CareersinAudit.com

Simon Wright, Operations Director, CareersinAudit.com

Simon is a highly experienced recruitment marketing professional and job board operations director and has managed CareersinAudit.com for over 9 years. He has created a global online recruitment brand and has won many awards for his work, including Best Job Board at the 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.

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