I joined UEA in March 2018 as a Lecturer in Taxation and Accounting at the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Previously, I worked as a tax professional within both the Civil Service and subsequently the commercial sector.
Within the Civil Service, I worked for 28 years for the Inland Revenue, (subsequently renamed HM Revenue & Customs - HMRC), in a variety of tax roles.
I began as a graduate on the Inspector Development Programme, qualifying as a Senior Inspector of Taxes. Subsequently, I gained extensive experience in UK and international tax compliance (avoidance and evasion enquiries) in relation to individuals, partnerships, and companies, (both SME and Large Businesses).
I then moved on to Education within HMRC, and became an HMRC Senior Tutor and a Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Associate Tutor, engaged in teaching and mentoring trainees on HMRC's graduate training programmes leading to a BA degree in ‘Professional Taxation’.
Subsequently, I took on two Course Director (CD) roles. The first CD role was for a Business Driven Development Programme aimed specifically at HMRC employees unable to access key training for promotion due to their Alternative Working Patterns. I was responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of a bespoke training programme designed to meet business needs. The second CD position was as a Learning Programmes Course Director Manager and Team Leader, where I led and managed four teams responsible for the training and development of over 2500 HMRC staff (both Direct and Indirect Tax).
During my time at HMRC I was also a member of an EU - Directive working group to create a blueprint for developing Tax Education in EU Schools, and the IOTA (Intra-European Organisation of Tax Authorities) - Professional Development Forum.
After leaving HMRC, I worked briefly in education in the professional sector for SWAT UK Ltd. I taught Tax and accounting updates to professional accounting and audit staff and contributed to the development of new course material.
My original degree was in the sciences, but as well as gaining formal HMRC tax qualifications, I also qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA).
I am an active member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), sitting on and contributing to the CIOT Examination Review Sub-Committee for 2 years. I joined the East Anglia Branch committee in 2016, and served as Deputy Chair in 2018-19 before becoming Chair in March 2019.