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Philip is a seasoned executive with an in-depth understanding of the accountancy and education sectors. A qualified accountant, Philip's background is in audit and he has considerable experience of working in both commercial and public sector organisations. As Chief Executive, Philip is responsible for all aspects of the Association's business operations and has a detailed working knowledge of strategic planning, operational review, regulation and education in a professional environment. His expertise lies in business and financial management, corporate governance, company law, regulation of the accountancy and audit professions, the impact of Brexit on the accountancy profession, and vocational, accountancy and further education.


Les is a highly knowledgeable and experienced accountant, who manages a busy practice serving a varied portfolio of clients. He has accumulated a vast amount of expertise in accountancy, taxation and business management, working with enterprises of different sizes and from different sectors. He understands the challenges faced by accountants in practice and by businesses, particularly small businesses, including taxation, red-tape, anti-money laundering regulations and other issues. He served on the AIA Council for many years prior to his election as President, and has a detailed knowledge of the accountancy profession and the accountancy education sector, as well as corporate governance.