I am a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). I am also a Lecturer in Accounting and Taxation for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I am an active researcher in areas surrounding accounting, taxation and public policy and their implications on individuals, society and social inequality. I am also the Tax Coordinator for UK and international tax papers for the ACCA.
I teach through the medium of Welsh and English. Providing and facilitating space to deliver and maintain high quality teaching and learning is very important to me. Making use of information technology and developing innovative methods for teaching and learning is an important part to my approach.
Prior to my academic career, I worked in the accountancy and taxation industry for around fifteen years (since 1997). I managed tax enquiry cases (personal and business) and coordinated and managed a busy tax department at an accountancy firm, where I was also the Training Officer and ACCA Mentor for trainee staff. I also owned and managed my own accountancy firm offering accountancy services, taxation advice and planning to businesses, individuals and other accountancy firms.
I embarked on a career in academia in 2008, partly because I enjoyed teaching and sharing knowledge and skills that I had gained from industry, and also because I wanted to make a change to the way tax and welfare policy is administered with the aim of improving experiences of professionals, taxpayers, welfare recipients and bureaucrats, leading to improved effectiveness. It is due to this passion that I immersed myself into accounting and tax research, and embarked on an MRes and a PhD in accounting. My research is multidisciplinary and transcends across several disciplines to include: accounting, public administration, taxation and sociology. My research focuses on the role of accounting in public policy and administration. In particular, I examine tax and welfare administration and their implications and impact on individuals, society and social inequality. My research also explores the role of accounting technologies and techniques within such programmes and how they enact power and control. I adopt a critical interpretive approach, through ethnography, and the application of grounded theory.
In addition to my research, I hold several important roles at Bangor University: In addition to being an undergraduate and postgraduate Lecturer in Accounting and Taxation, I am a Teaching Fellow at Bangor University, PGCertHE Examiner, Fellow Higher Education Academy Reviewer, Personal Tutor, PhD supervisor and examiner and the Library Representative at Bangor Business School.
I also hold key roles outside of Bangor University: I serve as Chair of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Interdisciplinary Perspectives Special Interest Group (IPSIG). I am also a member of the Tax Research Network (TRN) executive committee and a committee member of the Low Income Tax Reform Group (LITRG). I am a Trustee of Citizens Advice Ynys Môn. I am the External Examiner for the University of Limerick, Ireland, for their undergraduate and postgraduate tax and tax law modules. I am also an External Associate Member for the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) at Birmingham University.
I am also the Co-Editor of the Tax Research Network Blog. The blog raises the profile of tax research. It aims to become a preferred place for policymakers to search for cutting-edge tax and public finance research; to bring high-profile and well-established tax scholars together to share knowledge, ideas and skills amongst the tax community; help PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) share their research ideas, experiences and issues with the aim of developing their research skills, knowledge and potential for publication and impact; and to provide an area for tax academics (at any level) to come together and share ideas and advice and to discuss current issues.
My awards include £18,200 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA); £10,000grant from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Wales Research Grant; £1,500 research bursary from Departments of Accounting and Finance (CDAF); £2,000 College Seed Funding, Bangor University; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (UK); Bangor University Teaching Fellowship (UK); Nominated twice for Teacher of the Year category, by the Students’ Union and the Student Led Teaching Awards Panel (UK); 5-year Lectureship in Accounting (Welsh Medium) funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (UK); and 5-year Welsh Medium Postgraduate Scholarship in Accounting from Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (UK).