Head of Taxation
Stephen is Head of Taxation in the Institute of Directors' Policy Unit.
He graduated from Manchester University with an honours degree in Economics & Politics. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Stephen has specialised in taxation for over thirty years and, before joining the IoD in September 2013, was a partner in three global accounting firms (Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young and BDO) for a total of twenty eight years. He was appointed by the Exchequer Secretary as one of the eight independent members of HM Treasury's Tax Professionals Forum.
He often speaks on taxation and related matters at conferences and he regularly appears in both the national and tax technical press and on the broadcast media.
He is a strong supporter of tax simplification and reduced tax rates for both businesses and individuals and believes that it is imperative that the misconceptions about tax planning which are regularly asserted by anti-business lobbyists are aggressively refuted.