The trainer qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 with a six-partner firm, Gilberts, following completion of an accountancy foundation course. In the same year, he joined Binder Hamlyn to work in their Business Development Group. In 1990, he joined a major training company to work as a trainer on their accounting exam courses. During the next four years, he taught auditing, financial reporting and taxation for ACA, ACCA, CIMA and AAT exams, he also taught the ACA multi-disciplinary case study. He mainly taught full-time courses organised for Deloitte, PWC and EY; he was also personally responsible for the ACA final level auditing paper. In 1993, he became the director of post-examination CPD training for accountants. He was also responsible for financial training programmes for non-accountants, especially solicitors. Around this time, he also started training in International Accounting Standards initially for Ernst & Young’s non-UK-based professional staff in Europe. Since 1998, he has been training on a freelance basis, concentrating on financial training for both accountants and non-accountants. The trainer also specialises in training on IFRS and US accounting standards and has presented on both subjects throughout Europe for the past 20 years. He has considerable experience in presenting training on the following topics:
- Accounting for financial instruments and insurance contracts
- IFRS reporting issues for energy and pharmaceutical businesses
- Completion accounts and the role of financial standards in corporate finance transactions
- Accounting for business combinations – mergers, acquisitions and all joint and special purpose arrangements.