A passion for teaching drew me into education after a number of years in practice and industry. Since joining Cardiff Metropolitan University in 1993, I have developed my career in several directions. Whilst my main specialist area is taxation, I have taught, and been module leader for, a wide range of subjects, including financial reporting and financial management. In my teaching I have sought to develop students’ analytical skill in technical areas through devising case studies for use as coursework.
Throughout my time at Cardiff Metropolitan University, I have also kept my knowledge of tax law and practice up to date by writing articles for professional journals, such as Tax Adviser, and doing updates for CCH’s British Tax Guide and British Tax Reporter. Furthermore, I have written several books on the taxation of small businesses.
I became aware of the limitations of the study of taxation as a purely technical discipline and submitted my PhD researching the ways in which power relationships and power dynamics shape tax policy and practice in 2015.
I have also published several papers in this area and, more recently, I have collaborated with Prof. Rebecca Boden and Prof. Jane Kenway to publish two papers examining critically the charitable status and financing of independent schools in the UK.