Paul Aplin lined up for ICAEW presidency

ICAEW named respected tax partner Paul Aplin as its new vice president, 31 years after he qualified as an accountant with the institute.

Aplin qualified as a chartered accountant with ICAEW in 1985 and joined the CIoT in 1989. Over the past 15 years the tax expert has served as chairman of ICAEW’s Tax Faculty Committee and also chairs its technical committee. In 2009 Aplin was awarded an OBE for his services to the accountancy profession.

The tax partner is one of the profession’s most influential representatives and will play a huge role in sanity-checking the introduction of digital tax accounts and the potential issues. He was involved in AC Mole & Sons filing the first electronic tax return in 1997, and then the first internet-based return in 2001.

Aplin is a regular commentator in the media on tax issues and last year called for a “wide ranging independent review” of HMRC in an article for Accountancy Age.

Commenting on his election, Aplin said: “I have always been inspired by the confidence and energy of those who founded our institute in 1880 and I am committed to maintaining the fundamentals that remain exactly as they were then: integrity, professionalism and vision.

“As a membership body, ICAEW must continue to act in the public interest, and uphold the standards and reputation of the profession.

“For me, the ACA was the key to a great career – it changed my life – and part of my ambition is to help more young people discover it as the key to building their own careers, wherever they might be in the world,” continued Aplin.

Aplin will serve as vice president from June 2016, subject to his formal election at the June Council meeting. From June 2018 he will then serve as the institute’s president for 12 months.

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