I started my career as a management accountant at a Lloyd’s of London syndicate (now called Novae Group plc) in 2000. I gained a place on Ernst & Young’s graduate tax rotation scheme in 2002. I worked in various teams including Global Mobility (preparing expatriate tax returns), Employment Tax Solutions (managing complex tax schemes for employees including employee benefit trusts) and Employment Tax Consulting, (advising on PAYE/NIC issues and undertaking due diligence investigations).
I settled in the Tax Risk Management team where I specialised in managing HMRC enquiries for individuals and companies. I project-managed one of HMRC’s largest Code of Practice 8 enquiries under the Litigation and Settlement Strategy.
In 2008 I moved to Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLP, specialising in Code of Practice 9 enquiries, Code of Practice 8 enquiries, New Disclosure Opportunity reports and Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility reports for UK and non UK domiciled individuals and companies.
I left A&M in 2012 to set up Watt Busfield Tax Investigations LLP with Andrew Watt. We specialise in tax investigation work. I enjoy working closely with clients to understand their tax affairs, writing their reports, and the satisfaction I receive when the tax issue has been resolved.
I received a bachelor’s degree (2:1) in Geography from Oxford University. I am a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). I received a distinction in my Association of Tax Technician (ATT) exams. I am also part qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
I undertook a six month secondment at The Prince’s Trust in 2006 in the business development team, and completed their 270km Coast to Coast team challenge raising over £4,000. I also completed the London Marathon in 2007. I am a supporter of the National Trust, Landmark Trust and renewable energy.