Guest Speaker I:
Paul, President of ICAEW (elected 2018), joined A C Mole & Sons with an honours degree in biology and chemistry in 1980. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985; a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1989 and became the firm’s first tax partner in 1992.
He has served as Chairman ICAEW Tax Faculty and until May 2016 chaired its Technical Committee. He writes for various tax and accountancy journals and is regularly quoted on tax issues in the national press. He is a member of the Tax Journal editorial board.
Paul was named Tax Personality of the Year in the 2007 UK Tax Awards for the part he played in persuading the government to reverse its decision to shorten the tax return filing deadline. He received the Outstanding Industry Contribution award in the 2013 British Accountancy Awards and was listed as 7th in the Accountancy Age 2014 "Financial Power List" of people who influence tax and financial policy in the UK. He was appointed OBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2009 for public service and services to the accountancy profession.
Guest Speaker II:
Cong is a partner at EY specialized in business consulting and tax advisory. Cong has over 18 years’ advisory experience and has been actively involved in various business and tax advisory projects. Cong’s experience covers a wide spectrum of industries including TMT, Life Science, Wealth Management, logistics, manufacturing, retailing, real estate and etc. Cong also has diverse experience in advising organizations on their IPO, inbound/outbound greenfield investment, M&A, restructuring, and other investment projects.