UKTIC 2020 Speakers

To help us celebrate 10 years of the UK Tax Investigations Conference, we’re inviting some of our crowd favourites back to present again this year!


Penny Ciniewicz

HMRC Director General for Customer Compliance

Penny was appointed as HMRC Director General for Customer Compliance Group in September 2017. Between September 2009 and September 2017, Penny was Chief Executive of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Before that she spent three years in HMRC as Director of Knowledge, Analysis and Intelligence, and in the Frontiers Customer Unit.

Her Civil Service career began in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 1996 where latterly she was Director of Aerospace and Defence. In 2004, she was seconded from DTI to the Cabinet Office, where she worked as Principal Private Secretary to successive Cabinet Secretaries, Lord Turnbull and Lord O’Donnell.

Director General Customer Compliance

The Director General Customer Compliance focuses on minimising the tax gap by promoting voluntary compliance, preventing non-compliance and tackling those who cheat the system.

The Customer Compliance Group includes risk and intelligence, compliance for all customer groups, including large business, wealthy people, mid-sized businesses, small businesses and individuals, and HMRC’s counter–avoidance and fraud investigation functions.

Kevin Igoe

Managing Director, Professional Fee Protection

Kevin Igoe CTA joined PFP in 1995 and was appointed Managing Director in 2013. Prior to that he worked at HMRC and one of the "top 4" accountancy firms. He has seen over 28,000 HMRC investigations and enquiries. He is Chairman of the UK Tax Investigations Conference and is seen as one of the UK's leading experts in HMRC Tax Investigations and Enquiries.

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Mark Taylor

Head of the Tax Investigations and Dispute Resolution, Buzzacott

Mark is a Partner at Buzzacott LLP and Head of the Tax Investigations and Dispute Resolution team. Mark and his team recently won the Best Tax Investigations team at Taxation Awards 2019. Mark is a recognised expert in all contentious tax matters having served in all of HMRC’s elite investigation offices as a Senior Tax Inspector and accredited Financial Investigator. Mark brings a unique understanding of HMRC to the advantage of Buzzacott’s clients, resulting in more efficient handling of HMRC enquiries and, for those who have any irregularities, minimising unnecessary tax, interest and penalties and, in the most serious cases, avoiding criminal investigation and the confiscation of assets. He consults and communicates directly with HMRC Policy on its current and future enforcement and compliance work, thus shaping HMRC’s approach to tackling tax avoidance and evasion.

Dawn Register

Partner in Tax Dispute Resolution, BDO LLP

Dawn is a Chartered Tax Adviser and STEP member and leads the Tax Dispute Resolution team at BDO in London.

Dawn manages complex tax return enquiries, voluntary disclosures, tax fraud and technical investigations conducted by HM Revenue & Customs. Her cases cover a wide range of tax issues, including tax avoidance, and often involve an international element under Code of Practice 8/9 or one of the disclosure facilities. Dawn’s recent work has focused on changes in HMRC powers, penalties and campaigns. She is a recognised expert in voluntary disclosure and resolving long running disputes with HMRC.

Dawn is a CEDR accredited mediator and is using mediation in ADR with HMRC.  Dawn is a regular presenter and writer on tax issues. She is regularly quoted in the national press and is an author of the Bloomsbury Tax Investigations Handbook.


Sean Wakeman

Partner, Head of Tax Resolutions, Crowe UK

Sean specialises in all aspects of tax investigation and dispute resolution work. He is an expert in negotiating settlements with HMRC and works in conjunction with members of the accountancy, banking and legal professions as well as trust and offshore company service providers both in the UK and overseas.

Sean has more than 30 years’ experience of working with individuals, trusts, businesses and companies (including offshore) to ensure they have the greatest possible protection from criminal prosecution and then to keep their tax bills to a minimum.

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