UKTIC 2021 Speakers


This year could be our best line up of speakers yet, with some fresh faces, new ideas and new sessions. Our guest speakers will be sharing their expert knowledge and insight into current dealings with HMRC.

Kevin Igoe will be returning for the 2021 UK Tax Investigations Conference and we look forward to announcing our other fantastic speakers shortly.


Janet Alexander

COVID, Customer Experience, Professionalism, EU (UK) Transition, HMRC

Janet Alexander leads for HMRC on addressing non-compliance in the HMRC Covid schemes. She has spent all her civil service career in HMRC or agencies, returning to HMRC in February 2018, from Valuation Office Agency. Until May 2020 Janet was the Director of Individuals and Small Business Compliance, which is responsible for managing compliance risks in all the main taxes and duties for this customer group. In June 2020 she set up a new directorate that focuses on leading the compliance elements that arise in the HMRC COVID-19 schemes and our transition out of the EU, and Professionalism and Customer Experience.

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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Sarah Stenton

Tax Director, Stewarts Law

Sarah Stenton has an enviable reputation in the field of tax dispute resolution, established over her 17 year career advising across the full spectrum of taxes. Sarah is a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), having previously trained at what was the Inland Revenue (now, “HMRC”). She specialises in the resolution of tax enquiries and disputes, predominantly for high net worth and high profile individuals. Her work includes complex technical investigations (“COP8”), cases involving suspected tax fraud (“COP9”), voluntary disclosures, and settlement of individual and corporate participation in marketed tax avoidance schemes. Her depth of knowledge has been recognised in many tax, legal and mainstream press publications where she is regularly asked to comment on tax dispute related matters. Sarah established the Tax Litigation and Investigation team at Stewart’s in April 2019 with her colleague Lisa Vanderheide where the legal 500 have recorded the team as one that “inspire confidence with their determination”.

Sarah features in Tatler’s directory of influential private client experts; Spear’s 500 directory (of top private client advisers) as a “distinguished individual”; and Citywealth’s leaders list.

Lisa Vanderheide

Tax Director, Stewarts Law

Lisa Vanderheide has over 30 years of experience in tax investigation and tax dispute resolution work including 16 years as a Tax Inspector in HMRC.  Lisa advises partnerships, corporates and private individuals on the full range of taxes and all aspects of their HMRC interactions. She specialises in complex tax enquiries including suspected tax fraud (“COP 9”) and large technical investigations (“COP 8”), disclosures and advising clients on their options in relation to tax avoidance arrangements under challenge by HMRC. This includes films schemes, Employee Benefit Trusts and bespoke arrangements. Lisa is a regular contributor to tax publications on tax investigation matters, is often quoted in the press, and regularly presents at live events and webinars. Lisa heads up the Tax Litigation and Investigation team at Stewart’s with her colleague Sarah Stenton. 

Lisa appears in the Spear’s 500 directory of top private client advisers as a “distinguished individual” and features in Tatler’s directory of private client experts.

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Gary Brothers

Partner, Independent Tax

Gary has been engaged on tax disputes, investigations and enquiries for over 30 years on “both sides of the fence”, having moved to the profession from HMRC almost 20 years ago. With his acknowledged wealth of experience, he is widely regarded as a “go to” advisor for any matters relating to HMRC. Having held a host of very Senior positions in professional firms, he then set up the award-winning practice Independent Tax in 2013, where he and his team continue to support clients through all manner of HMRC issues securing great outcomes. Gary recalls a client once describing him as “a thinker and a warrior”, which is a compliment he was delighted to receive!

David Brindley

Manager, Independent Tax

David has joined Independent Tax in January 2020 from the specialist Tax Dispute Team of the “Big 6” practice and brings significant commerciality and professionalism with him.

His previous roles include working as an Investigator within HMRC’s Offshore Fraud Investigation Service team, where David was part of HMRC’s drive into the investigation of offshore tax haven income and gains.

While at HMRC David also worked on high profile fraud cases, including cases involving individuals identified as a direct result of the Panama Papers.

These various insights have developed David into a tax professional who is highly knowledgeable of the numerous information sources, powers and strategies at HMRC’s disposal, and he has a particular acumen for assisting clients deal with the defence of such approaches to ensure sensible, moderate and secure positions are taken.

David has and continues to undertake a large variety of work including HMRC enquiries, disclosures, tribunals and disguised remuneration settlements.


Danielle Ford

Tax Director, Head of Tax Disputes and Resolutions, Haysmacintyre

Danielle is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser advising on all aspects of taxation for individuals including residence, domicile, income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax planning.  Passionate about all aspects of taxation, she works tirelessly with her team to ensure clients receive a personal service of the highest standard.​

Danielle has developed a specialism in handling HM Revenue & Customs enquiries, disputes and resolutions.  Her professionalism and personality allow her to ease the process for her clients, whilst her knowledge of tax legislation secures the best possible outcome.

Jim Benson

Assistant Director Alternative Dispute Resolution | CEPET – COVID, Customer Experience, Professionalism, EU Transition | CCG | HMRC

Jim jointed the (then) Inland Revenue in 1988 and has undertaken a variety of compliance roles including undertaking interventions into SME’s and large corporate organisations. Since 2009 Jim has been involved in dispute resolution. Initially in presenting cases for HMRC at the First Tier Tax Tribunal before moving into a management role. Since 2016, Jim has been the Assistant Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution based in Salford.

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Stuart Cutler

High Risk Wealth Programme Manager, WMBC Wealthy, HMRC

Stuart has worked at HMRC for over 9 years and during this time has had a number of roles on various compliance teams. Starting with small businesses and then working in Large Business as a Corporation Tax Specialist. He has worked in Wealthy for about 5 years, first as a Customer Compliance Manager and more recently as the Programme Manager for the High Risk Wealth Programme, which is Wealthy’s flagship compliance programme.

Jonathon Hair

Assistant Director, WMBC Wealthy, HMRC

Jonathon joined HMRC in 2013 as a case director in the ‘Affluent’ unit where he managed investigations covering a range of complex matters. He has subsequently been a Wealthy Compliance Lead (lead CRM in the previous High Net Worth Unit terminology) where he led HMRC’s compliance activities into some of the wealthiest individuals in the UK. He is now an Assistant Director within Wealthy. Prior to joining HMRC, Jonathon worked in practice for 7 years where he predominately advised owner-managed businesses. He is a chartered accountant, chartered tax adviser and holds a master’s degree in Taxation and Fiscal Policy.

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Patricia Griffiths

[ECS’s] Grade 7 Strategy Lead for Accountancy Service Providers (ASPs) and Trust or Company Service Providers (TCSPs), HMRC

Patricia is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and after many years in practice including ten years with a big 4 firm, she joined HMRC in 2013 as an individuals and trusts technical tax specialist supporting HMRC’s Wealthy compliance team. In 2017 she moved to the Money Laundering Regulations Supervisory Team, where she is the Strategy and Policy lead for the Accountancy Service Providers and Trust or Company Services Providers sectors.