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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Practical Tax Conference 2015

Date: 9 October 2015 11:00 - 10 October 2015

Type: Course, Tax

Organiser: ICAEW, NorSCA

Dunblane HydroIn the fast changing world of tax, it can be difficult to stay up to date. Our annual Practical Tax conference arranged jointly by ICAEW Members in Scotland and Northern Society in conjuction with the ICAEW Tax Faculty has been designed to address this, with expert speakers who’ll not only bring you up to speed on the issues that matter, but will share their unique professional insights.

Event information

This year’s event is at a stunning new venue, the Dunblane Hydro in Perthshire – a Doubletree by Hilton hotel.

We may have changed locations, but the weekend still features many of our most popular sessions and speakers including Rebecca Benneyworth, Peter Rayney, David Heaton, Paul Aplin and Carl Bayley.

The weekend is a great chance not only to hear from our experts but also to connect with them and other tax professionals. It’s also an excellent way to achieve your CPD goals as you hear from some of the best people in the profession.

As always, this year’s programme is packed with talks designed with small and medium-sized practices in mind. And to make sure that it meets your needs, many of the topics have been developed based on delegate feedback.

The weekend’s not all lectures – there are also plenty of chances to connect with your peers (and our experts) during the informal evening events, or even over coffee between sessions.

This event is always popular – here’s what some of last year’s delegates said:

  • ‘First class course, great speakers covering interesting and relevant topics’
  • ‘Good experienced speakers who were able to handle questions confidently. Overall wide range of difficult topics covered in a concise and easily explained manner’
  • ‘Very good value, opening with top class speakers and intimate and friendly atmosphere’
  • ‘Good course content and excellent to see larger numbers of delegates; some travelling long distances to attend’

The outline programme is attached.


This year the Conference will take place in the historic cathedral town of Dunblane, in Central Scotland. The event itself takes place at the Dunblane Hydro, a former Victorian health spa, turned luxury hotel. The Hydro recently underwent a £12m refurbishment, so you can expect something special from your stay.

The hotel is making single, double and twin en-suite rooms available to delegates. Partners and families are welcome to join you and to make the most of the hotel’s superb facilities. Alternatively, there’s a fantastic range of attractions close at hand, including the world-famous Gleneagles Golf Course. As you would expect in this part of Scotland there are also a number of distilleries to discover and some stunning scenery to explore.

If you wish to extend your stay, you and your guests can enjoy a special discounted rate on the Thursday and/or Saturday evening. These special rates are guaranteed until 10 September, so do book early to make sure you benefit. Accommodation booked after that date will be subject to availability and best available rates at that time. Hilton Honour points can be claimed during your stay.

Book your accommodation direct (for an upgrade contact T: 44 (0)1786 826 636).


Please note that accommodation must be booked separately. The cost of your room(s) will be charged in addition to your conference fees and must be paid directly to the hotel on departure. We have arranged a special dinner, bed and breakfast rate (DB&B) which is bookable directly through the hotel website via the online link above. You will need to specify the type of room required.

The cost of attending the conference, together with more information about the conference and speakers, is set out on the following event page on icaew.com

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Carl Bayley

Carl began training as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 with one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms. He qualified in 1986, becoming a double prize-winner in the process, and began specialising in tax.

Carl is a popular speaker on taxation matters and frequently presents to groups of business owners, landlords, and professionals such as accountants, lawyers and surveyors. His highly acclaimed annual ‘Budget Breakfast’ for the Institute of Chartered Accountants has been running since 2002 and has outlasted two former Chancellors of the Exchequer.

Carl is a member of the governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Deputy Chairman of the Tax Faculty and a former President of ICAEW Scotland.


David Heaton

David is the author of CCH’s NIC annual and a contributor to Tolley’s Taxwise and Tax Planning annuals on employment tax issues.  Now based in Wiltshire, he writes and lectures widely, and advises businesses and practices of all sizes on PAYE, NIC and employee benefit matters, including status and intermediary issues, share schemes and associated valuations, and expatriate tax and social security.  He also advises on complex tax investigations, disclosures and settlements, especially covering remuneration schemes.

Keith Proudfoot

Keith Proudfoot

Organisation: ICAEW

Position: Regional Director, Northern and Scotland

Keith Proudfoot was the first Regional Director for the then 3000 members of the ICAEW in the northern region from 2001 to 2017 and from 2002 also for the 1400+ members in Scotland.

Now holding a number of unpaid non-exec roles with charities and NFPs, Keith has an extensive business support network.  He has continued to be involved with ICAEW members in the Northern region in a voluntary capacity.

Paul Aplin

Paul Aplin, Vice President of ICAEW (elected 2016), 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 acts for a wide range of personal and company tax clients.

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.

Away from the office he is a keen hill walker and climber, with a 21,000′ Himalayan and many high Alpine peaks to his credit; his other interests include photography (he is a licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society), keeping ducks and walking his border collie.

Peter Rayner

Peter Rayney now practises as an independent tax consultant, advising owner managed companies, accountants, lawyers and tax practitioners on various tax issues.  He was previously with BDO for nearly 20 years and during the last five years he was BDO’s National Tax Technical Partner.  Peter chairs the ICAEW Tax Faculty’s SME Business Tax Committee.

Rebecca Benneyworth BSc FCA MBE

Rebecca Benneyworth BSc FCA MBE

Rebecca is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. She is a lecturer, writer and consultant on a variety of taxes, lecturing extensively throughout the UK, to accountants, business people and also to HMRC and the Treasury.

She has her own accountancy practice based in Gloucestershire, with a variety of small business and personal tax clients. During the last two years this has become a 100% digital practice.

She is Chair of the HMRC Digital Advisory Group, providing help and support to HMRC in understanding the challenges that Making Tax Digital presents to small businesses and their advisers. She is also a member of the Admin Burdens Advisory Board, an independent group monitoring the burdens the tax system impose on businesses.

Rebecca is a past Chair of the Tax Faculty of the ICAEW, and serves on the Tax Faculty Board. She is ICAEW council member for South West England, and was awarded an MBE for services to the tax profession in 2012.

How to book

The easiest way to book is online by clicking the button to Book Online at icaew.com – you will be able to log into your account at icaew.com and pay with your debit or credit card.

You can also telephone the ICAEW central events booking team on 01908 248159 and pay over the phone.

Alternatively you can download a booking form or book by email.