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New ATT head vows to be engaging

Simon Braidley becomes body's youngest president

The new president of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT), Simon Braidley, has vowed to work to ensure the professional body has a greater rapport with its members, students and affiliates.

Taking up his role today, Mr Braidley said the ATT had ‘come of age’ having this year turned 21 years old, an anniversary that provided ‘the ideal launch pad to further promote the association to our members and potential members’.

‘A priority of my presidential year is to engage the membership,’ he added, highlighting the development of a strategy ‘to take the association through the next stage of its adult life’.

Measures include a new website, overseas examination centres and the appointment of John Kimmer as the ATT’s first technical officer.

Mr Braidley succeeds David Stedman as president. At 46 years of age, he is the youngest figurehead of the organisation since it was founded in 1989.

He is a veteran of the Inland Revenue (as was), a number of accountancy firms (both international and small) and his own practice. He now works in the City of London for niche firm Argenta Taxation Consultants, which specialises in the Lloyd’s insurance market.

At today’s AGM of the ATT, the body welcomed Andrew Meeson to the position of deputy president and saw Stuart McKinnon accept the mantle of vice president. It also ratified a special resolution to allow for the introduction of a new membership category of fellow.

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