I am currently Professor of Accounting in the Faculty of Business and Law, and also former President of the British Accounting and Finance Association (2015-2020), a learned society for academics based in the UK.
I am one of the few accounting researchers to investigate the agri-food industry. I write about the effects of accounting and performance measurement practices on the industry, and on society more widely.In particular, I investigate fraud in the food and drink industry. I have also led a successful project, on the growing costs and other problems associated with retail returns in from online purchases. This work has brought me into contact with major retailers in Europe and is continuing with new projects around costing, lean management and circular economy in omnichannel environments.
My other area of expertise is in research methodology, particularly concerning accounting as communication practice and the use of social-theory in critical-interpretative work in accounting. I am on the Editorial Review Boards of several journals, including British Accounting Review; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Accounting Forum. I am an Associate Editor for the AAA Journal of Forensic Accounting Research.
I began my career as an ACCA graduate trainee with Eastern Electricity and then with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Ipswich. Subsequently, I worked as an auditor in local government and higher education. After ten years auditing, I moved into teaching professional accountancy and management programmes in further education and HEIs, becoming a qualified teacher as well as a qualified accountant. Taking my PhD as a mature student, I was senior lecturer at University of Essex, moving to Portsmouth as Professor in Accounting in 2009.
In 2018, I was appointed to the REF UOA17 Sub-panel as an assessor. I have also held external roles for the ICAEW, CIEH, Management Control Association, the British Accounting and Finance Association and CABS Journal Guide.
My research interests lie in management information for decision-making, including accounting communication and education. I am particularly interested in the use of social theory investigate the reasons why accounting tasks are done in the way they are and why they might be done differently, to paraphrase Raymond J. Chambers. My book 'Accounting and Social Theory: an Introduction' was published in October 2016 and explores the use, mis-use and abuse of accounting communications and how these affect relationships in societies. Particular topics include:
- accounting and performance measurement in the food industry;
- food fraud;
- accounting communication practices;
- cost of returns and fraudulent returns in retail;
- strong structuration theory in accounting research.
I currently teach on the module 'Financial Crime and the Law' on the MSc Forensic Accounting course. I also teach qualititative research skills for the Graduate School Development Programme and co-ordinate the dissertation module for the MSc Research Methods. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
I have supervised a number of PhD projects with the most recent being in food safety governance; consumer fraud in lean retail environments; target cost management and NPD in food manufacturing; and the expectations gap in accounting education. Ongoing projects include investigations into food deserts and fraud in organics and the wine trade.
I have published several articles in The Conversation and other media outlets. I have been interviewed by the BBC, including for 'Farming Today' and 'You and Yours'.
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