Master's Biography

The Master

Kevin Thomas FCA CTA ATT BSc

Kevin is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Advisor and member of the Association of Tax Technicians. Kevin graduated with an honours degree in Mathematics and then trained as a general practice accountant and auditor. Upon qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he took the tax exams of the Chartered Institute of Tax and moved into tax 1990.

Kevin trained with Essex based practice Bird Luckin and was appointed a partner in 1994. He remained with that practice, now called Rickard Luckin Limited, and sits on the Management, Tax, and IT committees.

In his tax professional role Kevin believes passionately that the business should plan ahead and seek quality help and guidance, thus realising in full their aims and ambitions. He specialises in helping owner managed business, the SME sector, sole traders, partnerships and individuals in areas such Corporate and Personal Tax; VAT; Tax planning; Succession planning; International Services; Payroll; and Charity & Not-for-profit.

Kevin joined the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers’ in 2000 and became Treasurer and Court Assistant in 2008. He was Renter Warden in 2014/15 and Upper Warden in 2015/16 being installed as Master on 21 September 2016.

Kevin is a Trustee and Treasurer of TaxAid (UK) a charity dedicated to helping people on low incomes with tax problems who cannot afford to pay for expert advice and assistance. He is also Treasurer of a number of associations covering such topics as politics, help for young disadvantaged children, and historical sites.

Besides the livery company and his keen interest in the City of London, Kevin is a keen traveller, walker, runner, swimmer, and cyclist. Having run a number of marathons, in 2016 he widened the challenge and has since taken part in a number of triathlons. His latest project is to walk the 630 mile South West Coastal path. Kevin is married with two children.

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The Deputy Master

Anthony Thomas

Anthony Thomas has been a tax practitioner with Thomas & Company for more than 30 years based in Coventry and with a special interest in the taxation aspects of smaller business and the professions.

He is a member of the council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation [CIOT] being the national president in 2011/12 and is now currently chairman of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group [LITRG]. This group is an initiative of the CIOT and their work is focused on the impact of tax on lower income and vulnerable people.

Anthony is also a Chartered certified Accountant and a member of the ATT [Association of Taxation Technicians] having being their president in 2002/03. His outside interests consist of music, and particularly playing the piano and organ.

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Past Masters

Michael Godbee

John R DewhurstMichael Godbee was educated at Brentwood School and the London School of Economics. He joined what was then Cooper Brothers and transferred to the taxation department during his articles. He became a partner in April 1977 and in 1985 set up the tax department in the new Uxbridge office. He moved home from Bromley to Ealing at that time and much further west in 1992 when he transferred to New York for two years. When he returned he joined the Reading office (quite a change!) and resumed his role as Regional Practice Area Leader. Finally he transferred back to London in 1997 by which time he specialised in transfer pricing. He retired from what by then was PwC in 2002.

Always interested in the Arts he became chairman of the Arts Club in 2004 - for a brief time being Chief Executive and a licensee despite having vowed never to take another exam. He stepped down in 2008 having met and married Caroline there. Seven children and four grandchildren between them mean that their lives are kept busy particularly as Caroline's children live in France. However they still find time for the opera, ballet and art galleries.

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John R Dewhurst LLB(Lond)(Hons), BCL(Oxon), B Proc(SA), CTA(Fellow)

John Dewhurst was elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers in June 2013 and was installed as Master for the 2013/14 year on 23rd September 2013.

He started his career as an academic, lecturing in law at what is now the University of Zimbabwe. He then practised as an attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1979 he has specialised as an international tax practitioner in London and is principle at Chown Dewhurst LLP. He is a Fellow and a Past Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). He was until recently the Chairman of the CIOT's Advanced Diploma in International Taxation Sub-Committee.

John has been a trustee of several charities and is part of one of the London Conferences of the St Vincent de Paul Society founded in Paris 200 years ago to provide practical help to the poor. He and his wife Susan also took part in running a Marriage Preparation Course for engaged couples as they lived in Surrey prior to moving to London in 2006.

John's other interests include opera, theatre, reading and travel. He and Susan have two children and three grandchildren.

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Nicholas C Goulding BSc, FCA, CTA(Fellow), ATT, FRSA

Nicholas (Nick) Goulding was elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers in June 2012 and was installed as Master for the 2012/13 year on 20th September 2012. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and after graduating in Physics and Chemistry at King's College, London, trained as a Chartered Accountant with Allan Charlesworth & Co and joined Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG LLP) on qualification where he became a tax partner in 1985 and retired as a consultant in 2010.

Nick now concentrates on charity appointments and is Honorary Treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (serving as President in 2008/9), the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (of which he is a Liveryman), King's College London Association, Blue Apple Theatre and Winchester St Lawrence with St Swithun upon Kingsgate. He is a Trustee of Lord Wandsworth College and Trustee and Treasurer of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group. He was chairman of the Castle Baynard Ward Club in 2006/7.

Nick's interests include all aspects of aviation, having learned to fly with the University of London Air Squadron, RAFVR, astronomy and narrow boating. Nick is married to Amanda who is Assistant Priest in the United Benefice of St Bartholomew with St Lawrence and St Swithun in Winchester.