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Paul Aplin

P S Aplin OBE BSc FCA CTA (Fellow) LRPS

Paul Aplin 
  • Admitted to ICAEW: 1985
  • Joined Council: 2007
  • ICAEW President: 2018


Paul Aplin, Past-President of ICAEW, 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.

Declaration of Interests

Membership of, or interests in, formal bodies or groups, including other professional bodies

  • Chartered Institute of Taxation (Member of CIOT Council)
  • Royal Photographic Society
  • Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers (Liveryman)

Membership of ICAEW Council, ICAEW Boards and other ICAEW Committees

  • Council
  • Chair, Nominating Committee

Partnerships, Directorships or beneficial interests in companies

  • Partner, A C Mole & Sons
  • Dabbling Developments Limited
  • Director, Tauntfield Limited
  • Director, Tauntfield Holdings Limited
  • Director Stafford House Secretarial Services Limited

Professional or social relationships with individuals who have business relationships or who compete with ICAEW

  • Member, Tax Journal Editorial Board
  • Member, HMRC Administrative Burdens Advisory Board

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