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ICAEW Thames Valley members standing for election and re-election

These are the Thames Valley members standing for election and re-election.

Michael Cooper

Headshot of Michael CooperMichael Cooper qualified with Price Waterhouse in London, but has worked for many years as a Senior Civil Servant with Defra (mainly in the field of grants management). Having dealt with the administration of EU funding of more than €50 billion in his current role he is now involved with the transition to new UK schemes. He has been involved with the London and Thames Valley District Societies for many years, serving as President of TVCA from 2010 to 2012. He also served for six years as Trustee and Vice President (Finance) of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and is now a non-executive director of BCS Learning & Development. He is married to Felicity and has three children

Biyi Oloko

Headshot of Biyi OlokoBiyi is a Fellow of the ICAEW and a Fellow of the ACCA. He was coopted to the main committee in 2020 where he is a member of the editorial board of Chartam and chairs the Reading & Maidenhead business breakfast forum.

He qualified with Moores Rowland (now Moores Rowland International (MRI) in 1990. He is a graduate of economics and accounting from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

He is the CEO for Stephen Simeon Limited. Stephen Simeon is a UK headquartered Advisory business with operations in Nigeria and Ghana in Africa. At Stephen Simeon our slogan is ‘Discerning the new Africa’.

Biyi has an excellent reputation as a leading expert in business recovery and business turnaround and has been recommended as a leading financial expert in recovering businesses from near terminal situations for many years.

Whilst at EY, Biyi was seconded to the cabinet of Oyo State, Nigeria as a Special Adviser. As a cabinet member for the sub sovereign African State, he was responsible for budget, planning and internal revenue generation & collection for circa 12 million citizens.

Biyi is an active volunteer in the Berkshire region of the UK where he is a School Governor and a Parish Councillor. He is the Treasurer/Trustee for the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association.

Biyi’s personal interests include reading, keep fit, enjoy watching most ball sports particularly rugby, travelling and politics. He is married with 3 children: 2 girls and 1 boy

Brian Bush

Brian, now retired, had a varied and very interesting career being Articled in Reading, spent some years with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) before moving into industry as a Financial Director and then being invited to join His Grace The Duke Of Wellington in commercialising his various enterprises. He then joined Courage, the Brewers and finally was CEO of a holiday resort.

During his Articles he was involved in the formation of the Reading Student Society and joined the Main Committee of the Thames Valley Society of Chartered Accountants upon it's formation. During the following years he has Chaired most of the Sub-Committees, was Editor of Chartam and in 2000/2001 became The President. Now is the Champion/Representative of Retired/Life Members for the Thames Valley planning events both virtual, as at present, and again in the future real day tours and lunches which he is willing to continue to do until someone takes over.

Louise Herrington

Louise HerringtonExpert in Accounting and Tax for Performers & Entertainers as well as sole traders.

I trained with the English National Opera on "The Knack" when the programme first started in 1995/6. This firmly put my voice as a dramatic soprano, although keeping my passion of music theatre & West End shows.

I have a degree in Business Studies & Accounting and trained with Price Waterhouse, one of the top Chartered Accounting practices in the world. I have extensive experience in accounting systems from the design & set up, through to testing, training and support gained within corporate and SME environments, and have run accounting departments of varying sizes and in many countries around the world providing them with wide experience of business.

I have managed to combine both sides of me involving spending much time within the exciting arts environment and have therefore grown to understand the challenges many people working within these industries face when it comes to business and actively seeks clients within this sector.

My key specialism is working for artistic & creative clients such as actors, singers, performers, graphic designers, film & media personalities and musicians.

I enjoy a good puzzle when it comes to forensic accounting and looking at what has gone wrong within the accounting system, business processes or helping sole traders understand their business from a financial aspect. I'm never happier when piecing together receipts and invoices to make up a set of accounts – which often comes in handy!

James Pennington

James PenningtonA dynamic commercially aware finance executive with a rounded, broad international experience of managing a global finance function with employees across multiple countries. Hands on experience of scaling a company from a start-up, including hiring, equity and implementation of processes and multiple global operating systems including finance, expenses and travel.

Confident communicator, cable of delivering results with a “can do attitude” and in possession of the entrepreneurial je ne sais quoi.