Making Connections in Tax

Making Connections in Tax
20 March 2024

Networking through our regional branches doesn’t only involve technical CPD sessions. There are many more social opportunities on offer. Help us to find the right events for you!

You may well recall an article from last February, where Helen Ballantine and I invited you all to consider your CPD requirements as members. Well, I’m here again – this time to tell you a little bit about how fantastically successful the resumption of in-person events has been in our Regions and to remind you that Making Connections in Tax is all about getting involved where you are.

So if you are looking to give your CPD a springboard refresh, why not visit one of our Branches.

Dipti Thakrar, Chair of the East Midlands Branch, recently said that she got involved because the events that we were holding weren’t what she wanted to attend. So she thought she’d come along, volunteer and help to change that. And that pretty much sums it up!

Our Branch Committees and the Head Office Team support activities in our Branches in lots of ways. There really is no limit to the sort of activity that we can help you to run, whether it be a social event, a purely technical CPD lecture or a bit of both.

Recent events have included an Escape Room in Sheffield, a Budget lunch at a restaurant in Birmingham, a hybrid half day conference in Norwich, a doughnut and coffee morning for students at a firm in Taunton, a panel discussion on careers in Bristol. And on and on it goes...

We help by managing event logistics and any other formalities.

Our officers – Gary Ashford, Charlotte Barbour, Nichola Ross Martin, Simon Groom, Senga Prior, Graham Batty and our Executive team, Helen Whiteman, Jane Ashton, Andrew Burnett and Ellen Milner – are keen to come along. They know how important it is to meet members and students working in taxation. Andrea Gale and I can also be on hand to meet, greet and make everyone feel welcome!

Making Connections in Tax is the name of the game. If you can’t see an event that you want to go to, get in touch – be a Dipti – and help shape events by getting involved in your local Branch. Scan the QR code to add me on LinkedIn or write to us at Check who your local Branch Committee is here: and

Making Connections in Tax

Emma Barklamb
Head of Member Services, CIOT and ATT