Editors & Contributors

Olivier Boutellis-Taft

Olivier has been Accountancy Europe’s CEO since 2006. He benefits from a diverse professional experience, having been a public prosecutor in France, a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a board member of the European Policy Centre, a director of XBRL international and a business and policy consultant. He regularly speaks on issues related to European affairs and the impact of technology on accountancy. A lawyer and economist by training, Olivier started his professional career in equestrian sports (jumping).

Jackie Bowie

Jackie Bowie is chief executive of independent financial risk advisory firm JCRA, and leads the JCRA team across its offices in the UK, the US and Canada. Her client focus is on the private equity sector and hedging risk exposures on interest rates and foreign exchange.

Peter Boyden

Peter Boyden is one of five principals of the Adelante Group and has eight years' experience mentoring senior executives. Prior to his mentoring career, Peter spent 30 years with Unilever in marketing and general management roles, working across five continents. He has experience working in operational roles and in central/regional management positions across Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Greece and Australia.

Paul Boyle

Paul Boyle was the first CEO of the Financial Reporting Council and is now chairman of the whistleblowing charity Protect, formerly Public Concern at Work.

Katherine Bradshaw

Katherine Bradshaw is head of communications at the Institute of Business Ethics. As well as heading up the IBE’s PR and communications, Katherine is the author of five IBE Good Practice Guides, including "Communicating Ethical Values Internally". She has a particular interest in how stories create an ethical culture and writes scenarios for ethics training, developing the IBE's e-learning tool "Understanding Business Ethics", to sensitise employees to recognise and deal with ethical dilemmas. She is an advocate for responsible business communications, having written and presented on the subject for professional bodies including CIPR, IABC and PRCA, as well as the IBE.

Niamh Brennan

Niamh Brennan is the Michael MacCormac professor of management at University College Dublin (UCD). Niamh has published on financial reporting, corporate governance, forensic accounting and clinical governance. In 2002 she established the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance.

Neil Britten

Neil Britten CDir is a director at Britten Coyne Partners, international experts in board strategic risk governance. Prior to roles as a professional director, Neil was vice president for a major international consulting firm focused on strategy and strategic change, and an executive with a major oil and chemicals conglomerate. 

His experience spans work in the UK, France, Australia and more than 20 other countries, as an executive and advisor to mostly large, multinational corporations in technology, oil and gas, consumer goods, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. He has also acted as an advisor to private equity investors in start-ups and SMEs.

Jann Brown

Jann Brown is a former finance director at Cairn Energy and is a co-founder of Magna Energy. She currently serves as the audit committee chair at John Wood Group and at Troy Income and Growth Trust.

Andrew Burnyeat

Andrew Burnyeat has almost 30 years of experience in journalism. He has specialised in food and drink, hospitality and B2B journalism for most of that time and has conducted dozens of interviews with experts and commentators about current industry issues from “Brexit” to cybercrime, sustainability and technology. He is the Europe, Middle East and Africa editor for International News Services.

Olly Buston

Olly Buston is the CEO and founder of the think tank and consultancy Future Advocacy (www.futureadvocacy.org). Future Advocacy recently published the report "An Intelligent Future?" which focuses on maximising the opportunities and minimising the risks of artificial intelligence. Previously, Olly was a key architect of the Make Poverty History Campaign and Europe director of ‘ONE’ for 7 years. Olly has also worked as director of the Walk Free anti-slavery movement, and as Senior Advocacy Officer for Oxfam International in Washington, DC. Follow Olly on Twitter @ollybuston.

Joseph Byrne

Professor Joseph Byrne has been a professor of economics at Heriot-Watt University since 2013. His research areas include international finance, financial economics and applied econometrics. He has academic journal publications in Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. Joseph has also co-authored a book, "Financial Structure" (CUP).

Kris Byron

Kris Byron is associate professor at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. She has published in leading management and psychology journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Review, Psychological Bulletin, and the Journal of Management. Her current research interests include creativity, emotion, stress, and diversity. Kris currently serves as associate editor of the Academy of Management Review, the field’s top-ranked academic publication. Her research has been featured in BusinessWeek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad.