Working Together
for Yorkshire

About CPN

The CPN was created to encourage collaboration and communication between professionals and businesses working in Yorkshire, with the aim of promoting the services offered by the member firms and businesses to each other and their clients. The CPN also aims to provide training and education to its members and to work together for the mutual benefit of professionals and businesses throughout Yorkshire and to provide networking opportunities for the members of the bodies forming CPN. The CPN does this by arranging events to which members can attend, and encouraging a greater collaboration between the bodies forming CPN.

The current bodies forming CPN are: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Leeds Law Society, The Institute of Directors, the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Association of Taxation Technicians, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Insurance Institute.

CPN Events

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CPN News

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Committee

Karen Eckstein

Chair

Karen is the Chair of the CPN and is one of the founding members, in her capacity as the (then) chair of the Leeds branch of CIOT and ATT. She is a specialist in Risk Management for professionals and advises on contentious tax matters as well as lecturing on aspects of Risk Management. Karen provides legal services through Haddletons Solicitors and lecturing via Karen Eckstein Limited. She is a passionate advocate of collaboration. Karen can be contacted on Karen@kareneckstein.co.uk.

James Ramirez

Vice-Chair

James is the founder and managing director of Aria Insurance Solutions. James specialises in solutions for firms in the technology, professional and financial services sectors, with a particular focus on Professional Indemnity, Cyber and Directors’ & Officers’ Insurance.

An active member of the Chartered Insurance Institute, James was previously the President of the Insurance Institute of Leeds and is currently Chair of the Harrogate Insurance Committee. James can be contacted on James@ariainsurance.co.uk.

Lucy Parr

Treasurer

Lucy is the Treasurer of the CPN and is one of the founding members, in her capacity as the (then) President of WYYSCA, the local district for ICAEW. She is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of First Intuition Leeds who specialise in Accountancy and Taxation exam based training and apprenticeships. Lucy can be contacted on lucyparr@fi.co.uk.

Charlie Gray

Committee member

Charlie is a founding member of the CPN and a representative of the local ICAEW district society. He is a chartered accountant and Associate Director at Sentio Partners LLP, an independent Corporate Finanace advisory firm. Charlie provides strategic advice and specialist corporate finance and transaction support services to a wide range of clients across the UK. Charlie can be contacted on charlie.gray@sentiopartners.co.uk.

Jodie Hill

Committee member

Jodie is the founder and Managing Director of Thrive Law, a firm specialising in employment law, mental health and well-being. Jodie has been featured on the Northern Power Women future list of leaders and changemakers to watch and is a passionate advocate for bringing mental health to the top of the business agenda.

Helena Drake

Committee member

Helena is the Events Assistant for the Institute of Directors Yorkshire & North East, a membership organisation committed to supporting members through director development in the region and nationally. Helena’s role involves both managing and marketing events for the IoD’s regional membership. Helena can be contacted on Helena.drake@iod.com.

Deveral Capps

Committee member

Deveral is the Dean of Leeds Law School at Leeds Beckett University and has been involved in Higher Education for over 20 years.  As a barrister, practising in both civil and criminal law, Deveral has appeared in courts across the North of England and is a door tenant at Trinity Chambers in Newcastle upon Tyne. As a legal academic he has taught on undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses and published widely on legal education, legal skills and eCommerce law.

Deveral is a consultant to the Bar Standards Board and is heavily involved in their Future Bar Training Programme examining how barristers will be trained in the future. He is also a Higher Rights of Audience external examiner for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and for the last two years has been a panel member for the subject pilot of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).  Deveral can be contacted on D.Capps@LeedsBeckett.ac.uk

Sharon Jandu

Committee member

Sharon is COO of the Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA). Established five years ago, YABA was created to provide a voice for the Yorkshire Asian Business community.   The Asian business community makes an invaluable contribution to UK plc, providing the backbone of UK enterprise with a share of over 11% of new business start-ups. The British Asian community generates around 10% of the country’s GDP despite making up only 6% of the population, according to research published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).  With over 3,000 members, we interact with our members through our fortnightly YABA E-bulletin, YABA Business & Cultural events, and Webinars.

Natalie Hancock

Committee member

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Emma McCann

Committee member

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Melanie Jordan

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Ashan Khan

Committee member

Ahsan is a Senior Solicitor at Leeds Building Society based in Leeds.   He qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and prior to joining Leeds Building Society he was an Associate Solicitor at Shoosmiths LLP in Northampton.  Ahsan is also currently a director of Leeds Law Society and helps to organise events for in-house lawyers.  He is passionate about access to justice and pro bono work, having co-ordinated an award winning pro bono legal advice clinic in Northampton, and currently sits on the access to justice sub-group at Leeds Law Society.  In his spare time, Ahsan enjoys listening to music, going to the gym, watching sport and watching films.

Emma Rawson

Committee member

Emma is a Technical Officer with the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and Chair of the Leeds Branch of the ATT/CIOT. She has worked in tax for over 13 years, starting her career with a Big 4 Firm and spending a short time working in a specialist consultancy and publishing firm before joining the ATT in 2017. In addition to being a member of the ATT, Emma is also a member of the CIOT and ICAEW. She has contributed articles on topical tax issues to several publications and frequently gives talks and webinars on tax technical matters. She works across taxes at the ATT, with a particular focus on business taxes and VAT.

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