Working Together
for Yorkshire

The Collaborative Professionals Network is kindly sponsored by Forte Financial LLP

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: Ascension, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Association of Taxation Technicians, The Business Wellbeing Club, the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Harrogate & District Law Society, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, The Insurance Institute of Leeds, the Institute of Directors, Leeds Law School, Leeds Law Society, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, the Yorkshire Asian Business Association, and the Yorkshire Sole Practitioners Group.

CPN Events

For more details on CPN events and to book your place, please follow the link below.

CPN News

For past press coverage on CPN and articles contributed by our membership, please follow the link below.


We have an active committee overseeing our annual events. Get in contact if you have an idea for an event or would like to get involved.

Karen Eckstein


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

James Ramirez


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

Committee members are:

Deveral Capps

Emma Doughty

Helena Drake

Charlie Gray

Natalie Hancock

Sharon Jandu

Ros Jones

Melanie Jordan

Ahsan Khan

Sarah Jane Martin

Emma McCann

Ann Page

Emma Rawson


Lucy Parr


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

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about CPN and our events, or would like to join the network, please get in touch by completing the contact form below.

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