CIOT and ATT Northern Ireland Branch

27 Apr 2021

Welcome to the Northern Ireland Branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and Association of Taxation Technicians.

Welcome from your Northern Ireland Branch Chair, David McHugh

The Northern Ireland branch organises a lecture programme that runs between September – June each year with some of the very best tax lecturers on the circuit. 

The lectures are aimed at both seasoned tax professionals, newly qualified tax professionals, students and general practitioners.  There should be something for everyone, particularly in an ever changing and fast moving tax environment.  We have always prided ourselves on providing a friendly welcome at the lectures, which provide an invaluable opportunity for attendees to network / meet new people / catch up with former colleagues / share ideas and suggestions in a relaxed, friendly environment. More recently, the lectures have exclusively moved online due to Covid, but we remain hopeful that some classroom lectures will be able to resume in due course. The lectures are also an excellent source of CPD to members and students alike. 

The committee works very hard to ensure that the lecture programme meets the needs of all attendees as far as possible.  If you have any comments, suggestions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the committee members.

Branch Committee 

David McHugh
Branch Chair 

Richard Blakeman
Branch Treasurer 

Rachael Woods
Branch Secretary 

Bridget Bradley
Branch Committee 

Niamh Clarke
Branch Committee 

Clare Coyle
Branch Committee 

Eunan Ferguson
Branch Committee 

Cathy Kelly
Branch Committee 

Shane Martin
Branch Committee

Moira McKeown
Branch Committee 

Malachy McLernon
Branch Committee 

Steven McVitty
Branch Committee 

Lorraine Nelson
Branch Committee


Meet the Northern Ireland Branch Committee

David McHugh

Northern Ireland Branch Committee

Malachy McLernon

I have been on the NI committee for over 10 years with a spell as Secretary and 7 years as Chairman. I really enjoy being on the committee and sharing ideas and shaping our connectivity with our members. It is also an opportunity to work with liked minded tax professionals in NI and with the national CIOT/ATT team. My involvement with the committee and the CIOT/ATT has given me back much more than it has taken. I have been involved in tax for more than 20 years and I love working with people to help them plot their way through our complex tax rules to help them make better informed business decisions. Working in tax gives me such a variety of work and the opportunity to meet and work with some great people.

Cathy Kelly

I am a Senior Manager within the Corporate Tax department of BDO NI. My practice areas are corporate tax compliance, tax advisory and tax compliance for unauthorised unit trusts. I am a Northern Ireland committee member and firm representative for BDO NI.