The current committee members for the period 2017-2018 are listed below;
Graham Hough, Chairman / Ceva Logistics
I have worked within the Beers, Wines & Spirit sector for the past 18 years and have been a member of the Bonded Warehousekeepers Association for 17 years. I have been a committee member since 2000 and was nominated as vice chairman in 2009 and became Chairman in 2011. I have worked for a number of blue chip / FTSE 100 logistics companies as a Business Development Manager with a proven track record for new business. My main focus for the association is on providing value and benefit to our growing and diverse membership and ensuring that we deliver a professional service.
John Tripp, BWA Secretary/Treasurer
John draws on his 40+ years working in the Freight Forwarding, Airline, Electronics/Computational and Drinks industries. John has a broad operational background including a strong track record in managing Supply Chains in the UK and Canada for blue chip companies such as Hewlett Packard, William Grant & Sons and Scottish Water. In his role as BWA Secretary/Treasurer he is the primary point of contact for the membership and has held this position since September 2004.
Carol Kunderan, Head of Customs & Excise – Edrington
I am currently Head of Customs & Excise with Edrington an international premium spirit drinks company. I have over 25 years' experience in Customs, Excise and international Trade. Previous to taking up my role in Edrington I worked for HMRC and formally HMCE. I specialised in excise regimes, working within Excise Review & Appeals and also worked as a technical adviser providing advice on Customs, Excise and International Trade matters.
Cathie Thomson, Whyte & Mackay
I work for Whyte & Mackay as their Excise Compliance Manager based at the Grangemouth bottling plant. I have been with Whyte & Mackay for 6 year and prior to this I worked for HMCE for almost 25 years – note HMCE and not the merged HMRC which I never felt part of. Since becoming a member of the BWA Committee in 2010 I have taken an active role and used the knowledge gained working for HMCE to assist our members. I was honoured to be elected as Vice Chairman in 2011. I am married and live in a small village South of Edinburgh with my husband David who also works for HMRC.
Andrew Meynell, XPOLogistics
I am the International Customs and Excise Manager for ND with overall responsibility for all of the customs and excise duty activities carried out by the business including all interaction with HMRC. I have worked for ND (previously TDG) in this role for 11 years.
My background is 12 years with HMC&E (1983-1995) covering excise (6 years), VAT (3 years) and customs (3 years). Most of my excise experience was as a brewery control officer in Burton on Trent both pre and post the introduction of End Product Duty. I then left HMC&E as the Excise Officer for Bass to become the Tax Manager responsible for duty working for Bass (1995-1999). In 1999 I joined Deloitte and Touche in London advising clients on customs and excise duty matters. In 2003 I joined TDG (now ND) in a new role to provide a central point of contact for customs and excise duty both to HMRC and the business.
Andy Watts, Descartes Systems GB Ltd
Senior Manager, Exports, with Descartes Systems GB Ltd; formerly e-customs. I have been involved with electronic customs declaration systems for 17 years with e-customs and Descartes; this covers Imports, Exports and of course EMCS and Community Transit. Prior to this I was a systems auditor with HMRC based in the Computer Audit Unit in Reading with specific involvement with International Trade systems. Before HMRC I was a Navigation Officer in the Merchant Navy sailing with Cunard and of course have many stories of far off exotic places.
Clive Brady, Wincanton
Group VAT & Duty Manager at Wincanton having specific responsibility for all duty and excise matters across the Group. He is specifically charged with ensuring that Wincanton, in this arena, comply with the HMRC requirement of "right duty at the right time" and providing guidance on HMRC related matters. A committee member of The Bonded Warehousekeepers Association since 2010 and an accountant by profession. Prior to joining Wincanton, Clive was a Divisional Finance Director, within the UK house building sector. He has been with Wincanton since April 2003 and in his current role since October 2006.
Jim Carberry, John G Russell
Jim has been a member of the BWA since 1972, and became an active member of the committee in
1997. Having been employed in logistics since 1972, Jim brings expertise to the committee in
Customs and Excise warehousing with particular focus on the Wines and Spirits Industry home and
Jim has worked at The Russell Group since 1988 holding various roles, and has been in his current
role of Director of Contract Packing and Group HMRC Compliance Manager since 2002.
Brian Davis, LCB
I am a Director of LCB Ltd having joined the company in 1997. I have been associated with our wonderful industry for over 40 years having worked in both operational roles within the Hays Group (Interbond) and in the IT sector starting with System Lynx through to Online Duty Management (Bondmaster) in the UK. I have also worked in the IT sector in both Belgium and Ireland developing systems for our market sector. I work closely with and have strong contacts within HMRC and always available to give advice to our members if needed. I have recently been invited to join the HMRC EU Exit Group on behalf of the BWA.
Michael Pepper, Past Chairman, TDG and Great Bear Distribution
Andrew Kirkby, Past Chairman
Elaine MacDonald, Past Chairman
Michael Archibald, Auditor
Chris Lonergan, Committee Member and Trainer
Honorary members and legal advisers to the BWA.
Tax Investigations and Litigation, HM Revenue and Customs
Partner in Tax, VAT and Regulatory Team. Michelle specialises in taxation, with expertise in both direct and indirect contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Michelle advises individuals and corporates on complex tax enquiries, unforeseen tax, VAT, customs and excise duty issues and assessments, as well as the enforcement powers of HMRC. Michelle handles complex and high value Appeals at all levels from the Tax Tribunal to the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice. She also has experience in the conduct of Judicial Review proceedings scrutinising HMRC's conduct. Michelle also advises clients facing HMRC criminal investigations and prosecution including interviews under caution and HMRC dawn raids.
Before moving to the UK and joining RPC, Michelle worked for the New Zealand Government as a tax investigator and legal advisor to the tax investigations team. This has given her insight into the workings and decision-making processes of revenue authorities. Michelle has been involved in a variety of tax investigations including those conducted on large corporate enterprises, high net worth individuals and small to medium enterprises, with a particular focus on tax avoidance arrangements.
Dual-qualified lawyer: New Zealand (2004) and England & Wales (2007)
Memberships: Customs Practitioners Group and current Council Member.
Committee Meeting Dates
Next meeting planned for Tuesday 24th October in Manchester followed by a Brexit meeting with HMRC.