Mark Lee is a professional speaker, author and mentor.
– A conference speaker – focusing on the accountancy profession and helping audience members to STAND OUT and be more successful without investing a fortune in time or money on marketing and branding. He is an entertaining and memorable speaker with serious intent and a great sense of humour.
– Highly rated – You can read what other says about Mark’s performance as a professional speaker here >>>
– Treasurer of The Magic Circle – often said, in jest, to be the most interesting thing about Mark! He tends to include the odd magic trick in his talks so as to highlight key points.
– The most networked accountant in the UK – with an extensive network and a positive reputation for consistently providing relevant, independent and commercial advice.
– Consistently highly ranked as an online influencer -He is well connected online and an authority on the use of social media by accountants. He helps those who want to engage here to gain maximum value from their efforts but maintains this can only be worthwhile after they have first clarified their market and their message.
Although Mark originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant, that was all a long time ago. After a very successful 25-year career in the accountancy and tax profession he realised he wasn’t enjoying what he was doing. He decided to focus on those elements of his career that had long given him a positive buzz.
Mark has extensive network reach through his blogs, talks, social media activity, articles and his regular newsletters that go to thousands of accountants every week. His website and blog attract many thousands of visitors each month and his opt-in email database of 15,000+ contains over 10,000 accountants.
Mark has long been a go-to guy for comment and insights regarding the accountancy profession as well as a regular judge for accountancy related awards ceremonies.
In recent years Mark has developed a framework containing 7 key principles that are relevant for all professionals who want to STAND OUT from the pack. The principles are key to generating more work as well as to helping professionals be remembered, referred and recommended (for the right things!)
There are many elements underlying the 7 key principles and Mark draws on these when mentoring clients, when speaking at events, and when writing his blog and articles for the professional press. He has had well over 200 practice focused articles published and these have been viewed well over ONE MILLION times.
Current Roles & Credibility Profile
Always open to ways in which he can both provide and generate value by reference to his experience, insights, networks and connections, Mark currently:
- facilitates The Inner Circle for Accountants,
- presents keynote talks on how to STAND OUT from others in your profession. See focused speaker profile here>>>>
- speaks at events, in-house and workshops on business development techniques and related topics such as networking, social media and linkedin,
- mentors a select number of sole practitioner accountants each year,
- chairs the Tax Advice Network.
- writes regularly for his own and third party blogs, ebooks and for AccountingWeb where he has been Consultant Practice Editor since 2009.
Mark has been Deputy Treasurer of Norwood (a top 150 children and family services charity) since 1999, Treasurer of The Magic Circle since Feb 2014 and, since 2016 has been a member of the ICAEW’s Members and Commercial Board (having previously spent two years chairing the ICAEW’s Ethics Advisory Committee).
May 2017 – Mark presented the keynote slot at the close of the Accountex conference – this being the 7th time he was invited to do so.
April 2017 – Invited to again be a judge at the 2017 British Accountancy Awards
February 2017 – Invited to become a Non-Exec Director with onkho (the new CRM and client retention software tool for accountants)
October 2016 – Invited to formalise relationship with ICPA and to become a regular contributor to Accounting Practice magazine
October 2016 – Penultimate speaker on the main stage at the Professional Speaking Association’s Annual conference.
September 2016 – Invited to become a regular blogger for the AAT Comment website
May 2016 – Mark presented 5 talks at Accountex this year and one of these immediately led to him being invited to be a judge at the 2016 British Accountancy Awards.
January 2016 – Two new weekly rankings of online influencers were published at the start of 2016 and Mark has consistently been among the top 5 on both lists: Speakers’ Power 100, and Providers & Suppliers to UK Financial Advisers Power 100
December 2015 – Mark was identified by ICAEW as one of the top 3 ‘most influential’ chartered accountants online. #ICAEWROAR
January 2015 – Mark was voted, by readers of economia magazine, the second most influential blogger and tweeter in the area of finance and accountancy. His klout score has long been 78 (out of 100). Only celebrities tend to have scores above 80
Summer 2014 – Mark is proud to have been a judge for two major awards events in the Autumn (The British Accountancy Awards and the Practice Excellence Awards).
May 2014 – Mark’s keynote presentation to 100+ delegates at the inaugural Legalex exhibition in London was one of the most well attended out of the dozens of available talks over a 2 day period.
January 2014 – Mark was ranked by Economia readers and klout as one of the most influential bloggers and tweeters in the area of finance and accountancy. His klout score is now 78 (out of 100). Only celebrities tend to have scores above 80.
January 2013 – Mark’s blog for Accountants was identified as one of the top 30 accounting and finance blogs of 2012.
March 2012 – Sally Percy, whilst editor of Accountancy Magazine wrote that Mark is “probably the most socially networked accountant in the UK” and “also probably this country’s leading authority on social networking for accountants.”
January 2011 – Mark was first described by Accountancy Age as “the most ‘networked’ accountant in the UK“.
Mark has over 7,000 followers on twitter. This is more than ten times as many as the number he follows. Which means that many of his followers are likely to be interested in his content and are not there as a function of his own following habits. (Some tweeters follow thousands of people to encourage them to follow back whether or not there is any mutual interest or connection).
Mark’s use of twitter is a key reason for his high klout score (78/100). Thiis purports to measure one’s influence on social media. Only celebrities tend to have scores above 80.
Mark’s full career profile is set out on his Linkedin profile along with over 100 ‘recommendations’ from those with whom he has worked. He has also amassed many hundreds of endorsements on Linkedin.
He has well over 6,000 connections on Linkedin despite neither seeking nor accepting random connection requests.
Mark’s career followed the traditional path of children’s party entertainer, chartered accountant, magician, tax adviser and professional speaker.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (not the boring type) in 1982 and then spent over 25 years advising on tax during which time he was a tax partner at (Crowe) Clark Whitehill. He was subsequently headhunted to be Lead Tax Partner of the professional practices team at BDO in London. He had been a regular writer for the professional press since 1987 (as shown on this list).
Mark was elected Chairman of the ICAEW Tax Faculty from 2003-2005. During this time he was an ex-officio member of the Council of the Institute.
Over a six-year period, from 1999, Mark represented the ICAEW in numerous discussions and debates with HMRC, HMT and other professional bodies. Since about the same time he has sat on and chaired various Institute committees and joint working parties with other professional bodies. In 2012 he cut back his activities here and simply continued with his role (latterly Chairman) on the Institute’s Ethics Advisory Committee.
The next phase
In 2006, as he approached the age of 50, Mark realised that he had stopped getting a buzz from giving tax advice. An entrepreneurial spark, dormant for over 25 years, had been reignited and he resolved to try something new. He also wanted to focus on those elements of his career that he found most enjoyable – speaking, writing, training, mentoring and facilitating.
The Inner Circle for Accountants – is an exclusive peer-led group that Mark facilitates to help sole-practitioner accountants achieve greater success – on their own terms.
The Tax Advice Network, of which Mark is Chairman, was established in 2007 and is the UK’s highest ranked lead generation website for tax advisers and accountants.