About Mark Lee

Mark Lee FCA is an accountancy focused Speaker, Mentor, Influencer, Author and Debunker.

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A quality conference speaker both virtually and on stage

Mark is one of only a small subset of UK speakers judged worthy of being accepted as a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association.

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Highly Rated

You can read what others say about Mark’s performance as a professional speaker here.

He also has 120+ recommendations on Linkedin.

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Member 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

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The most networked Accountant in the UK

A qualified chartered accountant with an extensive network and a positive reputation for consistently providing relevant, independent and commercial advice.

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Consistently highly ranked as an accountancy influencer

He is well connected both offline and online and is regularly identified as an authority on the use of social media by accountants. In September 2017 Sage identified Mark as one of the top 100 global business influencers.

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Self proclaimed debunker

Mark challenges misconceptions and hype about marketing, social media and the speed of change.

Introduction

Who is Mark Lee?

Mark is regularly described as an entertaining, engaging and inspirational presenter who evidently has a lasting impact, serious intent and a great sense of humour.

By profession Mark is a Chartered Accountant but he has never fitted the archetypal stereotype.

His profile and reputation within the accountancy profession have resulted in him being invited to speak at dozens of prestigious conferences and seminars for accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, other professionals and consultants.

Mark’s experience as a presenter dates back to his teenage years when he first started to build his confidence in front of the most challenging of audiences.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 but has long stood out from many with a similar background.

Headhunted twice he was a partner in two top firms of accountants, including BDO and he has been a regular writer for the professional press since 1987.

Thus he has all the credibility, integrity and independence you and your audience require to relate to his anecdotes, experiences, insights and advice.

Contact Mark on mark@bookmarklee.co.uk, phone 07769692890 or book a call discuss your requirements for engaging Mark for your event as a guest or keynote speaker.

Bookmarks

Mark’s name is so common that he needed a way to make it easier for people to find him online.

To distinguish himself from the thousands of other Mark Lee profiles and websites, his all reference: BookMarkLee.

It seemed obvious therefore that, in place of a conventional business card, Mark would instead share bookmarks containing his contact and related information.

Feel free to ask Mark for one of his bookmarks the next time you see him.

Mark is entertaining, insightful and leaves behind huge value. I’ve seen him speak many times and he never fails to deliver new ideas and incredibly valuable content. He’s one of the most accomplished speakers in the UK, and if you get the chance to book him for your event, grab it with both hands.

Alan Stevens
MediaCoach and Past president of the Global Speakers’ Federation and of the Professional Speaking Association

If you are looking for an energetic, engaging and entertaining speaker – I would certainly recommend Mark Lee. Mark facilitated and presented at our European Conference and aside from delivering on the day, he took the time and care to understand our organisation, our delegates and tailored his delivery accordingly.

Liza Robbins
CEO of Morrison KSi

Mark is entertaining, insightful and leaves behind huge value. I’ve seen him speak many times and he never fails to deliver new ideas and incredibly valuable content. He’s one of the most accomplished speakers in the UK, and if you get the chance to book him for your event, grab it with both hands.

Alan Stevens
MediaCoach and Past president of the Global Speakers’ Federation and of the Professional Speaking Association

If you are looking for an energetic, engaging and entertaining speaker – I would certainly recommend Mark Lee. Mark facilitated and presented at our European Conference and aside from delivering on the day, he took the time and care to understand our organisation, our delegates and tailored his delivery accordingly.

Liza Robbins
CEO of Morrison KSi

Engaging

Over the years Mark has worked with, written for and addressed audiences of thousands of accountants. More recently he has also been applauded for his online presentations and the way he still engages the audience.

His career spans more than 30 years, during which time he stood out as a top accountant, a frequent financial commentator and one of only a handful of accountancy qualified magicians and is regularly asked to judge industry awards.

Unforgettable

Mark likes to share analogies and acronyms to help highlight many of his key messages. Unlike other speakers, whose talks may be enjoyable but are also forgettable, Mark ensures that his audiences can recall his advice and so will remember how they want to be reMARKable, referred and recommended long into the future.

For many years Mark has been a popular go-to guy for comment and insights regarding the accountancy profession as well as a regular judge for accountancy related awards ceremonies.

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:
  • presents keynote talks at accountancy conferences, away days and exhibitions
  • 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 was Consultant Practice Editor from 2009- 2015.

Publishing

From 2009 – 2015 Mark wrote over 200 articles in his role as consultant practice editor for AccountingWeb. By the end of 2015  his articles on this site alone had notched up well over ONE MILLION views.

Mark has also been commissioned to write for, contributed to or been quoted in the following:

 

AAT Comment, ACCA, Accountancy, AccountancyAge, Accounting Practice, AccountingWeb, Career Accountant, Daily Telegraph, Economia, The Guardian, ICAEW, International Accountant, LexisNexis Tolley, New Model Adviser, PracticeWeb, Property week, Sage business blog, Sunday Times, Taxation, Tax Adviser.

Voluntary Work

Mark was Deputy Treasurer of Norwood (a top 150 children and family services charity) from 1999-2022, Treasurer of The Magic Circle from 2014 – 2021 and a member of the ICAEW’s Members and Commercial Board from 2016-2024 (having previously spent two years chairing the ICAEW’s Ethics Advisory Committee).

These days he supports finalists of the Stephen Lloyd awards and runs webinars to raise funds for two charities: TaxAid and Tax Help for Older People. 

 

Networks

The Sole Practice Club – is an exclusive peer-led club where Mark facilitates a number of groups to help sole-practitioner accountants around the UK to achieve greater success – on their own terms.

The Tax Advice Network, of which Mark is Chairman, was established in 2007 and is now the UK’s highest ranked lead generation website for tax advisers and accountants.

Broadcasts

When Mark was in practice as an accountant he was a sought after commentator, speaker and broadcaster and appeared on:

BBC Breakfast, SKY Business, London Tonight, Newsnight, Moneybox live, Working Lunch, AccountancyAgeTV, Radio London

Linkedin and Social Media

Mark has been an active user of social media for many years and has long been among the highest ranked online influencers across the profession. Once very active on twitter where he has over 8,000 followers he prefers not to engage there any more. Instead he is making more use of his facebook business page and his YouTube channel. Mark's advice to accountants about social media is very clear. It is only worth spending time on those platforms where you are likely to be able to reach and influence your target audience.

Mark’s full career profile is set out on his Linkedin profile along with over 120 ‘recommendations’ from those with whom he has worked. He has also amassed many hundreds of endorsements on Linkedin where he has in excess of 14,000 followers despite neither seeking nor accepting random connection requests. His SSI (Linkedin ranking) is always around 80/100 - about the highest for anyone without celebrity status. For some years Mark has posted new and engaging content on Linkedin at least 2 or 3 times a week.

Recognition

2024

May

Mark is back in the keynote theatre on Day 2 of Accountex, making him possibly the only person to have been invited to speak at every Accountex in London since it started. On Day 1 he is also part of a panel discussion.

June

Invited to once again judge the Accounting Excellence awards and the Business Book awards

2023

May

Mark was delighted to present his ninth new talk for Accountex.

June

Invited to once again judge the Accounting Excellence awards

July

Along with co-host, Philippa Haynes, Mark launched the Accountants’ Success Secrets podcast.

2022

May

Presented his latest talk at Accountex 

April

Invited to again be a judge for the 2022 Business Book Awards and for the Accounting Excellence Awards 2022.

 

2019

May

Presented his latest talk about the future at Accountex.

April

Invited to again be a judge at the 2019 British Accountancy Awards.

 

2017

November

Invited to attend the QuickBooks Connect conference in San Jose as the only VIP guest accountancy influencer from the UK.

September

Sage identified Mark as one of the top 100 global business influencers.

May

Mark presented the closing keynote talk at the end of the Accountex  conference – this being the 6th consecutive time he was invited to speak here.

April

Invited to again be a judge at the 2017 British Accountancy Awards.

 

February

Invited to become a Non-Exec Director with onkho.

2015

December

Mark was identified by ICAEW as one of the top 3 ‘most influential’ chartered accountants online. #ICAEWROAR.

January

Mark was voted, by readers of Economia magazine, the second most influential blogger and tweeter in the area of finance and accountancy. At the time a popular social media ranking system (klout) gave him a score of 78 (out of 100). Only celebrities tended to have scores above 80.

2013

January

Mark’s blog for Accountants was identified as one of the top 30 accounting and finance blogs of 2012.

2011

January

Mark was first described by Accountancy Age as “the most ‘networked’ accountant in the UK“.

Spring

The original founder of Accountex was advised to approach Mark to obtain his insights and advice before plans were finalised and to help ensure this new conference/event would be a success.

2020 and 2021 (The pandemic years)

February 2020

Returned to South Africa to make 2 further presentations for SAICA in Cape Town and in Johannesburg.

April 2021

Invited to be a judge for the 2021 Business Book Awards.

2018

September

Engaged as an accountancy influencer by Global Infosys – top outsourcing company celebrating their 20th anniversary year.

May

Invited to present his newest talk about the future for accountants at a series of conferences in South Africa (for SAICA).

April

Invited to again be a judge at the 2018 British Accountancy Awards.

March

Spoke at 4 conferences around South Arica for SAICA.

Invited to again be a judge at the Practice Excellence Awards.

 

2016

October

Invited to formalise relationship with ICPA and to become a regular contributor to Accounting Practice magazine.

Penultimate speaker on the main stage at the Professional Speaking Association’s Annual conference.

September

Invited to become a regular blogger for the AAT Comment website.

May

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

Two new weekly rankings of online influencers were published at the start of 2016 and Mark was consistently among the top 5 on both lists: Speakers’ Power 100, and Providers & Suppliers to UK Financial Advisers Power 100.

2014

Summer

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

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

Mark was ranked by Economia readers and klout as one of the most influential bloggers and tweeters in the area of finance and accountancy.

2012

March

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.”

May

Mark was invited to present a keynote presentation at the first Accountex exhibition in London

2021

April

Invited to be a judge for the 2021 Business Book Awards.

2020

February

Returned to South Africa to make 2 further presentations for SAICA in Cape Town and in Johannesburg.

2019

May

Presented his latest talk about the future at Accountex.

April

Invited to again be a judge at the 2019 British Accountancy Awards.

2018

September

Engaged as an accountancy influencer by Global Infosys – top outsourcing company celebrating their 20th anniversary year.

May

Invited to present his newest talk about the future for accountants at a series of conferences in South Africa (for SAICA).

April

Invited to again be a judge at the 2018 British Accountancy Awards.

March

Spoke at 4 conferences around South Arica for SAICA.

Invited to again be a judge at the Practice Excellence Awards.

2017

November

Invited to attend the QuickBooks Connect conference in San Jose as the only VIP guest accountancy influencer from the UK.

September

Sage identified Mark as one of the top 100 global business influencers.

May

Mark presented the closing keynote talk at the end of the Accountex  conference – this being the 6th consecutive time he was invited to speak here.

April

Invited to again be a judge at the 2017 British Accountancy Awards.

 

February

Invited to become a Non-Exec Director with onkho.

2016

October

Invited to formalise relationship with ICPA and to become a regular contributor to Accounting Practice magazine.

Penultimate speaker on the main stage at the Professional Speaking Association’s Annual conference.

September

Invited to become a regular blogger for the AAT Comment website.

May

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

Two new weekly rankings of online influencers were published at the start of 2016 and Mark was consistently among the top 5 on both lists: Speakers’ Power 100, and Providers & Suppliers to UK Financial Advisers Power 100.

2015

December

Mark was identified by ICAEW as one of the top 3 ‘most influential’ chartered accountants online. #ICAEWROAR.

January

Mark was voted, by readers of Economia magazine, the second most influential blogger and tweeter in the area of finance and accountancy. At the time a popular social media ranking system (klout) gave him a score of 78 (out of 100). Only celebrities tended to have scores above 80.

2014

Summer

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

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

Mark was ranked by Economia readers and klout as one of the most influential bloggers and tweeters in the area of finance and accountancy.

2013

January

Mark’s blog for Accountants was identified as one of the top 30 accounting and finance blogs of 2012.

2012

March

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.”

May

Mark was invited to present a keynote presentation at the first Accountex exhibition in London

2011

January

Mark was first described by Accountancy Age as “the most ‘networked’ accountant in the UK“.