I am a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (MA Joint Honours in English Language and German) and have obtained a PhD in Accounting from the University of Reading. Previous academic positions were held as lecturer at Napier University, Edinburgh (1993-1999) and as lecturer (1999-2003) and senior lecturer (2003-2006) at the University of Edinburgh. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. I have held visiting positions in Germany, France and at NHH Bergen (Norwegian School of Economics). I was a member of the Research Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 2007 to 2019, and deputy convener of this committee 2017-2019. I am a member of the editorial advisory boards of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting History Review, Accounting History and Accounting in Europe. I have served one year as co-editor and three years of editor of Accounting in Europe and two terms (2004-2010) as a member of the European Accounting Association's (EAA) Financial Reporting Standards Committee, whose SME working group I chaired. From 2016 to 2019 I was a member of the EAA’s Management Committee.