Technical Manager, IT & the Profession
David Lyford-Smith is an accountant and tech expert with particular interests in the digitalisation of tax systems, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, spreadsheet skills and best practice, and the place of technology in ICAEW’s professional qualifications. In his role in the IT Faculty, David liaises with various business and practice stakeholders as well as academic and political interests to create events and publications on a variety of thought leadership activities surrounding accountants in practice.
David began his career at BDO, beginning in audit before joining the coordination team of BDO’s Global Outsourcing division, based in Reading. David worked on supporting multinational companies with their compliance activities across international boundaries, and also spent time working on iXBRL tagging. David also ran BDO’s internal Excel training courses, travelling the country to speak on spreadsheet best practice and skills. In his final year at BDO, David transferred to a Senior Excel Practitioner role, spending 100% of his time on spreadsheet support, training, and standardisation.
A former ICAEW Excel Community volunteer, David then joined ICAEW full-time. In addition to his thought leadership activities, David also oversees the activities of the Excel Community and is a regular blogger for that community. He presents training and risk management sessions on spreadsheeting both for the ICAEW Academy and for the regional offices.