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Sources of funding

From 1 November 2019 I am employed one day a week as Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City, University of London. Tis will end in July 2020. I am engaged on completing an impact case study on tax spillovers.

In relation to that same project I am contracted to Global Initiative for Financial Transparency to supply a draft framework for tax transparency. The precise contract sum has yet to be determined. GIFT is funded by the World Bank, IMF and Luminate, amongst others.

I am a visiting professor at Anglia Ruskin University Global Sustainability Institute and at the University of Sheffield Business School. Neither position is paid unless grant funding is secured. I retain close working relationships with Copenhagen Business School.

I am an adviser to the Fair Tax Mark, of which I was previously a director. I am providing advice on its client accreditations, its plans to produce an international Fair Tax standard, and other related issues, including corporate tax research. This contract runs until October 2020.

I am company secretary of the Green New Deal Group Limited, for which I am paid an annual fee of £500.

Finance for the Future LLP, of which I am a member, undertakes occasional consulting with regard to Green New Deal related issues, although most work is undertaken by Colin Hines.

I write a regular column for AccountingWEB.co.uk, for which I am paid.

I am a trustee of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics. This is not remunerated. The Trust owns Cambridge Econometrics Limited, of which I was a director until December 2019. I now have an occasional consulting relationship with Cambridge Econometrics, mainly around aspects of environmental economics.

I am a director of Corporate Accountability Network Limited, which is a not for profit company undertaking research on accounting reform, most especially with regard to sustainable cost accounting and employment-related issues, although with a developing interest in small business accounting. This is a salaried appointment, with payment dependent upon the funding that the Corporate Accountability Network generates for work that I might undertake. The Corporate Accountability Network currently has, or has had recently, the following funding:

a) Joffe Trust, core funding for the year to October 2020, £15,000;

b) Productivity Insight Network grant working on measuring labour productivity and financial resilience, stage 1 grant £5,900 to end February 2020;

c) Productivity Insight Network stage 2 grant until September 2020, £35,000.

I am paid from these grants, but do not enjoy all the income from them.

I undertake consultancy work on an ad hoc basis for other organisations through Tax Research LLP, the most regular being Pensions and Investments Research Consultants, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum and various NGOs, and receive occasional appearance fees from media companies, which are usually modest.

Although I retain a practicing certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales my fee income as a chartered accountant is now virtually non-existent and only covers the costs of maintaining my registration, and there are no plans that it should increase.