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Helen Thornley

Technical Officer, ATT

Helen will be part of the panel reflecting on the centenary of women entering chartered accountancy and the trailblazing women who have joined the profession.

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After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW, Helen moved into tax in 2005 and is now a technical officer with the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

At ATT Helen's role is focused on the latest developments in tax. 

Her interest in pioneering women in tax and accountancy was sparked by her research into the Women’s Tax Resistance League - a part of the suffrage movement – and the advice provided to them by another early female accountant Ethel Ayres Purdie.

From there she went on to study the life of Ethel Watts, the first exam-qualified female of ICAEW, whose papers are held in the Women’s Library at the London School of Economics.


Title 100 years of women in the profession
Date 20 August
Time 09:45-10:45

Helen is joining former ICAEW president Fiona Wilkinson, Julia Root-Gutteridge, ICAEW's Centenary Campaign Manager and ICAEW member Christine Pattinson to discuss the untold story of ICAEW's first woman member and to share some of the stories of our current members. 

Helen Thornley is Technical Officer at ATT and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020

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