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Since 2016 we have been presenting awards at the annual BUFDG tax conference – as well as Lifetime Achievement awards, we present the Nigel Clothier award for special contributions to university tax. This award is presented to those who have made a special contribution to university tax – not just within their organisation but for the wider H E tax community. It is named in memory of Nigel Clothier, an HMRC Partial Exemption officer who worked with the higher education sector for a number of years, improving relations and being pragmatic and practical in his approach. Sadly, Nigel was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015 and it was in 2016 that we introduced the award, and also awarded a Lifetime Achievement award to Nigel himself, which he received just a few weeks before he died.
Nigel was delighted at the proposal of naming the award after him and described himself as ‘flattered and honoured’. His manager contacted BUFDG after his death and said "The recognition from BUFDG was a real surprise for Nigel. He was honoured by the annual award being named after him. He was then delighted when the separate award for him personally arrived at his home. I spoke to him shortly after it arrived, and he said it had pride of place on the mantelpiece! It was a great kindness by BUFDG to give this personal recognition to Nigel and I am sure it is also helping his family at this difficult time."
We have continued the tradition of giving the Nigel Clothier award to those who go above and beyond to help the whole H E sector with tax in some way, as well as recognising those nearing retirement who have worked tirelessly for the sector throughout their careers with our Lifetime Achievement awards. You can read about previous recipients of the award below.
Ian Short (Corporate Tax Senior Manager, KPMG): “I have worked with Ian for many years now - and assumed I would retire before he did! His strength is his direct, pragmatic approach to advice; he provides practical solutions based on a solid understanding of how universities work. This together with a dry sense of humour means he will be missed - something I don't often say about tax advisers!”; “a number of you have been kind enough to share memories of working with him I have only had the pleasure of working with this individual since working at BUFDG. Whenever I chat to him it is one of the highlights of my day. He is always upbeat. And on a personal note, I would really like to thank him for translating OECD policy papers into understandable English for me”.
John Hemming, formerly of the Wellcome Trust and former Chair of the Charity Tax Group:John has recently retired from the Wellcome Trust and as Chairman of the Charity Tax Group. BUFDG would like to recognise and thank John for the contribution he has made to the charity sector, including universities, during his career.
Nigel Clothier, HMRC - an HMRC Partial Exemption officer who has worked with the higher education sector for a number of years: For helping forge better links between HMRC and the HE sector.
Nigel was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015 and sadly died in August 2016. He was delighted at the proposal of naming an award after him, and described himself as “flattered and honoured”. Shortly after his death his manager told us "The recognition from BUFDG was a real surprise for Nigel. He was honoured by the annual award being named after him. He was then delighted when the separate award for him personally arrived at his home. I spoke to him shortly after it arrived, and he said it had pride of place on the mantelpiece! It was a great kindness by BUFDG to give this personal recognition to Nigel and I am sure it is also helping his family at this difficult time."
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