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Neil Russell FCA

Programme Director

Neil led the ICAEW Case Study examining team as Senior Examiner for 12 years. During this time his team produced 25 live examinations and he led the development and design of the current Case Study including the introduction of Competency Based Assessment in 2008.

Neil set up Training-by-Eos in 2010 with Sarah. He leads the design team for all of Training-by-Eos’s Case Study tuition materials, and is the tutor for all our Classroom programmes.

With 17 years’ experience as both an examiner and a tutor, Neil has unparallelled expertise in preparing students for the ICAEW Case Study. His enthusiasm for the subject, approachability, and ability to instil confidence is frequently praised by Training-by-Eos students.

Neil spent 20 years at Price Waterhouse, including 8 years in Professional Risk Management and Learning & Education. He ran many seminars for partners and managers in a range of business skills. On leaving PwC, he set up a yacht charter business in 1998 and a business consultancy in 2004. Both of these businesses exploit his skills development expertise. He is a consultant to a number of owner-managed businesses that are expanding and need more sophisticated business management skills. He also runs a classic motorcycle racing team.

The ICAEW Senior Case Study Examiner July 1999 – November 2010

Sarah Alcock

Operations Director

Sarah, formerly the Deputy Assessment Manager at ICAEW, has more than 10 years’ experience in ICAEW’s Learning and Professional Development department. As Deputy Assessment Manager Sarah managed the complete Case Study marking process, was secretary to the Assessment Committee and managed the assessment results team. In this role she heard first-hand the frustrations of students who had failed the Case Study exam and were struggling to understand why.

She brings logistical and operational expertise, as well as direct knowledge of the examination processes at ICAEW. As well as the main stream examination processes, Sarah has full knowledge of ICAEW’s procedures for candidates requiring assessment alternative arrangements, special consideration and concession approvals. She is able to advise any Training-by-Eos student on these provisions, and the best way to go about applying for them.

Sarah is married to a management accountant, and spent 6 years studying for her psychology degree with the Open University (which she achieved in 2006) whilst working at ICAEW. Having supported Training-by-Eos students through their studies since 2010, she fully understands the pressures involved in studying and working full time.

A member of ICAEW Learning and Professional Development team 2000 – 2010

Our team of experienced markers

Responsible for marking your exams

All of our markers are trained to ICAEW standards, ensuring high quality and consistency of interpretation of the marking keys. They apply the same rigorous standards to marking our mock exams as are used in the live Case Study examinations. In addition they provide specific informative feedback on the areas in which our students can improve their performance.

Trained to ICAEW standards