Board members

Stephen Dale 

Stephen Dale Chairman

Stephen Dale is a partner in a specialist VAT practice in Paris in HEDEOS société d'avocats and has worked in French taxation for more than twenty years, having previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Stephen is a member (and former Chairman) of the FEE (Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens) Tax Policy Group and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales VAT Committee (and former Chairman). He represents the IVA on the Expert Group and is a member of the OECD’s Global VAT Forum.

He is a board member of the Association de la Pratique de la TVA européenne (APTE).

He is the author of several publications such as VAT Yearbook – Kluwer, VAT Guides – PwC, Articles – International Indirect Tax, BNA, journals and newspapers.

Contact Stephen Dale - 

Alessandro Garzon

Alessandro Garzon

Alessandro Garzon is a Chartered accountant. Founder and partner of T.B.S Tax Back Service Srl. He is a member of the IVA since 1995 with his company T.B.S, founded in 1988. Ever since the beginning T.B.S takes care of VAT technical issues related to the field of transport. As from 1992 the VAT assistance has been enlarged to several other sectors (cars, pharmaceuticals, fashion, event arrangements, fertilizers, distance sales, catering, electronics, and so on). T.B.S. currently also carries out both VAT representation and VAT direct identification services.

Alessandro Garzon is a frequent speaker at seminars dealing with Italian VAT issues. He is the Chairman of Studio Garzon, which provides professional advice in the area of indirect taxation; technical assistance is mainly related to VAT issues referred to cross-border transactions and to public bodies.

Contact Alessandro Garzon -  


Brendon Silver

Brendon is the Managing Director of the European and North American operations of the VATit Group, which includes VAT Compliance Europe. The group offers VAT recovery and VAT Compliance solutions globally. Brendon runs the day to day operations of the business, is responsible for acquisitions and partnerships, and has strategic oversight of the businesses. He also sits of the board of Directors of the Group Holding Company based in Luxembourg. Brendon is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and worked in Finance in the city of London for 4 years prior to joining VATit.

Contact Brendon Silver -  

Cyrille Konter

Cyrille Konter Treasurer

Graduated from HEC in 1997 with a specialisation in Finances, Cyrille Konter started his career in Germany within various investment banks as structureur and seller of derivatives on action. In 2003, he returns to France to take over the business development of TEVEA International.

Contact Cyrille Konter - 

Emmanuel Cotessat Deputy Chairman

Emmanuel is a French tax lawyer specializing exclusively in indirect taxes (VAT, Excise and Customs duties). After 10 years of experience at Price Waterhouse Tax and Legal and then Arthur Andersen International, he started his own consulting law firm in 2000. He has specifically built a significant experience in international supply chain structuring, ERP/SAP VAT implementations and multi-national advisory and compliance coordination. His main areas of activity are pharmaceuticals, energy utilities, aeronautics and chemicals. He is a partner of VAT Forum CV and regularly lectures at international VAT events.

Contact Emmanuel Cotessat - 

Fatima Gouveia

Fátima Gouveia is a Portuguese Economist with Post-Graduations in Taxation. Born in in 1968, she entered Comark, Lda. in 1992, and is General Manager since 2014. She has been working in VAT issues, including cross-border VAT for about 20 years. All her professional experience has been focused in international business and cooperation. Comark, Lda is a member of the IVA since 1998 and has been on the IVA Board in the last 5 years

Contact Fatima Gouveia - 

Fernando Matesanz Secretary

Fernando Matesanz is the owner and Director of the firm named Spanish VAT Services Asesores SL. He Counts on more than twelve years of experience in providing advice in VAT and other Indirect Taxes.

Fernando holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Degree in European Legislation. He also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Corporate Tax Law from the IE Business School.

He is an active Tax Lawyer, member of the Bar and a certified Tax Advisor.

Fernando began his carrier within the VAT Group of Ernst & Young, managing the VAT and customs practice for more than eight years. After that, he founded the firm Spanish VAT Services Asesores SL a firm exclusively working on international VAT matters and other Indirect taxes. Spanish VAT Services is currently one of the main VAT services providers for small and medium-sized companies within the Spanish market.

Fernando regularly acts as speaker and lecturer in different Universities and organizations. He is also a member of the VAT Forum CV.

He has been awarded as Indirect Tax Leader in Spain  in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by International Tax Review and ranked as Leading Lawyer in the field of Indirect taxes by the European Chambers and Partners Guide.

Contact Fernando Matesanz - 

Mark O'Riordan

Mark O'Riordan is Chairman & Chief Executive in Meridian. Mark joined Meridian in 1998 and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive in October 2004. Prior to this he was Operations Manager at BBL Finance Ireland, an international merchant bank based in the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin. Since 1998, Mark has held a variety of executive positions within Meridian, namely Operations Director, Managing Director North America, Client Services Director EMEA and Director of Business Services, Mark also had responsibility for the Groups Treasury requirements during this time. 

Mark took over the position of Chairman and Chief Executive in 2004 having acquired a vast knowledge of the business and the company.

Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds an MBA from The Open University.

Contact Mark O’Riordan - 

Mojca Grobovsek

Mojca Grobovsek

Mojca Grobovsek is an indirect tax specialist and has been working in the field of VAT for 11 years now. She has started as a VAT Manager in a private company specialized in VAT recovery and VAT Compliance. In 2011, she wanted to give another significant dimension to my career. She therefore decided to join the Paris Chamber of Commerce, where she was working as a tax expert for the Enterprise Europe Network, which aims at helping SME,’s to develop and to support their activities on the European market. In July 2016, Mojca has joined Ayming as a VAT Expert where she identifies tax risks and propose compliant VAT schemes to their clients and their subsidiaries. Mojca also participates to commercial and partnership development. She deals with technical analysis of all kind of indirect tax issues and has a strategic oversight of the businesses. Mojca is also an official trainer on indirect taxation (VAT and customs) for the Paris Chamber of Commerce and takes often part of different conferences as a guest or as a speaker.

Contact Mojca Grobovsek - 

Raymond Feen

Raymond Feen

Is an international VAT consultant. He has worked since 1996 in international VAT for a Big Four and worked several years in industry as in-house VAT manager. In 2010 he started his own VAT consulting firm ALLVAT and joined The VAT Consultancy Firm BV in 2017. He is frequent speaker at international seminars, organizes trainings for the Federation of Dutch exporters, the Chamber of Commerce, the International VAT Expert Academy (IVEA) and is partner of VAT Forum CV. For the IVA he supports the board as member of the technical committee and writes in the Dutch chapter of the European VAT Handbook that is published by The VAT Consultancy Firm BV. His focus is on the international supply chain in Europe and more recently the GCC.

Contact Raymond Feen 



Join incoming Conference

Linked In

News from the Board

HMRC – Certificate of status for UK Businesses

HMRC are making changes to the way they issue certificate of status (CoS) to UK businesses. 

Read more ...

News from IVA members

UK – Establishment of new small and medium-sized businesses

The UK announced that it will allow UK established small and medium sized (SME) businesses, with up to 500 employees and an annual turnover of no more than...

Read more ...

News from EC

News from the EU April 2021

The first of the publications looks into immediate, short-term post-COVID tax measures for both direct and...

Read more ...

Disclaimer:  The information contained in the present page is general and does not constitute legal advice. Before taking any decision or action on the above information you should take the appropriate professional advice.