Your ACCA Tutors at VIVA

Here we introduce you to the experienced ACCA tutors who deliver VIVA's premium online ACCA courses.


Since you are currently studying with VIVA Financial Tuition or are interested in ACCA tuition in general, we would like to introduce you to your expert ACCA tutors.

VIVA has collaborated with ACCA and CGMA chartered certified accountants, as well as PhD graduates, university lecturers and industry experts to bring you the highest standards in professional accountancy tuition.

As such, each of our ACCA tutors is an experienced tutor and subject specialist with vast experience and expertise in ACCA tuition.

Your Online ACCA Tutors

Let us now have a look at each of the individual tutors. They will provide insight into every aspect of financial accounting and financial management on your path to becoming a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

VIVA only works with expert academics and professionals with vast experience in practice. You can explore all of VIVA's ACCA course offerings here.

AAA | Chris Soan | ACCA Tutor

Chris Soan started with a BA Honours in Finance. He is an FCA BFP ICAEW Qualified Chartered Accountant.

He is also Associate Dean of Education, previously the Director of Education at Newcastle University Business School and Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance.

As an ACCA tutor, Chris has lectured on all stages of Financial Accounting, Audit and Assurance and Corporate Governance. You can access Chris's vast expertise via VIVA’s Advanced Audit and Assurance Course. Have a look here at the course structure.

In addition to outstanding academic credentials, Chris has elite experience in practice. He has worked as Audit Manager for several companies and in two of Newcastle's ‘big four’ accountancy practices. He has worked in the industry in both the private and public sectors.

Study AAA with Chris here

AA | Davinia McGann | ACCA Tutor

Davinia started with a BSc in Financial and Business Economics. She is an FCA BFP ICAEW Qualified Chartered Accountant.

Davinia has vast experience in both accountancy education and business practice. You will also find Davinia McGann in VIVA’s Audit and Assurance Course. Have a look here at the course structure.

A former student wrote that she “clearly had extensive knowledge of the subjects she was teaching” and that she was extremely helpful.

After tutoring Audit and Assurance for four years, Davinia became Head of ACCA and FIA Programmes and later Head of Programmes for International Markets at BPP.

Apart from working as an ACCA tutor, she founded her own successful business ventures.

Study AA with Davinia here

BT| James Wright | ACCA Tutor

James has a Master’s Degree in Accounting and is another one of our ACCA Chartered Certified Accountants. Apart from being an ACCA member, he is also an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Fellow Ambassador.

He has a significant presence as an online tutor in the field of ACCA tutoring and is considered one of the most prominent online ACCA tutors.

He also has diverse experience in accounting, having worked with several companies and enterprises.

James teaches VIVA's Business and Technology course.

James is currently a senior lecturer and programme leader at the University of Lincoln. He has also been shortlisted as Lecturer of the Year for the PQ Magazine Awards 2020.

Study BT with James here

FA, FR | James Griffiths | ACCA Tutor

James has an exceptionally well-rounded profile. He started off with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He is also a Chartered Certified Accountant!

He has a very well-established qualified teacher status with 23 years of experience teaching financial accounting across ACCA and CIMA qualifications. James is known for making the most complex financial topics seem simple and intuitive.

James delivers VIVA's Financial Accounting and Financial Reporting courses.

He currently works as a freelance lecturer, tutor and writer, lecturing at Reed Business School and marking for professional accounting bodies.

Study FA with James here

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FM | Kelly Davison | ACCA Tutor

An experienced ACCA and CIMA tutor who worked with Kaplan for 16 years, Kelly has trained aspiring accountants at every level.

To quote one of her recent students, Shaminda Angodage: "Kelly has been a really supportive tutor and responded to my emails promptly. She was always there to provide guidance. I felt much more confident going into the exam."

Kelly has helped hundreds of students nail their exams with VIVA. Kelly teaches VIVA's Financial Management course.

You can study FM with Kelly here

LW-ENG | Stuart Murphy | ACCA Tutor

Stuart Murphy is a highly-regarded accountancy tutor, combining academic expertise with real-world business experience.

In addition to 3 years tutoring at BPP, Stuart has served as Managing Director at Minuteman Press Preston. Stuart brings this well-rounded, practical mindset to his tuition.

Stuart teaches VIVA's Corporate and Business Law course.

You can LW-ENG with Stuart here

TX | Laura Winkworth | ACCA Tutor

Laura Winkworth started with a BSc Honours in Pure Mathematics and Operation Research. She is an ACA CTA ICAEW Qualified Chartered Accountant.

A former Senior Tax Manager with several companies, Laura is currently an active financial tutor and associate lecturer across the ACCA, AAT and CIMA qualifications.

Laura is known for helping students pass their ACCA and CIMA exams with flying colours - with several World Prizewinners among them!

Here's what some students have had to say about Laura (you can find all these reviews on VIVA's Trustpilot page here):

"Laura is an amazing lecturer..."; "Laura the tutor was fantastic..."; "Laura was brilliant..."; "Laura was worth every penny"; "10/10 for my course tutor Laura"; "Laura is genuinely one of the best tutors out there"; "Laura is simply exceptional".

Study TX with Laura here

A Word About VIVA Founder and CEO, Thomas Newman

As VIVA Financial Tuition founder and CEO, Thomas Newman is an entrepreneur who firmly believes in helping students find their own way to thrive. Thomas grew up in a family of entrepreneurs on his father's side and teachers on his mother's side.

After finding traditional learning methods frustrating, he developed his own winning formula, which helped him pass seven CIMA exams in just nine months. VIVA was founded so that he could pass on this learning to other students through his online tuition platform.

Why Choose VIVA?

If you are considering pursuing online tuition for your ACCA studies, it is good to know what to expect. Not all online tutors offer students the same standard of accounting tuition or have significant teaching experience.

VIVA has a proven track record of delivering outstanding tuition. In 2020, VIVA received the prestigious CIMA Global Pass Rate Excellence Award for its leading pass rates. In 2023, VIVA was shortlisted for PQ Magazine's Tuition Provider of the Year Award.

VIVA is also an ACCA Silver Learning Partner - meaning you know you are getting tuition you can trust.

And perhaps most importantly: students love us! VIVA has a 4.9 out of 5 Trustscore on the world's foremost independent rating website, Trustpilot. You can read our student reviews here.

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