He has regularly presented at conferences and seminars on both international and South African taxation and has been appointed as a national reporter for South Africa on several occasions. He holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town (2009) as well as a Master of Commerce in Accounting. He is a Chartered Accountant (SA), Master Tax Practitioner (SA) and Chartered Accountant ANZ. Dr. West is a member of various research groups undertaking tax research on a variety of topics.
He has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law (WU, Vienna) (2015) and the Fiscal Institute for Taxation (UvT, Tilburg) (2013). He is a member and Secretary-General of the South African IFA branch.