It’s not the first time that Nikki Heydon has teamed up professionally with her husband Graham (also Heydon).

They met at Ernst & Young in Exeter and both went on to work in the Private Client team at Baker Tilley in Leeds. Now we are pleased to welcome Nikki as she follows in Graham’s footsteps and becomes an R&D tax credit specialist at ForrestBrown.

“I had heard so much from Graham about the positive culture and refreshing approach at ForrestBrown, so it was an appealing opportunity when they were expanding their tax team. I’ve worked in some good organisations and some stuffy ones and culture is so important for job satisfaction. ForrestBrown have it spot on!”

Nikki began her career at Ernst & Young where she undertook her ATT training, having already completed the AAT qualification at Exeter College. She developed a specialism in Private Client work which has been her forte across her four previous firms until now. Although she enjoyed looking after the tax affairs of individuals and helping them plan effectively, she is particularly looking forward to working on a smaller volume of large cases, and learning about the business behind the numbers. R&D tax credit work is all about understanding the technical challenges that businesses face so it is eye-opening work to be involved with.

“I expect I will take a shine to certain sectors, but for now I just want to gain exposure to as many different industries as possible because the variety makes it so interesting. When working on an R&D tax credit claim you have to really drill down and get to know a business which is fascinating.”

Building on her previous qualifications, Nikki went on to become a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2015. With that level of expertise, she matches the ForrestBrown approach, which differentiates itself from competitors by having a large core team of tax specialists.

As well as all the tax expertise, Nikki is an amateur saxophonist and is plucking up the courage to accept an invitation to play at a close friend’s wedding. She loves a good crime novel and keeps active by playing netball and spinning (on exercise bikes in the gym, that is).

Managing Director Simon Brown commented:

“A big welcome to Nikki. She is well qualified to join our tax team and is fitting in well. We have developed one of the largest teams of R&D tax credit specialists in the UK, if not the largest. We are always interested in talking to qualified tax professionals with a view to expanding this team further.”

ForrestBrown is recruiting now for a variety of roles. We were recently voted ‘Best Independent Consultancy Firm’ at the Taxation Awards 2016 and are looking for like-minded people interested in something different from the usual corporate tax career. If you’re interested, please send your CV and covering letter to