After a year of phenomenal growth, Chartered Tax Adviser Graham Heydon has become the latest person to join our fast-growing tax team, formed a little over a year ago.

Graham has both big and small company experience. He started his career at Ernst & Young in Exeter before joining Baker Tilly in Leeds. He recently relocated back to the South West to work with a niche accountancy firm specialising in landed estate and agricultural clients.

He particularly enjoys the technical side of tax work, having gained his ATT and CTA qualifications already relatively early in his career. He received a highly coveted distinction for his ATT qualification, which is reserved for a handful of candidates exhibiting exceptional performance. With his qualifications already under his belt, Graham is relieved not to have to sit any more exams for the foreseeable future.

Having spent the majority of his time in personal taxation and managing the capital expenditure of agricultural estates, Graham is excited by the prospect of working in R&D Tax Credits:

For me, R&D must be the most exciting area of tax to work in. All that energy entrepreneurs bring, all the innovation…I can’t wait to get involved and be a part of their story!”

It is not just our clients that have energy though. Graham is in training for the Manchester Marathon. Bravely (or foolishly?!) despite not having attempted so much as a half-marathon in the past!

Graham does however come with champion pedigree. Graham was the English Under-15 and Under-17 fencing champion in his youth. He even travelled to Bulgaria to compete in the World Championships, where he narrowly lost to an opponent who went on to finish third!

Managing Director Simon Brown commented:

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Graham to ForrestBrown. His proactive approach, knowledge and enthusiasm have already helped him to fit right in”