1. Our people
  2. Advisory practice

Our people

ForrestBrown’s team offers specialist technical expertise. We’re chartered and combine specialist R&D tax credit knowledge with real passion, enthusiasm and energy for helping innovative businesses grow. Our team is 130+ strong and comprises chartered tax advisers, chartered accountants, lawyers, sector specialists, former HMRC inspectors and quality assurance experts.
  • James Dudbridge LLB

    Director

    • Leads our tax advisory practice.
    • Solicitor specialising in corporate and personal tax.
    • Over a decade of experience in tax law.
    James Dudbridge
  • Adam Kotas CTA

    Director

    • Passionate about R&D as an essential component of business strategy
    • Responsible for expanding ForrestBrown’s reach.
    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    Adam Kotas director
  • Jenny Tragner CA ATT (Fellow)

    Director

    • R&D tax incentive policy expert.
    • 20 years of tax experience, including advising some of the UK’s best-known innovators.
    • Provides advice on the most complex cases involving R&D tax reliefs, including the resolution of HMRC disputes.
    Jenny Tragner
  • Tom Heslin MSc

    Associate Director

    • Leads our sector specialist team
    • On the HMRC subcommittee that drafted software guidance for R&D tax relief
    • Master’s in Medical Image Computing
    Tom Heslin technical specialist
  • Jayne Stokes ACA

    Associate Director

    • ACA qualified with years of experience.
    • Former director at a Big Four firm, responsible for global mobility services in the Middle East.
    • Advises innovative businesses on R&D tax reliefs.
    Jayne Stokes
  • Mark Andrew

    Senior Tax Specialist and ex-HMRC Inspector

    • Provides strategic advice via our advisory and enquiry support services.
    • Joined HMRC in 1984, specialising in R&D tax in 2006.
    • Also shares his technical knowledge via our in-house training program.
  • Tree MA FBCS

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • Software, electronics and physical sciences specialist.
    • Former CTO with 30 years’ experience in high-tech businesses.
    • MA in Physics from Cambridge
    Tree - sector specialist
  • Peter Beavis PhD MSci CSci CChem MRSC MIMMM

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • Highly experienced materials scientist 
    • Background in food science, pharma and defence. 
    • Doctorate of organic chemistry
    Peter Beavis Sector Specialist
  • Ben Goad CTA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • Team lead with more than 15 years' experience in tax.
    • Degree in politics and international relations from the University of Reading.
    Ben Goad senior tax manager
  • Katy Long CTA CA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser and chartered accountant
    • More than 10 years’ tax experience 
    • Studied business and accounting at the University of Exeter
    Katy Long - Tax consultant
  • Phil Smith CTA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA)
    • Advised hundreds of businesses on R&D tax relief
    • Provides a range of specialist R&D tax advice
    Phil Smith CTA
  • Mike Harrison BSc(Eng) ACGI MNI

    Sector Specialist

    • 35+ years of construction, manufacturing and marine engineering experience.
    • Studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College.
    • Built his own eco home on the Severn Estuary.
    Mike Harrison
  • Edward Neale

    Tax Manager

    • Former HMRC personal tax technical adviser.
    • Specialism in venture capital reliefs.
    • Experienced in enquiries, business asset disposal relief and compliance.
    Ed Neale
  • Sam Wood ACA

    Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered accountant (ACA).
    • Worked and trained with regional accountancy firm.
    • University of Birmingham history graduate.
    Sam Wood - Tax consultant
  • Rhiannon Searle

    Senior Consultant

    • Provides a range of specialist R&D tax advisory services to our clients.
    • Working towards her ATT qualification.
    • Supports clients to communicate complex technical projects to HMRC.
    Rhiannon Searle - tech associate

Want to work for us?

We’re ForrestBrown, and we were ranked in The Sunday Times best small companies to work for in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Regionally, we were ranked number one across all companies to work for in the South West in 2018. Everyone at ForrestBrown is valued for who they are as well as what they can do. We all share a common purpose: to help innovative businesses grow. If you’re thinking “where next?”, we’d love to hear from you.

The QA team

Find out how we can help you

If you have questions about your eligibility for R&D tax credits, or how much they might be worth to your business, get in touch with our team.