1. Our people
  2. Business growth

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.
  • Sara Brigden

    Managing Director

    • Leads the ForrestBrown team.
    • Manages strategy and day-to-day operations.
    • Champion for raising professional standards in the industry.
    Sara Bridgen managing director
  • Adam Kotas CTA


    • 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
  • Alex Price CTA


    • Leads our partner programme for accountants.
    • 20 years’ tax experience.
    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    Alex Price director
  • Jenny Tragner CA ATT (Fellow)


    • 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
  • Kelly Oakley CTA

    Associate Director

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA)
    • More than a decade of tax experience
    • Builds relationships with our accountant partners
    Kelly Oakley associate director
  • Jason Dawes

    Senior Business Development Manager

    • Helping businesses access best in class R&D tax advice.
    • Builds long lasting relationships with our partners.
    • First point of contact for ForrestBrown clients.
    Jason Dawes
  • James Gore

    Corporate Affairs Lead

    • Delivers our external communications and thought leadership.
    • Works with stakeholders to help shape the future of R&D tax.
    • Brings experience from sectors including aviation and financial services.
    James Gore - Corporate Affairs Lead
  • Stephen Leishman

    UK Sales Lead

    • Responsible for building and leading our business development team
    • Helping businesses access best in class R&D tax advice
    • Builds long lasting relationships with our partners
  • Lauralei Chapman-Ludgate

    Senior Partnerships Manager

    • Leads our industry partnerships team
    • Works closely with our association partners to help businesses access R&D tax relief
    • Investment operations certified
    Lauralei Chapman-Ludgate - Marketing Executive
  • Nicola Jarvie

    Senior Partnerships Manager

    • Educates large and complex businesses about ForrestBrown’s specialist consultancy
    • More than 10 years’ experience working in creative agencies
    • Extensive pedigree in competitive tendering
    Nicola Jarvie
  • Anna Walton

    Senior Marketing Operations Manager

    • Manages our digital marketing presence
    • Studied English and Marketing at Keele University 
    • Google Squared Online graduate
    Anna Walton digital marketing executive
  • Pamela Docherty

    Business Development Manager

    • Over seven years’ experience in account management and business development.
    • Helps clients strategically access R&D tax relief funding.
    • Based in ForrestBrown’s Scotland office.
    Pamela Docherty
  • Laura Henderson

    Business Development Manager

    • Helps businesses access best in class R&D tax advice.
    • Builds long lasting relationships with our partners.
    • First point of contact for ForrestBrown clients.
  • Felicity McCready

    Partnerships Manager

    • Develops relationships with our accountant partners 
    • Helps to educate businesses about the benefits of R&D tax relief
    • Over 10 years’ experience as a qualified solicitor
    Felicity Lowless - Client Relations Manager
  • Emmy Mitchell

    Partnerships Executive

    • Supports our association partners, identifying ways to help their members
    • Passionate about how R&D tax relief can fuel clients’ growth
    • Psychology graduate from the University of Southampton
    Emmy Mitchell, Marketing associate
  • Thomas Wood

    Business Development Executive

    • Experienced in helping UK businesses access valuable R&D tax relief
    • The first point of contact for businesses
    • Studied History at the University of Leicester
    Tom Wood
  • Harriet Davies

    Executive Assistant

    • Experienced executive assistant supporting the education and awareness team.
    • The first point of contact for new clients to ForrestBrown.
    • Previously experience at global consultancy firms.
    Harriet Davies ForrestBrown
  • Michelle Lang

    Executive Assistant

    • First point of contact for ForrestBrown clients
    • Enjoys working with cutting-edge businesses
    • Entrepreneurial background having set up UK distribution for a Danish company
    Michelle Lang

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.