1. Our people
  2. Education & awareness

Our people

You’ll find us different to other R&D tax credit advisers. We’re chartered and we combine specialist R&D tax credit knowledge with real passion, enthusiasm and energy for helping innovative businesses grow.

Our team is 140+ strong and is made up of chartered tax advisers, chartered accountants, lawyers, sector specialists, former HMRC inspectors and quality assurance experts.

  • Sara Brigden

    Director

    • Heads up marketing at ForrestBrown, ensuring our marketing activity drives business growth.
    • Considerable client and agency-side experience, including with the World Economic Forum in Geneva.
    Sara Brigden director
  • Adam Kotas CTA

    Director

    • Passionate about advising UK businesses on how to use R&D tax credits strategically.
    • Responsible for expanding our reach to help more UK businesses grow.
    • Chartered tax adviser (CTA) with 14 years' tax experience.
    Adam Kotas director
  • Alex Price CTA

    Director

    • Leads our R&D tax credit partner programme for accountants.
    • Responsible for expanding our reach to help more UK businesses grow.
    • Chartered tax adviser (CTA) with 20+ years' tax experience in the Big Four.
    Alex Price director
  • Jenny Tragner CA ATT

    Director

    • Our technical director and ForrestBrown’s leading expert on R&D tax policy.
    • Chartered accountant and ATT Fellow working in tax since 2002.
    • Holds a seat on HMRC's R&D consultative committee.
    Jenny Tragner 2019
  • Kelly Oakley CTA

    Associate Director

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • Builds relationships with our accountant partners, bringing R&D tax credit support to their clients.
    • Brings over a decade of tax experience to ForrestBrown.
    Kelly Oakley associate director
  • Jennifer Eastman CTA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • Builds lasting relationships with our accountant partners, bringing R&D tax credit support to their clients.
    • Formerly worked in tax and accounting in the Big Four.
    Jen Eastman senior tax manager
  • Mike Buckley

    Senior Associate

    • Manages online content to help educate businesses on the benefits of R&D tax credits.
    • Professional copywriting background with experience writing engaging content for financial services.
    Mike Buckley - B2B content manager
  • Lauralei Chapman-Ludgate

    Senior Associate

    • Leads our industry partnerships team.
    • Works closely with our association partners to help their members access R&D tax credits.
    • Law graduate from the University of Warwick.
    Lauralei Chapman-Ludgate - Marketing Executive
  • Giordano Goggioli

    Senior Associate

    • Brings an passion for innovation and technology to help our new clients understand how R&D tax credits can fuel their growth.
    • Studied management at Bristol University.
    Gio Goggioli Business Development Manager
  • Nicola Jarvie

    Senior Associate

    • Supports client relations to ensure outstanding client service.
    • Over 10 years' experience working in brand and digital agencies.
    • University of Edinburgh classical and ancient studies masters.
    Nic Jarvie ForrestBrown
  • Felicity McCready

    Senior Associate

    • Develops relationships our accountant partners to bring R&D tax credits to their clients.
    • Qualified solicitor with experience practicising international tax and trusts at Burges Salmon.
    Felicity Lowless - Client Relations Manager
  • Mark Smout

    Senior Associate

    • Passionate about helping UK business grow, having helped hundreds of companies to access vital R&D tax credit funding since 2013.
    • Experience working in a range of different creative agencies.
    Mark Smout head of business development
  • Anna Walton

    Senior Associate

    • Manages our both our website and careers marketing to engage businesses and candidates for ForrestBrown.
    • Keele University english and marketing graduate.
    • Google Squared Online graduate.
    Anna Walton digital marketing executive
  • Jack Wanstall

    Senior Associate

    • Works closely with our associations, identifying opportunities to support their members.
    • Passionate about educating businesses on the power of R&D tax credits.
    • History graduate from the University of Nottingham.
    Jack Wanstall
  • Francois Badenhorst

    Associate

    • Creates engaging content to educate businesses on the power of R&D tax credits.
    • Previously editor at AccountingWeb.
    • Studied journalism at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
    Francois Badenhorst
  • Emily Chudley

    Associate

    • Specialist in building valuable business relationships with experience across many sectors.
    • University of Plymouth business administration and management graduate.
    Emily Chudley - associate
  • Amy McFall

    Associate

    • First-class master’s degree in English literature.
    • Previously worked at Dyson.
    • Builds relationships with industry associations to add value for their members.
    Amy McFall
  • Emmy Mitchell

    Associate

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

    Associate

    • Dedicated to helping UK businesses access vital funding.
    • Background in psychology including a masters degree from UCL.
    • Passionate about reaching out to clients in retail, fashion and cosmetics.
  • Doug Still

    Associate

    • Passionate about helping innovative business grow with R&D tax credits.
    • Business management and marketing graduate.
    • Background in communication and coaching roles.
    Doug Still - associate
  • Christie Thorn

    Associate

    • First-class honours degree in business and marketing management.
    • Experience in pharmaceutical and tax marketing.
    • Helps trade associations explain the benefits of R&D tax credits to members.
  • Thomas Wood

    Associate

    • Experienced in helping UK businesses access valuable R&D tax credits.
    • Worked in construction giving him valuable experience to help our construction clients.
    • University of Leicester history graduate.
    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

    • Provides invaluable support for the team at ForrestBrown and enjoys working with our cutting-edge clients.
    • Began her career in Paris and 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.