1. Our people
  2. Education & awareness

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 ForrestBrown, its operations and day-to-day performance.
    • Drives ForrestBrown’s agenda to increase professionalism in the R&D tax relief industry.
    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

    • An expert on R&D tax incentive policy.
    • Almost 20 years working in tax for some of the UK’s best-known innovators.
    • Holds a seat on HMRC’s R&D Consultative Committee.
    • A chartered accountant and ATT Fellow.
    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
  • 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
  • Nicola Jarvie

    Senior Associate

    • Educates large and complex businesses about ForrestBrown's specialist consultancy.
    • Over 10 years of experience working in agencies, with an extensive pedigree in competitive tendering.
    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

    Technical Sales Manager

    • 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 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.
  • 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.
    Christie Thorn
  • 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.