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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 120 strong and comprises chartered tax advisers, chartered accountants, lawyers, sector specialists, former HMRC inspectors and quality assurance experts.

  • James Dudbridge LLB


    • Leads our tax advisory practice.
    • Solicitor specialising in corporate and personal tax.
    • Over a decade of experience in tax law.
    James Dudbridge
  • Jenny Tragner CA ATT (Fellow)

    Director & Head of Policy

    • 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.
  • Tom Heslin MSc

    Associate Director

    • Leads our sector specialist team
    • Sat 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

    • More than four decades of tax experience.
    • Provides strategic advice through our advisory and enquiry support services.
    • Specialist in R&D tax since 2006.
  • 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

    Associate Director

    • 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

    Associate Director

    • 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
  • Ben Wyatt LLB

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • Expert in a huge range of developer and cloud technologies.
    • 15 years of agency experience working across many sectors.
    • A dedicated resource at ForrestBrown for uncovering digital innovation.
    Ben Wyatt
  • Phil Smith CTA

    Technical Lead

    • 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
  • Ian Kent CTA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • More than a decade of tax experience.
    • Past winner of CIOT's Gilbert Burr Medal.
  • Emily Carden ACA CTA

    Tax Manager

    • University of Bristol economics and management graduate.
    • Experience at a Big Four accountancy firm.
  • Owen Adamson

    Research Consultant

    • Communicates our clients' scientific and technical projects to HMRC via detailed reports.
    • Degree in journalism from University of Gloucestershire.
    Owen Adamson
  • Serena d'Arcy

    Tax Consultant

    • Supports R&D claim process.
    • Works with a broad range of clients.
    • Graduate of the University of York.
    Serena D'arcy

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.

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.