1. Our people
  2. Sector specialists

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.

  • Peter Beavis MSci PhD

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • Doctorate in chemistry and granted a patent for a polymeric material.
    • Chemicals/materials specialist who helps translate clients' projects to HMRC.
    • Commendation from the MoD chief scientific adviser.
    Peter Beavis Sector Specialist
  • Tom Heslin MSc

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • Leads our sector specialist team and helps optimise software R&D tax credit claims.
    • On the HMRC subcommittee that issued software guidance for R&D tax credits.
    • Masters in medical image computing.
    Tom Heslin technical specialist
  • Rob Lowe

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • Specialist in digital technology, supporting our tax teams identify the advances in technology our clients make.
    • Experienced in leading software and digital teams within agencies.
    Rob Lowe - Sector specialist
  • Tree MA(Cantab) MBCS

    Sector Specialist

    • Hardware and software specialist who helps translate our clients' projects for HMRC.
    • Former CTO with experience in games programming, big data, AI, databases and IoT.
    • Studied Optoelectronics.
    Tree - sector specialist
  • Mike Harrison BSc Eng ACGI MNI

    Sector Specialist

    • 35+ years' of construction, manufacturing and marine engineering experience.
    • Graduated from Imperial College in mechanical engineering.
    • Built his own eco-home on the Severn Estuary.
    Mike Harrison
  • David North BEng

    Sector Specialist

    • Digital and software specialist who helps translate clients' projects to HMRC.
    • 20 years' experience in digital, both in programming and leading software teams.
    • Degree in electronic engineering.
    David North website profile
  • Gareth Randle Pr Tech Eng MSAICE

    Sector Specialist

    • 20 years' international engineering experience with a specialism in structural engineering.
    • A member of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers and a registered Professional Engineering Technologist.
    Gareth Randle
  • Robin Taylor

    Sector Specialist

    • 20 years mechanical engineering expertise, helps our tax team understand and articulate our clients' R&D projects.
    • Specialist in automotive body structure and electromechanical systems.
    Robin Taylor
  • Ben Wyatt

    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
  • Paul Warren

    Research Manager

    • Heads up our research team working closely with clients to articulate their R&D to HMRC.
    • Background in the insurance, accounting and entertainment sectors.
    Paul Warren research consultant
  • Ryan Barr

    Research Consultant

    • Helps translate our clients' complex scientific and technical projects into reports for HMRC.
    • Has a background in geophysics, having worked with onshore and offshore survey teams.
    Ryan Barr - Research associate
  • Harry Kingston MEng

    Research Consultant

    • Communicates our clients' R&D projects to HMRC via detailed reports.
    • Masters in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.
    • Background in mechanical engineering working with gas turbines.
    Harry Kingston
  • Richard Lewis

    Research Consultant

    • Helps translate our clients' complex scientific and technical projects into reports for HMRC.
    • 20 years' experience in copywriting as a business and finance journalist and data analyst.
    Richard Lewis - Research associate
  • Kim Malik PhD

    Research Consultant

    • Experienced scientist helps communicate clients' R&D projects to HMRC.
    • Doctorate in organic chemistry and degree in biological and medicinal chemistry.
    • Gained R&D tax credit experience at a Big Four firm.
    Kim Malik ForrestBrown
  • Owen Adamson

    Research Associate

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

    Research Associate

    • Software engineering experience helps our clients in communicating their R&D projects to HMRC.
    • Degree in computer software engineering.
    Matt Labdon - research associate
  • Amalia Westerlund MSci

    Research Associate

    • Communicates our clients' scientific and technical projects to HMRC via detailed reports.
    • Master's in biology from University of Bristol.
    Amalia Westerlund

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.