1. Our people
  2. Sector specialists

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.
  • Tom Heslin MSc

    Associate Director

    • Leads our sector specialist team
    • On the HMRC subcommittee that drafted software guidance for R&D tax relief
    • Master’s in Medical Image Computing
    Tom Heslin technical specialist
  • 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
  • David North BEng MBCS

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • Digital and software specialist.
    • 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

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • 20 years’ international engineering experience.
    • Member of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers.
    • Led the structural team designing Kuwait Children’s Hospital.
    Gareth Randle
  • Robin Taylor BEng

    Senior Sector Specialist

    • 20 years’ mechanical engineering expertise.
    • Specialist in automotive body and electromechanical systems.
    • Plays a key role in optimising engineering R&D claims.
    Robin Taylor
  • Mike Harrison BSc(Eng) ACGI MNI

    Sector Specialist

    • 35+ years of construction, manufacturing and marine engineering experience.
    • Studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College.
    • Built his own eco home on the Severn Estuary.
    Mike Harrison
  • Ben Wyatt LLB

    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
  • Ryan Barr MS

    Research Consultant

    • Helps translate our clients’ complex scientific and technical projects into reports for HMRC
    • Background in geophysics, having worked with onshore and offshore survey teams
    • Building great relationships, ensuring time spent with clients is maximised
    Ryan Barr - Research associate
  • Robert Lutken MSc

    Research Consultant

    • Communicates our clients’ scientific and technological projects to HMRC in technical reports.
    • Experienced full stack software engineer.
    • Masters in computer games development.
  • Kim Malik PhD

    Research Consultant

    • Experienced scientist who helps communicate clients’ R&D projects to HMRC
    • Doctorate in Organic Chemistry and degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
    • Gained R&D tax experience in the Big Four
    Kim Malik ForrestBrown
  • Emily Malkin MEng

    Research consultant

    • Holds a Masters (MEng) in mechanical engineering.
    • Experienced working on large manufacturing projects.
    • Helps clients fully capture and explain qualifying R&D.
    Emily Malkin
  • Amalia Westerlund MSci

    Research Consultant

    • Communicates our clients' scientific and technical projects to HMRC via detailed reports
    • Master's in biology from University of Bristol
    • Thrives to uphold excellence
    Amalia Westerlund
  • Miranda Nicholes PhD

    Research Associate

    • Helps clients understand the scope of qualifying R&D.
    • PhD in glaciology from the University of Bristol.
    • Expert in microbiology and biogeochemical processes.
    Miranda Nicholes

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.