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 120 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
    • Sat 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
  • Robin Taylor BEng MIED

    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

    Senior 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

    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
  • Ryan Barr MS

    Research Manager

    • 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
  • Kim Malik PhD

    Research Manager

    • 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
  • 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.
    Robert Lutken
  • 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

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.