1. Our people
  2. Tax practice

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.

  • Lisa-Marie Smith CTA

    Director

    • Founding member of the ForrestBrown team.
    • Solicitor and chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • Past winner of Tolley Taxation’s Rising Star award.
    Lisa-Marie Smith director
  • Tom Jones ATT

    Director

    • Leads client-facing teams in ForrestBrown’s R&D tax practice.
    • Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualified.
    • More than 15 years’ experience in tax and trained at a Big Four firm.
    Tom Jones senior tax manager
  • Chris Alderson CTA

    Associate Director

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • More than a decade of tax experience including at the Big Four
    • University of Bristol graduate with a Master’s in Economics
    Chris Alderson
  • 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
  • Angela Banerjee ATT

    Associate Director

    • More than a decade of experience within Big Four and specialist R&D firms.
    • Dedicated support to Scottish businesses.
    • Experienced in helping businesses to benefit from R&D tax relief and the Patent Box.
    Angela Banerjee
  • Orla Allan CTA ACA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA) and qualified accountant (ACA).
    • Background in personal taxation for high net worth individuals.
    • Trained at a Big Four firm.
    Orla Allen
  • Stephen James CTA CA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • Trained in the Big Four and top 10 accountancy firm.
    • Part of our quality assurance team ensuring the excellence of every claim.
    Stephen James CTA
  • Chris Tirant ATT

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualified.
    • Industry experience in engineering prior to specialising in innovation incentives.
    • Supports ForrestBrown clients in the North West and nationally.
  • Helen Warren CTA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • Background as a corporate tax adviser.
    • Trained and gained ATT qualification with regional accounting firm.
    Helen Warren
  • Gemma Brown CTA

    Senior Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualified.
    • University of Wales primary studies graduate and former teacher.
    Gemma Brown
  • Emily Carden ACA CTA

    Tax Manager

     
    • University of Bristol economics and management graduate.
    • Experience at a Big Four accountancy firm.
  • Joanne Chance CTA CA

    Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered accountant and ICAS tax professional.
    • Seven years' experience at a Big Four accounting firm.
    • Studied geography at the University of Bristol.
    Joanne Chance
  • Lois Gidley CA

    Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered accountant.
    • First-class honours degree in accounting and finance.
    • International Big Four experience.
    Lois Gidley
  • Isaac Greenbury ATT

    Tax Manager

    • Association of Taxation Technicians qualified (ATT).
    • Studying towards chartered tax adviser qualification (CTA).
    • Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Physical Geography and Geoscience at UCL.
    Isaac Greenbury
  • Adam Palmer CTA

    Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered tax adviser (CTA).
    • Background in personal taxation for high-net-worth individuals.
    • Trained and gained qualifications with top accountancy firm.
    Adam Palmer
  • Zoe Rose ACA

    Tax Manager

    • ACA qualified.
    • Gained accounting experience with leading facilities management company.
    • Degree in accounting and finance.
    Zoe Rose tax associate
  • Dalvir Birdee CTA

    Tax Manager

    • ATT and CTA qualified
    • Degree in Physics from University of Warwick
    • Formerly with a Big Four accounting firm
  • Kelly Smith MSc

    Account Manager

    • Ensures all our clients receive an outstanding service.
    • MSc in international business management.
    • Background in marketing with digital agencies.
    Kelly Smith - Client relations associate
  • Rebecca Smyth ATT

    Tax Manager

    • Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualified.
    • Formerly with a Big Four accounting firm.
    • Cardiff University economics graduate.
    Rebecca Smyth tax consultant
  • Abigail Tacchi ACA

    Tax Manager

    • Qualified chartered accountant (ACA).
    • More than 10 years' experience with a leading insurance firm.
    • Holds two bachelors degrees including one in accounting and finance.
    Abigail Tacchi
  • Kieron Llewellyn ATT

    Tax Manager

    • Association of Taxation Technicians qualified (ATT)
    • Studying towards chartered tax adviser qualification (CTA)
    • Provides a range of specialist R&D tax advisory services to our clients
  • 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
  • Max Brough ATT

    Tax Consultant

    • Association of Taxation Technicians qualified (ATT).
    • Trained and worked with Jaguar Land Rover.
    • Expert in engineering R&D.
    Max Brough tax associate
  • Mairi Benham CA

    Tax Consultant

    • Experience at a Big Four accountancy firm
    • First class degree in accountancy from the University of Glasgow
  • Yassmine Zarhane MBA

    Tax Consultant

    • MBA holder from the International University in Geneva
    • More than seven years' experience in management consulting
    • Ex-United Nations staff in Geneva
  • Emma Cohen ACA

    Tax Consultant

    • Degree in accounting and finance from the University of Bath
    • Experience at a Big Four accountancy firm
  • Charlie Monger ACA

    Tax Consultant

    • ICAEW Chartered Accountant
    • Experience in a technology-driven accounting and advisory firm.
    • Degree in Mathematics and Accounting and Financial Management from Loughborough University
  • Laura Eastman ATT

    Tax Consultant

    • ATT qualified and studying for her CTA qualification.
    • Background in financial recruitment.
    • University of Southampton maths and economics graduate.
    Laura Eastman
  • Julian Ford

    Tax Consultant

    • Studying towards a joint CTA/ACA qualification.
    • Master’s degree from Birkbeck, University of London.
    • University of Bristol electrical engineering graduate.
    Julian Ford
  • Jim Haire AAT

    Tax Consultant

    • Associate of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and studying towards joint ACA/CTA qualification.
    • Experience in management accounting for the NHS.
    • Background in aeronautical engineering.
    Jim Haire
  • Miza Said

    Research Consultant

    • Communicates our clients' scientific and technical projects to HMRC via detailed reports.
    • Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Birmingham
  • Lewis Bennett

    Tax Associate

    • Supports the R&D claim process for our clients
    • Bioengineering graduate from the University of Sheffield.
  • Maddie Daw

    Tax Associate

    • Degree in Economics
    • Working towards ACA qualification
    • Supports the R&D claim process for our clients
  • Matt Gould

    Tax Associate

    • Works with a broad range of clients
    • Master's degree in Mathematics from University of Bristol
    • Working towards ATT/CTA qualification
  • Matthew Fry ATT

    Tax Consultant

    • Supports the R&D claim process for our clients.
    • First class degree in BSc Accounting and Finance.
    • Studying for an ATT apprenticeship.
    Matthew Fry
  • James Frost

    Tax Associate

    • Studying towards ATT/CTA certification
    • Degree in Economics and Mathematics from University of Bristol
    • Supports the R&D claim process for our clients
  • Callum Griffin MSci

    Research Associate

    • First class Master’s degree in Chemistry
    • Previous experience in automotive engineering
  • Camilla King

    Research Associate

    • Degrees in Biomedical Science and Healthcare Technology
    • Helps to articulate scientific and technical R&D projects through case studies
  • Hannah Law

    Tax Associate

    • Master's in Financial Investigations
    • Working towards ATT qualification
    • Provides strategic advice to help clients access R&D incentive
  • Freya Massie

    Tax associate

    • Degree in economics
    • Supports the R&D claim process for our clients
    • University of Bristol graduate
  • Eleesha Munasinghe

    Tax Associate

    • Economics and finance graduate
    • Supports the R&D claim process for our clients
  • Jeril Laiju

    Tax Associate

    • Studying towards ACA qualification
    • Degree in accounting and finance from the University of the West of England
    • Supporting Babbasa Our City 2030 initiative
  • Holly Washington

    Tax Associate

    • Studying towards Association of Taxation Technicians qualification (ATT).
    • Studied chemistry at the University of Bristol.
    • Formerly worked as a secondary school teacher in the United Arab Emirates.
    Holly Washington
  • Emma Southam

    Tax Associate

    • Works with a broad range of clients
    • Degree in Mathematics
    • Working towards ATT/CTA qualification
  • Jalal Kazi

    Tax Associate

    • Degree in Accounting and Finance
    • Graduated from the University of Exeter
    • Working towards ATT qualification
  • Sviatoslav Kuvichinskii

    Tax Associate

    • Master's in Chemical Engineering
    • Supports the R&D claim process for our clients
    • University of Bath graduate
  • Aidan Banerjee

    Tax Associate

    • Master's in Accountancy and Finance
    • Working towards ATT qualification
    • Supports the R&D claim process for our clients
  • 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.