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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

Expertise & specialisms

  • Software
  • Datasets
  • Machine learning
  • Communication of highly technical R&D claims
  • HMRC policy

Tom is a software expert at the cutting-edge of technical innovation and HMRC policy. One of our sector specialists at ForrestBrown, his knowledge and experience is invaluable in optimising software claims.

He sat on the HMRC subcommittee that issues software guidance for R&D tax relief. As such, the team utilises his extensive expertise to ensure we deliver robust and accurate advice to our clients.

With a master’s degree in Medical Image Computing from University College London, Tom has a deep understanding of image processing techniques. He can apply mathematical and statistical formulae to large datasets and machine learning. 

Tom also has experience and knowledge of common software design patterns. Specifically, MATLAB, C#, C++, Python, R!, JavaScript, HTML, SQL, SSRS.

On top of extensive experience in the R&D tax relief industry, Tom has held a range of technical positions spanning various industries. In e-learning he engineered tools to aid international broadcast of lectures. In medical technology he helped develop an online CBT tool to help manage unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Tom also uses his industry insight to improve the future of R&D tax reliefs for the software industry. Not only does he work with our clients to represent their views in response to R&D consultations, he also communicates key information to our clients on technical webinars and in key content such as his work in IT Pro Portal, Tech Monitor, SME Web and Business Leader publications.

A natural communicator, Tom is able to express highly technical R&D claims in a clear and compelling way. He is passionate about helping science and technology firms maximise their funding to drive innovation and breakthroughs.

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