As well as leading a team operationally in their own business area day to day, they work as a group to use their wide-ranging skills and experience to deliver key strategic projects and initiatives for the network.
David Paulson QFP - Senior Vice President, Franchise Development
David joined The TaxAssist Direct Group in 2009 with the responsibility for franchisee recruitment in the UK. During this period, David was instrumental in recruiting 93 franchisees into the UK network, plus over 20 franchisees in Ireland and Australia. David was also responsible for brokering the sale of our first £1million ($1.6 million) franchise resale. As Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, David leads the expansion of the TaxAssist Accountants brand into selected international markets. This role includes supporting Master Franchisees and Area Representatives with franchisee recruitment and ensuring legal compliance with franchise regulations. David's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.
Richard Chatten-Hague BA (Hons), QFP, DipFM - Head of Group Global Support
Richard joined TaxAssist in 2015 following seven years at a leading international franchise consulting and publishing company, FDS. Richard graduated from the University of Northampton with a First-Class degree in Retail Marketing before joining FDS and specialised in creating Franchise Operations Manuals for businesses expanding by franchising, working alongside experienced franchise consultants, and working with a number of national and international clients. Using his experience in national and international franchising, Richard manages global franchise recruitment marketing strategies. He also manages the initial and ongoing training and support to our network of Master Franchisees in Canada, Area Representatives in the US and our Managing Directors in Ireland and Australia. Richard's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.
Richard Washington - Head of Group Technology
After five years of working with one of the UKs leading franchise consulting and recruitment companies Richard joined TaxAssist in 2010, bringing with him a high level of technical knowledge in programming and database administration. Since joining Richard has pushed forward the TaxAssist Accountants online presence, implementing a local website for each franchisee, rebuilding from scratch the TaxAssist Accountants Support Site and implementing a custom ticketing system for the Technical Helpdesk. Richard is responsible for the relationship management with our recommended IT, telecommunications and printing partners as well as for the continuing development of our global web-based systems. Richard's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.
Simon Hutchinson - Head of Group Software & Systems
Simon is responsible for the management of the core software estate in use by TaxAssist franchisees, including supplier management, training delivery, integrations, and escalations. Prior to joining TaxAssist in 2016, Simon spent 18 years working across IT Training, Service Delivery Management and Customer Relationship Management roles in the housing and health industries. Simon has project managed, as well as designing and delivering training courses for multiple software implementations and is customer-focused to ensure that the right solution is being delivered. Simon's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.
Sam Skyring FCCA, MAAT, ACIPP - Head of Group Training
Sam Skyring qualified in 2014 with a medium sized firm of accountants in Norwich and developed strong relationships with her clients and helped them with bookkeeping, tax returns, payroll, accounts preparation and tax issues. Sam joined the Technical Support Team in November 2014 as a Technical Manager, assisted franchisees and their staff over the phone with technical queries, headed up training courses and undertook due diligence visits to franchisees. Sam took up the role of Franchise Development Manager in 2017 and was then promoted to Group Training & Communications Manager in 2019 with responsibility for looking after all of the training needs for the network, alongside preparing client facing technical marketing material. Sam's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.
Jo Nockels FCCA, FMAAT - Head of Group Finance
Jo is AAT and ACCA qualified and before joining TaxAssist Accountants in 2010, looked after a range of clients in the small business sector at Larking Gowen. Formerly, Jo was the Senior Training & Technical Communications Manager and worked alongside the Business Development team, to ensure communications to clients were accurate, timely, relevant and easy to understand. The other part of her role saw her managing the TaxAssist Accountants Training Academy, as well as delivering courses herself. In 2019, Jo was promoted to Group Financial Controller and is responsible for the day-to-day management and ongoing development of the Group finance team and functions for the TaxAssist Group of Companies. Jo's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.
Andy Gibbs ATT, CTA - Head of Group Technical
Andy joined us from one of the big four accountancy firms where he looked after the affairs of high-net-worth individuals and private equity executives. Prior to this he worked at a local regional practice where he dealt with the affairs of owner managed businesses and private individuals. Andy has dealt with both tax compliance and tax advisory projects across a range of industry sectors. Andy is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Estate Accounting. Andy's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.
Tim Duffield BA (Hons), FCCA - Head of Group Compliance
Tim is FCCA qualified and originally joined us in 2009 from a large local practice, where his main experience was of preparing annual and management accounts for small companies as well as preparing value-added tax and corporation tax returns. Tim recently returned to us after two years back in practice performing a tax advisory role. Tim provides tax advice and support to the network, alongside managing technical related project work and carrying out technical audits for franchisees. Tim's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.
Kelly Chick - Head of Group Marketing
Kelly joined the Business Development Team in July 2020, following an extensive agency background working for a number of national brands in both B2B and B2C environments. Reporting to the Group Business Development Director, Kelly oversees the Marketing, Social and Inbound teams, implementing the national and local marketing campaigns for the acquisition of network leads. Kelly's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.