Corporate

  • Melanie Pittas

    Partner, Co-Head of Financial Services

    Melanie is Co-Head of our Financial Services sector team. She over ten years’ experience of working with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated entities and advises a range of clients across the alternatives space, predominantly fund managers (hedge and private equity), but including broker-dealers, sub-advisers, depositaries and placement agents.

    Melanie has extensive experience of working with early stage managers from launch and supporting them in a full-service outsourced accounting capacity. As well as delivering audit and assurance services, including track record reporting and FCA CASS audits, she supports her clients with GABRIEL reporting, tax advisory and compliance, and set-up, financial management and transaction advice.

    Melanie regularly speaks on topical panels at sector specific events, where she has covered areas including Outsourcing and Service Provider Selection and Tax Structuring: LLP vs Limited, and regularly contributes to sector publications. In 2017 Melanie was a co-contributor to the publication ‘Successfully Launching A Hedge Fund In Europe’, and more recently contributed to HFM's special report ‘How to Start A Hedge Fund in Europe.’

    Melanie is a member of the ICAEW's FS Faculty and a regular attendee of AIMA, HFM and 100 Women in Finance events.

    Melanie was appointed Partner in October 2016 having joined the firm as a trainee in 2007 and during her own rapid progression has taken responsibility for mentoring others.

    Outside of work, Melanie enjoys travelling, she is a linguist with proficiency in both French and Spanish, and aims at a healthy lifestyle, being a regular visitor to her local gym.

  • Elena Ramkalawon

    Partner – Head of Outsourcing

    Elena has over 15 years' of experience assisting corporate clients, ranging from owner managed businesses to UK groups with overseas subsidiaries.

    Elena joined haysmacintyre in 2011 as Audit Manager, having qualified as Chartered Certified Accountant with a top 15 firm and is now a Partner in our fast growing outsourced accountancy services team.

    Elena works with clients across a wide range of sectors including financial services, hospitality and property. She supports her clients with their budgeting processes, management accounts and when required, GABRIEL reporting, as well as end of year statutory compliance work. Elena prides herself on having excellent relationships with her clients and on delivering the assignments on time.

  • Phil Salmon

    VAT Partner

    Phil is a Chartered Tax Adviser and has specialised in VAT for over 28 years. He became a Partner at haysmacintyre in 2013 and heads up our VAT department. Like many indirect tax specialists, he started his career with HM Customs & Excise, initially as a visiting VAT officer, before moving on to specialist fraud teams. His real interest in the tax began in 1995 when he was promoted to Senior Officer and moved to the VAT Policy Directorate in Customs HQ. Here he became involved in litigation for the first time and developed a deeper knowledge of the tax, providing technical advice to colleagues in regional VAT offices, as well as providing training to other VAT officers, and helping draft VAT legislation.

    He left the department in 1998 to join Hays Allan, a predecessor firm of haysmacintyre where he remained until 2005. After a spell with a larger firm he re-joined us in 2007.

    Phil's primary focus is in the not for profit, land and property and financial services sectors; all areas where the VAT legislation can be at its most complex. His goal is to make it as simple as possible for his clients and he believes that an adviser should be prepared to give considered, but practical advice and recommendations. He also believes that communication is essential and that advice must be given as clearly and concisely as possible.

    Outside work, Phil enjoys reading (anything and everything), art and antiques (particularly the Arts & Crafts movement), walking in Cornwall and Yorkshire, and watching rugby (having decided he was too old and skinny to carry on playing after tackling a particularly large Metropolitan policeman).

  • Mark Shewring

    Partner

    Mark joined haysmacintyre in 2004 where he trained and qualified in the audit department. He moved to specialise in business taxation in 2007 and worked his way through the ranks to be promoted to Partner in April 2016.

    Having started his career in audit, Mark developed an interest in tax and enjoyed advising clients on matters that affect them and their business. His background places him in an excellent position to be able to advise clients from both an accounting and tax point of view, providing them with comprehensive joined up advice.

    Mark provides tax advisory services for our clients with particular experience in the hospitality sector. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge on matters such as employee equity incentives including Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) scheme, group restructuring and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) support and venture capital schemes such as Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

    He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CTA).

  • Neil Simpson

    Tax Partner

    Neil joined haysmacintyre in 2001 and is a Tax Partner with us. His area of practice focuses on all aspects of direct taxation relevant to businesses and their owners whether incorporated (company or LLP) or un-incorporated, including general partnerships.

    He advises on a range of tax issues focusing on transactional matters and tax structuring, particularly for early stage businesses and those preparing for, or seeking an exit. He has wide experience of advising on the impact and mitigation of direct taxes in the course of business transactions generally and those related matters as they impact on the owners and their key employees.

    Neil has been a specialist tax partner for over 25 years. Following qualification, Neil spent a number of years in general practice before specialising in tax and joining the tax consultancy group of a national firm where he became a Partner and headed up the group.