Partners

  • David Sewell

    Partner

    David is a Chartered Accountant at haysmacintyre and provides audit and related financial services to charities and other not for profit organisations.

    He trained in Suffolk before working with what is now Ernst & Young in London and Sydney. On returning to the UK, David joined Merrill Lynch’s Internal Audit department based in London but working much of the time overseas and focusing on new systems and controls following the 'Big Bang'. After obtaining an MBA from Cranfield in 1988, he joined the Schools and Charities team at one of our predecessor firms and became a partner in 1990.

    David is actively involved in audit and related financial advisory services, including addressing boards of trustees on financial planning, monitoring and governance issues and in connection with our specialist services such as employment taxes, commercial trading and VAT. His work with independent schools includes advising boards of governors on public benefit and fundraising issues, and he advises and assists religious congregations and other faith charities with the restructuring of their activities.

    He is a regular speaker at sector conferences and writes for various publications. He is also a governor of an independent boarding school and a volunteer for a medical relief charity.

    David is a member of hockey and tennis clubs and occasionally turns out for two cricket teams; this is when he isn’t mending fences to restrain an inquisitive puppy!

  • 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).

    In his spare time he is a Chairman and regular player of an amateur football club, which is over 120 years old.  He enjoys all sports, regularly playing golf, tennis and badminton.

  • 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.

  • Lee Stokes

    Partner

    Lee has specialised in the charity and not for profit sector for 15 years and was appointed Partner in October 2017.  He joined haysmacintyre in 2015 from another specialist not for profit accountancy firm.

    He works with a variety of charities in this space, but has focused on supporting independent schools and faith based charities.

    As well as ensuring his clients respond to their compliance responsibilities, Lee also assists clients on financial system reviews, recruitment of key financial personnel, financial due diligence, fraud investigations and technical accounting treatments.

    Lee is a regular speaker at haysmacintyre seminars, including the trustee training programme and guest speaker for the Catholic Charity Conference seminar series, as well as having responsibility for some staff training.  His specialist topics include accounting and reporting and fraud and financial governance.

    Lee is a keen sports fan and is an avid supporter of Liverpool FC and he also follows Harlequins FC. Lee and his wife have completed the Brighton marathon twice raising money for charity.

  • Richard Weaver

    Partner, Head of Charities and Not for Profit

    Richard became a Partner with haysmacintyre in 2008 having trained in both the corporate and not for profit sectors. He has been actively involved in the internal management of the firm on our Audit Committee and spent five years on the partnership Management Board.

    Richard is our head of Charities and Not for Profit team, and is particularly interested in charities delivering care, arts and culture organisations and independent schools. He provides both external audit services and advisory and consultancy services to their management teams, and sees his role as a key adviser for management and trustees in achieving their charitable objects and longer term strategy.  Richard has a particular interest in governance and risk management processes, as well as improving financial systems, controls and management reporting.

    He has been actively involved in the training of the not for profit team and leads our external trustee training programme, in association with Farrer & Co, which is an invaluable contributor to our corporate social responsibility policy, in enabling charity trustees to benefit from training and sharing experiences with their peers in a cost effective way. Richard has himself practical experience as a Trustee with the Royal Marines Charitable Trust, part of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Group. He is their representative on the group finance and audit committee.

    As an avid motorcycle fan, Richard follows British Superbikes, World Superbikes and Grand Prix. He also owns the rights to the Marshan brand of powerboats, and competes in the offshore racing series with the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA).