Partners

  • 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).

  • 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.