Our people

  • Ian Cliffe

    Partner, Managing Partner

    Ian is Managing Partner of haysmacintyre. He has been a Partner with us since 2001 and also leads our Corporate Finance division.

    He is both a qualified ACA and a qualified member of the Institute’s Corporate Finance Faculty. In addition to being a general practice partner offering general business and financial advice to his diverse client base, Ian also provides specialist corporate finance services including deal negotiations, due diligence, reporting accountants work on IPOs and business plan evaluation. 

    Over the last few years, Ian has advised on a large number of both public and private transactions in the sub £50m market cap sector. This has ranged from due diligence assignments, financial modelling and working capital projections, private and public fundraisings, group reconstructions and MBIs/MBOs to AIM, NEX and Standard listings - a number of these transactions involving international structuring.

    As a general practice partner, Ian has built up specialisms in the creative, media and technology sector, advising from the embryonic phase, through the life cycle of growth and fund raising to strategic positioning and exit.

    Ian prides himself on being able to give business and strategic advice to all his clients, drawing on the commercial experience gained from his managing partner role and corporate finance transactions and applying this knowledge to his clients.

  • Sam Coutinho

    Partner, Joint Head of Education

    Sam qualified in 1996 and has provided audit and advisory services to schools and charities for almost 20 years. She accepted her first trusteeship in 2007 and as a Governor of Orley Farm School and as a Trustee of the Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, Sam has tremendous insight into the practical challenges facing trustees when adopting best practice in governance.

    She believes that the role of the audit partner has changed in recent years and there is a real need to be a business adviser. She particularly enjoys helping her clients to ‘think outside the box’.

    Sam helps her clients with implementing best practice in governance and risk management. She is a regular contributor of articles on these and other topics to sector publications. Sam has also worked with a number of her clients to enhance operational and financial procedures and to design disaster recovery plans. Her marketing experience also enables her to advise clients on the most effective reporting mechanisms whether through the statutory accounts, the annual review or other mediums.

    She plays a key role in designing trustee training and leadership courses for our clients and contacts. Sam was on the steering group of the Network of Women Chairs and is an active member of the Charity Finance Group. In the schools sector, she works closely with ISBA in interpreting sector challenges, policy issues and delivering training for bursars, and also supports AGBIS in relation to governance training.

    Sam is married and has a teenage daughter. When she is not a taxi driver to her daughter, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, the theatre, and is learning to play the drums. As a family they enjoy travelling and are trying not to visit the same country twice. They are succeeding so far.

  • David Cox

    Partner

    David joined haysmacintyre in 1998 as a trainee, worked his way through the ranks and became a Partner in 2006. He is a member of our Creative, Media and Technology sector team, but his clients come from a broad range of areas including property, technology, motor dealers and manufacturing.

    David is the firm’s Audit Compliance Partner and is therefore tasked with developing our audit service. He leads a team that are dedicated to ensure our audit quality is of the highest standard.

    He is also the firm’s IT Partner, tasked with ensuring we keep at the forefront of changing technology.

    David also specialises in, business valuations, share option valuations, financial due diligence investigations, and preparation of financial forecasts and business plans.

    David’s clients range from tech startups to fully listed companies. He’s helped clients grow from incorporation through funding stages to exit or listing and built up plenty of experience and knowledge along the way. He plays an active role in the London start-up scene and is involved in various accelerators and awards.

    In a voluntary capacity David is an independent member of the British Olympic Association’s audit committee.

    David is the proud father of two young girls and is a keen golfer and novice triathlete.

  • George Crowther

    Partner

    George qualified in 1983 and became a Partner at haysmacintyre in 1987. During this time he has accumulated an extensive experience and expertise on advising a broad range of clients. 
     
    George’s clients include membership bodies, professional partnerships, FCA regulated bodies, property and general commercial entities. In addition to seeking to add value to his clients across a range of assurance related matters he also advises on the wider financial, business and tax issues. George has gained substantial hands on management experience within the firm and has also been a director of MSI Global Alliance, our international association since 1990. This further experience enables him to more fully understand business and management issues and advise on relevant solutions.
     
    His interests include sport and travelling. As a sports participant he enjoys playing golf and going to the gym, and as a sports fan enjoys watching football, rugby and golf.

  • Trevor D'Sa

    Tax Director

    Trevor has over 30 years’ experience in tax, initially working for HMRC and then training with a top ten firm. He has previously worked as a Tax Partner at a niche media firm, and more recently as head of Private Client tax at a top 50 media and entertainment firm. He joined haysmacintyre in 2017.

    Trevor has broad knowledge across all taxes, with clients in a wide range of sectors. He is primarily focused on private client work, advising on issues such as domicile and residence, the tax consequences of immigration and emigration, inheritance tax planning, capital gains tax, business structuring, professional partnerships, trusts, property investment and development, and HMRC investigations.

    He also deals with the interaction between corporate and personal taxes, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and VAT.

    Outside work, Trevor’s interests centre around his family and sports, mainly as a spectator now, being an avid follower of the NFL and Manchester United.