Our people

  • Melanie Pittas

    Partner

    Melanie is a leading member of our Financial Services sector team and a specialist in this area. She has approaching ten years’ experience of working with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated entities and includes fund managers, corporate financiers, depositaries and remuneration advisers amongst her clients. She was a contributor to the 2016 publication, ‘Successfully Launching A Hedge Fund In Europe’ and is a regular attendee of AIMA and 100 Women in Finance events.

    Her wider client portfolio includes small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the creative industries and technology sectors. As well as delivering audit and assurance services, including FCA audits, Melanie supports her clients with GABRIEL reporting, and set-up, financial management and transaction advice.  Melanie was a judge in the 2016 Young Gun awards for successful entrepreneurs.

    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.

  • Jessica Powell

    Partner

    Jessica joined haysmacintyre in 2007 and trained and qualified with the firm. She was appointed Partner in October 2017.

    Her client portfolio reflects her specialism in the hospitality sector and partnerships, and she has specific responsibility for growing our business within the professional services arena. 

    Open and friendly relationships with clients are important to Jess. She is in contact with her clients year round, supporting them in responding to a range of challenges from compliance matters such as the statutory audit, tax compliance, solicitors accounts rules and accountants reports, as well as advisory matters such as due diligence, management accounts and ad hoc advice when needed.

    Outside of work Jess loves to travel and coming home as well, as she enjoys all London has to offer culturally and food-wise. 

    Jess is a regular volunteer for Samaritans.

  • Elena Ramkalawon

    Director

    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 Director 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.

  • David Riley

    Partner

    David is a general practice Partner at haysmacintyre with many years' experience of advising businesses and private individuals.

    David previously headed our Property unit and now acts as its senior adviser. He has expertise in structuring corporate transactions and reorganisations (property and non property related), from both an accounting and tax viewpoint and considering the implications for a company and its shareholders.

    He has dealt as reporting accountant for flotations, acquisitions and disposals for both public and private companies. In addition, he has taken responsibility on behalf of clients for detailed negotiations with vendors or purchasers in dealing with the structure of the purchase and sale of companies. David's skills and experience are based on the interaction of shareholder and corporate taxation and the need to adopt a combined approach to tax planning. It is here that his vast and broad-based experience gained from before and during two recessions can be put to full use.

    A substantial part of David's portfolio is advising private clients, both UK domiciled and non domiciliaries. The experience gained over many years dealing with family companies and their shareholders from more than one generation means that David is ideally placed to advice on moving wealth down the generations.

    David also has considerable experience of cross border issues from both an accounting and taxation perspective. He is a Director of MSI Global Alliance, an international association of independent professional firms with some 250 firms in over 100 countries worldwide.

    As a lifelong, passionate and moderately successful racing sailor, David is involved in the administration of the sport on both a professional and voluntary level. He has for some years been a volunteer Harbour Commissioner for a south coast port having and now chairs this public body.

  • 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).