Our people

  • Paul Twydell

    Director

    Paul is a prize winning Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser who was appointed a Director in haysmacintyre’s Business Tax team in April 2017.  Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007 and joined the haysmacintyre from a top ten firm in September 2013.

    Paul specialises in tax issues concerning businesses within the haysmacintyre creative, media and technology sector and is expert in advising on the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and associated shareholder matters; a subject upon which he has presented and is published. Paul has further specialisms in employee share scheme matters, including the Enterprise Management Scheme (EMI) scheme and research and development tax relief. Paul is known for being adept in technical matters and being able to turn his hand to some of the more esoteric tax issues which may arise and is one of the firm’s experts on withholding tax.

    Before specialising in tax, Paul was a general accountant for five years and as such is able to advise clients both in relation to accounting and tax matters, as well as being able to assess the commercial implications of transactional activities beyond their tax impact. 

    Outside of work Paul is a keen cyclist and roller-skater, having competed in several skating marathons in the UK and on the continent. A former singer in bands in his younger days, Paul is a fan of alternative music and still enjoys the odd gig. Paul is also a supporter of Humanists UK.

  • Louise Veragoo

    Not for Profit Tax Director

    Louise has worked in the charity and not for profit sectors for most of her career, having trained and qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser. During her career Louise has specialised in working with charities and other related not for profit entities and has worked for RSM Robson Rhodes and more recently, Grant Thornton UK before joining haysmacintyre.

    Louise has a particular interest in the not for profit sector and advises her clients on the use of corporate group structures for tax planning and efficiency, property related advice, maintaining the direct tax charitable reliefs, claiming theatre tax relief and maximising entitlement to Gift Aid amongst other things!

    Louise is an Observer Member of the Charity Tax Group. In her spare time, Louise enjoys the outdoors, particularly walking, cycling and gardening and also loves cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

  • 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).

  • Simon Wilks

    Partner, Head of Corporate

    Simon joined us as a trainee in 1987 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. He became a Partner in 1996 and was a member of haysmacintyre's management from 2001 until 2013, the latter six years as Managing Partner. Simon's involvement in management, means he offers strong commercial expertise when advising his clients. He is currently our Head of Corporate and is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for business clients.

    Simon advises a wide range of clients including entrepreneurial businesses, long-established international groups as well as membership organisations. This advice is given to the owners of these businesses, often high net worth individuals, as well as to the businesses themselves.

    In recent years he has specialised in two sectors, financial services and membership organisations.

    He started advising fund managers in 1998 and since then he has acted for over 150, helping them with the set-up of the business, financial management and taxation matters. In addition to fund managers, he also acts for corporate finance boutiques, research houses and other financial services entities.

    Recently Simon has worked closely with Neil Simpson advising financial services clients on the change in the taxation of partnerships to ensure that our clients operate in the most tax efficient manner. Along with Bernadette King, Head of Financial Services, Simon has established us as a key player in the sector. 

    Simon also acts for over 20 membership organisations, including trade associations and private members clubs. He prepares detailed benchmarking analysis reports, providing commentary and insight to participants individually and to the wider group in an annual seminar.

    He enjoys acting for fast growth technology companies and the owners of those businesses, assisting many of them from start-up throughout the business cycle to exit. After exit, Simon continues to act for those high net worth individuals assisting them with their financial and taxation affairs.

    Simon also has recent experience of reporting accountants work for listed companies, particularly those quoted on AIM. 

    Outside of work and family life, Simon enjoys watching most sports and participating in some as well. He also has a keen interest in London life, particularly in restaurants, music and theatre.