ALL our key people have worked for large accountancy firms.

What they also have in common and what brings them together at Murray Harcourt is a passion for their clients and a desire to do things differently within a dynamic, growing firm that challenges the norm.

Our partners build strong, trusted relationships with their clients and support them whenever they are needed along every step of the way with a client and their business.

Client care is really important to us.

We support growing ambitious organisations who know that direct access to the team providing proactive professional advice will make a real difference to their success.

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Key People

Richard Bright

Richard Bright

Managing Partner

Richard is Murray Harcourt’s Managing Partner. He is a highly experienced Audit Partner and overall corporate advisor having worked extensively in the private sector for over 25 years.

“We are here to help our clients, to support them and to make a difference to their businesses.”

Richard is Murray Harcourt’s Managing Partner. He is a highly experienced Audit Partner and overall corporate advisor having worked extensively in the private sector for over 25 years.

“By launching our own firm we wanted to break the mould in accountancy. We are not stale. We are not dull! We are dynamic with an enterprising and exciting culture.

“If you ask our opinion then you get it!

“We are here to help our clients, to support them and to make a difference to their businesses.”

Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter

Partner

Mark, a founding partner of Murray Harcourt, works with owner managed business becoming a key member of their team acting as Financial Director alongside the management board.

“We aim to put ourselves in the client’s shoes and we can talk not from text book experience, but our own experiences of launching, growing and running a business.”

Mark, a founding partner of Murray Harcourt, works with owner managed business becoming a key member of their team acting as Financial Director alongside the management board. This often includes providing high quality audit, tax and statutory compliance services, structures effective approaches to cash management, brokers smart financing solutions and provides specialist business advice and succession planning.

“I have great relationships with my clients, getting under the skin of their business and listening to their plans and objectives. I give them the advice that they need – what is best for their business, rather than selling them a range of services.

“We aim to put ourselves in the client’s shoes and we can talk not from text book experience, but our own experiences of launching, growing and running a business.”

Glyn Thomas

Glyn Thomas

Personal and Trust Tax Partner

Glyn has over 30 years’ experience in advising predominantly wealthy landowners on property taxes, capital gains tax and trust/succession planning.

“We are a trusted adviser to our clients. They are making a decision because we have said it is the right decision and it will make life better for them.”

Glyn has over 30 years’ experience in advising predominantly wealthy landowners on property taxes, capital gains tax and trust/succession planning.

“We build individual, personal and trusted relationships with our clients.

“They are anything but just another number. Our challenge as we grow is being both dynamic and keeping that personal service.

“We are a trusted adviser to our clients. They are making a decision because we have said it is the right decision and it will make life better for them.”

Steve Williams

Steve Williams

Partner

Steve is Head of Audit at Murray Harcourt. He leads the audit provision and ensures that it is high quality, timely and involves minimum disruption to Murray Harcourt’s clients. Steve joined Murray Harcourt as Partner in 2014.

“We often get told: ‘You are not like normal auditors’. That’s good! We want to deliver quality, level of service and a high degree of contact with our clients.”

Steve is Head of Audit at Murray Harcourt. He leads the audit provision and ensures that it is high quality, timely and involves minimum disruption to Murray Harcourt’s clients. Steve joined Murray Harcourt as Partner in 2014.

“We are auditing mid market businesses and we have a specialism in international audits – UK clients with subsidiaries all over the world. They don’t just get a good service and a robust audit, they get more of our time. We genuinely do spend more time with our clients because this is our own firm and we have the freedom and autonomy to do that.

“So they are getting the benefit of a top 10 accountancy firm’s quality of delivery, but they get more time with a senior adviser and we can react more quickly.

“We often get told: ‘You are not like normal auditors’. That’s good! We want to deliver quality, level of service and a high degree of contact with our clients.”

David Caseldine

David Caseldine

Partner

David is a Fellow of the ICAEW and previously worked for PwC for more than 20 years, gaining experience across many industries and specialisms, including IFRS transitions.

“We have the quality of a big firm but a family approach. We each have our own voice and own say and has a genuine partnership feel to it.”

David is a Fellow of the ICAEW and previously worked for PwC for more than 20 years, gaining experience across many industries and specialisms, including IFRS transitions.

“I’ve worked for a big firm and I can see that for a small, growing firm, Murray Harcourt definitely punch above our weight.

“There is a no-nonsense approach here – we do what it says on the tin!

“We have the quality of a big firm but a family approach. We each have our own voice and own say and the firm has a genuine partnership feel to it.”

Clive Smetham

Clive Smetham

Corporate Finance Partner

Clive has over 20 years’ experience of corporate finance transactions and due diligence services. He has been involved in transactions with values up to £25m across many sectors.

“We make an assessment of the risk and reward on behalf of our client.”

Clive has over 20 years’ experience of corporate finance transactions and due diligence services. He has been involved in transactions with values up to £25m across many sectors.

“As a new firm in the market we are able to adapt to changing market conditions.

“Corporate finance is no longer just advising a client buying or selling a business.

“It can be a management buyout or buy-in, a demerger or the sale of non-core operations. It can also involve restructuring and transaction services or advising a management team on strategy.

“We make an assessment of the risk and reward on behalf of our client.”

Neil Sengupta

Neil Sengupta

Tax Partner

Tax partner Neil has over 25 years’ experience of helping clients with their business tax affairs – as well as advising on the tax affairs of owner managed businesses, Neil also has plenty of experience of working with both large and listed corporate groups.

“I have a passion for putting clients first and helping a business on every step of its journey.”

Tax partner Neil has over 25 years’ experience of helping clients with their business tax affairs – as well as advising on the tax affairs of owner managed businesses, Neil also has plenty of experience of working with both large and listed corporate groups. He has significant specialist experience of M&A and transaction tax issues and has worked on the tax aspects of many local high profile deals. Neil spent the first 10 years of his career in the Big Four, and joins Murray Harcourt after 15 years as tax partner with Top 10 international firms.

“I work closely with our clients ensuring that our tax advice is bespoke to their business requirements.

“I have a passion for putting clients first and helping a business on every step of its journey.”

Andrew Rose

Andrew Rose

Corporate Finance Partner

Andrew has 28 years of general corporate finance experience of UK and cross – border transactions.  He has advised a wide range of clients, public and private companies, partnerships and high-net-worth individuals across the UK, and has significant expertise in advising on exit strategy.

“It is essential to have an expert on side, helping you or your business make those key decisions and bring them to fruition.

Andrew has 28 years of general corporate finance experience of UK and cross – border transactions.  He has advised a wide range of clients, public and private companies, partnerships and high-net-worth individuals across the UK, and has significant expertise in advising on exit strategy.

“It is essential to have an expert on side, helping you or your business make those key decisions and bring them to fruition.

Our experience ensures we quickly grasp the unique characteristics of a business, which is essential in providing the high quality, specific service our clients expect.”

Joanne Powell

Joanne Powell

Tax Director

Joanne has over 15 years experience working with businesses of all sizes, from entrepreneurial, mid-market and PE backed companies to large & listed corporate groups, on both tax compliance and tax advisory matters.   She has specialist experience of transaction tax issues including group simplification, restructuring and acquisitions.

Joanne has over 15 years experience working with businesses of all sizes, from entrepreneurial, mid-market and PE backed companies to large & listed corporate groups, on both tax compliance and tax advisory matters.   She has specialist experience of transaction tax issues including group simplification, restructuring and acquisitions.

“I firmly believe that tax advice should be commercial, pro-active, practical and delivered in a timely manner.”

 

Lyndsey Shaw

Lyndsey Shaw

Corporate Finance Director

Lyndsey has significant experience in deal origination and management and has built up considerable corporate finance experience in both solvent and insolvent transactions across a variety of industry sectors. Lyndsey has 12 years of corporate finance experience and is FCCA qualified.

“We have a dynamic, flexible and pragmatic approach to getting deals done, and helping clients to achieve their corporate and shareholder objectives.

Lyndsey has significant experience in deal origination and management and has built up considerable corporate finance experience in both solvent and insolvent transactions across a variety of industry sectors. Lyndsey has 12 years of corporate finance experience and is FCCA qualified.

“We have a dynamic, flexible and pragmatic approach to getting deals done, and helping clients to achieve their corporate and shareholder objectives.

“Whether buying, selling or financing a business we have a proven ability to guide clients through the process to get the deal done as smoothly as possible. “

Stuart Jobbins

Stuart Jobbins

Corporate Finance Director

Stuart has over 25 years’ experience within the corporate finance and business consulting arenas, and has also held senior roles within industry, most recently as Finance Director in SME’s operating within niche sectors.

Stuart has worked on transactions in the U.S and across Europe and has particular experience in property transactions and funding.

Stuart has over 25 years’ experience within the corporate finance and business consulting arenas, and has also held senior roles within industry, most recently as Finance Director in SME’s operating within niche sectors.

Stuart has worked on transactions in the U.S and across Europe and has particular experience in property transactions and funding.

“Our experience of managing complex transactions and our deep understanding of the challenges which owners and managers face during these transactions, helps to identify potential obstacles and resolve them before the become an “issue” so we can complete deals as smoothly as possible.”

Richard Bright

Richard Bright

Managing Partner

Richard is Murray Harcourt’s Managing Partner. He is a highly experienced Audit Partner and overall corporate advisor having worked extensively in the private sector for over 25 years.

“By launching our own firm we wanted to break the mould in accountancy. We are not stale. We are not dull! We are dynamic with an enterprising and exciting culture.

“If you ask our opinion then you get it!

“We are here to help our clients, to support them and to make a difference to their businesses.”

Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter

Partner

Mark, a founding partner of Murray Harcourt, works with owner managed business becoming a key member of their team acting as Financial Director alongside the management board. This often includes providing high quality audit, tax and statutory compliance services, structures effective approaches to cash management, brokers smart financing solutions and provides specialist business advice and succession planning.

“I have great relationships with my clients, getting under the skin of their business and listening to their plans and objectives. I give them the advice that they need – what is best for their business, rather than selling them a range of services.

“We aim to put ourselves in the client’s shoes and we can talk not from text book experience, but our own experiences of launching, growing and running a business.”

Glyn Thomas

Glyn Thomas

Personal and Trust Tax Partner

Glyn has over 30 years’ experience in advising predominantly wealthy landowners on property taxes, capital gains tax and trust/succession planning.

“We build individual, personal and trusted relationships with our clients.

“They are anything but just another number. Our challenge as we grow is being both dynamic and keeping that personal service.

“We are a trusted adviser to our clients. They are making a decision because we have said it is the right decision and it will make life better for them.”

Steve Williams

Steve Williams

Partner

Steve is Head of Audit at Murray Harcourt. He leads the audit provision and ensures that it is high quality, timely and involves minimum disruption to Murray Harcourt’s clients. Steve joined Murray Harcourt as Partner in 2014.

“We are auditing mid market businesses and we have a specialism in international audits – UK clients with subsidiaries all over the world. They don’t just get a good service and a robust audit, they get more of our time. We genuinely do spend more time with our clients because this is our own firm and we have the freedom and autonomy to do that.

“So they are getting the benefit of a top 10 accountancy firm’s quality of delivery, but they get more time with a senior adviser and we can react more quickly.

“We often get told: ‘You are not like normal auditors’. That’s good! We want to deliver quality, level of service and a high degree of contact with our clients.”

David Caseldine

David Caseldine

Partner

David is a Fellow of the ICAEW and previously worked for PwC for more than 20 years, gaining experience across many industries and specialisms, including IFRS transitions.

“I’ve worked for a big firm and I can see that for a small, growing firm, Murray Harcourt definitely punch above our weight.

“There is a no-nonsense approach here – we do what it says on the tin!

“We have the quality of a big firm but a family approach. We each have our own voice and own say and the firm has a genuine partnership feel to it.”

Clive Smetham

Clive Smetham

Corporate Finance Partner

Clive has over 20 years’ experience of corporate finance transactions and due diligence services. He has been involved in transactions with values up to £25m across many sectors.

“As a new firm in the market we are able to adapt to changing market conditions.

“Corporate finance is no longer just advising a client buying or selling a business.

“It can be a management buyout or buy-in, a demerger or the sale of non-core operations. It can also involve restructuring and transaction services or advising a management team on strategy.

“We make an assessment of the risk and reward on behalf of our client.”

Neil Sengupta

Neil Sengupta

Tax Partner

Tax partner Neil has over 25 years’ experience of helping clients with their business tax affairs – as well as advising on the tax affairs of owner managed businesses, Neil also has plenty of experience of working with both large and listed corporate groups. He has significant specialist experience of M&A and transaction tax issues and has worked on the tax aspects of many local high profile deals. Neil spent the first 10 years of his career in the Big Four, and joins Murray Harcourt after 15 years as tax partner with Top 10 international firms.

“I work closely with our clients ensuring that our tax advice is bespoke to their business requirements.

“I have a passion for putting clients first and helping a business on every step of its journey.”

Andrew Rose

Andrew Rose

Corporate Finance Partner

Andrew has 28 years of general corporate finance experience of UK and cross – border transactions.  He has advised a wide range of clients, public and private companies, partnerships and high-net-worth individuals across the UK, and has significant expertise in advising on exit strategy.

“It is essential to have an expert on side, helping you or your business make those key decisions and bring them to fruition.

Our experience ensures we quickly grasp the unique characteristics of a business, which is essential in providing the high quality, specific service our clients expect.”

Joanne Powell

Joanne Powell

Tax Director

Joanne has over 15 years experience working with businesses of all sizes, from entrepreneurial, mid-market and PE backed companies to large & listed corporate groups, on both tax compliance and tax advisory matters.   She has specialist experience of transaction tax issues including group simplification, restructuring and acquisitions.

“I firmly believe that tax advice should be commercial, pro-active, practical and delivered in a timely manner.”

 

Lyndsey Shaw

Lyndsey Shaw

Corporate Finance Director

Lyndsey has significant experience in deal origination and management and has built up considerable corporate finance experience in both solvent and insolvent transactions across a variety of industry sectors. Lyndsey has 12 years of corporate finance experience and is FCCA qualified.

“We have a dynamic, flexible and pragmatic approach to getting deals done, and helping clients to achieve their corporate and shareholder objectives.

“Whether buying, selling or financing a business we have a proven ability to guide clients through the process to get the deal done as smoothly as possible. “

Stuart Jobbins

Stuart Jobbins

Corporate Finance Director

Stuart has over 25 years’ experience within the corporate finance and business consulting arenas, and has also held senior roles within industry, most recently as Finance Director in SME’s operating within niche sectors.

Stuart has worked on transactions in the U.S and across Europe and has particular experience in property transactions and funding.

“Our experience of managing complex transactions and our deep understanding of the challenges which owners and managers face during these transactions, helps to identify potential obstacles and resolve them before the become an “issue” so we can complete deals as smoothly as possible.”