Meet the team

London

Brian Henderson

Tel: +44 (0)207 804 9018, Email Brian

Brian is a partner and leads our Fast growth companies programme and works predominantly in the Technology and Media sectors. However he specialises in advising mid tier private and VC backed companies in any industry, helping them through their growth phase and towards exit. He also has extensive experience of capital markets transactions in the UK and US and in supporting companies through IPO preparation.


Natalie Langley

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7804 4718, Email Natalie

Natalie is a Director based in the London Region Tax team, dealing with entrepreneurial and private companies. She works mainly with middle market, fast growing and start-up businesses, particularly those in the technology, media, entertainment and retail sectors. She also spent two years working in San Francisco advising on cross border tax issues. Her experience spans assisting with corporate and personal tax advice, reward planning, advising on transactions and reorganisations, and international tax planning.


Mark Jordan

Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 7196, Email Mark

Mark has over 15 years experience in audit and advisory services in the mid-tier space working with fast growing and entrepreneurial companies. He has a focus on gaming, video games and technology companies, where he is the PwC UK Assurance Leader for online gaming. Clients include both Private Equity and VC backed businesses.


Adri Loubser

Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 4359, Email Adri

Adri is a senior manager based in London and works with a variety of technology, entertainment and gaming clients. These include venture capital and private equity backed companies as well as US foreign private issuers and local subsidiaries of US listeds. Her experience spans the whole cycle; from start-up to exit or taking it public.


Jonathan Ford

Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 8209, Email Jonathan

Jonathan is a Director with extensive experience of working with a variety of sizes and types of businesses but with a particular focus on companies within the technology, media and telecommunications sectors and those that are private equity or venture capital backed. For example, Jonathan has recently been working with start-up technology based music businesses. Jonathan also has wide-ranging experience of capital market and other transactions.


Rachel Savage

Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 5023, Email Rachel

Rachel works with a wide range of private and entrepreneurial companies across the retail and hospitality sector. She has had experience with advising clients through their start up phase all the way through to their chosen exit. Rachel also spent a year working with the PwC sponsored Sunday Times Profit Track, interviewing owners of private businesses to understand the issues they are facing in the current economic climate.


Gemma Clark

Tel: + 44 (0)207 804 4814, Email Gemma

Gemma is a London based audit director, having relocated from PwC Leeds. She has over 14 years of experience with a focus on private business including private equity backed, family run businesses and those in the retail and technology & media space. Gemma is passionate and energetic about private business. Through working together with her clients she brings value to the audit process and beyond. She has a wide experience base including helping companies make acquisitions, prepare for IPOs and financing, convert to IFRS and New UK GAAP however with Gemma it is all about long term relationships and working together to help companies achieve their ambitions.


James Eastell

Tel: +44 (0)20 7213 3107, Email James

James is a senior manager working with a number of technology, private equity and venture capital backed companies in London.
Previous to joining the firm James was the Financial Controller of a fast growing AIM listed technology business in the digital imaging and retail sector. During his 5 years with the firm he has been active in the firm’s Fast growth companies programme and has actively promoted a Venture Capital club.


Leighton Thomas

Tel: +44 (0)20 7213 2585, Email Leighton

Leighton is based in our middle market team in London with over 15 years of experience providing audit and advisory services to entrepreneurial and private companies. Leighton focuses on VC backed and fast growing businesses within the technology and media sectors. Leighton has experience of working with listed and PE backed businesses, working on IPOs and spent two years of his career in New York. Leighton is passionate about supporting businesses on their growth journey.


Chris Stevens

Tel: +44 (0)207 213 8417, Email Chris

Chris is a Manager in the London assurance team and works with predominately with Technology and Media clients, as well as companies in the Retail and Service sector. Chris started his career working across a wide breadth of industries within the East Midlands region, and since transferring to London focuses on mid-tier private and VC backed companies, working as part of the fast growth team supporting new start-ups as they grow.,


South East

Sam Taylor

Tel: +44 (0)118 938 3275, Email Sam

Sam is a Partner based in our Reading Assurance team. He works mainly with fast growing businesses from start-ups through to AIM listed companies, particularly those in the biotech and medical devices, clean technology and technology sectors. He works a large number of spin-out companies from Oxford University helping them to commercialise their world-leading research and assisting them through the various stages of expansion.


Adrian Bennett

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 552305, Email Adrian

Adrian leads our Fast Growth Program in the East of England and works with a wide range of different technology and life science businesses from start up to exit. He is now based in our Cambridge office but has also worked in London and the US. Adrian has worked with companies on a wide range of capital market transactions including IPO preparation.


Gareth Murfitt

Tel: +44 (0)7595 849892, Email Gareth

Gareth in an audit Partner based in Uxbridge and works with a variety of clients in the Technology, Software and Entertainment sector. Gareth specialises in fast growing smaller companies, which include venture capital and private equity backed, as well as UK public companies. His experience spans the whole cycle; from start-up to exit or taking it public. Gareth has international experience from his time in our Sydney and Vancouver offices. He is also an expert on software revenue recognition and leads the UK firm’s external training.


Nick Jones

Tel: +44 (0)207 213 8417, Email Nick

Nick is an audit Partner based in the Gatwick office and leads PwC's services to companies under private ownership across Kent, Sussex and Surrey. He has been with the firm for over 15 years and during this time he has worked with a range of private, PE-backed and listed clients. Nick has a wide knowledge of the commercial and financial issues businesses face and really enjoys working with ambitious companies and dynamic management teams. He has helped a number of his clients through to exit either by trade sales, flotation or secondary buy-outs.


Midlands

Stephen Smith

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7212 1988, Email Stephen

Steve is a partner and leads our Fast Growth Companies programme in the Midlands. Steve works with entrepreneurial investor-backed businesses ranging from early stage and venture capital through to private equity. He has considerable experience helping companies and their management teams to navigate all stages of their lifecycle through to eventual exit. He also leads our national venture capital tax business which specialises in the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) tax reliefs for SMEs.


Dan Packwood

Tel: +44 (0)121 265 6524, Email Dan

Dan is a senior tax specialist and has over 10 years of experience in advising private and family owned businesses in the Midlands bringing not only his own wealth of experience but that of the wider practice to help clients solve a range of business issues.


Ruth Chapman

Tel: +44 (0)7843 372 089, Email Ruth

Ruth leads My Financepartner in the Midlands region. She is qualified as both an accountant and a chartered tax advisor. Ruth has over 20 years of experience in supporting SME businesses, providing financial, commercial and taxation advice to a diversified portfolio of clients.


Matthew Palmer

Tel: 07813 110157, Email Matthew

Matt is a director working with fast growth and privately owned businesses. He specialises in working with clients on optimising processes for efficiency and effectiveness. Matt also advises clients on aspects of risk, governance and controls as well as leading the audits of clients of all sizes in a range of industries. He has extensive experience working with listed businesses in the UK and Australia, thereby being well placed to support preparations for capital market exit strategies.


Legal

Stuart Hatcher

Tel: +44 (0) 207 213 1416, Email Stuart

Stuart is one of PwC's corporate lawyer partners. Stuart’s experience is working with private businesses to provide legal advice on M&A, private equity investment (including equity management incentives including the issue of shares compliant with EIS, SEIS, entrepreneurs relief and employee shareholder shares legislation and also the drafting of growth or hurdle shares) and group reorganisations, both domestic and international. He also has extensive experience of demergers, reorganisations of groups and the technical aspects of company law (such as buy backs, capital reductions, returns of capital, distributions). Stuart works closely with other PwC specialists and experts to deliver collaborative and supportive outcomes for clients on a joined up basis to ensure that there are no surprises for clients on projects or when giving advice.


Thomas Colmer

+44 (0) 7843 333957, Email Thomas

Thomas advises innovative, fast growing and entrepreneurial private businesses on legal issues relating to their deals - fundraisings, investments, joint ventures, IPOs and mergers & acquisitions. He focuses on the technology, media, telecoms and healthcare sectors.  Having worked in large and mid market law firms and in house at a large global software vendor, Thomas seeks to provide timely, concise and robust advice that is of direct practical value.


Bryan Shaw

Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 0862, Email Bryan

Bryan is a qualified solicitor in New South Wales, Australia. Now based in London, Bryan helps fast growth companies undertake equity fundraising, from seed stage investment through to Series A, B and beyond. Bryan also advises clients in M&A, pre-deal reorganisations and other general corporate transaction matters. Bryan takes a commercial approach to all deals and delivers efficient, valuable and timely advice to help clients find practical solutions.


Latika Sharma

Tel: +44 (0)207 212 1574, Email Latika

Latika is a director in our legal team, where she specialises in helping early stage and fast growth businesses with commercial contracts and intellectual property.  Often, this involves helping them understand where the value and the risks are the business and helping them to prioritise accordingly.


Jared McIntosh

Tel: +44 (0)77 1897 8914, Email Jared

Jared is a senior associate in the London based Fast Growth - IP/IT team and has worked with a large range of public and private entrepreneurial companies at different stages of their investment and growth within the technology and innovation industries. Jared advises on commercial contracting arrangements (with suppliers and customers), software and intellectual property licensing (including SaaS software licensing models), local and global outsourcing projects and specific regulatory requirements. Jared also has extensive experience assisting growth companies with procurement matters, initial public offerings, capital raisings and securities law and regulation.


Ed Stacey

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7804 3116, Email Ed

Ed is a partner and head of employment for PwC. Whilst Ed has a particular focus on contentious issues, Ed has extensive experience of advising private businesses on a full range of employment law issues. Ed regularly works alongside other PwC HR and reward specialists to provide commercial solutions for clients at every stage of investment. Ed is a frequent commentator in the media (including the BBC, the Times and the Financial Times). He has been interviewed by CNN, BBC and other national and international news stations on a range of employment law issues.


Christina McGoldrick

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7212 4632, Email Christina

Christina is a senior associate in the employment team, focusing on fast growth and start up companies. Christina regularly advises entrepreneurial companies on HR related issues arising at different stages of their growth. Christina advises on all aspects of employment law, from recruitment of talent, preparing appropriate contractual arrangements which are attractive to investors, employee remuneration, resolving employee disputes, drafting HR policies and procedures and ensuring compliance with UK employment law.