Four new tax specialist hires at Access2Funding

Karen McCann

Access2Funding has recruited four new tax specialists from a range of accountancy backgrounds, all with experience at the top 20 accountancy firms or hailing from the ‘big four’.

One of the fastest-growing research and development (R&D) tax specialists in the UK has onboarded the new team to help maximise client R&D tax credit claims, as well as to provide training to the rest of the team and to feed in to HMRC’s R&D consultation documents.

Craig Flynn joins with a background in corporation tax, having worked abroad previously. He brings specialist knowledge in the construction sector, after working for the likes of Kier Construction, and he also worked in the finance department for United Utilities. Craig will work across the Midlands region.

Meanwhile, northwest-based Leslie Maloney holds a degree in chemistry from Oxford University, as well as having almost 20 years’ experience in the financial sector, most recently as technical director at a top 20 firm.  Leslie has worked in a range of areas, covering corporate finance and transactional work, as well tax planning.  He also brings an understanding of computer modelling and pharmaceuticals to the role.

On the Scotland team, Karen McCann joins with a vast background from her 25 years in the finance industry. She has worked in the likes of investment tax, asset management, personal tax and has also previously worked as a trainer and a university lecturer.

Kieran Newton covers the southern region as well as Northern Ireland, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge on corporation tax for SMEs, personal tax for high net-worth individuals and corporate tax planning and restructuring.

R&D tax credits were introduced in 2000 by HMRC to incentivise innovation, and result in a reduction in corporation tax or a cash payment for companies.

Dawn Coker, CEO at Access2Funding, said: “As part of our rapid growth in the UK, we want to offer our clients the best possible service, which is why we sought out the expertise of our tax specialists.

“All four new team members bring something unique to the business and we know that our clients will certainly benefit from their combined experience. As we expand into more alternative services, the tax specialists will become an even more vital cog in the Access2Funding wheel.”

To find out more about R&D, contact or visit the Access2Funding website.