I am a Director in Ellacotts Kettering office specialising in the rural business sector. I work on a wide variety of planning with farmers, including succession planning, tax reorganisations, diversifications, land and property development and transactions and reviewing the profitability of the farm. No farming family is alike when you get down to the detail and rich history and therefore my day to day role is to understand the family, what they want from the future, and how they run their family farming business.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2013 with the ICAEW. I joined Ellacotts in March 2021 from a Director role in another similar-sized regional accountancy firm where I headed up the Agricultural department helping many farmers through complex and challenging times and developing staff into the specialist role.
My most memorable cases are those where I act as an informal mediator to a significant family change such as separation into two entities (e.g. for two cousins to farm independently) or a significant gift in life to the next generation. I have dealt with countless situations where farmers struggle to find ‘what is fair’ when drawing up their will, especially when there is a non-farming child to provide for without burdening the farm with rent or loss of farmed land. I really enjoy the challenge of getting to know the intricacies of the family and what they need.
I have recently become a new father and so a lot of my time at the moment is spent getting to know my daughter and looking forward to being able to tick off all of the ‘firsts’ that the pandemic has deprived us of. I like to take long walks and intend to get up a few mountains as soon as possible!