MEET THE TEAM
Our team of experts are ready to help you achieve your goals. RCK Partners is made up of the top 1% of R&D Tax Credit industry leaders.
Meet the Team
Chief Executive Officer
Peter has been at the very top of the R&D Tax Credit industry for a number of years now. Having begun his career at the largest R&D Tax Credit provider, Peter has gone on to break every record that has been set within the industry.
By now he has delivered more than £20mil+ of funding for British businesses, in that short period of time, and has been recognised as the top individual within this space, across a number of sectors. Indeed, Peter’s specialisation lies in the engineering sector: delivering successful claims for construction, engineering and M&E companies in the FTSE 100 and SME market.
Much of Peter’s success has come down to his ability to build relationships and deliver successful results, placing him as one of the most well-known names in the industry.
Chief Technology Officer
An experienced R&D professional, Peter completed an engineering doctorate whilst working within a FTSE 100 central R&D department and subsequently worked in development engineering refining precious metals before undertaking management consulting work to implement innovation software.
Having worked within one of Europe’s largest innovation funding providers, Peter has worked extensively on engineering, construction, manufacturing and agricultural R&D claims and claimed in excess of £25 million in benefits for his clients.
By incorporating a specific blend of real-world R&D experience, engineering problem solving and tax knowledge, he is able to better understand the challenges encountered by his clients, the solutions developed and the financial benefit available.
Mark has been working in R&D Tax Credits ever since his graduation from the University of Oxford. As one of the first people to begin working on agriculture claims in the UK, Mark has developed a wide network of clients within the farming community, through which he has continued to help others within the industry.
Since 2017, he has worked with over 250 farms – whose turnover ranges from 200k to 100mil+ – to help them access the R&D Tax Credit benefit, to the total tune of £10 mil.
Outside of farming, the rest of Mark’s client base is spread out between engineering, renewable energy and software companies (with a particular focus on blockchain and AI).
Head of Finance
Wayne joined RCK in 2021 and oversees the Operations functions of the business. His career spans over 11 years of varied experience in financial management for FTSE 250 listed businesses in Manufacturing, Engineering, and financial services industries. Wayne holds an MA in Economics and Politics and a BSc in Economics from the University of York. Wayne qualified as an accountant (ACMA, CGMA) in 2014.
Head of Human Resources
Trudie joined RCK in 2022 to head up a new HR function. Trudie is an MCIPD qualified HR professional with over 21 years’ experience in a number of different industries. Her experience includes working at small and medium-sized telecoms and I.T companies and at a leading global financial services organisation.
Trudie has in recent years operated in an HR consultancy role and enjoys making an impact across the businesses she has been part of, whether it is in employee relations, retention, well-being or employee engagement.
Trudie has a degree in Politics from the University of Leeds and a Masters degree in Human Resources from Westminster University.
Head of Commercial
James has been working in the R&D Industry since 2016. Having previously managed a team at one of the largest consulting houses in Europe, James has been instrumental to the growth of RCK in his role as Commercial Partner. During his time in the sector, James has helped over 350 companies to secure more than £20 million in R&D funding putting him right at the top of the industry. James has experience of working with clients from a multitude of sectors, notably in agriculture, construction, and life sciences. He has successfully forged strategic links with several leading trade bodies and associations to enable their members to avail of R&D funding. James’ success stems from an enterprising attitude and a genuine desire to help businesses to achieve their long-term goals. In January James was promoted to Head of Commercial to reflect his success at RCK Partners.
Head of Capital Allowances
Mike joined RCK in 2022. He has been working in the capital allowances industry since 2014, having previously worked at both a ‘big 4’ accountancy firm and the world’s largest real estate services provider. During this time, Mike has gained extensive experience in providing capital allowances advice to a wide range of clients across all sectors, most notably in student accommodation, industrial & logistics, healthcare, financial services and retail.
As our Head of Capital Allowances, Mike is responsible for the successful preparation, delivery and agreement of tax saving claim reports. To date, Mike has helped identify and secure capital allowances to the tune of over £150m, equating to a total tax saving of £28.5m. Given Mike’s legislative knowledge and full disclosure approach, he has successfully agreed all claims with HMRC at full value.
Mike’s success has largely come down to an authentic passion to be market leading and to enable businesses to benefit from complex tax regimes.
Mike’s regular clients include institutions, REITs, private equity companies, lenders, investors and occupiers.
Head of Compliance
Richard joined RCK in 2022. He is an experienced Chartered accountant who has been working in the R&D sector for more than a decade. Prior to his career in accountancy and Innovation Tax reliefs, Richard was an engineer at an aerospace and defence company, and specialises in bringing together his detailed tax knowledge with a strong understanding of the challenges faced by professionals carrying out R&D in industry.
As Head of Compliance and Risk, Richard is responsible for ensuring that all claims made by RCK are strictly held to the rigorous standards set by the firm, meaning that they are fully compliant with both the legislation and HMRC’s guidance without compromising on the value of relief that clients are entitled to. Richard also supports clients with their correspondence with HMRC Inspectors, and has a strong track record in resolving HMRC enquiries in a mutually beneficial manner for his clients and the revenue.
Outside of work, Richard is a keen squash player, intermittent runner, and lapsed fencer. When time and his young family allows, he likes to head to the mountains to re-live his former career as a ski instructor.
R&D Tax Consultant
Panos is an experienced R&D engineer with a background in Electrical & Computer Engineering and hands-on experience in Electromechanical Manufacturing, Integrated Systems Development, Signal Processing, Project Engineering Lifecycle Management and Industry 4.0 applications, with peer-reviewed publications in the domains of Low Frequency Electromagnetic Design and RF Engineering. Panos was forged into the R&D world when after his graduation from NTUA in Athens, Greece, in 2011, joined CERN’s Technology Department under a Marie Curie Fellowship. Panos has so far helped Large Companies and SMEs to be rewarded more than 10 million pounds of benefit from R&D Tax Incentives so far.
As an Innovation & Technology Consultant at RCK Partners, Joshua’s position involves managing a large portfolio of claims for R&D Tax Relief and Tax Credits, including complex technical and financial assessments, liaising with HMRC, and client management. He has extensive experience claiming in a wide range of industries such as manufacturing, precision engineering, automotive engineering, agriculture, and construction. As part of his role, he also ensures that the R&D claims put forward are of the highest quality and meet the requirements of the relevant tax legislation and guidelines while also maximising the benefit returned to the client.
Stephen holds a BSc in Computer Science from Technological University of Dublin. Upon his graduation from university Stephen began his career in one of the big four accountancy firms as an R&D Tax Consultant working in the Irish scheme. After over a year working in the Irish scheme Stephens experience lent itself well to enable him to seamlessly make the move over to the UK to work within another major global innovation incentives firm before eventually making the move to RCK where he is currently a Senior Consultant. Stephen has worked with a vast array of clients across a broad range of industries, with a particular interest in the Software, Agriculture and Construction industries. To date Stephen has assisted companies in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland claim back several million pounds in innovation incentives.
Hugo graduated with a First Class in History from the University of Oxford, then completing a MSc in International Relations from the LSE. Before working for RCK, he worked for Fieldsfisher LLP with IICSA, as well as having the opportunity to work in Parliament. Hugo’s broad range of experience and drive to achieve the best results has given him an excellent platform from which to help companies with any aspect of the R&D Tax Relief scheme.
Hugo has been working with RCK Partners since 2021. He has worked as a consultant for clients across numerous industries to deliver innovation funding. Within six months of starting at RCK, he had already delivered over £500,000+ in funding for companies seeking R&D Tax Relief. He has a particular focus on the Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Farming industries.
George joined RCK in 2022. He has extensive experience navigating both the SME and RDEC (large company) R&D tax relief schemes and has significant experience claiming R&D tax relief within the IT and Software industry. George has assisted his client base in successfully claiming well over £15million worth of tax relief in his career so far. He has a particular interest in Engineering, Software, Agriculture and Construction industries. As part of his role, George also ensures that the R&D claims put forward are of the highest quality and meet the requirements of the relevant tax legislation and guidelines, while also maximising the benefit returned to the client.
Jessica Lily Cowling
R&D Tax Consultant
Jessica joined RCK in 2022. Jessica holds 8 years of experience as a results-orientated Senior Tax Adviser in R&D claims, personal tax, corporation tax, P11D and CT600 compliance. Jessica was previously employed at a top tier accountancy firm, where she honed the abilities of identifying process improvements to drive quality, accuracy, and efficiency. All skills which she has transferred with her move to RCK.
Quick thinking, with acute attention to detail, her numerical skills and vast experience within the accountancy industry ensures that she never misses a beat and her clients feel safe and secure with her.
Blert holds a degree in Design Engineering from the University of Bournemouth. After graduating, he embarked on a management trainee programme focused on business management. Throughout his career he has pivoted from a core tenant of solid customer service and an efficient product offering. His transition into R&D tax as a Consultant has been seamless with his core values ensuring that he provide a comprehensive and trustworthy service.
Haris joined RCK in 2022. An exceptionally hard-working individual who relishes challenges and thrives in high pressure situations. Haris graduated from the University of Greenwich with a degree in Chemistry, where he picked up extensive analytical experience across a multitude of technical topics.
In 2021 Haris became an R&D Associate for Makevale Ltd, a market leader in formulation development of high performance polymers for use in nail acrylics and casting materials. Here he assisted with quality control and worked closely with business development to build and support the bridge between customer and manufacturer. His excellent communication and keen eye for details allowed him to seamlessly transition into the R&D industry.
Nuno joined RCK in 2022. Nuno holds an MEng in Electric & Electronics Engineering from the University of Bristol, and an MSc in Engineering Business Management from the University of Bath.
His professional experience comes from working on the Automated Systems Group at Warwick Manufacturing Group, where he worked as an Engineer for 3 years, developing tools and technologies to innovate manufacturing processes. His depth of experience and forensic analysis lends itself seamlessly into the detailed regulation and legislature of R&D tax.
Emma joined RCK in 2022. She holds an MSci in Physics from Imperial College London and a Post Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London. Emma joins RCK having spent 4 years working in patent law as a trainee patent attorney. Here Emma acted as primary contact for several clients, including start-up and scale-up businesses, as well as maintaining relationships with clients and working with their IP portfolios so as to help match their legal needs with commercial considerations.
With a love of all things innovation, Emma decided to make the change into tax consultancy where she relishes getting stuck into the detail of qualifying R&D with her clients.
Head of Strategic Alliances
Oliver has worked within the R&D Tax space for 4.5 years and has developed an advanced knowledge of UK fiscal policy. Having organically grown his portfolio over this period, Oliver became a Commercial Partner at the company upon his arrival in 2021. As of Summer 2022, Oliver moved into a new role within the business, whereby he oversees the strategic alliances arm of the business. This consists of establishing strategic relationships with industry bodies and associations that align with the company’s commercial and compliance strategy. On a more day-to-day basis, Oliver also oversees the Commercial Executive team.
Freddie has been working in the R&D Industry since 2016, having previously worked at the UK’s largest provider of innovation funding. During this time, he has helped countless companies, across a multitude of sectors – from Engineering and Construction to Agriculture and Software – claim back well over £30 million.
Freddie’s success, in part, has come from his ability to nurture and grow relationships with the firm’s accountancy partners: an exercise he has pioneered within the industry. Freddie’s belief that by working alongside accountants to add value to their client base, rather than competing against them, has meant that he has created successful partnerships with over 100 accountancies across the UK – helping their clients obtain the various forms of government funding available to them. Indeed, this has been instrumental not just to the company, but to the industry as a whole, with many of the other providers implementing Freddie’s model.
Legally trained but with no appetite for dining out on the disputes of others, Zeb pivoted into R&D Tax Relief in 2019 and has not looked back. Zeb’s interpersonal skills make him an industry leader in relationship management and through his extensive network in Scotland and the Northwest of England he has helped secure funding for some of the most innovative companies in those regions. Throughout his time in R&D Tax Credits, Zeb has constantly sought to break records and secure funding for the most deserving yet unaware companies in his sectors. Since starting his career he has helped return over £18million in client funds, with a focus on heavy engineering, construction, and architecture. Zeb’s success in brokering and developing relationships through unconventional partnership agreements has helped broaden his network and give him access to markets with a high barrier to entry.
With over 3 years of experience in the R&D Tax Credit industry, Sam knows everything there is to make sure everyone he works with gets the best possible outcome. He first joined the industry back in 2018 at a junior level but was soon promoted to Senior Business Development Manager after displaying excellent skills and work ethic.
After finding himself wanting to take on new heights, Sam joined RCK in 2022, where he continues to strive for success. In a short period of time Sam has established himself as a key member of the team with a portfolio spanning multiple industries.
Alex graduated from the University of Leeds with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics in 2020. His academic background, along with his experience working in other financial sectors, made for a natural transition into the world of R&D Tax Credits. Since joining RCK in 2021, he has already given his clients access to millions of pounds worth of funding. As Alex’s portfolio has grown, it has encompassed a wide range of industries from across the UK. His particular focus being on the Construction, Manufacturing and Food Science Industries.
Maryann holds a BSc in Industrial Economics with Insurance from the University of Nottingham. During her time at university, she was a chair member of Women in Finance, holding most of her experience in the finance sector, before graduating and joining RCK. To date Maryann has supported hundreds of businesses across various sectors, with a particular interest in engineering, agriculture, and construction. Specialising in the technically robust tax solutions, Maryann prides herself on assisting clients with the highest quality and execution of effective incentives strategies, claiming back several million pounds in her first year.
Craig spent four years in America studying Science and Technology whilst on a football scholarship. Upon his return, Craig signed his first professional football contract at Blackpool F.C. After several years of playing professional football Craig moved into property. After working for some of Scotland’s top firms with sales totaling over £15 million in his last year, he decided to take his talents to RCK Partners. Craig’s extensive connections all over the UK has allowed him to seamlessly transition into R&D.
Aimee graduated with a First-Class degree in International Management and American Business Studies from the University of Manchester, taking her studies further to spend a year at Arizona State University.
Aimee has been working with RCK Partners since 2021, she joined the company as our Client relationship Manger, ensuring smooth progress through the claims process for our clients by co-ordinating efforts with all departments. She used the skills she learnt in this role to transition seamlessly into her new role as a Commercial Executive in April 2021. Aimee pushes to ensure that all claims are maximised and is passionate about customer service.
Joshua is a graduate from the University of Nottingham and University of Law having completed his Legal Practice Course and Master of Laws in 2020. His background is in Construction having previously worked as a Credit Manager for a large Development company. Joshua prides himself on investing time with his clients to pinpoint aspects of R&D in their work. His determination to provide exceptional customer service has seen him establish close ties with businesses across multiple industries.
After securing a degree in Modern History and Politics from the University of Manchester, Tom spent over a year as a Business Development Manager in the FinTech world. Within this role, Tom gained knowledge and experience in understanding a competitive market by researching competitors’ products and marketing to develop his own unique angle. This gave him the tools he needed to generate new sales and track them through the pipeline.
Tom made an easy transition into the R&D Tax Credit industry. With quick problem-solving skills and an ability to research and critically evaluate different complex scenarios, Tom is determined to maximise every opportunity for his clients
Alex joined RCK in 2022 after graduating with a Master’s degree in International Business. Prior to joining RCK, Alex spent 9 months as Head of Marketing in a new and innovative sustainable housing start-up.
Alex’s background lends itself to one of RCK’s core sectors, Construction, and it is here where he brings a unique perspective on the problems our clients face.
Gajan joined RCK in 2022. His career started in 2019, when he moved to Hong Kong for an internship whilst completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Here he gained insight into industry in a country with a strong work ethic and showcased his ability to adapt and integrate into demanding and unfamiliar situations. He later joined the Finnish Defence Forces where he learnt and demonstrated discipline, patience and team organisation
With a strong academic record, and a variety of unique experiences, these have helped Gajan hone the skills required to fulfil a role in finance and engineering.
Ashlinn graduated from the University of Oxford, with a bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence (Law), specialising in Medical Law. Following on from her academic success, Ashlinn wanted to move from the theoretical into the practical, and transitioned into the world of business management. She has experience across both corporates and start ups, helping these businesses streamline their operational processes in order to increase efficiency, as well as offering strategic business support and HR oversight.
Within RCK, Ashlinn is responsible for business operations, helping the company improve both operational and financial efficiencies – as well as acting as a point of contact for our client base.
Kate holds a BA in Acting from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Kate began her career in Social Media Marketing, where she helped her clients, maximise their online engagement and cultivate a strong brand image. Kate’s success came from developing strategic and creative marketing campaigns in line with client specifications.
Joining RCK as a Business Assistant in 2022, Kate quickly progressed to Credit Controller after displaying strong numerical skills and building relationships with clients.
Client Relationship Manager
Sharna graduated from the University of Essex after studying Law. By possessing a strong business judgement and the ability to bring tasks to completion in a timely manner, Sharna has conveyed to clients that she is results driven and easily able to manage responsibilities by being diplomatic and tactful. Within RCK, Sharna is Client Relationship Manager and supports clients through their claims to ensure outstanding client service in addition to her extensive experience in coordinating across all RCK departments and interacting with clients.
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We work with accountants, insurance brokers, publishers, suppliers, trade bodies and end users. If you can connect us with businesses that will benefit from the R&D Tax Credit scheme, then we want you to join our network.
RCK Partners has grown exclusively by referral, with some of our partners introducing 20 clients to us per year. Connect now to see how you can benefit from becoming a referral partner.
“RCK have been an invaluable partner for us over the last year. Not only have they helped identify R&D opportunities within the sectors, they have also guided our clients through the process from start to finish. Unlike a lot of other providers we have previously worked with, Mark & Peter will always have time to speak to a client, creating far more of a personal feel than any of the big corporates within this space. We look forward to many more successful claims!”
“I was referred to Mark and his team by a good friend of mine in the farming community. Being a skeptical man, I was not sure whether the exercise would be worth my time, however, I can safely say it was. The entire process took less than a month to complete and the team at RCK had a good insight into the operations of my farm. What was truly astounding was that my benefit was with me within 3 weeks of submitting the claim. I will certainly be using RCK for all of my future claims”
“This was my first experience of the R&D Tax Relief – Peter was introduced to me by a fellow director, whom I have worked with for many years and came highly recommended. I was initially surprised at the sort of projects that would qualify for the relief but RCK walked me through the claim and helped me identify the revelant work. The end result was a cash benefit within a month. With everything that has happened over the last year, I could not be happier with receiving the benefit so quickly.”
“I often find myself discussing R&D claims with new clients; it surprises me how often there is a misguided confidence that their accountants are experts in this very specialised area of taxation – in my experience, they are not. As a management consultant, I work with several accountancy practices, and we confidently recommend clients engage with RCK partners to ensure that they maximise the opportunity of R&D tax credits and we have had nothing but positive and grateful feedback.”