OUR TEAM

With a team of sixty, including twelve partners, we have the skill base and resources to deal with the full range of business recovery, insolvency and corporate advisory services. Contact details for our Partners and Directors can be found below.

Partners

Richard Toone
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Richard Toone

Managing Partner
Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of business recovery and leads the firm as Managing Partner.

He gained his insolvency grounding with a Big Four accounting practice, before moving on to the largest specialist recovery firm in the country.

Richard advises on a broad range of industry sectors and provides inventive yet realistic solutions to the problems of financially distressed and under-performing businesses.

He has conducted a wide range of appointments dealing with a variety of property, leisure and licensed trade matters, ranging from Michelin Star restaurants, international property realisations and a specialist demolition operation.

E: rtoone@cvr.global
T: +447815772012
Adrian Hyde
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Adrian Hyde

Partner
Adrian is an Insolvency Practitioner and a solicitor. Prior to joining CVR, he was a Partner in two well-known law firms, specialising in insolvency, proceeds of crime and fraud work.

Experienced in working on a wide range of insolvency matters, the majority of Adrian’s assignments involve crime or dishonesty and many involve overseas issues at offshore jurisdictions and business centres.

Adrian has been splitting his time between London and Gibraltar while working on the liquidation of an international law firm. This has provided an opportunity to focus on the expansion of CVR’s international business and has led to an increasing amount of international work.

Adrian is President of R3, the UK trade body representing the insolvency profession.

E: ahyde@cvr.global
T: +447909910441
Kevin Murphy
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Kevin Murphy

Partner
Kevin is a Chartered Accountant and licensed Insolvency Practitioner. Kevin has considerable expertise advising stakeholders of businesses facing financial distress, and where appropriate acting as Administrator or Liquidator.

Since 2006, Kevin has advised trustees of defined benefit pension schemes on the strength of employers’ covenants. He also advises companies and partnerships facing difficulty meeting their pension liabilities.

Kevin also has extensive expertise in forensic accountancy, including fraud investigation and the recovery of assets, and is currently involved in a number of high-value litigation cases.

He is on occasion asked to act as expert witness, and in 2014 acted as expert in Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund v Stena, which was listed in The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of that year.

E: kmurphy@cvr.global
T: +447776143682
Lee De'ath
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Lee De'ath

Partner
Lee is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience and leads the firm’s Colchester office, predominately working in the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk region.

Lee is experienced in working with directors, shareholders, creditors, banks and other financiers in a wide range of formal and informal restructuring and insolvency assignments across as variety of business sectors.

Lee also heads up the firm’s national solvent restructuring team. Working with business owners looking to extract accrued wealth from their businesses through an orderly winding up, and large multi-national companies who are looking to simplify corporate structures.

Lee is a member of the Association of Business Professionals R3 Eastern Region committee. As well as a member of the ICAEW’s Insolvency and Rescue Group.

E: ldeath@cvr.global
T: +447796362437
Craig Povey
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Craig Povey

Partner
Craig has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of turnaround, restructuring and business recovery and leads CVR Global’s Midlands offices in Birmingham and Northampton.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, became a Finance Director before returning to turnaround and restructuring as chief turnaround officer for the UK subsidiary of a Japanese listed PLC and an AIM listed business in the UK. He subsequently qualified as a licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

Craig has worked with clients across multiple sectors, including engineering, manufacturing, logistics, IT and construction, along with property development, health, retail and leisure.

He has dealt with formal appointments for high-profile AIM listed clients including Henderson Morley PLC and Galleon Holdings PLC, and public interest appointments including Magical Journeys Limited.

E: cpovey@cvr.global
T: +447947951035
David Oprey
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David Oprey

Partner
David is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years of experience and has worked exclusively in insolvency and business recovery since 1984.

He has fronted many of the firm’s NAMA projects and has worked on a number of cases as Administrator acting as a “wrapper” for a Fixed Charge Receiver.

His experience encompasses corporate, partnership and personal insolvency across a wide variety of industry sectors.

Since becoming partner with the firm in 2001, David has held a wide range of appointments, both corporate and personal and has worked on a number of high profile assignments, including several household names and has developed a particular specialism in retail pharmacy.

E: doprey@cvr.global
T: +447970761668
Matthew Fox
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Matthew Fox

Partner
Matthew has over 25 years’ experience in advising underperforming SME’s across a variety of sectors and is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

Early in his career, Matthew worked on International corporate assignments and has spent time on banking secondments to HSBC, RBS and Barclays Bank PLC.

Whilst working on secondment, Matthew managed property portfolios implementing key strategies to maximise recoveries which included the involvement of planning officers, quantity surveyors and building contractors

Matthew has advised clients across a wide range of sectors, including car retail, further education, care homes, IT, telecommunications, engineering, construction, hotels and a theme park.

Matthew believes in providing clear and constructive solutions to problems faced by financially distressed businesses to facilitate a successful restructure or turnaround.

E: mfox@cvr.global
T: +447974566658
Simon Lowes
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Simon Lowes

Partner
Simon is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner with over 30 years of experience.

He qualified in 1997 and during his career has worked for both national and regional insolvency and recovery firms.Simon’s experience has covered all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency and this been utilised across a broad spectrum of business sectors including manufacturing, marine, retail, property and leisure industries.

Simon’s philosophy is geared to achieving a positive outcome for distressed businesses and he prides himself on delivering this support to business owners and clients alike.

Having been a business owner himself, he understands the pressures and challenges that need to be overcome and he is firmly of the view that positive solutions can often be achieved in difficult circumstances.

E: slowes@cvr.global
T: +447718976271
Annette Collins
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Annette Collins

Partner
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E: acollins@cvr.global
T: +1 284 545 3937
Elias Paourou
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Elias Paourou

Partner
Elias has 27 years’ experience in the insolvency industry. He joined the firm in 2007 after relocating to the South Coast, having previously spent five years at a mid-tier London firm before becoming a partner of a North London practice.

Elias has a wide range of experience advising owner managed businesses in financial distress and has worked on a number of assignments in the pharmaceutical industry and advising individuals on personal insolvency matters.

He has successfully dealt with a number of shareholder disputes that necessitated an insolvency process and recent assignments include the appointment as Liquidator of a chain of bakeries and Administrator of a Spanish stone importer.

His recent assignments have focussed on business rescue, resulting in the preservation of businesses and their staff.

E: epaourou@cvr.global
T: +447507558602
Daniel Djanogly
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Daniel Djanogly

Partner
Daniel is extensively experienced as a forensic accountant expert adviser and expert witness.

He is a Chartered Accountant, a Qualified Expert Determiner, a Chartered Arbitrator (FCIArb) and accredited as an expert witness by the ICAEW and The Academy of Experts.

Daniel is a specialist in accounting, financial and valuation issues in complex business-related disputes, asset-tracing, fraud and financial crime matters, and in commercial insurance claims.

He is engaged in ADR procedures, High Court and Crown Court litigation, and international commercial arbitration. His is appointed by claimants, defendants or by both as Single Joint Expert.

Also Daniel is appointed expert determiner, or arbitrator, to resolve business disputes and determine valuation, accounting, or other financial issues. He accepts appointments from the parties themselves, or on their behalf, from the ICAEW, CIArb and the LCIA.

E: ddjanogly@cvr.global
T: +44 7808 870092
Charles Turner
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Charles Turner

Partner
Charles has nearly 30 years of restructuring and insolvency experience, gained mainly at PwC.

He is well known for his specialist advisory and personal insolvency expertise and has been a licensed appointment taker since 2000, working on cases including liquidator of one of the Enron group of companies.

Charles deals with a range of corporate and personal assignments with off-shore assets and has acted for a number of high-profile individuals with diverse business interests.

He has extensive experience of contentious insolvency assignments, including successful cases at Court of Appeal level.

Charles deals with many distressed professional practices and advises the R3 tax working group alongside HMRC on addressing counter-avoidance.

He is an elected representative on the R3 Council and a former president of the IPA.

E:cturner@cvr.global
T:+447710331398
Ian Defty
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Ian Defty

Partner
Ian is a qualified accountant and an insolvency practitioner, with 30 years’ insolvency experience.

He was a partner in a top 20 firm until co-founding niche insolvency firm DDJ based in London.

Ian was instrumental in merging DDJ with CVR-Global in 2017. He is routinely involved in complex litigation as a liquidator, or office holder, to recover funds misappropriated by bankrupts, directors, advisors or other fraudulent individuals. His expertise also extends to the recovery of assets locally and overseas.

A fellow of the ACCA, ICAEW and R3, Ian is also an associate member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and sits on the Smaller Practices Group of R3, the R3 Fraud Panel, the Fraud Advisory Panel and the Economic Crime Prevention Group.

E:idefty@cvr.global
T: +447714 875 935
James Dowers
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James Dowers

Partner
James is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner who has several years of experience at a top 20 firm of accountants.

He specialises in fraud, investigation and asset recovery and co-founded niche insolvency firm DDJ, based in London, which merged with CVR Global in 2017.

The majority of his cases involve a mixture of fraud and dishonesty, including many overseas issues.

James has brought civil actions arising from bankruptcies, liquidations and administrations, and has an impressive record of recoveries on behalf of creditors amounting to several millions of pounds. 

James is a member of the ICAEW and the Association of Business Recovery Practitioners, and is a regular speaker at seminars educating government departments, solicitors and other creditors in all aspects of insolvency. 

E: jdowers@cvr.global
T: +447932044094

Directors

Mark Stevens
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Mark Stevens

Director
Mark is a Chartered Banker and corporate finance specialist and has over 30 years of experience in the debt and private equity markets.

He advises on the financial strength of public and privately quoted companies for directors, lenders and pension trustees drawing upon a wealth of experience in the debt and equity marketsPension trustee work includes advising trustees of defined benefit pension schemes on the strength of the employers’ covenants (employer covenant reviews) and on negotiation of deficit recovery plans.

Mark has expertise across a wide range of commercial sectors, together with the not-for-profit space.

His background, which includes working in the credit risk management environment, also makes Mark well placed to advise on turnaround and recovery situations.

E: mstevens@cvr.global
T: +447947950793
Christine Kerr
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Christine Kerr

Director
Christine has over 20 years’ experience in business recovery, initially undertaking a broad range of business recovery assignments. 

In 2000, having passed the Joint Insolvency Exams, she became an Insolvency Practitioner and subsequently moved into a compliance role monitoring and reviewing IPs in the industry for the ICAEW and Insolvency Practitioners’ Association.
 
In 2004 she joined a Top 10 accountancy practice as Compliance Director, moving to CVR in the same role in 2012.

She provides technical advice to partners and staff and ensures all aspects of our work complies with regulation and best practice.

Christine is a member of the International Compliance Association and has completed the organisation’s compliance diploma and has a post-graduate qualification in International Insolvency law.

E: ckerr@cvr.global
T: +447772710054
Jason Maloney
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Jason Maloney

Director
Jason Maloney has almost 20 years of experience working in the insolvency industry.

He has been involved in a diverse range of corporate insolvency assignments including trading companies whilst in Administration, sales of businesses and Voluntary and Compulsory Liquidations.

Jason has accumulated a wide range of experience across multiple industries, including trading of companies whilst in Administration leading to business sales, including hotels, leisure centres, finance providers and manufacturers.

Recent cases he has led on include dealing with entities that are subject to FCA oversight and authorisation, including a finance provider for car loans, credit unions, and an insurance broker.

Jason has considerable experience of dealing with property related insolvencies from working on insolvency assignments arising from the purchasers of distressed debt, including NAMA.

E: jmaloney@cvr.global
T: +447534927433
Bai Cham
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Bai Cham

Director
Bai began his career in audit with a Big Four accountancy practice and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He later became a lecturer in accountancy and taxation.

Bai subsequently moved into business recovery and joined a small practice in Kent, prior to Chantrey Vellacott in 2007. He then passed the Joint Insolvency Exams in 2008.

He has a broad range of corporate recovery and insolvency experience across many industry sectors and has managed assignments including Administrations, Liquidations and Bankruptcies.

Bai advises clients on a broad range of insolvency matters and has a particular strength in dealing with tax issues in distressed and insolvent assignments, including insolvencies arising as a result of tax anti-avoidance issues such as APNs.

E: bcham@cvr.global
T: +447985338311
Robert Starkins
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Robert Starkins

Director
Robert has a degree in law and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining CVR Global LLP (formerly Chantrey Vellacott) in 2008. He passed the Joint Insolvency Exams in 2012 and is a qualified Insolvency Practitioner.

Robert has developed a particular expertise in the investigation of fraud and the tracing and recovery of assets through various insolvency procedures.

His experience also includes the recovery and safeguarding of assets for enforcement and management receivers. 

Many of Robert’s assignments have involved overseas issues which has seen him work in jurisdictions such as Gibraltar, Northern Cyprus and Spain. Robert often works on appointments at the request of government agencies, such as: the National Crime Agency, Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Services Commission (in Gibraltar) or HMRC.

E: rstarkins@cvr.global
T: +447985705003
Wes Edwards
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Wes Edwards

Director
Wesley has amassed over 25 years of experience in managing all types of formal and informal insolvency procedures.

He has developed considerable technical expertise and extensive knowledge of insolvency law in many on and offshore jurisdictions.

Wesley’s involvement in international and cross border engagements has enabled him to develop skills in forensic investigations, asset tracing, fraud investigation, litigation and identifying money laundering.

His primary focus has been clients operating within the financial services sector, however he has worked on clients operating in a wide variety of industry market segments.

Wesley passed the UK’s Joint Insolvency Examination Board’s examinations in 2001 and has taken insolvency appointments in the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda. Wesley is a member of RISA in the BVI.

E: wedwards@cvr.global
T: +447973922051

Associate Directors

Alyson Minton
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Alyson Minton

Associate Director
Alyson has worked in restructuring and insolvency for 13 years and qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner in 2008. She is a member of the ICAEW and R3.

During her career, Alyson has gained extensive experience of both individuals and companies in financial difficulties. These clients have ranged from owner managed businesses to multi-million pound turnover companies.

Cases Alyson has been involved in recent times includes the orderly wind down of a care home, and the Administrations of a large boat manufacturer and a firm of estate agents.  

She has provided advice with solvent Liquidations, enabling clients to wind down their businesses and receive capital distributions in a tax efficient manner.

Alyson’s philosophy is geared to understanding the needs of clients and seeking the best solution for the benefit of stakeholders.

E: aminton@cvr.global
T: +447947950533
Alex Twitchen
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Alex Twitchen

Associate Director
Alex has 30 years’ experience in dealing with all types of formal and informal insolvency procedures.

He has developed extensive technical expertise and practical experience, which, along with his knowledge of insolvency law, enables him to provide tailored advice to those encountering insolvency situations either as a debtor or a creditor.

Alex has focussed on Compulsory Liquidation and Bankruptcy work, along with the investigation and recovery of the proceeds from antecedent transactions. He also has significant legal and practical experience of dealing with pensions in personal insolvency scenarios.

Alex passed the Joint Insolvency Examination Board’s examinations in 1999 and is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner, member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals ‘R3’ and an affiliate of the ICAEW.

E: atwitchen@cvr.global
T: +447554016061
Kay Possart
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Kay Possart

Associate Director
Kay is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner and has worked in restructuring, insolvency and turnaround for almost 30 years, and has taken appointments since 2015. 

Kay qualified as an IP in 1996 with then Coopers & Lybrand and has since worked for various boutique firms including Poppleton & Appleby, and has run her own IP firm.

She has considerable expertise advising stakeholders of businesses facing financial distress.

Kay has dealt with corporate insolvencies and advisory restructurings across a broad range of industries including, retail, healthcare, leisure and manufacturing.

Kay also has extensive experience in advising non-incorporated businesses and individuals. She is licenced and regulated by the ICAEW and is a member of R3 – the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

E: kpossart@cvr.global
T: +447850089098
Nick Parsk
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Nick Parsk

Associate Director
Nick joined what is now CVR Global in 2006 and has over 10 years’ experience in business recovery.

He is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner having completed the Joint Insolvency Examination Board in 2015.

Nick is able to advise on a broad range of industry sectors and provide creative yet realistic solutions to the problems of financially distressed and under-performing businesses, and has particular expertise in the financial services, property and hospitality sectors.

During his career, Nick has gained extensive experience handling a wide range of insolvency appointments from Bankruptcies to large owner managed businesses.

Nick excels when working with directors and business owners who are facing financial difficulties, helping them to determine the best strategy going forward whether it be turnaround, recovery or Liquidation.

E: nparsk@cvr.global
T: +447929418903
Sue Sorrell
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Sue Sorrell

Associate Director
Sue is an Associate Director in CVR Global’s Colchester office and has over 20 years’ experience in business recovery, covering a broad range of corporate and personal business recovery assignments.

A Chartered Accountant and a qualified Insolvency Practitioner, Sue joined what is now CVR Global in 2012.

She is experienced in working with directors, creditors, banks and other financiers in a wide range of formal and informal restructuring and insolvency assignments across a variety of business sectors.

Sue has a particular interest in Members’ Voluntary Liquidations and has extensive experience of dealing with solvent liquidations of companies ranging from small family businesses to large international group restructuring projects and complex S110 reorganisations, covering a number of jurisdictions.

E: ssorrell@cvr.global
T: +447984180904
Kevin Humphreys
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Kevin Humphreys

Associate Director
Kevin Humphreys is an experienced tax and financial investigator and a key member of CVR’s POCA and forensic services teams.

A qualified HM Inspector of Taxes, Kevin joined CVR from the NCA Economic Crime Command where he was Principal Officer, Financial Investigations.

During 10 years at the NCA he specialised in POCA, civil recovery and tax investigations and was responsible for recruiting and developing a specialist team of investigators to tackle the UK’s so-called ‘Iconic Untouchables’.

In 15 years at HMRC, Kevin managed income and corporation tax investigations and led a team responsible for business accounts compliance, risk assessment, profiling and intelligence gathering.

Kevin has trained UK and international police forces and government agencies on tax and civil recovery and is a regular speaker on POCA civil investigation and recovery.

E:khumphreys@cvr.global
M:07711 916014