OUR TEAM

With a team of seventy, including fourteen 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
M: +447815772012
T: +442037948734
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
M: +447909910441
T: +442037948726
Kevin Murphy
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Kevin Murphy

Partner
Kevin is a Chartered Accountant and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in corporate recovery and insolvency.

Kevin has developed considerable expertise in advising stakeholders of businesses facing financial distress. This includes advising directors of companies in the ‘zone of insolvency’ on their duties and on avoiding the numerous potential pitfalls.

Since 2006, Kevin has advised trustees of defined benefit pension schemes on the strength of employers’ covenants and on the negotiation of deficit recovery plans. 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.

On occasion, Kevin is asked to act as an expert witness. In 2014 he acted as expert in Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund v Stena Line Ltd, which was listed in The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of that year. The case centred on how the fund’s £272 million deficit should be apportioned between the 240 participating employers of seamen employed in the British Merchant Navy.

E: kmurphy@cvr.global
M: +447776143682
T:+442037948729
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
M: +447796362437
T: +441206217901
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 Birmingham office.

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
M: +447947951035
T: +441217940599
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
M: +447970761668
T: +441273425202
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
M: +447718976271
T: +442380171494
Elias Paourou
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Elias Paourou

Partner
Elias has over 25 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
M: +447507558602
T: +441273425212
Daniel Djanogly
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Daniel Djanogly

Partner
Daniel, Head of Forensic Services, is an extensively experienced (since 1993) Forensic Accountant, Expert Determiner and Arbitrator.

He is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), a Chartered Arbitrator (FCIArb), an accredited Expert Witness (ICAEW and The Academy of Experts), and a Qualified Dispute Resolver.

Daniel is a specialist in accounting, financial and valuation issues in complex business-related disputes, and fraud.

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

As ADR neutral (Expert Determiner or Arbitrator) he is appointed to resolve business disputes by the parties themselves, or by appointing authorities including the ICAEW, CIArb and LCIA.

E: ddjanogly@cvr.global
M: +447808870092
T: +442037948740
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
M:+447710331398
T:+442037948720
Ian Defty
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Ian Defty

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

He was a partner in a top 20 firm until co-founding niche insolvency firm, DDJ Insolvency, 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 R3 Fraud Panel, the R3 General Technical Committee, the Fraud Advisory Panel and the Economic Crime Prevention Group. He is also a consulting editorial board member of Lexis PSL.

Ian was voted Insolvency Practitioner of the year in 2011.

E:idefty@cvr.global
M: +447970015888
T: +442037948744
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
M: +447932044094
T: +442037948723
Steve Ramsbottom
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Steve Ramsbottom

Partner
Steve joined CVR Global’s Bristol office in November 2017, with nearly 30 years’ of experience in helping distressed SMEs and underperforming businesses.

Steve is a qualified insolvency practitioner and was also a lecturer for R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

He is very active in the Bristol and wider South West marketplace and works with a wide range of business partners including accountants, lawyers, entrepreneurs and mainstream lenders.

E: sramsbottom@cvr.global
M: +447967962971
T: +441173637441
Gavin Savage
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Gavin Savage

Partner
Gavin has more than 25 years of experience in restructuring and business recovery from handling multi-million pound restructuring and insolvency cases to helping distressed SMEs and underperforming businesses.

He has spent the majority of his career working for top 20 accountancy firms as a qualified Insolvency Practitioner, and is now a Partner at CVR Global where he is helping the firm to continue expanding its Southampton office.

Gavin has insolvency and restructuring experience across a broad range of business sizes and sectors, and having also spent time in industry as a finance director, understands and takes into account the different pressures that businesses and directors are under.

Gavin is a member of R3, known as the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, as well as regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

E: gsavage@cvr.global
Bai Cham
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Bai Cham

Partner
Bai is a licenced insolvency practitioner with more than 13 years’ experience and leads the firm’s Kent office.

Bai has a wide range of experience advising owner managed businesses in financial distress and has worked with directors, shareholders, creditors and financial institutions on formal and informal assignments across many industry sectors including manufacturing, construction and retail.

Bai advises clients on a broad range of insolvency matters and has particular strength in dealing with tax avoidance schemes, in particular Disguised Remuneration and Film Partnership Schemes. Bai has recently acted as office-holder on a number of insolvencies arising out of failed tax avoidance schemes.

E: bcham@cvr.global
M: +447985338311
T: +442037948722
Robert Starkins
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Robert Starkins

Partner
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
M: +447985705003
T: +442037948733
Darren Reeds
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Darren Reeds

Partner
Darren joined CVR Global after more than 23 years of insolvency and restructuring experience, much of which was with three of the global Top 10 accountancy networks.

He spent five-and-a-half years in the British Virgin Islands as a licensed Insolvency Practitioner, heading up the insolvency and restructuring divisions for two of the global Top 5 accountancy networks. This involved assiting stakeholders, including; creditors, directors, shareholders and regulators in recovering funds and assets and managing cross-border litigation and enforcement procedures.

Darren is using his experience to support CVR Global’s international work in Gibraltar, Jersey and the British Virgin Islands, ranging across administrations, liquidations, receiverships and forensic investigations. Darren will continue to take joint appointments, as appropriate, with CVR Global’s BVI office.

His work has reached various corners of the globe, undertaking court-appointed receiverships and liquidations encompassing multiple jurisdictions.

Darren is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and served on the technical committee of the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association in the BVI.

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 markets.

Pension 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
M: +447947950793
T: +442380171501
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
M: +447772710054
T: +441206217907
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
M: +447534927433
T: +442037948727
Brendan Clarkson
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Brendan Clarkson

Director
Brendan joined CVR Global in January 2019 with more than 20 years’ experience of working with trade creditors, government bodies and lenders.

He spent eight years as Head of Creditor Services at a top ten accountancy firm, taking on around 60 insolvency appointments a year across an eight-year period.

Brendan is Head of Sales & Operations at CVR Global, with his focus split over several core initiatives.

These include CVR Global's Asset Based Lending (ABL) brokerage service, Cavalry, which supports the ABL market with potential opportunities. Further target markets include debt advisory, direct debtor marketing and creditor services.

 Brendan also leads CVR Global’s creditor services team using his extensive know-how to help creditors maximise their returns when faced with bad debts; using the skills acquired during his time as a board member of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

He also applies his expertise to businesses facing financial distress and in need of practical insolvency advice, including assisting on business turnarounds.

Brendan hosts regular seminars on credit management having written several thought leadership pieces for national publications, and has been nominated for credit management industry awards.



Brendan is a Group Treasurer of the City branch of Barnardo’s charity and is passionate about charity work.

E: bclarkson@cvr.global

Associate Directors

Alyson Minton
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Alyson Minton

Associate Director
Alyson has worked in restructuring and insolvency for almost 15 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
M: +447947950533
T: +442380171497
Alex Twitchen
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Alex Twitchen

Associate Director
Alex has over 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
M: +447554016061
T: +441273425217
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
M: +447984180904
T: +441206217902
Jessie Jennings
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Jessie Jennings

Associate Director
Jessie has worked in restructuring and insolvency since 2002 with experience of working with owner managed businesses in a variety of sectors.

A Chartered Accountant and member of the ACCA, Jessie joined CVR Global in November 2017 alongside Steve Ramsbottom (Partner) to launch our Bristol office.

She deals with all types of corporate insolvency and works with business owners to find the best possible solution.

Jessie relocated from London to Bristol in 2007, where she continued to develop her career in the local market, focusing on owner managed businesses facing financial challenges.

Jessie has undertaken numerous trading assignments. More recently, she oversaw the running and ultimately the sale of two care homes whilst dealing with complex issues relating to both antecedent transactions and property matters.

E: jjennings@cvr.global
M: +447588634560
T: +441173637442
Tom Gardiner
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Tom Gardiner

Associate Director
Tom is a licensed insolvency practitioner, qualifying in 2009, with considerable expertise advising stakeholders of businesses facing financial distress, and where appropriate acting as Administrator, Liquidator or Supervisor.

With over 14 years’ experience at specialist recovery firms, a top 20 accountancy firm and the high-risk credit team at a UK clearing bank, Tom brings an expert, pragmatic and constructive approach to all assignments he is involved with.

He has acted on a range of high-profile retail administrations and spent six years in the restructuring department at a top 20 accountancy firm where he specialised in the agricultural sector.

Tom’s time at the bank saw him manage approximately £50 million of impaired debt across a varied SME portfolio, ranging from care homes and hospitality to automotive and waste disposal.

Tom is part of our team based in Colchester, which is responsible for providing advice and business restructuring and insolvency services to a wide range of businesses and individuals from various sectors predominantly across the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk region.

British Virgin Islands

Annette Collins
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Annette Collins

Partner
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E: acollins@cvr.global
M: +1 284 545 3937
T: +442844958196
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
M: +447973922051
T: +442844958196