Meet the Team
Chris is a chartered tax advisor and leads the team at CBTax. Having previously lectured in accounting, taxation and finance Chris then went on to work for a number of national firms and Big 4 accountancy practices. During his career he also worked as an international tax specialist and deputy head of tax for a fintech company based in London before returning to practice.
Chris specialises in direct tax issues, whether considering corporate tax reliefs and incentives to personal tax planning. Having been awarded Corporate Tax Advisor of the Year 2018 by Finance Monthly; Chris ensures that his clients receive the best advice available, tailored to every clients needs and future plans.
In his free time Chris enjoys travelling with a planned trip to South America coming up this year. If not planning the next holiday; Chris is a petrol head with a passion for high performance cars.
After graduating University with a first-class degree in accounting and finance, Stephen went to work for a business school supporting post graduate students in taxation and accountancy subjects. Stephen then moved to a mid-tier accountancy firm working for their tax and VAT offering’s followed by a Regional VAT Senior Manager role for a national firm of accountants.
Now a Director of CBTax, Stephen works closely with the firm’s clients, offering bespoke tax advice and compliance services in both direct and indirect taxation. Stephen continues to specialise in managing the complexities of VAT and identifying VAT opportunities while also offering corporate and personal tax services to our growing client base.
In his free time, Stephen enjoys travelling the world and spending quality time with family and friends.
Through Prospect Brigstock Services Ltd, Ria works closely with CBTax on behalf of their mutual clients to ensure they receive the very best advice when it comes to all things tax related. Ria’s specific responsibilities include pursuing strategic opportunities on behalf of our clients, cultivating partnerships and commercial relationships and investigating financial opportunities that could be over looked by business owners and accountants.
She met Chris and Stephen at a top 15 accountancy firm where she was a senior account executive and instantly formed a friendship and realised how well they all worked together. Before this she was based in Italy, on lake Garda, were she was an English liaison for a major manufacturer of equipment and components for controlling compressed gases; spending most of her time at trade fairs translating from English to Italian and vice versa.
Ria should probably be practising her Italian and keeping it up to scratch. Alas the only connection she has to her Italian background is drinking vino and making pasta from scratch. Her other hobbies include following her Dad and Brother around the classic car racing tracks all across Europe, where she’s their number one cheerleader! When she’s not driving here, there, and everywhere, she enjoy pilates, walking her white German Shepard, (she’s a pedigree, google it), salsa dancing and watching the British bake off.
Matt has over 18 years' experience working in professional services, including for software development and IT consultancy businesses to more recently an offshore magic circle law firm.
Matt is a former technical software consultant and business analyst, with immense experience in professional services and the client engagement process, acting as a trusted technical advisor for many demanding business projects.
He has vast experience of technical user support, programming, together with design, configuration, project management and roll-out of software developments and projects, for major Blue-Chip companies in a variety of business sectors and commercial environments.
His knowledge of the IT industry and business analysis will be invaluable for the CBTax firm and its client base, particularly in the technical assessment of the firms R&D offering.
Joseph Shovlin joined the team in January 2019 after seeing first hand on the client side, the positive contribution CBTax could make to growing and ambitious businesses.
Joseph qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a Big 4 Accountancy practice and has since undertaken a variety of finance roles in the Energy and Construction sectors.
Joseph will help develop the CBTax presence further in London and the South East, and focus on providing a first class service to new and existing clients.
Joseph is a huge sports fan and in his spare time enjoys both playing and following football and golf.
Laura joined CBTax in early 2019, to manage the personal tax compliance offering for the firm.
Laura works closely with her clients to ensure that all their tax affairs are compliant, accurately submitted on time and any advisory opportunities are identified to ensure clients pay the right amount of tax.
In her spare time Laura enjoys swimming and going on holiday with her family. She loves spending quality time with her young son who she had last year. She is also a keen photographer.