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Makhan Ram

Managing Director

Makhan is the driving force behind Easy R&D’s growth and leads dedicated teams of professionals. Before joining Easy R&D, Makhan ran a significant printing solutions business for over 10 years. Towards the end of this period he became aware of the R&D tax relief scheme. Having submitted a claim for his own company he was inspired to promote the SME scheme more widely which led to the start of Easy R&D.

Andrew Howarth

Founder & Director

Andrew launched Easy R&D in 2015 after experiencing an R&D tax relief claim. He is a serial entrepreneur on a quest to improve customer service with light-touch technology. Before Easy R&D he started StoreTech which continues to develop technology solutions for retailers. Clients include many high street brands in the UK and internationally.

James Rylatt FCA

Principal Tax Consultant

James qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the East Anglian audit and assurance department of a Big 4 firm in 2004 before being promoted to manage a varied client portfolio which included a significant number of software clients with complex accounting needs. He has subsequently worked in a number of industry roles and has provided a broad range of accounting and taxation services to businesses of differing sizes.

James currently lectures in accountancy and finance at the University of Lincoln and is a member of HMRC’s Research & Development Consultative Committee.

Susan Smith FCA

Senior Tax Consultant

Susan is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has many years’ experience working in professional accountancy practices on a wide variety of businesses both large and small. She is a member of the ICAEW Tax Faculty and brings to the role her experience from an eleven year stint working for HMRC.

Paul Harrison

Head of Business Development

As Head of Business Development, Paul leads our growing R&D Consultants team. Paul has a financial background, with vast experience working in both the corporate and SME sectors. After numerous years of running his own successful manufacturing company, he understands the importance of innovation in changing markets and the benefits the R&D tax relief scheme can bring to any business.

Alistair Aird

Head of Partnerships

As Head of Partnerships Alistair leads our professional partners business. Alistair has over 20 years’ experience in the Professional Services field. After completing his MBA he focused on M&A Lead Advisory work with RSM UK and BDO then went on to a Business Development role at Santander Corporate.

Outside of work he is battling to regain his former triathlon fitness but his new cooking hobby is working strongly against him.

Parveen Samplay

Head of Client Support

Parveen leads Easy R&D’s team of dedicated support personnel and technical report writers, along with being actively involved in systems development. Prior to Easy R&D, she completed a BA in Business Management and worked in Category Management for Time Inc, which involved data and insight analysis, client and process management. She is also in the process of completing her professional accounting qualification.