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Our experts

The people who work at GovGrant come from a wide range of backgrounds and industries, so bring a wealth of diverse expertise. This helps us bring our insight and understanding to many of the issues which impact innovative business today.

We are business people first

GovGrant has access to a full range of industry experts across the country and our Technical Specialists make working with GovGrant unique. They will speak your language and will have experience in your sector, so they will waste no time in getting to grips with the work you do.

Any GovGrant Technical Specialist will come and walk the floors with you and give you the benefit of their business acumen, technical expertise and commercial experience. Whether your business is big or small, complex or simple, single or multi-site – we will find a Technical Specialist who has the right mix of skills for you.

Well qualified – between them our Technical Specialists have…

6 PHDs
12 Master’s degrees
12 Bachelor’s degrees

As of March 2021

Industry experience – between them our Technical Specialists have worked in…

Aerospace, Agriculture, AI/Robotics, Automotive, Civil engineering and heavy construction, Defence, Finance, Energy, Engineering, Fintech, Food & drink, Healthcare, Housebuilding, Insurance, Leisure, Manufacturing, Medtech, Mining & Quarrying, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Recycling, Renewable energy, Retail & Wholesale, Software, Telecommunications, Transport, Waste, Water,
Aerospace, Agriculture, AI/Robotics, Automotive, Civil engineering and heavy construction, Defence, Finance, Energy, Engineering, Fintech, Food & drink, Healthcare, Housebuilding, Insurance, Leisure, Manufacturing, Medtech, Mining & Quarrying, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Recycling, Renewable energy, Retail & Wholesale, Software, Telecommunications, Transport, Waste, Water,
Aerospace, Agriculture, AI/Robotics, Automotive, Civil engineering and heavy construction, Defence, Finance, Energy, Engineering, Fintech, Food & drink, Healthcare, Housebuilding, Insurance, Leisure, Manufacturing, Medtech, Mining & Quarrying, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Recycling, Renewable energy, Retail & Wholesale, Software, Telecommunications, Transport, Waste, Water,

Expertise in every part of our business

Here are the people who currently post latest thinking on our blog.

Dominic Bartholdi | Head of Business Development

Dominic Bartholdi
Head of Business Development

Dominic inspires our commercial team to develop successful long-term client relationships.
At the centre of this approach is a belief that delivering commercial value is essential to a collaborative and sustainable partnership.

Vanessa Cooper
Group Technical Tax Manager

Vanessa has over twenty years of accounting experience and works closely with our clients to identify R&D, Patent Box and RDA opportunities. She provides technical training to our internal teams and our partner accountants, ensuring that everyone at GovGrant delivers the rigorous accounting standards.

Clive Flood | Chief Operating Officer

Clive Flood
Chief Operating Officer

Clive brings expertise in business performance and an in-depth knowledge of operational improvements. In his time at GovGrant Clive has overhauled our systems and processes to ensure that the customer is front and centre of everything we do.

Somil Goyal
Investment Lead

Somil has deep experience in finance and consulting with skills honed at Deutsche Bank and the Big Four. He runs an alumni angel network in the UK focussed on digital industries and climate change. He has also managed and worked at start-up companies, especially Fintech.

Luke Hamm
Chief Executive Officer

Joining GovGrant in 2017 as Commercial Director, Luke now brings his passion for client delivery to the role of CEO. He ensures that GovGrant is taking its place as the UK’s largest specialist provider of IP services and R&D tax relief, helping our clients commercialise innovation.

Steve Phillips
Chief Financial Officer

With a first class degree in economics and as a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Steve has a wealth of investor, Director and Non-Executive Director experience across a range of businesses and industries.

Adam Simmonds
Investment Research Analyst

Adam’s role with GovGrant is to offer insight to the venture capital and private equity community. He brings fresh perspective, through the lens of IP, to identity value, risk and opportunity that is unlikely to have been considered by others.

Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor
Senior Tax Manager

Stephanie has nearly twenty years’ experience of providing accounting and corporation tax advice. She specialises in research and development claims and maximising the value of intellectual property for our clients.

Akshay Thaman
Intellectual Property Analyst

Akshay works closely with GovGrant‘s clients to uncover IP that may be hidden within their businesses. As a Member of the British Patent information Professionals group (BPIP) he brings academic rigour and commercial experience to his role as IP Analyst.

Sharon Veness
Accountant Partnerships Manager

Sharon has over 25 years’ experience with professional firms including businesses like Croner-i, Wolters Kluwer Business and Dun & Bradstreet. Her role at GovGrant is to work with our accountant partners to understand their individual requirements and to help them achieve their business goals.

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