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26th May 2018

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Team

Our expert team

Our advisers have considerable experience handling assignments of all sizes and complexities and a proven successful track record across a broad range of industries and sectors. Services and support are provided for companies and individuals, as well as credit managers, lenders and professional advisers.

Graham Down

MIPA, MABRP, Director
Graham trained as a Chartered Accountant with the family firm in South Wales. He obtained his licence to act as an Insolvency Practitioner in 1988. In 1990 he joined a major national accounting firm to set up its corporate recovery and insolvency department in the South West, where he was involved in a number of high profile assignments and managed a portfolio of liquidations under the law of Gibraltar.
In 1995 he was invited to become a partner in a London-based, niche insolvency practice, again establishing that firm’s presence in the South West. In 2009 he was instrumental in setting up Burton Sweet Corporate Recovery.

Michelle Breslin

Partner
Michelle is originally from London. At school Michelle developed a loathing for mathematics and, on leaving, vowed never to touch figures again. It was no surprise, therefore, that her first job was in the accounts department of the BBC. She remained with the BBC in various roles for 11 years, where she gained a degree in English and History. After leaving the BBC, Michelle eventually discovered insolvency, working for two “Big 4” firms and another national practice, before joining Graham in 2003.
She sat and passed her exams to qualify as an Insolvency Practitioner in 2006 (having forgotten her earlier vow).

Paul Harding

Partner
Paul has spent the majority of his working life in the insolvency arena and at various periods this has taken him to work in London, Birmingham, Wales and several of the Shire Counties. He has seen many changes in the profession but the “insolvency buzz” is still with him and over the years he has become a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, a member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and is licensed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He obtained his licence as an Insolvency Practitioner in 1987.
Over the last 25 years he has been invited to become a partner in a mid-tier firm and then joined a “big 4” firm where he was for over 12 years before realising he wanted to return to the “real commercial world”.

Penny Hitch

Partner
Having grown up in the Cheshire countryside Penny attended Nottingham Trent University studied dance for a BA in Contemporary Arts. Realising that she was not cut out for the life of an artist, Penny moved to Bristol to train as a lawyer. Some years later, disillusioned with changes in the law, she sought a new direction and joined what is now tri group.
Penny has become a specialist in personal insolvency, and with her empathy and compassionate bedside manner, now leads the firm’s IVA unit. She also assists with the administration of company insolvencies. Penny passed the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency in 2010.
Outside work Penny enjoys motor sport, days out in her husband’s sports car and trying to become a gardener.

Ian Stewart

Manager
Bored with auditing and producing accounts, Ian decided to specialise in insolvency and joined a major national firm in 1982. Since then Ian has dealt with an almost every sector of industry and commerce as well as personal insolvency.
He has been involved in some major turnaround assignments, one of which resulted in his being seconded to industry for almost two years, advising on a management buy-out and then implementing financial and commercial controls. However, he missed the excitement and variety of insolvency work and returned to the profession. His experience has included investigating several complex international frauds. In addition, he spent almost two years on secondment to the Insolvency Service.
Ian’s social activities include golf and entertaining and he is a keen gardener.

Alan Clifton

Partner
Alan has more than 25 years’ experience working in corporate recovery and insolvency, working predominantly for mid-tier corporate recovery firms. He qualified as an insolvency practitioner in 1996 and is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. Alan joined the firm in 2017 with particular responsibility for the Witney office covering the Thames Valley area, although his client base spans London, the South and the West Midlands. Alan focusses on providing compassionate and matter of fact advice to companies and individuals facing financial difficulties. Prior to joining the insolvency profession, Alan worked as a credit manager and debt collector for British Telecom.
To say that Alan is a music lover is an understatement. At every opportunity, he can be found travelling the country to see his favourite bands – a list which is constantly growing.

Emma Clifton

Partner
Emma stumbled across the insolvency profession after completing her law degree and legal practice course. She began her insolvency career in the West Midlands, focussing on all areas of corporate recovery and insolvency, with a particular interest in antecedent transactions and investigative work. In 2010 she obtained her Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency.
In 2013 Emma moved to the Cayman Islands, where she worked on and managed a number of high profile cases, which included contentious litigation, cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. After four years of soaking up the sun and rum punch in the Caribbean, Emma returned to the UK.
Outside work, Emma can often be found with her head stuck in a novel or cookbook, and she enjoys experimenting with recipes on her husband, with no incidence of food poisoning … yet.

Sean Scully

Sean is based in our Shrewsbury office, having returned to insolvency practice in 2013 following a 10-year legal career specialising in insolvency, legal costs and general commercial litigation. Prior to entering the law, he worked for several insolvency firms on the south coast dealing with a mixed caseload of corporate and individual matters. He is qualified both as a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has a Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency. Sean enjoys solving the knotty problems and thorny issues which are a frequent feature of his work.
On the odd occasion when he isn’t knee deep in his caseload, Sean enjoys playing the guitar, keeping fit and collecting old toys.

Steve Smith

Partner
With nearly 30 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency since joining Cork Gully in 1988, Stephen has since held roles at PwC, PKF and BDO prior to joining BSCR. Stephen’s experience enables him to evaluate clients’ requirements, identify appropriate solutions and implement them in an effective and efficient manner.
Stephen regularly advises a wide variety of stakeholders including financial institutions, owner managed businesses, secured and unsecured creditors and professional advisers. He has a long track record in advising lenders, accountants and solicitors on their customer and client issues in a broad range of industry sectors, with a particular interest in agriculture. In addition, Stephen also advises on corporate simplification matters and S.110 restructuring assignments.
In his spare time, Stephen is a weekend farmer, an active walker, enjoys all sports and is studying classical and flamenco guitar.

Anthony Ford

With over 20 years’ experience assisting a variety of owner managed businesses throughout the UK, Anthony joined the firm as a Business Development Manager in February 2017, operating out of the Bournemouth office. Predominantly, he provides advice and support to companies and individuals across Dorset, although he travels nationwide as the business may demand.
Tony has extensive experience in supporting distressed companies and individuals; providing practical solutions with the aim of preserving jobs, assets and wealth, wherever possible. He has built up a strong reputation in the corporate turnaround and restructuring sector and has assisted many local business owners, including businesses who were also looking to expand and/or sell. This experience ensures he is one of the leading local business advisors within the region and is a valuable resource for both business owners and individuals alike.
Outside of work you’ll find him either on the tennis or golf course; that or being “dragged” around the shops by his young daughter.

Jai Burrows

Jai is originally from London, moving to sunny Devon via Oxfordshire. After starting her career in banking Jai was drawn to the more legal and technical side of finance and joined a small insolvency firm before moving on to a national firm. Jai gained her Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency in 2008.
Outside work Jai holds a full motorbike licence and, until her young son can ride pillion, she is often to be found browsing the web planning the next bike.

Toby Holt

Toby decided to move out of accountancy into insolvency in the mid 80’s lured by the promise of untold riches and early retirement. 30 odd years on, he’s still working towards that goal… Toby has worked for a variety of firms from Big 4 to regional practices and has specialised over the years in almost all forms of insolvency, acting for all stakeholders. Specialisms include charities, travel and local authorities, amongst others
Privately he enjoys Rugby, and the odd bit of dancing, coupled with his almost daily jaunt up his beloved Malvern Hills

Adrian Edmonds

Adrian, known by many as Adi, joined the tri group and our profession in autumn 2017. He’s habitual networker and commercially focused Marketing and Business Development Manager. Adi came to us with a strong track record of successes spanning his own consultancy, known as Free as a Bird, working with a broad spectrum of SME businesses, through to Barclays and Carphone Warehouse.
Once his daughter reaches an age she can wear a helmet, Adi will get back to his passion of riding his Triumph, in the meantime, you’ll find him down the allotment if he gets half a chance.

George Battson

George joined us as an apprentice and has been gradually introduced to the insolvency profession. He is currently studying for the Association of Accounting Technicians’ qualification.
Outside work, George enjoys playing the guitar, socialising and appreciating the wonderful scenery of Shropshire.
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