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"I always believed that the back-up of the Support Centre would be both reassuring and an invaluable asset that most sole practitioners can never experience. Indeed, this has always been the case but never more so than now. They have been absolutely brilliant and I would be amazed if any other accountancy organisation has got anywhere close to delivering what they have." - Nick Sims, TaxAssist Devizes & Chippenham

Recruitment Team

The TaxAssist Accountants franchisee recruitment team

Recruitment team

Your initial key contacts throughout the recruitment process here in the UK will be Nikki Haythorne & Seth Brown. They will be able to answer any questions that you may have and will guide you through the process of learning more about our franchise and helping you to decide if it is the right choice for you.

Seth Brown
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Seth Brown

Senior Manager, UK Recruitment

Seth joined the TaxAssist Direct Group in 2019 to work as part of the team responsible for franchisee recruitment in the UK.

Before joining TaxAssist, Seth had a 34 year banking career with HSBC UK Bank plc and has undertaken a wide range of general management, leadership and risk management control roles incorporating both Retail and Commercial Banking.

Seth is able to use his extensive career experience to work closely with prospective franchisees that are considering joining the network to discuss all aspects of the TaxAssist franchise proposition and Business Plan completion.

Nikki Haythorne
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Nikki Haythorne

UK Franchise Recruitment Manager

Nikki started working with TaxAssist in 2018 and is the main point of contact for prospective franchisees, guiding them through the process of exploring the opportunity through to making the move to join the network. She has several years of experience working with national franchise brands in the UK and also spent a year in franchising in Australia, a background that’s given her a deep understanding of ethical franchising and the importance of finding the right ‘fit’ between individual and franchisor. Proud to be recognised by the bfa as a Qualified Franchise Professional, in 2017 Nikki was shortlisted for EWIF’s Young Woman in Franchising award.

Richard Chatten-Hague QFP DipFM
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Richard Chatten-Hague

Senior Manager, Global Franchise Support, QFP DipFM

Richard joined TaxAssist in July 2015 following seven years at a leading international franchise consultancy and publishing company, FDS. Richard graduated from the University of Northampton with a First-Class degree in Retail Marketing before joining FDS and specialised in creating Franchise Operations Manuals for business expanding by franchising, working alongside experienced franchise consultants and working with a number of national and international clients.

With more than 11 years’ experience in national and international franchising, Richard is responsible for managing global franchise recruitment strategies and providing the initial and ongoing training and support to our international Master Franchisees, our US network of Area Representatives, as well as delivering training and support to our Master Franchisees' and Area Representatives' own networks of franchisees.

Richard holds a Diploma in Franchise Management and is recognised as a British Franchise Association Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP), which is a formal recognition of professional knowledge and experience in franchising and demonstrates the individual’s understanding of the complexities, best practice and expertise in franchising.

David Paulson QFP
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David Paulson QFP

Senior Vice President, Franchise Development

David joined The TaxAssist Direct Group in 2009 with the responsibility for franchisee recruitment in the UK. During this period, David was instrumental in recruiting 93 franchisees into the UK network, plus over 20 franchisees in Ireland and Australia. David was also responsible for brokering the sale of our first £1million ($1.6 million) franchise resale. As Senior Manager for Global Franchise Recruitment, David leads the expansion of the TaxAssist Accountants brand into targeted international markets. This role includes supporting Master Franchisees with franchisee recruitment and ensuring legal compliance with Australian franchise regulations.

Prior to joining TaxAssist, David worked for one of the UK’s leading franchise consultants and publishers and brings with him a thorough understanding of both the UK & International franchise markets and excellent contacts to further support TaxAssist master and single unit franchisees. After a two-year period of study, completing dissertations and a formal interview process, David has been recognised as a British Franchise Association (bfa) Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP). The QFP is a formal recognition of professional knowledge and experience in franchising and demonstrates the individual’s understanding of the complexities, best practice and expertise in franchising.

In December 2018 David was elected to the British Franchise Association’s Board of Directors. Representing all members – franchisors, franchisees and the professional advisors, the bfa is the ethical voice of franchising in the UK, representing members and helping to promote them within the industry and beyond. They also provide information and advice to businesses planning to franchise, or people considering joining a franchise.

Clare Alexander
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Clare Alexander

UK Recruitment Executive

Clare joined TaxAssist Accountants in March 2012 initially working in the Business Development Team where she was responsible for qualifying inbound client leads. In February 2013 she joined the UK Recruitment Team working closely with the UK Recruitment Manager. Prior to joining TAD Clare worked for HSBC for 31 years where she had experience in both Branch Banking and Commercial Banking. By using this experience and knowledge of businesses, Clare is able to offer support and guidance to both our new and existing Franchisees. Clare will work closely with our Prospective Franchisees as they complete their Business Plans and will help our existing network of Franchisees as they grow their businesses and when the time comes for them to realise the asset they have built.

Nikki Brister - Marketing Executive
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Nikki Brister

Marketing Executive

Nikki joined TaxAssist in 2007 following 14 years with a local housing association working in the Finance and then the Marketing & Communication departments. During her time there she obtained qualifications in Business & Administration, along with AAT.

Nikki began her career with TaxAssist within the UK Franchise Recruitment Department and now supports the Business Development Team on a range of marketing initiatives. Nikki’s main roles include organising branded cars, corporate merchandise and day-to-day administration and support for the department.

Alongside her current role at TaxAssist, Nikki helps to run the youth section of her local cricket club.

Sherie Reynolds
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Sherie Reynolds

UK Recruitment Officer

Efficient and organised, Sherie assists the UK Franchise Recruitment Team with administration support. Sherie joined TaxAssist in 2014 initially working in the Business Development Team where she was responsible for qualifying inbound client leads. In September 2015 she made the move over to the expanding UK Recruitment Team.

Hannah Westgarth
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Hannah Westgarth

UK & International Recruitment Executive

Hannah is a long serving, dedicated and experienced member of the TaxAssist Accountants Support Centre. She joined the franchise recruitment team in 2003 and has experience of all roles within the department. Currently, she has responsibility for promoting the TaxAssist Accountants franchise opportunity in the UK and Internationally by writing articles and news stories and updating content on our websites and on social media platforms.

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