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Mary Taylor

Mary-Taylor-1Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Email: mary.taylor@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Kate Breese

Mary-Taylor-1Kate has over 11 years experience in insolvency starting out at a firm of solicitors in Leeds in 2001 and latterly gaining positions within two national accountancy firms.

During this time Kate gained extensive experience in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency, for the first part of her career specializing in personal insolvency and latterly corporate.

Kate has been with Walsh Taylor since its incorporation in September 2008, being promoted to Director in January 2010.

Kate is CPI and JIEB qualified, is experienced in a variety of industries and sectors and is the firm’s joint appointment taker.

Email: kate.breese@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Gary Lumby

Mary-Taylor-1Gary has held numerous business positions and is currently a Business Ambassador for Yorkshire Bank and a non-executive director in several firms, including Walsh Taylor.

He also runs a management company specialising in helping SMEs improve their sales and profitability.

Gary is an active member of the Yorkshire business community and holds leadership roles in various industry forums, including Non-Executive Director of Business Link Yorkshire, Board Member of Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and, until recently, President of the Leeds York & North Yorks Chamber of Commerce, where he is now Vice Chair.

He was made an MBE for Services to the Finance Industry in the 2008 New Year Honours List and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland.

Email: gary.lumby@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Chris Darnbrough

Having spent a large part of his career with Barclays Bank, Chris qualified as an Associate of The Institute of Bankers in 1976.
He remained with Barclays until retirement in 2000 when he was Regional Head of Small Business for Yorkshire and Humberside. Since then he has been a Business Development Manager in Business Recovery and Insolvency.
Chris has close professional relationships with many contacts in Yorkshire and Teesside. He joined Walsh Taylor in 2008.

Email: chris.darnbrough@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Meg Heath

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Email: meg.heath@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Philippa Smith

Mary-Taylor-1Philippa has started her insolvency career in 2004, having moved from an accountancy background.

Since 2004, she have developed skills in both personal and corporate insolvency and manage all aspects of cases ranging from solvent and insolvncy liquidations, administrations,IVA’s, CVA’s, bankruptcy and FCR’s.

Philippa is CPI and JIEB qualified.

Email: Philippa.Smith@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Emma Gray

Mary-Taylor-1After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and Insolvency and Banking department.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in Bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

Emma is currently a member of the R3 Ladies Committee in Yorkshire and in her spare time assists Lucas the Kop Cat at Leeds United games on match days.

Email: emma.gray@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Rob Barker

Mary-Taylor-1After achieving a Ba(Hons) degree in English Literature from the University of Salford in 2007, Robert embarked upon a career as a writer and worked as a biographer.

After the submission of his first work Robert decided he would prefer a steadier lifestyle in the economic climate and fortuitously commenced a career in Insolvency in early 2008. Robert has worked for two regional boutique insolvency practices before joining Walsh Taylor in late 2014.

Robert has worked extensively on both corporate and personal insolvency procedures throughout his career.

Email: rob.hc.barker@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Emily Ware

Directors PA






Email: emily.ware@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Blazej Nowaczyk

Case Support Officer


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Victoria Hunt

Case Support Officer






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Nathan Charles

Case Support Officer