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TaxAssist Direct Group unveils board changes

Daren Moore FCCA becomes group managing director, Sarah Robertson becomes group director and UK managing director, and Mike Melling is appointed as group development director

TaxAssist Direct Group has unveiled a series of changes to its board following a reshuffle of the group. 

Karl Sandall has stepped down as group chief executive director along with Phil Sullivan, group finance director, after 22 years of leading The TaxAssist Direct Group, which includes the TaxAssist network of accountants and advisors.

They will both embark on new roles as non-executive directors within the group, however, and will be advising and supporting the executive director team going forward. 

Daren Moore FCCA becomes group managing director, and will oversee the entire group operation, expansion and development of the various client services. Sarah Robertson becomes group director and UK managing director and will be focused on looking after all aspects of support provided to the UK accounting and tax network. 

Meanwhile, James Mattam continues in his role as group business development director, focusing on driving brand awareness and new client acquisition across all group companies. 

Finally, Mike Melling has been appointed as group development director, a role he will undertake while continuing to operate his multi-site accounting practice in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. He is also a director and investor in TaxAssist Direct USA Inc and in the soon to be launched TaxAssist Financial Services.

Moore said: “I would like to thank Karl and Phil for the tremendous energy, enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism they have both brought to The TaxAssist Group over the last two decades, helping to make it the global success story it is today. 

“I would also like to thank our fantastic accountancy network in all of the countries we operate, who have provided the ultimate vote of confidence in us as a board and the TaxAssist business model, by choosing to invest in the TaxAssist Direct Group, which we believe to be the first of its kind in franchising.” 

He added: “With a focused strategic plan with growth and innovation at its core, the evolution of the TaxAssist brand, and the addition of relevant products and services, as a team of directors, we have never felt more positively about the medium-term future and the opportunities it will present for our group operations.

“We look forward to working with the TaxAssist Support Teams and franchise networks across the world to exceed our plans and share in the fruits of that success.”

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