Key Contacts

Penny Thomas

Manager, VFO

I am a Manager in the Virtual Finance Office (VFO) team providing to a wide variety of services to different clients. I joined PEM in 2013 as an Account Manager from a background in the Biotech Industry in Cambridge.
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Philip Olagunju

Assistant Director, Corporate Finance

I have over 10 years’ experience in corporate finance advisory services, with a focus on mid-market entrepreneurial businesses.


I advise shareholders on the ultimate disposal of their business and assist acquirers with the identification and ultimate purchase of suitable acquisition targets.

I also deliver exit strategy reviews and help to advise management teams on management buy outs.

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Ben Dyer

Manager, Insolvency

I am a Manager in the Recovery team dealing with both personal and corporate work.

I deal with a portfolio of cases which includes both Solvent and Insolvent Liquidation, Individual and Company Voluntary Arrangements and Bankruptcies.
I also have responsibility for the department’s technical library and standard documents.

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Andrew Turpin

Director, VFO

​I am Director of VFO (Virtual Finance Office), responsible for providing a quality service to our clients and leading the strategic development of the VFO service.



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Toni Munro

Head of Recruitment and Human Resources

My role at PEM is varied from supporting the partner group with strategic HR input, writing policies to ensure that PEM embraces best practice and nurtures its unique culture and values, to advising on employment law, recruiting, and supporting our 140 strong employee base.
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Jan Fachot

Director, Business Tax

​I am a Director in the Business Tax department providing tax advisory and compliance services to companies. Through the years, I have worked on a diverse range of clients from small start ups to global organisations across various industry sectors.

I provide tax advice on various M&A and cross-border transactions; R&D tax credits and the Patent Box regime; tax efficient equity investments as well general tax issues affecting owner-managed businesses.

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Mary Shoesmith

Director, Private Clients

​I am a member of the ATT, CTA and STEP. I have had a varied career dipping out of practice for a while to spend some time teaching ATT and CTA and also the tax elements of the main accountancy qualifications.
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Kate Millard

Director, Employment Tax

I am a Director in our Employment Taxes team. I provide employment tax advice across PEM’s full client base including owner-managed businesses, charities, the education sector and large corporate clients.

I have over 20 years experience advising on international expatriate tax issues ranging from UK clients expanding overseas for the first time to overseas companies starting-up in the UK to established multinational organisations.

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Gordon Plumb

Head of Agriculture

I am responsible for Agricultural Services at PEM. Our work includes accounts preparation, bookkeeping, VAT, cash flow forecasting, general tax work and tax planning.

My interest in farming has built up over many years. I was brought up on a livestock and arable farm in Essex.

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981 and have been advising clients on agricultural matters since 1985. I am very hands on with my work and have built up good relationships with clients over the years.

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Judith Pederzolli

Assistant Director, Business Tax

I am an Assistant Director in PEM’s Business Tax department. As well as providing general business tax advice I have a strong focus on property taxes, including Stamp Duty Land Tax and the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings.

I am a member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group. 

Another of my specialist areas is advising on the direct tax issues facing charities and not-for-profit entities.

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Sarah Davis

Assistant Director, VAT

I am an Assistant Director at PEM specialising in VAT and Stamp Duty Land Tax.

I advise clients on all areas of VAT but have a particular focus on property and construction. During my time at PEM I have worked extensively with clients from the not-for-profit and education sectors.

I am a member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group.


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Rebecca Porter

Assistant Director, VAT

I am the Assistant Director of the VAT department at PEM. I have experience in a broad range of sectors assisting with varied and complex VAT issues.

I have also provided tailored VAT training courses for a number of legal, quantity surveying and architectural firms aimed at helping staff to identify scenarios where VAT reliefs might be available.

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Robert Plumbly

Director, VAT

I am a Director of VAT at PEM and head up the firm’s VAT department. I am a qualified tax adviser with over 20 years’ experience in VAT, with the education sector being my area of expertise.

Much of my work involves the provision of advice and assistance to help minimise the VAT costs of construction.

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Jon Stanton

Director, 4Cambridge

I am the Director of 4Cambridge, providing support and consultancy to clients. I have over 20 years experience as an IT professional, working initially in industry.

I'm passionate about helping people to work smarter and use technology to improve their business.  I also love problem-solving, and enjoy the positive reaction from clients when we resolve issues for them.

Many of our clients are concerned about information security and I work with them to ensure they are properly protected against cyber threats.

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Tony Stairs

Director, Corporate Finance

I joined the PEM Corporate Finance team in 2004, having already led PEM's business advisory services for a number of years.

I work with business owner-managers to help them maximise value and achieve their financial and commercial objectives.

I focus particularly on MBOs and succession issues, and I lead transaction support services including due diligence for clients and banks.

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