Meet The Team – ForeTwo Group
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Meet some of the team

JO BROWN

Jo joined ForeTwo Group in March 2020 amid the COVID19 pandemic. Jo is a CIPP qualified Payroll Technician with a combination of 9 years of payroll and operations experience. Having previously worked for 2 of ForeTwo Group’s main competitors Jo brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the team at both an admin and senior level of experience.

In her spare time Jo enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children and her 6 stone black Labrador called Finn. She also enjoys anything “crafty” and scuba diving where she holds various PADI qualifications.

JO BROWN

Payroll Team Leader
Dion Mitchell

Dion is a highly experienced Chartered Accountant, having gained his experience in both the UK and Australian Umbrella and Contractor Accountancy industry.

For the last 7 years, he has been based in London (where he qualified) and during this time, he has been involved in all aspects of running a contractor payroll and accountancy business. This includes the day to day Head Office finance operation to engaging with Contractor Payroll and Accountancy software providers such as Xero and FreeAgent. Dion brings a unique skill-set having qualifications in both the UK and Australian markets and also holds postgraduate qualifications in Corporate Finance.

In his spare time, Dion enjoys travelling, linguistics and languages, martial arts and boxing.

Dion Mitchell

Head of Finance
JOEL WALTERS

Joel has been in the umbrella and payroll industry for over 6 years and comes with a with a great deal of experience dealing with Umbrella, Limited companies and CIS contractors – as well as presenting to clients across the country about the IR35 legislation changes. Highlighting his knowledge and understanding of compliance within the umbrella industry.

Having worked at one of the largest recruitment agency Joel made the transition into payroll and has worked with the full spectrum of agencies ranging from the biggest to the smallest across all industries, ensuring the service and compliance remains at the forefront of any working relationship. Passionate about umbrella Joel will always go the extra mile and likes to maintain a transparent dialogue with his clients.

As a father of two young children in Joel’s spare time he can usually be found in a park, zoo or soft play but when he is not entertaining his young family he can be found visiting his beloved Arsenal, keeping fit or socialising with friends.

JOEL WALTERS

Business Development Manager
ELISE PERRY

Elise has worked in the world of payroll for 3 years and has had great success through her passion for the industry. She prides herself on building strong relationships with her clients and being fully up to date on compliance and any legislation changes. Prior to working in the umbrella industry, she worked in recruitment where she specialised in sales, marketing and accountancy roles.

In her spare time, Elise enjoys discovering the bars and restaurants of London and having a cocktail or two.

She has been a vegetarian for 22 years and enjoys cooking, skiing, visiting the Greek islands and playing football.

ELISE PERRY

Key Account Manager
CHARLOTTE JOHNSTONE

Charlotte has over 5 years experience within Contractor Payroll and Accountancy Industry.

Having previously worked at one of the largest providers in the market, she prides herself on the vast knowledge she has gained within all departments and sectors of the payroll and accountancy business.

At ForeTwo, Charlotte has recently been promoted to New Business Team Leader which she is very proud of and excited about. This is now an amazing opportunity to gain further leadership experience, alongside delivering the best possible service to both our partners and contractors.

Charlotte describes herself as a very motivated, hard working and ambitious person. She not only wants to further develop her own skills, but those of her colleagues around her.

Outside of work Charlotte likes to spend a lot of time with her daughter, family, dogs and horses.

CHARLOTTE JOHNSTONE

Onboarding Operations Manager
Jeff Blakemore

As a Founding Director of ForeTwo Group, Jeff brings a wealth of Recruitment and Umbrella industry experience to the business, having previously worked as board member in both private equity and privately owned businesses alike.

Jeff’s expertise spans a number of years as a Director of a multi-disciplinary recruitment business, before becoming a Director at two well-known contractor payroll businesses. As Sales Director and a member of the Senior Management Team at Parasol (one of the largest providers in the market), he developed many key relationships across the industry, building successful teams and offering legislative and compliance support to many large industry brands. More recently, Jeff was appointed to the board of a well-established top tier Umbrella and Contactor Accountancy provider as Commercial Director. Over the years, he has helped many private and public sector recruitment agencies and their contractors navigate the ever changing legislative landscape.

Jeff’s vision is that ForeTwo becomes the go-to provider for outstanding service and the very best experience provided by a team who are all passionate about delivering excellence.

Outside of work, he spends much of his time with his wife Anna and their two children, Riley and Summer. His other interests include anything related to motorsports (Jeff is a self-confessed petrol head), sports in general, snowboarding mountain biking and other outdoors activity – usually the more adrenaline filled, the better!

Jeff Blakemore

Managing Director and Founder
Shay Al-Ajami

Shay has 4+ years of experience working in the contractor payroll industry. During this time she has worked with both agencies and contractors which has given her extensive knowledge of all legislations.

 

Shay is diligent, organised and pays great attention to detail, as well as being compassionate and understanding which allows her to provide fantastic customer service.

 

When not working, you will probably find Shay whipping something up in the kitchen or in the woods enjoying a stroll through nature. One of her life goals is to travel to 30 countries before 30 and has only got 2 left!

Shay Al-Ajami

New Business Consultant
Robert Easton

Robert is a qualified Accountant with over ten years experience in the Contractor Payroll sector, and a co-founder of ForeTwo Group.

Previously, he was Group Head of Finance and part of the Senior Management Team at Parasol, one of the largest providers in the UK market and more recently, Director of the largest Contractor payroll providers in Australia. He consistently contributed to the success of these businesses and gained a thorough understanding of the contractor payroll market, working within several private equity backed businesses. He brings a huge amount of experience working with complex multi-faceted payroll and finance operations to ForeTwo.

Outside of work, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife Alison, son Harry and their dogs. In between looking after the family and dogs, he is a keen amateur triathlete who enjoys outdoor pursuits.

Robert Easton

Director and Founder
Nikki Lee

Nikki has over 14 years’ experience in the contractor payroll and accountancy industry. She has a wealth industry knowledge and experience dealing with Umbrella, Limited Company (PSC) and CIS solutions, with a strong focus on compliance, legislative issues and operational processes.

Working for Brookson, one of the UK’s leading contract accountants, she started her career working within the payroll department, before progressing through customer services and sales, where she was a Managing a team of consultants.

Nikki describes herself as thorough and is focussed on providing contractors the very best possible advice and support, She is also extremely driven once she has a goal in sight. Out of work, she loves to spend time with her family, their dogs, Frankie and Mitzi and their parrot, Mojo. Nikki is a vegetarian, loves travelling and enjoys the occasional cocktail.

Nikki Lee

Sales Operations Manager
Brenton Henderson

Brenton has been in the contracting and payroll industry for over 19 years having built a successful career on a platform of leading-edge technology and expert business management.

Brenton began his career in Oracle-based enterprise software development for the Department of Defence in Canberra, Australia before heading to the UK. As an independent contractor, Brenton worked as a senior IT consultant with leading UK corporations including KPMG and Prudential Life and Pensions. During this time, he subsequently identified a clear gap in the market for bringing together technology and contractor payroll services. Brenton’s intimate knowledge of the recruitment and financial industries was crucial in the establishment of Oncore Services, where he is a Founding Director. Brenton has a BAppSc in Mathematics and is also a Founder and Director of software service provider Gensolve in Australia and New Zealand. He brings a great deal of both tech knowledge and contractor payroll experience to the Board of ForeTwo.

Outside of work, when Brenton isn’t spending time with his family, he’s a keen sports enthusiast who loves rugby, Aussie rules, of course!

Brenton Henderson

Director
Lynne Bird

Lynne has over 20 years payroll and operations experience. Earlier in her career, she worked in contractor payroll for Roevin Recruitment (part of the Adecco Group) and then worked her way up to become Operations Manager at Paystream, where she was involved in helping to grow the business by developing and fine tuning payroll and operational processes.

After a number of successful years there, Lynne moved on to become the Group Payroll Manager for EMR, where again she was involved in analysing the processes and providing first class service for all employees and other stakeholders in the business. Lynne’s ethos is attention to detail… attention to detail… attention to detail. In other words, get it right first time!

When Lynne isn’t in the office, she spends most of her time entertaining her young son, Connor and spending time with family and friends. Lynne also enjoys socialising, meeting new people, dining out and has a love for horses.

Lynne Bird

Head of Payroll and Operations
ADAM MAC VITIE

Adam is an experienced contractor accountant who gained his bachelor of business majoring in accounting in Queensland, Australia.

Having bought over his knowledge of accounting and contractor payroll from Australia, for the past 3 years he has been working as a limited company specialist in London. This has given him a high level of knowledge in both payroll and accountancy for contractor companies. His knowledge for information technology from his dual bachelors in Corporation System Management has meant that he is proficient and up-to-date in most accountancy software including Xero and Sage.

While he is not working, Adam has been visiting as many countries as he can in Europe while also following his love for sport, especially the Rugby.

ADAM MAC VITIE

Personal Accountant
Grant Gee

Grant is a highly experienced CFO and qualified Accountant with over 19 years experience within the contractor accounting and payroll industry in Australia. He is also Group CFO to Oncore Group and a Partner in ITG Accountants.

Grant brings expert financial and accounting skills to the Board, ensuring the company achieves successful growth every year. Grant is also involved in business strategy development and operating systems, delivering scaled development to ensure the company’s success.

When he’s not working, Grant loves to spend time with his family and is an avid sports fan.

Grant Gee

Director
JACK BANGS

Jack has over 3 years’ experience within Contractor Payroll and Accountancy. He has previously worked at some of the largest providers in the market and prides himself on his Limited Company and IR35 knowledge and is always keen to keep up with recent legislative changes.

An experienced Account Manager, Jack has worked with many well know recruitment agencies across a range of sectors and has previously provided best advice to contractors about the best options for them, whether that’s umbrella or limited company.

Outside of work he is a vegetarian/trainee-vegan and takes part in many martial arts such as Jiu Jitsu, boxing and Muay Thai. When he’s not doing that, he’s partial to leaping out of perfectly good airplanes at 15,000 feet with a parachute strapped to his back!

JACK BANGS

Business Development Manager
Steven Buckley

Steven has 4 years experience working in the contractor payroll and accountancy industry for one of the biggest Contractor Accountancy Companies in the UK. This includes experience working with Limited company, Umbrella and CIS contractors.

He would say that he has great experience and knowledge on the latest IR35 changes speaking to contractors and agencies on how this may impact them, and how to carry on within the contracting industry while working compliantly.

Currently Steven is completing his accountancy degree giving him a great advantage when speaking with contractors about there limited companies to be compliant and most tax efficient.

Steven would describe myself as being hard working, very customer focused, dedicated and family orientated. When not working for Foretwo group he loves going on day trips and holidays with hi family, extreme E-Sports and loves to watch the football.

Steven Buckley

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