Abbey Tax Appoints New Sales Director

    Abbey Tax, one of the UK’s leading fee protection insurance providers and the largest tax consultancy partner to accountants, is delighted to announce the arrival of Christopher Penfold as sales director.

    Christopher joins from Crowe Clark Whitehill, a top 20 national accountancy practice, where he was director of business development. Prior to that he worked for Grant Thornton.

    Joining Abbey Tax, Christopher’s proven track record and creative insight will prove invaluable as the business continues to expand the complementary tax and insurance services it provides to accountants. 

    He will have responsibility for harmonising our core insurance and service products and enhancing our sales and marketing approach from our three offices in Sheffield, Rugby and London. 

    Commenting on his appointment, Christopher said:

    "Since my arrival last month I have enjoyed meeting my new colleagues and learning about the extensive array of support Abbey Tax can provide its clients. I have been impressed with the exceptional quality of staff here, both in terms of their experience and depth of expertise across tax and insurance.

    "I look forward to meeting our loyal and long standing accountancy partners, who are central to our vision, building on existing relationships and listening to their news and views.

    "With the formidable support of Abbey Tax’s parent company, Markel International, my focus will be on responding to our clients’ needs with practical and proactive solutions, to further enhance our respected position in the marketplace."

    Welcoming Christopher to Abbey Tax, Christian Stobbs, managing director said:

    "We are delighted to welcome Christopher to the team at Abbey Tax. He brings considerable sales and marketing experience and strong insight into the needs of our core accountancy clients. Working alongside our existing expert team, I’ve no doubt Christopher will ensure the continued success and growth of our business.  

    "Christopher’s appointment reflects Abbey Tax’s commitment to serving the growing tax and insurance needs of accountants in the UK. In an ever more sophisticated tax and compliance environment, it’s important we are increasingly proactive with the support we can provide our clients. I look forward to working with Christopher and ensuring the continued success of the business."


    For further information, photos and interview requests please contact:

    Nicky Howard, Marketing Manager         
    T:  01788 702844

    Notes to editors:

    About Abbey Tax
    Founded in 1996 and based in Rugby, Abbey Tax is one of the UK's leading providers of fee protection and tax and funding consultancy services to accountancy firms. The business works with over 2,500 accountancy practices and their clients across the UK.

    Abbey Tax is a trading division of Abbey Tax and Consultancy Services Limited, whose ultimate holding company is Markel Corporation.

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