Christian Stobbs – Managing Director of Abbey Tax
Christian joined Abbey Tax in September 2016 from its parent company Markel International. At Markel, Christian was a strategy and development executive, supporting the growth of Markel Corporation in its international markets. Prior to Markel, he was at The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consultancy business, where he specialised in financial services. Christian is a graduate of Oxford University.
Colin Davison – Chief Executive Officer of Abbey Protection Group Limited
Colin founded Abbey Tax in December 1996 and headed up the management buy out, which included Abbey Legal Protection, in 2004 to create Abbey Protection Group. In November 2007, Colin was instrumental in floating the group on AIM with market capitalisation of £55million and Colin became CEO of Abbey Protection plc. In January 2014, Abbey Protection was acquired by Markel International for £116.5million and Colin has continued in his role as Managing Director of Abbey Tax and Consultancy Services and CEO of the group operating company.
Liz Grace – Operations Director of Abbey Tax
Liz worked alongside Colin to launch Abbey Tax Protection Ltd in December 1996. She became Operations Director of Abbey Tax in 2001 and an Abbey Protection Group Ltd main Board Director in 2004. Liz has responsibility for the day to day running of Abbey Tax.
Alison Lynch – Head of Tax Services
Alison has a BA Honours and 1st class degree in Economics. She started her career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1995 and became a Chartered Tax Adviser in 1998. When Coopers & Lybrand merged with Price Waterhouse in 1998 she started to specialise in R&D tax credits. She set up a National R&D Tax Credit service when she joined PKF as Director in 2006.
Alison then decided to go it alone and set up her own bespoke R&D Tax Credit practice in 2009, HowarthLynch, which grew to be one of the largest independent R&D Tax Credit specialists in the UK. Abbey Tax acquired HowarthLynch in August 2014 to expand the Tax and Funding arm of the business, which Alison now heads up.