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The Board and Senior Management

IPA President, 2020/21

Kevin Hellard

Kevin is the practice leader of his insolvency practice, Grant Thornton. He has more than 25 years’ experience of contentious insolvency and investigating fraud, misfeasance, professional negligence and asset tracing across multiple jurisdictions. Kevin’s team specialises in the use of insolvency and court-appointed receiverships as a tool in the identification and construction of claims against directors, advisers and others.

Kevin has been appointed both in the UK and globally over structures that have suffered losses caused by corruption, fraud or malpractice, and has given evidence in court on numerous occasions as officeholder of companies that are the victims of fraud. In addition to this, he has presented internationally on corruption and asset tracing, and has a number of articles published on these subjects.

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IPA Vice-President, 2020/21

Samantha Keen

Samantha leads EY Global Legal Entity Rationalization and is the EY UK&I Transaction Advisory Services COO. She has worked in the restructuring arena for more than 25 years. Over the past 10 years, she has focused solely on providing solvent restructuring approaches to meet clients’ needs. 

She has led the project management and assisted in the implementation of legal entity rationalization schemes for numerous quoted and private entities located in both the UK and overseas and has particular experience with Japanese, European and US controlled groups. In providing complex and flexible approaches, Samantha helps clients release value through streamlining corporate structures and eliminating non-core or underperforming businesses. 

Samantha earned a bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Biological Sciences from the University of Exeter. She is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

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IPA Deputy Vice-President, 2020/21

Paul Davis

Paul is a senior partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson. He has more than 35 years of experience in both corporate and personal insolvency work, and has carried out many solvent liquidations, including financial and monitoring, pre-lending, general business and solvency reviews, of a wide range of businesses. He promotes turnaround and business rescue, and advises on restructuring and sale of businesses.

His specialisms include: construction, manufacturing, retail, leisure, engineering, professional services, health, asset tracing, travel and tourism, and property. Paul is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

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IPA Immediate Past President, 2020/21

Carrie-Ann James

Carrie James is the lead Director at Benedict Mackenzie and mlm Solutions.  With over 20 years’ experience working in both large and small practices, she enjoys working with the variety of stakeholders to find the best solutions for all. Prior to joining Benedict Mackenzie, Carrie founded and established her own boutique Insolvency Practice. Recent successes include the sale of an automotive group to a third party which has resulted in the preservation of 40 jobs over three sites and the mitigation of the leasehold costs and employee claims. This will lead to a substantial return to creditors. Carrie has worked on complex bankruptcy cases dealing with the discovery and recovery of assets in both the UK and Europe, co-ordinating with and working alongside English and European professionals. 

Carrie brings modern working practices and embracing technology to the Insolvency Profession to deliver an agile practice with teams in the UK and India. She is particularly proud of the development of the team and training framework in their Indian office.   

A fellow of the IPA since 2014 and committed to being part of an ever-changing profession seeing that it remains fit for purpose, she is keen to embrace regulatory change and pace to ensure the IPA continues to deliver the high level of regulation it has achieved to date. 

Outside of her professional life Carrie has a keen interest in live music and frequently attends concerts. She also loves to cook and bake, enjoying cooking Asian food and cakes. She has a son who shares her love of cooking.  

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Previous Past Presidents

Board Members

Kevin HellardPresidentGrant Thornton UK LLP
Samantha KeenVice PresidentEY
Paul DavisDeputy Vice PresidentMHA MacIntyre Hudson
Carrie JamesImmediate Past PresidentBenedict Mackenzie Recovery Ltd t/a Benedict Mackenzie
Joel GoschalkJohn Newgas/Neil Bennett 
Derek HyslopSimon Underwood 
Sean CrostonJoe Colley 
Caroline Clark  
Hayley Maddison  
Louise Brittain  
Maurice Moses  
Yin Lee  

Committee Chairs

John Newgas/Neil BennettRegulation and Conduct
Paul Davis  Finance and Risk
Joe ColleyExternal Affairs and Member Services
Simon UnderwoodStandards, Ethics and Regulatory Liason

IPA Senior Management

Michelle Thorp
CEO, IPA
Michelle joined the IPA from the Civil Service where she was Digital, Data and Technology Director at the Department for International Trade and a major project leader for the Cabinet Office, specialising in strategic organisational change. 

Michelle has almost twenty years’ experience dealing with departments at the most senior levels of government, which will be invaluable given the IPA’s role in developing the regulatory framework under which all Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) operate.

As CEO, Michelle is responsible for the strategic direction of the IPA, liaises with the Board to help achieve member aims and ensure the IPA is achieving the IPA’s responsibilities as a Recognised Professional Body for Insolvency Regulations and as a Professional Body Supervisor under Anti Money Laundering Regulations.

Andrew Kerr
Head of RegulationIPA 
Andrew is the Head of Regulatory Operations and is responsible for the throughput of IPA regulatory activity, including complaints and monitoring inspection visits, to the applicable IPA regulatory committee for decision making.  Andrew is also line manager for the senior regulation and monitoring staff in addition to day to day secretarial responsibility for the regulatory committees and IPA Board functions.  He is also a licensed insolvency practitioner, having previously worked in insolvency practice for close to 10 years.

Andrew loves to travel and experience new places, but with a young family the ability to do that is currently limited!

Samar Yanni
Head of External Affairs and Member ServicesIPA 
Samar is Head of External Affairs and Member Services. She focuses on developing our brand, PR, identifying new opportunities and partnerships, and expanding and marketing new products and services, including our events and training offerings.

She has over 20 years of marketing and branding experience. she had previously worked for various financial organisations and international advertising agencies, mainly focusing on brand development, marketing, positioning, communication and promotion.

In addition to being multilingual, Samar has extensive experience in lecturing and developing training programmes for various universities.

She enjoys travelling and discovering new cultures.

David Holland 
Senior Monitoring ManagerIPA 
David is the Senior Monitoring Manager at the IPA. He has oversight and management of the inspection team, ensuring adherence to policies and procedures of the IPA and in making sure that the regulatory objectives are met via onsite monitoring visits.  David is the IPA’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) and heads up the IPA’s responsibility as an Anti-money Laundering Supervisor. He is the IPA’s representative at Accountants Affinity Group and Anti-money Laundering Supervisors Forum.  

David is a qualified Insolvency Practitioner and has worked at the IPA for seven years.  Prior to this he worked at Grant Thornton for five years, in Bristol, on corporate insolvency and spent seven years at KPMG dealing primarily with court work appointments.  David’s sporting achievements on the local cricket and hockey pitches are largely behind him and he can only occasionally be seen coaching and playing hockey for his home side. He now has an enforced interest in regular dog walking and a mis-selling claim against his two daughters.   

Sarah Munroe
Finance and Operations ManagerIPA 
Sarah oversees all finance related matters as well as being the point of contact for any IT, HR and general office issues. With over 10 years experience as a qualified accountant, Sarah has been with the IPA for over almost two years and has experience working in television, online media and magazines.

Sarah has two young children with a third on the way and enjoys spending time with her children as well as socialising with friends.