Our People

Chris Slater


Chris qualified with RPG in 1981 and became a partner in 1985.He established the corporate recovery team in the early 1990's of which he is currently National Head. Chris has spent time on secondment in the retail, technology and distribution sectors assisting with restructures, fund raising and acquisitions. Chris is MD of the RPG group with specific responsibility for corporate recovery, corporate finance and financial planning.

Jonathan Brownson


Jonathan joined RPG in 1983. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 and became a partner in 1989. Jonathan acts for clients in general practice, business consultancy, taxation and tax planning. He has expertise across a wide range of sectors including retail, wholesale, light manufacturing, property investment & development, professional practice and financial services. Jonathan also has experience in serving as a non-executive director for listed and unlisted businesses.

Peter Buckley


Peter Buckley is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has many years experience of guiding entrepreneurs through the complex issues facing them in their quest to grow their businesses. This ranges from advising on start ups right up to eventual sale of substantial company clients and includes advising on raising capital, bank funding, mergers, acquisitions, tax issues facing owners and planning the next stage of growth built on the platform of a robust accounting and reporting system.

Chris Poston


Chris Poston FCA joined RPG as a graduate trainee in 1988 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. He has a broad range of experience gained in advising the Practice's diverse client base over a period in excess of 20 years.

Chris is responsible for leading the firm's Forensic and Transactional Services covering corporate finance, due diligence, restructuring and the provision of expert reports to support litigation and dispute resolution.

Chris is a former member of the Audit Committee of Turning Point, the UK's leading social care charity.

Phill Owen


Phill is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Planning and is both a Certified and Chartered Financial Planner and joined RPG in 1999 as head of Private clients. Phill has over 20 years experience in assisting high net worth individuals in relation to their investments, pensions, trusts and tax.

Phill typical clients include company directors, trustees, and individuals that have retired or are looking to retire over the next 10 years or so. A typical review would include a comprehensive review of a clients current position, a strategic plan in achieving the clients goals taking into account tax, investment returns and in particular the risks he client is willing to accept in achieving their goals. Phill outsources the Investment Management to independent parties that are monitored on a regular basis. Phill goal is for the business to provide a wealth management proposition which has a reputation for being trustworthy, knowledgeable and professional and to be seen as the preferred solution for financial planning.

In addition to advising high net worth individuals Phill also acts for a number of ex pat clients in Spain, France, Switzerland, Dubai and the US coordinating the investment and tax advice within each jurisdiction.

Martin Chatten


Martin Chatten is a fellow of the ICAEW. He has spent the majority of his career at large accountancy firms and joined the firm as director and National Head of Audit in February 2011.

For over 20 years he has worked with a wide range of entities: start up and owner managed businesses, not for profit organisations, pension schemes, charities, international and listed companies.

Martin has extensive auditing and reporting expertise, including listed companies and IFRS, and has been involved with many corporate transactions; funder and acquiror due diligence, business plan validations and working capital reports to support fund raisings.

Alan Coleman


Alan Coleman is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Alan has worked at Ernst & Young in London and also at KPMG in Manchester working on high profile insolvencies including Barings Group of Banks and Commodore Computers. Alan now specialises in advising owner managed businesses and self employed individuals with cash flow problems and insolvency issues. Alan is licensed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Andrew Burnett


Andrew Burnett is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ACA), having joined RPG as a graduate in September 1989 and gaining full qualification in September 1992. He has over 21 years experience as a general practitioner and auditor, having been a “Responsible Individual” since 1997 when becoming a partner of RPG. Throughout his time at RPG, his experience and knowledge has broadened to incorporate personal, trust and corporate tax, enabling the full provision of services and advise to the wide range of long serving family owned, SME businesses across the firms' offices.

Ian Paramor


Ian is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 he joined RPG in 1996 primarily gaining experience in the areas of general practice and audit services. Ian has many years of experience dealing with owner managed businesses, including accounts, taxation and advisory matters, and he has become a responsible individual in respect of audits. Ian is also responsible for student training within the firm.

Julian Redmond


Julian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 before joining RPG from KPMG in 1988.

After a number of years specialising in corporate audit and audit compliance, Julian took on the role of Practice Manager with RPG. Julian is now Financial Director of the RPG Group with day to day responsibility for financial, compliance, administration and information technology matters concerning the Group.

Julian is also responsible for leading the Payroll Services team based at our offices in St Asaph, North Wales.

Anthony O'Connor


Anthony heads up the Manchester office of RPG Wealth having joined us in 2013. Anthony has over 15 years' experience in Wealth Management in both the UK & Ireland. Prior to joining RPG Wealth he worked for 8 years serving in prominent positions within HSBC bank where he primarily specialised in managing the needs of the bank's affluent clients. Anthony is also a member of the RPG Wealth Investment Committee.

Anthony has been awarded Chartered Financial Planner status and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Financial Planner.

Anthony is responsible for the Corporate Financial Planning offering for the Group and in particular delivering RPG Wealth's Auto Enrolment Solution for its clients.

Carolyn Dutton


Carolyn Dutton is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ACA) and a Fellow of The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (FCCA). She joined RPG in 2013 after 20 years in a similar sized practice, and now heads up the business services department providing accountancy, tax, management accounts, VAT and bookkeeping services.

Carolyn has over 25 years’ experience as a general practitioner and auditor, and is one of our senior statutory auditors. Her experience is mainly dealing with owner managed business in all sectors, advising on accountancy and tax matters and she deals with our charity clients.

Ian Wynn


Ian Wynn is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is a Responsible Individual with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). With over 20 years’ experience as a general practitioner (small and medium sized practices), Ian achieved full qualification in 2001. He joined RPG in June 2006 and in February 2016 became a Director of the firm.

Ian's experience has continued to develop in the areas of Accountancy, Audit and Taxation. He continues to maintain and develop excellent relationships with his client base, which are predominantly SME businesses based in the North West.

James Fish


James joined RPG in January 2018 and is a Licenced Insolvency Practitioner in the Manchester office.

James has performed a number of Independent Business Reviews (“IBRs”) to establish the present financial position of companies, support requests for increased finance facilities and assist in negotiations with other stakeholders, making recommendations to both lenders and directors.

Recent assignments include forecast reviews and monthly variance analysis, working capital management, short term cash flow monitoring, contingency planning and exit options.

James specialises in corporate restructuring and has worked on a wide range of Company Voluntary Arrangements (“CVAs”), Administrations and Liquidations. James also has experience of trading companies in the short-term and negotiating and completing sales of businesses and assets as going concerns, both through solvent reorganisations and formal insolvency procedures where necessary.

Jon Hayward


Jon Hayward is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is also a Responsible Individual. Jon has spent a large part of his career to date at a large International accountancy firm, including spending time overseas on secondment. Jon joined RPG in September 2017 as a Senior Manager within the Audit Team.

Jon specialises in providing accounting, auditing and advisory services to a wide range of owner managed businesses across a range of sectors, including international groups. Jon is also responsible for the Solicitors Accounts Rules compliance audits.

Jon’s recent advisory assignments have included assisting clients with forecasting to support potential group reconstructions, restatement of financial statements into IFRS following an acquisition and acquirer Due Diligence assignments.