Who are Taxar Innovation Partners?

We are a team of experienced consultants with a wealth of Corporation Tax and innovation knowledge developed through successful partnerships within the business sector.

How we can help your business

We aim to deliver the most comprehensive and robust R&D tax relief claim process possible.

Taxar Innovation Partners can help you in two distinct but connected ways.

We provide an efficient and responsive R&D tax relief claim service that will ultimately add value to your innovation aspirations.

We also offer a consultancy service designed to help create and implement an innovation strategy for your business that is successful and sustainable.

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Taxar’s approach is to focus on the details

We aim to deliver the most comprehensive and robust R&D tax relief claim process to ensure that your business receives the most value from your innovation efforts and the R&D tax relief credits available to you.

Using our expertise in business and innovation, and backed by our R&D tax relief know-how, Taxar takes you through the complex process of claiming R&D tax credits from HMRC. We streamline your application while your business maximises the value of its innovation strategy.

We can also offer longer-term strategic partnerships. This approach means you can use our expertise in innovation and value creation to help your business achieve your short and long-term aspirations.

So, if you want to learn more about our R&D tax credit services, or if it’s our innovation expertise that interests you, then get in touch today and we can start a conversation.

Meet the team

Ryan Conradie

Ryan Conradie


In over 5 years of working in the R&D Tax Relief industry, Ryan has personally qualified over £150m in client qualifying expenditure, generating over £30m in client benefit. He has maintained a 100% track record with HMRC, with nearly 1,000 successful claims. He started Taxar after seeing a gap in the market for a company that offers an additional consultancy service to help businesses implement their own innovation strategy and get the most out of their R&D claims.

Ryan has an MBA (Specialising in Project and Change Management), and is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, PRINCE2 Practitioner, ITIL Practitioner and qualified ScrumMaster.

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Senior Consultant

Michael is our lead Senior Technical Consultant here at Taxar Partners and works with clients to identify areas of technical business activity that drives their innovation.

Having worked within the financial services industry for a number of years, he uses his comprehensive and robust knowledge to drive results for his clients whilst ensuring they receive a quality service throughout.

With a BA (Hons) in Criminology, Michael has conducted empirical studies and both qualitative and quantitative research, and truly understands the meaning of ‘trial and error’.

Hannah Keartland

Hannah Keartland

Innovation Partner

Hannah helps business leaders to understand what steps to take place in order to build the sort of business that the world is crying out for – one that balances people, planet and profit.

Hannah has worked in and with a number of charities, corporates and for-purpose businesses. She understands what it takes to deliver innovation and change, drawing on her director-level experience in both finance and operations, as well as 20 years of practical experience working on project delivery and management roles across all business areas.

Hannah did her accountancy training at Deloitte and has also worked at Innocent Drinks and Cancer Research UK. She is Trustee of Social Tech Trust.

Sarah Cheesman

Sarah Cheesman

Marketing Manager

Sarah leads on our marketing strategy here at Taxar, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from over a decade of working within the financial services sector. Her strengths lie in building creative and unique campaigns to drive sales through a number of different channels and platforms.

Sarah believes that at the heart of every thriving company is a well-crafted marketing and sales plan, with both teams working together to implement positive and effective change.

With her BA (Hons) degree in Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies, she has a thorough understanding of how to write for different audiences and communicate complicated topics clearly.

Tom Hale

Tom Hale

Sector Specialist – Financial Services

Tom heads up our client relationship department and is responsible for working directly with businesses to understand their research & development activity and maximise their claims.

He has worked in senior commercial and leadership positions across the financial service sector for over a decade, with a focus on future-planning and strategic partnerships. He has a proven track record of successfully implementing multiple transformational projects through cultural change.

Tom sees opportunities where others see challenges by embracing a solution focused approach. His core values of authenticity, honesty and integrity build long term relationships founded on trust and a greater sense of belonging.

Sean Robertson

Sean Robertson

Sector Specialist - Food & Beverage

Sean has over 25 years’ experience in the brewing and hospitality industries, connecting consumers to products, managing businesses and growing brands.

He’s held various positions at international brands, and a range of beverage and hospitality related PLC’s and SMEs. Most recently, he has been building beer brands in Europe and Scandinavia using the UK as the distribution hub. Sean is passionate about building businesses and brands, believing in a sustainable and strategic approach that engages, balanced, social, environmental and financial performance objectives.

Arend Welmers

Arend Welmers


Arend brings a wealth of consulting experience to Taxar in areas of strategy, leadership, revenue growth and business development. He has worked with leadership teams of many international corporate businesses through to SMES, delivering significant value uplifts quickly. He sits on several boards and brings diverse experience that will be invaluable to Taxar on its growth journey.

Arend has a degree in education and a second degree in business (Business Management and Economics) and has been advising companies world-wide for more than 30 years.

Jess Coles

Jess Coles


Jess sits on several boards in executive and NED roles and has a business management career across a wide range of corporates and SMEs, including Fosters, EY, Innocent Drinks and PA Consulting.

Jess’ experience includes managing fast growing start-ups as well as larger, more mature businesses. He is a Chartered Accountant and also has a Corporate Treasurer qualification.

Taxar Innovation Partners have the knowledge, experience and the passion to become key contributors to your R&D aspirations

When working with us, the first thing you will notice is that we are nice people who love collaborating with our clients – no matter what size. Our primary focus is creating value and we are committed to delivering a world-class service for our clients.

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