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Our History

The firm now known as MHA MacIntyre Hudson dates back to 1880, though the current name did not appear until 1924 when Robert Hamilton MacIntyre and John Farrer Hudson became partners. But rather than take a detailed walk through the many mergers and acquisitions that led us to this point in the 21st century, let’s take the whistlestop tour.

A founding member of ICAEW

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales is a world-leading membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports more than 147,000 members worldwide. It’s the arbiter of ethical and technical standards in accounting. It was founded in the same year as MacIntyre Hudson, 1880, and our firm - then known as Barnes and Attree - was an original member. We continue to uphold its high standards in our own work.

Top 15 UK accountancy firm

Through almost 150 years of operations, our firm has continued to grow and remain strong. We are consistently named in the top 20 accountancy firm lists, ranked by revenue, despite being relatively small compared to many of the names on the list.

Networks bring strength and depth

We were a founding member of MHA, a national association of independent accountancy firms. MHA member firms are carefully selected and have a strong reputation for excellence and knowledge. We’re also the sole UK member of Baker Tilly International, a global network of independent accountancy and business advisory firms. BTI allows us to draw on internationally-recognised experts in 137 countries.

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Key contact

Partner and Group Chairman
Rakesh Shaunak

Meet the team

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Jane Walker-Smith

Partner

Jane is a ‘fellow’ member of the CIPD and has a strong academic background. She has over 17 years of experience in the HR field and joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in June 2008, having previously held senior roles at an international top 6 Law Firm, an IT & recruitment consultancy and a construction company.

Her role involves overseeing HR and training across all of MHA MacIntyre Hudson's 14 offices, looking at innovative and effective ways to improve business performance through the people within the firm. She also heads up the HR consultancy and training arm of the practice and has significant experience dealing with all aspects of client work.

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David Gallagher

Partner

David joined MHA Maclntyre Hudson at that start of 2012. He previously worked for Mercia Group Limited, one of the UK’s largest providers of training and support services to the accountancy profession, where he was well known on the lecturing circuit and as head of the audit manual.

His current role is to manage the firm’s Technical Department to provide quality assurance to all offices and ensure timely provision of technical support both internally and to external clients. He is also a member of various ICAEW Audit Faculty committees and is a member of the Baker Tilly International Global Focus Board that develops the network’s audit methodology.

David is married to Sarah and they have three children (Shem, born 2004; Sylvia, born 2007 and Estelle, born 2010). In recent years, as Sylvia has become more fanatical, he has become an FA qualified youth football coach. In whatever spare time is left, David is a volunteer at the Leicester branch of Samaritans and is involved with several other charities.

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Nigel Steele

Business Services Manager

Nigel joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson after working for Grant Thornton for 32 years in November 2016. He joined as a Business Services Manager and is currently looking after a portfolio of clients in the owner managed business sector and prepares final year end accounts and monthly management accounts.  He also looks after a number of not for profit clients, working men’s clubs and Charities.

He enjoys all sports but in particular cricket, last season he coached the undefeated East Northants District Under 13's.  Nigel is currently coaching the Under 13's and playing for Rushden Town 3rd's alongside his 14 year old son.  Nigel is a avid American Football fan and has been to Wembley many times to watch the NFL games.

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Gordon Thrower

Senior Tax Manager

An employment tax specialist, Gordon started his tax career with HMRC spending 8 years as part of a special investigation unit before moving across the divide to PwC in 1997. He later moved into mid-tier, picking up a “Best Tax Team Award” in 2010 working alongside Chris Blundell at Mazars.

More recently, Gordon has acted as an in-house consultant for a number of businesses, thus gaining experience from all three sides of the HMRC-Advisor-Business triangle. He has worked across a number of sectors, including education, property, IT, retail, banking, public sector and not-for-profit and has extensive experience of handling negotiations with HMRC.

Outside the office, Gordon is a season-ticket holder at West Ham United and is deputy editor of the popular West Ham website kumb.com, in which capacity he is often invited on to podcasts, tv and radio programmes, usually when the producers cannot find anyone famous to talk to.

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What they say about us

With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been very successful since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group

What they say about us

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions