Research & Development Director
Thomas Hayden leads the R&D team, which comprises staff from both a technical and a corporate tax background. He focuses on undertaking R&D tax relief, R&D expenditure credit, RDA and other innovation incentives claims.
Thomas works with businesses of any size – from highly innovative start-ups to large household name corporates. Innovation is not industry-specific and nor are the clients that Thomas assists in claiming for their qualifying R&D.
With a background in astrophysics, Thomas has strong knowledge of the natural sciences as well as engineering and computer science disciplines. This enables Thomas to have in-depth technical discussions with R&D staff across a wide range of disciplines. Previously working as UK Technical Director for one of the world’s largest innovation financing consultancies, Thomas has helped innovative companies claim for hundreds of millions of pounds of R&D spend over the course of his career.
Thomas believes that his clients should find undertaking an R&D tax relief claim an enjoyable and positive experience. He sees it as a chance for them to discuss their technological innovations, as well as their successes and challenges over the years, safe in the knowledge that at the end of the process they will get the maximum R&D tax relief or credit they are entitled to. The process should not be onerous on the client and Thomas always aims to be time-conscious, enabling the client to get on with the things that make their business successful.
Thomas is an industry leader in the field of R&D tax relief and is an active member of the Institute of Physics where he enthusiastically seeks to promote physics-based business growth in the UK and holds briefings to help inform these business about the R&D tax incentives available to them.