The team

We have an excellent in-house legal team backed by a strong Board and support team. We are always happy to discuss your cases.

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    Stephen Baister Independent Non-Executive Director
    Stephen Baister Independent Non-Executive Director

    Stephen joined the Company in September 2017 as a senior adviser and was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in November 2018. Stephen was appointed as a bankruptcy registrar (Judge) of the High Court in 1996 and as chief bankruptcy registrar in 2004, he retired in 2017. Stephen has also been consultant for Moon Beever LLP since November 2017. He has a PhD in Law and was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and as a licensed insolvency practitioner in 1985. Stephen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, an honorary member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

  • Photo of Bernadette  Barber
    Bernadette Barber Company Secretary
    Bernadette Barber Company Secretary

    Bernadette is Manolete’s independent Company Secretary. Bernadette qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 1994 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Having spent around 15 years in in-house company secretarial roles, Bernadette established her own consultancy business, Chadwick Corporate Consulting in 2005, specialising in providing company secretarial and corporate governance services. She is the author of The ICSA Corporate Governance Handbook.

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    Tanya Barrett Associate Director
    Tanya Barrett Associate Director

    Tanya joined Manolete in July 2018. Before joining Manolete she was part of the Insolvency team at Moon Beever where she qualified as a solicitor in September 2010 and largely acted for Insolvency Practitioners. Tanya has experience of a broad range of contentious insolvency matters, including both personal and corporate insolvencies and from low value to multi-million pound claims.

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    Peter Bertram Independent Non-Executive Chairman
    Peter Bertram Independent Non-Executive Chairman

    Peter joined Manolete in November 2018. He is currently Chairman of Zinc Media plc and non-executive director at Low & Bonar plc. From 2004 to 2015, he was Chairman of Phoenix IT Group plc. He has held a variety of senior non-executive positions in public companies in security, IT and media including AttentiV Systems Group plc, office2office plc, Anite Group plc, Timeweave plc and Psion plc. Peter was senior non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Microgen plc between 2006 and 2017. Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

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    Ronan Butler Associate Director
    Ronan Butler Associate Director

    Ronan Butler is Associate Director at Manolete. He has over eleven years’ experience in complex insolvency litigation and commercial disputes. In November 2017, he joined Manolete PLC from the London Dispute Resolution Group at Hewitsons LLP. Ronan has a strong focus on contentious insolvency matters and qualified as a solicitor in January 2006.

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    Andrew Cawkwell Associate Director
    Andrew Cawkwell Associate Director

    Andrew is Associate Director covering the North East. Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and has been a partner at multi office firm Watson Burton LLP and Muckle LLP. Andrew became the first dual qualified practising solicitor and Certified Turnaround Professional accredited by the European Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals and won ‘Turnaround Practitioner of the Year’ at the 2016 TRI Awards. Andrew is a national board director of Turnaround Management Association (UK) and is a member of R3.

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    Steven Cooklin Chief Executive
    Steven Cooklin Chief Executive

    Steven founded Manolete in 2009 and is Chief Executive. Steven is a Chartered Accountant having qualified at Coopers and Lybrand in 1991. Steven has over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance with National Westminster Bank, Calder Corporate Advisory Ltd and Hill Samuel Investment Bank and is a former director of HSBC Investment Bank (Corporate Finance Division). Steven is an Associate Member of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

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    Roger Dugan Associate Director
    Roger Dugan Associate Director

    Roger Dugan is Associate Director for the Midlands. He joined Manolete in October 2019. Roger qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and was awarded a Masters degree in Law in 2002. He was co-founder and senior partner of the commercial litigation firm McLoughlin & Company Solicitors with offices in London and Shrewsbury specialising in commercial dispute resolution and contentious insolvency. Roger has extensive experience in both corporate and personal insolvency matters and is a member of R3 and the Insolvency Lawyers Association.

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    Rachel Grant Associate Director
    Rachel Grant Associate Director

    Rachel Grant is Associate Director for Scotland. Rachel has over 25 years of experience in insolvency law and joined Manolete from Scottish law firm Brodies LLP. Rachel has a top tier ranking and has been inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. Rachel is a member of the R3 General Technical Committee and Scottish Technical Committee (which she chaired for over ten years). She is a member and former chair of the Law Society Insolvency Accreditation Panel. She was a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Corporate, Banking and Insolvency Committee for over 20 years and represented the Law Society on the Joint Insolvency Committee.

  • Photo of Tracy  Halson
    Tracy Halson Financial Controller and office manager
    Tracy Halson Financial Controller and office manager

    Tracy joined Manolete in November 2014 and acts as the Manolete Group Financial Controller and Office Manager. Tracy also provides financial support assistance on some of Manolete’s cases.

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    Mena Halton Head of Legal
    Mena Halton Head of Legal

    Mena qualified as a solicitor in 1985, and has specialised in all aspects of contentious insolvency throughout her career. Notable Manolete financed cases she has worked on since joining Manolete in March 2014 include: Ball (Liquidator of PV Solar Solutions Ltd) and Anor v Hughes and Anor [2017] EWHC 3228 and Brewer and Anor (as Joint Liquidators of ARY Digital UK Ltd) v Iqbal [2019] EWHC 182 (Ch). Mena is recognised for litigation funding in the Chambers and Partners Litigation Support Guide 2019 where contributors say: “Her involvement from a legal perspective is invaluable.” “She is superb - a safe pair of hands, very competent and approachable. She knows the law and which direction she wants the case to take”

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    Alison Kirby Associate Director
    Alison Kirby Associate Director

    Alison Kirby is Associate Director for the Eastern region and has over 20 years of experience as a solicitor in all aspects of insolvency and corporate recovery law. Previously she was a partner with Howes Percival LLP heading their dispute resolution and insolvency team in Norwich, with particular expertise in contentious insolvency usually acting for the office holder. Alison led the team at Howes Percival acting for HMRC for 5 years and had a number of cases reported which relate to insolvency and commercial litigation. She has been recognised in the Legal 500 top tier for both categories of insolvency and dispute resolution. Alison is an associate member of R3. Alison’s focus is on the East of England insolvency market and she is based in Norfolk.

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    Patrick Lineen Director
    Patrick Lineen Director

    Patrick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He joined Manolete in June 2018 and became a Director in November 2018. Patrick has been the chief financial officer of two listed UK companies (James R Knowles (Holdings) plc and Baqus Group plc) both in the professional services sector. He trained as an accountant and auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has over 30 years’ experience as a financial officer across a variety of businesses including Begbies Traynor Group plc. He has also regularly acted as a forensic accountant and expert witness in disputes and claims.

  • Photo of Lee  Manning
    Lee Manning Independent Non-Executive Director
    Lee Manning Independent Non-Executive Director

    Lee joined Manolete in November 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Lee is qualified accountant and a specialist in restructuring and insolvency. He is a licensed UK insolvency practitioner. Between 2004 and 2018 he was a partner at Deloitte LLP in Restructuring Services. From 1989 to 2004, he was a Partner at Kroll Buchler Phillips, practitioners in corporate recovery and restructuring. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. In October 2018, Mr Manning became a consultant for Resolve Group UK, a restructuring and advisory firm based in London. Lee also chairs the Manolete Board’s Audit Committee.

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    Charlotte May Associate Director and Head of Key Strategic Partnerships
    Charlotte May Associate Director and Head of Key Strategic Partnerships

    Charlotte is Regional Associate Director, based primarily in the South West and Wales. She is experienced in complex commercial disputes with specialist expertise in property, negligence and insolvency. Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in 2009. In December 2018, Charlotte joined Manolete from national firm Burges Salmon LLP where she worked on high profile retail and property insolvencies. Charlotte is an Associate Member of R3, INSOL Europe and Women in Property.

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    Jerusha Samy Assistant Financial Controller
    Jerusha Samy Assistant Financial Controller

    Jerusha is assistant to the Financial Controller. She joined Manolete in October 2019 as a financial researcher for some of Manolete’s cases. She graduated in Business with Law and previously worked as a Legal Assistant at BTMK Marcus Baum.

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    Jeremy Sare Head of Marketing & Policy
    Jeremy Sare Head of Marketing & Policy

    Jeremy has worked for Manolete since 2015 responsible for Government policy, marketing and media communications. He worked for the Home Office for 15 years, advising ministers and senior officials on policy matters. In 2007, Jeremy gained a post-graduate Diploma in journalism and has been published across several national titles. He has helped a variety of companies develop policy and effectively manage their media exposure. Jeremy also acts as the Company’s Information Officer.

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    Neil Stewart Associate Director
    Neil Stewart Associate Director

    Neil is a Regional Associate Director based in the South of England. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1998, Neil has specialised in commercial dispute resolution and contentious insolvency. He is an experienced advocate who previously worked for Versiona Law Solicitors. Neil has considerable experience of working on complex, frequently multi-party litigation. He is an accredited mediator, an R3 council member and has lectured widely on insolvency matters.

  • Photo of Mark Tavener
    Mark Tavener Chief Financial Officer
    Mark Tavener Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Tavener joined Manolete as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Director on 7 October 2019. Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience. The core of Mark's career has been with Deloitte in London in Audit and Corporate Finance. He also served a secondment period within Government. Following his time with Deloitte, Mark was appointed Finance Director of a FinTech start-up company IPSX. Most recently, Mark has been a Director in the RSM due diligence team leading diligence on financial services businesses in the mid-market.

  • Photo of Amanda  Twohey
    Amanda Twohey Assistant Financial Controller
    Amanda Twohey Assistant Financial Controller

    Amanda is assistant to the Financial Controller. Amanda joined Manolete in Autumn 2018 as a financial researcher for some of Manolete’s cases.

  • Photo of Dominic  Vincent
    Dominic Vincent Associate Director
    Dominic Vincent Associate Director

    Dominic Vincent is Associate Director for the North West. Dominic has over 20 years of experience as a solicitor in all aspects of insolvency and corporate recovery law. In private practice he was a partner with Weightmans solicitors and most recently helped establish the legal practice of a national insolvency and restructuring group. He has been recognised in Chambers as a notable practitioner and in the Legal 500 for both personal and corporate insolvency. Dominic is a member of R3 and the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association. He has had numerous articles and pieces published in various legal and national publications and journals. Dominic’s focus is on the northern insolvency market and he is based in Manchester.

  • Photo of Peter Bertram
    Peter Bertram Independent Non-Executive Chairman
    Peter Bertram Independent Non-Executive Chairman

    Peter joined Manolete in November 2018. He is currently Chairman of Zinc Media plc and non-executive director at Low & Bonar plc. From 2004 to 2015, he was Chairman of Phoenix IT Group plc. He has held a variety of senior non-executive positions in public companies in security, IT and media including AttentiV Systems Group plc, office2office plc, Anite Group plc, Timeweave plc and Psion plc. Peter was senior non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Microgen plc between 2006 and 2017. Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

  • Photo of Steven Cooklin
    Steven Cooklin Chief Executive
    Steven Cooklin Chief Executive

    Steven founded Manolete in 2009 and is Chief Executive. Steven is a Chartered Accountant having qualified at Coopers and Lybrand in 1991. Steven has over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance with National Westminster Bank, Calder Corporate Advisory Ltd and Hill Samuel Investment Bank and is a former director of HSBC Investment Bank (Corporate Finance Division). Steven is an Associate Member of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

  • Photo of Mark Tavener
    Mark Tavener Chief Financial Officer
    Mark Tavener Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Tavener joined Manolete as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Director on 7 October 2019. Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience. The core of Mark's career has been with Deloitte in London in Audit and Corporate Finance. He also served a secondment period within Government. Following his time with Deloitte, Mark was appointed Finance Director of a FinTech start-up company IPSX. Most recently, Mark has been a Director in the RSM due diligence team leading diligence on financial services businesses in the mid-market.

  • Photo of Stephen  Baister
    Stephen Baister Independent Non-Executive Director
    Stephen Baister Independent Non-Executive Director

    Stephen joined the Company in September 2017 as a senior adviser and was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in November 2018. Stephen was appointed as a bankruptcy registrar (Judge) of the High Court in 1996 and as chief bankruptcy registrar in 2004, he retired in 2017. Stephen has also been consultant for Moon Beever LLP since November 2017. He has a PhD in Law and was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and as a licensed insolvency practitioner in 1985. Stephen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, an honorary member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

  • Photo of Lee  Manning
    Lee Manning Independent Non-Executive Director
    Lee Manning Independent Non-Executive Director

    Lee joined Manolete in November 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Lee is qualified accountant and a specialist in restructuring and insolvency. He is a licensed UK insolvency practitioner. Between 2004 and 2018 he was a partner at Deloitte LLP in Restructuring Services. From 1989 to 2004, he was a Partner at Kroll Buchler Phillips, practitioners in corporate recovery and restructuring. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. In October 2018, Mr Manning became a consultant for Resolve Group UK, a restructuring and advisory firm based in London. Lee also chairs the Manolete Board’s Audit Committee.

  • Photo of Patrick  Lineen
    Patrick Lineen Director
    Patrick Lineen Director

    Patrick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He joined Manolete in June 2018 and became a Director in November 2018. Patrick has been the chief financial officer of two listed UK companies (James R Knowles (Holdings) plc and Baqus Group plc) both in the professional services sector. He trained as an accountant and auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has over 30 years’ experience as a financial officer across a variety of businesses including Begbies Traynor Group plc. He has also regularly acted as a forensic accountant and expert witness in disputes and claims.

  • Photo of Bernadette  Barber
    Bernadette Barber Company Secretary
    Bernadette Barber Company Secretary

    Bernadette is Manolete’s independent Company Secretary. Bernadette qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 1994 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Having spent around 15 years in in-house company secretarial roles, Bernadette established her own consultancy business, Chadwick Corporate Consulting in 2005, specialising in providing company secretarial and corporate governance services. She is the author of The ICSA Corporate Governance Handbook.

  • Photo of Tracy  Halson
    Tracy Halson Financial Controller and office manager
    Tracy Halson Financial Controller and office manager

    Tracy joined Manolete in November 2014 and acts as the Manolete Group Financial Controller and Office Manager. Tracy also provides financial support assistance on some of Manolete’s cases.

  • Photo of Jerusha Samy
    Jerusha Samy Assistant Financial Controller
    Jerusha Samy Assistant Financial Controller

    Jerusha is assistant to the Financial Controller. She joined Manolete in October 2019 as a financial researcher for some of Manolete’s cases. She graduated in Business with Law and previously worked as a Legal Assistant at BTMK Marcus Baum.

  • Photo of Jeremy  Sare
    Jeremy Sare Head of Marketing & Policy
    Jeremy Sare Head of Marketing & Policy

    Jeremy has worked for Manolete since 2015 responsible for Government policy, marketing and media communications. He worked for the Home Office for 15 years, advising ministers and senior officials on policy matters. In 2007, Jeremy gained a post-graduate Diploma in journalism and has been published across several national titles. He has helped a variety of companies develop policy and effectively manage their media exposure. Jeremy also acts as the Company’s Information Officer.

  • Photo of Amanda  Twohey
    Amanda Twohey Assistant Financial Controller
    Amanda Twohey Assistant Financial Controller

    Amanda is assistant to the Financial Controller. Amanda joined Manolete in Autumn 2018 as a financial researcher for some of Manolete’s cases.