Our people

The partners and directors at Friend Partnership offer a knowledge and experience of complex issues combined with problem-solving skills and a highly personal service. To put it simply, our clients know we are firmly on their side, providing thoughtful and effective accountancy, taxation and business advice whenever they need it.

Malcolm Friend

Malcolm Friend

Senior Partner

Malcolm heads the Audit and Assurance department at Friend Partnership and also provides strategic, financial and business advice to his clients, who are involved in a variety of industrial and commercial sectors.

Malcolm has board experience in both Chairman and Financial Director capacities in diverse range of sectors including manufacturing, retail motor trade and technology.  This hands-on experience and the commercial insight gained from being involved with businesses in a variety of sectors over many years is valued by his clients with whom he has many very longstanding relationships.

Malcolm has a Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, where he worked in the Birmingham, London, New York and Paris offices.  Prior to joining Friend Partnership, he was the Financial Director of a multi-site and multi-franchise retail motor group.

telephone: 0121 633 2000
Denise Friend

Denise Friend

Corporate Finance Partner

Denise founded Friend Partnership and in the course of her career has advised companies, institutions and management teams, principally from the UK but also from the USA, in numerous transactions in a variety of sectors including technology, manufacturing, construction, retail, logistics as well as support services and media and entertainment.

In recent years Denise has held Board positions in education, healthcare and technology businesses.  The experience gained as part of a management team in high growth and international businesses is valued by clients of the firm and as they differentiate from the traditional adviser role.

Denise is a graduate of the London School of Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.  Before establishing Friend, Denise was an Investment Controller at 3i and focused on buy-outs and development capital for growth businesses.

telephone: 0121 633 2000
Simon Littlejohns

Simon Littlejohns

Partner and Head of Tax

Simon heads the tax practice at Friend Partnership.

Simon is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. During his career he has worked in two ‘Big 4’ accountancy practices, a top ten firm and a local independent practice before joining Friend.

Since qualification he has specialised in tax advising a wide range of private companies and High Net Worth Individuals on all aspects of taxation.

Simon’s particular focus is on the technology sector and private companies. He provides hands on holistic tax advice to companies and their owners. He also works closely with clients devising and implementing employee share schemes. Simon is instrumental in securing reliefs for those clients seeking to manage their tax liabilities with particular attention to R & D, SEIS, and EIS.

telephone: 0121 633 2000
Mark Scotter

Mark Scotter

Corporate Finance Director

Mark joined Friend Partnership in 2003 from Birmingham University where he graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2006 and is now a fellow of the ACCA and a member of ICAEW.

He has in excess of 10 years’ Corporate Finance experience and has been involved in all types of deals, including buy-side and sell-side advisory, private equity fundraising and corporate restructures. He has experience across a wide range of sectors with a focus on manufacturing and technology businesses and has extensive experience in the review and development of complex financial models, business plans and corporate structures.

Mark has also acted in the capacity of interim finance director for a number of clients, and currently holds the position of finance director for a high growth technology company.

Mark leads the firm’s business valuation department and carries out valuations on a regular basis for a range of purposes including tax efficient share restructurings, corporate acquisitions and disposals and expert witness reports.

telephone: 0121 633 2000
Hannah Bowker

Hannah Bowker

Audit & Assurance Director

Hannah joined Friend Partnership in 1999 from Birmingham University, where she graduated with a degree in psychology. She qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2003.

Hannah has substantial experience in audit and business assurance related services, working with clients covering a wide range of business sectors including manufacturing, professional services and automotive.

telephone: 0121 633 2000
Frank Upton

Frank Upton

Senior Tax Consultant

Frank joined the firm in 1992 having previously been with Price Waterhouse and before that Coopers & Lybrand.

He provides a range of tax advisory services and has particular expertise in dealing with complex personal, corporate and international tax planning matters and is also experienced in litigation support work, including acting as an expert witness.