The Board

Carrie-Ann James
IPA President, 2019/20
 

Carrie James is the lead Director at Benedict Mackenzie and mlm Solutions.  With over 20 years' experience working in both large and small practices, she enjoys working with the variety of stakeholders to find the best solutions for all. Prior to joining Benedict Mackenzie, Carrie founded and established her own boutique Insolvency Practice. Recent successes include the sale of an automotive group to a third party which has resulted in the preservation of 40 jobs over 3 sites, the mitigation of the leasehold costs and employee claims and will lead to a substantial return to creditors. Carrie has worked on complex bankruptcy cases dealing with the discovery and recovery of assets in both the UK and Europe.  Co-ordinating with and working alongside English and European professionals.  
 
Carrie brings modern working practices and embracing technology to the Insolvency Profession to deliver an agile practice with teams in the UK and India. She is particularly proud of the development of the team and training framework in their Indian office.   
A fellow of the IPA since 2014 and committed to being part of an ever-changing profession seeing that it remains fit for purpose, she is keen to embrace regulatory change and pace to ensure the IPA continues to deliver the high level of regulation it has achieved to date. 
 
Outside of her professional life Carrie has a keen interest in live music and frequently attends concerts. She loves to cook and baking, enjoying cooking Asian food and cakes. She has a son who shares her love of cooking.  



 


Kevin Hellard
IPA Vice-President, 2019/20
 
Kevin is the practice leader of his insolvency practice, Grant Thornton. He has more than 25 years' experience of contentious insolvency investigating fraud, misfeasance, professional negligence and asset tracing across multiple jurisdictions. Kevin’s team specialises in the use of insolvency and court-appointed receiverships as a tool in the identification and construction of claims against directors, advisers and others.
Kevin has been appointed both in the UK and globally over structures that have suffered losses caused by corruption, fraud or malpractice, and have given evidence in court on numerous occasions as officeholder of companies, who are the victims of fraud. In addition to this, he has presented internationally on corruption and asset tracing, and has a number of articles published on these subjects.


 

Samantha Keen
IPA Deputy Vice-President, 2019/20

Samantha leads EY Global Legal Entity Rationalization and is the EY UK&I Transaction Advisory Services COO. She has worked in the restructuring arena for more than 25 years. Over the past 10 years, she has focused solely on providing solvent restructuring approaches to meet clients’ needs. 
She has led the project management and assisted in the implementation of legal entity rationalization schemes for numerous quoted and private entities located in both the UK and overseas and has particular experience with Japanese, European and US controlled groups. In providing complex and flexible approaches, Samantha helps clients release value through streamlining corporate structures and eliminating non-core or underperforming businesses. 
Samantha earned a bachelor’s degree (honors) in Biological Sciences from University of Exeter. She is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

 
Lloyd Hinton
IPA Immediate Past President 2018/19

Lloyd Hinton is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and director of Insolve Plus, a specialist insolvency practice based in the West End of London. Lloyd joined Insolve Plus in 2011 having previously worked for mid-sized and large firms in London.   
 
Lloyd has extensive experience in a wide range of sectors including hospitality and leisure, IT, travel, construction and professional services. Lloyd has experience of both contentious and non-contentious insolvency assignments, in the UK and abroad. 
  
Lloyd has a close relationship with the IPA stretching back many years. He sat the IPA’s CPI exam early in his career and subsequently went on to become a full member and license holder having passed the JIEB.  Lloyd previously chaired the IPA’s Networking Committee, sat on the editorial board of Insolvency Practitioner and acted as Vice Chair of Member Services.  Lloyd is currently, a member of the Board of Directors of the IPA, the Chair of the Examination Committee and was President for 2018/2019. 
 
Lloyd was named Insolvency Manager of the Year at the 2009 Insolvency & Rescue awards and was named as one of the UK's 100 most influential insolvency professionals in Insolvency Today's Power 100. 
 

 



IPA Senior Management
Michelle Thorp
CEO, IPA

Michelle joined the IPA from the Civil Service where she was Digital, Data and Technology Director at the Department for International Trade and a major project leader for the Cabinet Office, specialising in strategic organisational change. 
 Michelle has almost twenty years’ experience dealing with departments at the most senior levels of government, which will be invaluable given the IPA’s role in developing the regulatory framework under which all Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) operate. 
As CEO, Michelle is responsible for the strategic direction of the IPA, liaises with the Board to help achieve member aims and ensure the IPA is achieving the IPA’s responsibilities as a Recognised Professional Body for Insolvency Regulations and as a Professional Body Supervisor under Anti Money Laundering Regulations.
 
 
Andrew Kerr
Head of Regulation, IPA 

Andrew is the Head of Regulatory Operations and is responsible for the throughput of IPA regulatory activity, including complaints and monitoring inspection visits, to the applicable IPA regulatory committee for decision making.  Andrew is also line manager for the senior regulation and monitoring staff in addition to day to day secretarial responsibility for the regulatory committees and IPA Board functions.  He is also a licensed insolvency practitioner, having previously worked in insolvency practice for close to 10 years. Andrew loves to travel and experience new places, but with a young family the ability to do that is currently limited!
 
Vacant
Head of External Affairs and Member Services, IPA 


David Holland 
Senior Monitoring Manager, IPA 

David is the Senior Monitoring Manager at the IPA. He has oversight and management of the inspection team, ensuring adherence to policies and procedures of the IPA and in making sure that the regulatory objectives are met via onsite monitoring visits.  David is the IPA’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) and heads up the IPA’s responsibility as an Anti-money Laundering Supervisor. He is the IPA’s representative at Accountants Affinity Group and Anti-money Laundering Supervisors Forum.  
David is a qualified Insolvency Practitioner and has worked at the IPA for seven years.  Prior to this he worked at Grant Thornton for five years, in Bristol, on corporate insolvency and spent seven years at KPMG dealing primarily with court work appointments.  David’s sporting achievements on the local cricket and hockey pitches are largely behind him and he can only occasionally be seen coaching and playing hockey for his home side. He now has an enforced interest in regular dog walking and a mis-selling claim against his two daughters.  
 
 
Sarah Munroe
Finance and Operations Manager, IPA 

Sarah oversees all finance related matters as well as being the point of contact for any IT, HR and general office issues. With over 10 years experience as a qualified accountant, Sarah has been with the IPA for over almost two years and has experience working in television, online media and magazines.
Sarah has two young children with a third on the way and enjoys spending time with her children as well as socialising with friends.

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