Meet our
Board

Our board is passionate and dedicated to creating a collaborative and inspiring Xeinadin Culture.

With broad industry experience, they understand that through collaboration, respect and a technology driven approach, we can help you achieve your dreams.

They are focussed on creating a future-focused and
relationship-driven culture, that keeps its promises to you, our team members and partners.

Our board

Alastair Marsh

Chairman

Alastair Marsh is the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Xeinadin Group. A former CEO and CFO, most recently as Group Chief Executive Officer of engineering and business services organisation Lloyd’s Register Group, Alastair has experience across a wide range of sectors in listed multinationals and privately held organisations.

At Lloyd’s Register Group he delivered a major change programme focused on data and digital transformation across its 250 offices in 80 countries. 

“I've been really impressed with just how compelling Xeinadin’s strategy is and the great people here at the firm. I believe that with over 30 years in senior leadership roles across many different sectors and corporate cultures, I along with my fellow Board members can help guide the Group through its next phase of development to create real value for all our people and clients.”

Robin Williams

Non-Executive Director

Robin Williams is a Non-Executive Director of Xeinadin Group and Chair of the Audit Committee. A highly experienced Chairman and NED with deep experience in the public markets and also private equity, he is currently Chairman of Keystone Law plc and FIH Group plc.

Robin has previously led as an executive and been on the Board of FTSE250 and other main market, AIM-listed and private companies across many sectors.

“Xeinadin has enormous individual talent and ambition. I want to use my experience working with companies from four different types of ownership and across many sectors and phases of growth, to harness that and help the company with its next stage of development.”

Martin Burgess

Non-Executive Director

Martin Burgess is a Non-Executive Director at Xeinadin Group. He also chairs the Board’s Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. 

An HR specialist, Martin has led change management programmes in large and complex international organisations with experience including Cobham plc, BAE Systems & AT&T. 

“Xeinadin is all about opportunity. The opportunity to make the sum of its parts greater than their individual value; the opportunity to bring a broad range of capabilities, skills and experience to the benefit of its clients; the opportunity to create exciting & challenging careers for its people. I hope to bring over 35 years of corporate experience to helping the Group realise this opportunity.”

Derry Crowley

CEO

Derry Crowley is the Chief Executive Officer of Xeinadin Group, which he was instrumental in the formation of in 2019. He has overall responsibility for leading the business, setting its vision and strategic direction and building the culture and team to deliver it.

With a long career in accountancy in Ireland, Derry has deep experience of M&A and business growth finance as well as leading multi-disciplinary teams.

Derry passionately believes Xeinadin can become a top 10 accountancy firm in the UK and Ireland, through its unique combination of locally-forged, trusted relationships supported by innovative technology, leading expertise, centralised back office support and the power of a collaborative national group.

Xeinadin is about improving people's lives and helping them achieve their goals.

I passionately believe that Xeinadin can grow into a Top 10 accountancy firm by providing a high level of service to clients by embracing business advisory principles and, by using leading technology, provide relevant and timely advice to our clients.

I want to create a Xeinadin organisational ethos and team recognised as a leading service provider."

Simon Nice

CFO

Simon Nice is the Chief Finance Officer of Xeinadin Group. Simon has over 30 years’ experience in finance having worked for both publicly listed and private firms and a broad range of experience from designing and implementing global financial strategies to managing corporate M&A and regulatory filings. 

Simon has previously worked for Lloyd’s Register where he was Group Director of Finance and at Avis Europe PLC Group.

I believe Xeinadin is in a unique position and has great potential. It is on an exciting journey and I hope that my experience in a range of private and public companies will stand me in good stead, as we lead to the company to greater growth

Paula Benoit

COO

Paula has been with Xeinadin Group since January 2020, initially as Chief Financial Officer before transitioning to the Chief Operating Officer role in March 2021. Over a 30+ year career, Paula has led businesses and directed finances and operations across sectors including accountancy, digital infrastructure, IT support, and logistics. With experience working for large companies and PLCs at CEO and CFO level, she brings a wealth of experience to the leadership team.

Paula is passionate about developing high-performing, collaborative teams supported by effective processes, systems and practices to help our team, and clients, be the best they can be.

At Xeinadin, we are determined to be the best we can be so that our clients can be the best they can be.

It’s a pivotal and exciting time to be involved with Xeinadin Group, especially knowing the company's capabilities and impressive plans for the future. I am proud to be part of an organisation that's leading the way in helping our clients to succeed and to be a part of a trusted and respected brand within our industry. I also enjoy a challenge, and the journey that I see ahead for us.”

Sandra Clarke

Director

Sandra is a Director of Xeinadin Group. Her career has seen her work her way up from trainee to Managing Partner of BCC Accountants, before developing the business and joining the Group.

Sandra has been a member of Council of the Irish Tax Institute for the last 11 years and is currently president of the Institute, giving her invaluable experience in strategic development and stakeholder engagement. She is also a member of the Government of Ireland’s Commission on Taxation and Welfare.

“Having worked my way up through my accountancy practice I understand how firms operate and what members need and want from the leaders of Xeinadin. Xeinadin is future-proofing the profession for many small offices, embracing technology and becoming a future-focused, collaborative group.”

John Lee

Director

John is a Director of Xeinadin Group. With well over 40 years of accounting, audit and tax experience, he has led Lee & Co. Chartered Accountants for the last two decades and brings a wealth of leadership and sector experience to the Group.

"I joined Xeinadin to support the development of a national group that challenges the existing order. Xeinadin has innovation and collaboration at its core, and I am passionate about the opportunities this presents to not only our current team members, but for our future generations too."

Jonathan Wall

Director

A Director of Xeinadin Group since April 2019, Jonathan founded Elman Wall, the UK’s leading specialist accountancy firm for the travel industry, in 1995.

A dynamic business owner, Jonathan brings his personal experience of entrepreneurship to the advice he brings clients, helping leading travel organisations and entrepreneurs to enjoy their businesses and lives more.

Jonathan has received numerous accolades during his career including Elman Wall winning National Independent Firm of the Year and National Employer of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards.

“Xeinadin gives independent firms the opportunity to adopt the best practice of peers in the Group and be part of a national group with greater resources and forward-thinking strategies. It provides firms with an invaluable opportunity to collaborate, share best practice and innovate.”

Alastair Crawford

Director

A Chartered Accountant for four decades, Alastair trained with a top twenty firm before acquiring his own partnership with his wife Wendy.
Working closely with internal and external regulation, he is a highly experienced audit expert across general commercial and manufacturing companies to specialist sectors such as Independent Fostering, Charities and School Academy Trusts.

Outside of work, he was a founding Trustee of Demelza House Children’s Hospice and has been involved in many local charities and organisations.

“I see enormous benefits to my own clients in being able to provide a wider range of services as part of the Xeinadin group than would have been the case on our own; and great opportunities for team members to progress throughout their careers.”

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