The UK’s fastest growing R&D tax specialist Access2Funding has appointed Don Haymes into a new role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) following a period of exponential growth for the business.


Don has more than 20 years’ experience working as a CFO/Finance Director for a broad range of SME businesses with turnovers ranging from £1 million to over £50 million. His most recent role was for SKG Capital Partners LLP, where he was instrumental in the restructuring and sale of Dawsons Music Limited.


Don will have overall responsibility for finance and to ensure that Access2Funding operates within its agreed budget, has robust risk management and compliance procedures and that expenditure delivers best value for the business and clients.


The appointment follows the reappointment of Dawn Coker into her new role as Chief Executive Officer last month and comes in a year that saw Access2Funding more than quadruple its workforce and increase its turnover by 119%.


Dawn Coker, CEO at Access2Funding said: “I know that Don will be an excellent addition to the Executive Leadership Team at this pivotal point as we continue to transform and grow Access2Funding. Don brings strong leadership experience with a proven track record in complex financial organisations.”


Commenting on his appointment, Don said: “I look forward to leading Access2Funding’s finance team to contribute to the business’s future success as the company progresses to the next phase of its strategy. Access2Funding has a great opportunity to continue to cement its leading position in the UK R&D market, as well as look to grow through new opportunities, and I am excited to work with the executive team on this next stage of development.


“As well as providing strategic input, I will very much adopt a hands-on approach and operate with a strong all-round commercial output across the business.”