Our Team

All our senior team have trained with top global legal and accountancy firms.

We only take on the best people who will deliver the best work for our clients. The Tapestry team is made up of a team of lawyers with over 100 years of experience in the industry between them! All have trained with top global legal and accountancy firms. We have advised many multinational companies on major projects and transactions.
Janet Cooper

Janet Cooper OBE

Partner

FRSA, FCIPD, FCSA

Janet was awarded an OBE in the 2017 Queen's New Year's Honours for "Services to Equality, Women's Empowerment and Employee Share Ownership".

Janet specialises in all aspects of global executive, employee share plans and incentives, with a focus on advising many of the global banks.

Before co-founding Tapestry, Janet developed the global incentives team at Linklaters and was its global practice head for 20 years.

Janet was honoured by the employee share ownership industry – receiving Proshare’s inaugural award for 'Services to Share Plans' in 2015 and receiving GEO’s 'Pioneer Award' in 2011.

Appointments

  • AFME: Legal adviser to the Remuneration working group on Association in Financial Markets in Europe
  • Global Equity Organisation: Co-founder and board member
  • Proshare: Board member
  • Share Schemes Advanced Studies Group: Co-founder and member
  • In addition to these industry appointments, Janet is:
    • RNLI: Trustee of the Royal National Lifeboats Institution
    • Roehampton University: Council member
    • GAPS: Board member (Gender Action for Peace and Security)

Education

  • Law LLB, Leeds University
  • Solicitors exams, College of Law Chester
  • Senior Leadership, Harvard
  • Corporate Finance, London Business School

Speaking and publications

  • Directors' Remuneration (1995) published by Tolley's
  • Proshare 2017 Annual Conference:
    • keynote panel on gender pay with Helene Reardon Bond OBE and Ann Govier from Marks & Spencer
  • GEO 2017 annual conference:
    • with Aviva on their global employee plan; and
    • with Worldpay, SABMiller and Neoreward on developments in executive incentives

Interests

Human rights has always been a passion. Walking, cycling and spending time with family and friends.

Bob Grayson

Bob Grayson

Partner

Bob leads our team, managing the global legal and tax compliance for all types of share plans, incentives and employment issues. Bob works with many of the world’s leading companies advising them on developing the best strategy for global compliance.

Bob also led on the development of Tapestry’s innovative online database, On Tap.

Bob was with Linklaters for over 10 years, living in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, doing finance work in China, Korea, Japan and Indonesia and with the Employee Incentives team in London. Prior to co-founding Tapestry, Bob was a senior in-house counsel with Shell. Bob brings practical experience and a business perspective.

Bob has also done VSO in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

Education

  • Law LLB and LLM, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University
  • Solicitors exams, College of Law, London

Public Speaking

  • NASPP 2017 annual conference: Translating Europe with Ameriprise and Dell
  • GEO 2017 annual conference: Global update with HSBC

Interests

Time with family and friends. Squash, climbing, sailing and ski mountaineering.

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Hannah Needle

Legal Director

Hannah is Legal Director and Head of our Leeds Office.

Hannah advises on the implementation and continuing operation of all types of executive and employee share and incentive plans, including the design and establishment of new plans, managing grants and maturities under existing plans and advising on tax and legal matters. She has experience with tax-advantaged and non-tax-advantaged arrangements and the use of employee trusts. She also advises on the impact of corporate transactions that may affect a company's incentive arrangements.

Appointments

Share Plan Lawyers Group: Corporate and Regulatory Committee

GEO: Partner Alliance Council.

Education

BA Law with French, Sheffield University (one year at the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)

LPC, Sheffield University

Speaking and publications

  • Global updates for 2018 at the GEO UK Chapter meeting on 7 February 2018;
  • Gender Pay Gap at the Share Plan Lawyers Group event in February 2018;
  • Global tax-qualified plans at the GEO Annual Conference in Orlando in April 2018.

Interests

Reading, going to Spas and champagne - preferably at the same time! Loves spending time with family.

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Jessica Mitchell

Senior Associate

Jess has over 12 years' experience specialising in legal and tax due diligence for international share plans. Jess has worked and is qualified in both the UK and Australia, and is currently our local lead in Australia. Jess advises companies across all sectors, including financial services where she works with a number of global banks.

She is involved in the key Australian share plan organisations - Employee Ownership Australia and the Sydney/Melbourne chapters of the GEO.

Jess joined Tapestry when we founded in 2011 and had previously been in the employee incentives team at Linklaters for over five years.

Education

Bachelor of Law (LLB - Hons), University of Queensland

Bachelor of Arts (BA - French and Spanish), University of Queensland

Speaking and publications

Since 2015, Jess has presented and contributed to:

  • GEO Sydney and Melbourne conferences;
  • Employee Ownership Australia webinars; and
  • Computershare employee share plan publications.

Interests

Reading, seeing friends and family, and looking after a very active pair of boys!

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Chris Fallon

Senior Associate

With over 15 years' experience, Chris has a broad range of experience advising on UK tax-advantaged plans, senior executive plans and employee benefit trusts for listed companies and private equity owned businesses. Chris advises on broader employment related tax issues. Chris was in the tax and employee share plans team of City law firm Travers Smith.

Education

Law LLB, Sheffield University.

Speaking and publications

Chris is a lecturer for the ICSA Certification in Employee Share Plan Qualification and speaks regularly at industry events such as the ProShare annual conference and at Global Equity Organisation conferences.

Interests

Running, gardening, films, TV, concerts and theatre.

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson

Senior Associate

Sarah has considerable experience in advising on the share plan and wider incentive aspects of corporate transactions and has advised on some of the largest and most notable deals to date, including a number of high-profile IPOs and joint venture arrangements. Her focus is advising on the legal, regulatory and tax aspects of the establishment and operation of UK tax-advantaged plans and executive plans, as well as related employee benefit trusts.

Sarah joined us having previously worked at Clifford Chance for 4 years and then Slaughter and May for 2 years.

Appointments

ProShare: Tax-Advantaged Share Schemes Group

Share Plans Lawyers Group: Tax Committee and tax manual review group

Education

Law and Classics,  Christ’s College, University of Cambridge

Graduate studies in Classics, Yale University

Solicitor’s Legal Practice Certificate, London Moorgate College of Law

Speaking and publications

LexisNexis publication in 2014: Share incentives in quoted companies - takeovers by scheme of arrangement.

Interests

Hiking and snowshoe-ing – all over - including in the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian fjords, the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies and, of course, the Yorkshire Dales!

Travel, Pilates, yoga, swimming and, at home, gardening, crafting, reading and baking.

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Sharon Thwaites

OnTap Director

Global legal and tax compliance for a wide range of executive and employee share plans. Sharon manages our online database, 'On Tap'. Sharon trained and worked at Freshfields for a number of years.

Amy Sellers

Amy Sellers

Managing Associate

Amy has over 6 years’ experience of advising on a full range of UK and global share plans, including UK tax advantaged plans, and on the legal and tax compliance aspects of operating share plans internationally. Amy has experience of advising a wide range of companies from smaller private companies to large listed companies. Amy has been recognised in Chambers & Partners as “a very knowledgeable and approachable practitioner” and has been awarded an Acritas Star after being nominated as a stand-out lawyer for being “really hands on, really approachable and really responsive” in a global survey of senior in-house counsel. Amy is on the Corporate and Regulatory Committee of the Share Plan Lawyers Group.

Sally Blanchflower

Sally Blanchflower

Managing Associate

Sally has a broad corporate and commercial background, having trained at international law firm DLA Piper where she practiced as a corporate lawyer before joining Tapestry. Sally now specialises in all aspects of global and UK share plans for leading global companies and banks, including advising on global due diligence and securities filings, share plan design and drafting plan documents.

Education

Law LLB, University College London

Legal Practice Course, University of Sheffield

Speaking and publications

GEO 2017 annual conference:

  • with Aviva on their new global employee plan;
  • with HSBC and Brambles on global updates.

Sally has also presented at other GEO and ProShare annual conferences, webinars, administrator and industry events, and teaches on the Tapestry ICSA Employee Share Plans Course, Summer School and Alumni events.

Interests

Travel, netball, yoga and climbing.

Lorna Parkin

Lorna Parkin

Managing Associate

Lorna trained as a corporate lawyer with international law firm DLA Piper before joining Tapestry and now specialises in all aspects of global and UK employee share plans and executive remuneration. She advises many leading global companies and banks on their global share plans and deferred bonus arrangements.

Education

Law LLB, King’s College University

Legal Practice Course, Sheffield University

Publications

The Executive Remuneration Review, 5th Edition - EU Overview, October 2016

The Executive Remuneration Review, 4th Edition - EU Overview, October 2015

Speaking

2016 NASPP annual conference presenting with Dell and Ameriprise on "Understanding Europe".

ProShare 2016 with Shell on "Do you speak English?".

GEO 2017 annual conference with Rolls-Royce and IPF on "The impact of increased regulation on global all-employee stock plans".

Interests

Yoga, gym, travel.

Jordan Levy

Jordan Levy

Managing Associate

Jordan specialises in advising global companies on their legal and tax compliance for all aspects of their employee and executive incentive plans, including assisting companies set up tax-qualified plans around the world. He also leads our practice on share plans for Israeli companies.

Jordan contributes to Tapestry’s OnTap, our online global database.

Education

Law LLB, Leeds University

Legal Practice Course, BPP

Speaking and Publications

GEO 2016 annual conference with Credit Suisse on their global incentive plan.

Interests

Spending time with family, travel.

Carla Walsham

Carla Walsham

Managing Associate

Carla is an experienced lawyer specialising in UK and global remuneration regulations for financial services firms. She also works with companies like Unilever on their global compliance for their share plans. Carla trained as a lawyer at London City law firm Lawrence Graham, having graduated from the University of Exeter.

Education

Law LLB, Exeter University

Legal Practice Course, Kaplan Law School - London

Speaking and publications

Carla recently presented at our Financial Services Remuneration Regulation Training Event.

Carla has presented at many industry events including GEO, NASPP, ProShare and Employee Benefits Annual Conference. She has also presented on several industry webinars, most recently on GDPR.

Carla is the co-course coordinator for the Tapestry ICSA Employee Share Plans Course. She teaches on this and at the Summer School and alumni events.

Interests

Netball, family

Emma Parker

Emma Parker

Managing Associate

Emma has significant experience in advising on UK tax-advantaged plans and has a broad corporate and employment tax background. Emma advises on the establishment of employee share plans, plan rule drafting, and reviewing the legal and tax aspects of plan awards. Emma joined us from Pinsent Masons.

Education

Law LLB, University of Hull

Legal Practice Course, College of Law (now University of Law)

Interests

Travel and literature

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Steve Penfold

Associate

Steve advises companies on tax-qualified employee share plans as well as global executive plans, advising on global due diligence and securities filings, share plan design and drafting plan documents. Steve qualified as a lawyer after having a career in the British Army as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, serving in Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Education

BPP University of Law, Law

Cranfield University, Engineering and Electronic Systems Engineering

Interests

Steve competes internationally in hang-gliding.

Matthew Hunter

Matthew Hunter

Associate

Matthew specialises in all aspects of global incentive arrangements with a focus on the financial services sector. Matthew has significant experience advising global banks, asset managers and insurers on EU and global remuneration regulation compliance.

Education

Law LLB, Sheffield Hallam University

Law, Business and Management MSc, University of Law

Legal Practice Course, University of Law

Speaking and publications

The Executive Remuneration Review, 6th Edition - EU Overview, October 2017

The Executive Remuneration Review, 5th Edition - EU Overview, October 2016

The Executive Remuneration Review, 4th Edition - EU Overview, October 2015

Interests

Tennis, politics and technology

Rebecca Campsall

Rebecca Campsall

Associate

Rebecca advises companies on global compliance in relation to their executive and employee share plans, including advising on global due diligence and securities filings, share plan design and drafting plan documents. Rebecca is also an elite athlete who has represented England in the 100 metres over the last two years.

Education

Law and Criminology LLB, University of Sheffield

Legal Practice Course, University of Sheffield

Interests
Athletics - Rebecca is an elite athlete specialising in 100m. Rebecca has represented England and achieved two national medals whilst working at Tapestry and is aiming to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Tom Parker

Tom Parker

Legal Assistant

Tom works with our lawyers on global legal and tax compliance projects. Tom joined our legal team having previously worked at Addleshaw Goddard.

Education

Law LLB, University of York

Interests

Keen badminton player and gym goer.

Shirley Cooper

Shirley Cooper (FCIPS, FRSA)

Commercial Director

Shirley advises on strategy, IT and procurement. Shirley is a qualified accountant with an MBA and she has been procurement and supply chain director for a UK listed IT company. Shirley has been the President of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and is a Fellow of CIPS.

Marianne Chalcraft

Marianne Chalcraft

Strategy Director

Marianne's role at Tapestry involves a range of advisory and support functions, assisting with decision-making in our fast-growing enterprise. She was trained at strategy consultants Bain and Company, and since 1998 has run her own consultancy, specialising in commercial due diligence for private equity, and in market intelligence. Marianne has two 1st class degrees from the University of Cambridge.

Verity Mowat

Verity Mowat

Marketing Manager

Verity is our Marketing Manager. Verity previously worked with Janet at Linklaters in marketing and business development, has also worked for Marks and Spencer plc in marketing finance and, more recently, as a Client Manager at Schroders Asset Management.

Nichola Preston

Nichola Preston

Finance Manager

Nichola is our Finance Manager and deals with all our accounts work. Nichola has worked at law firms Kennedys LLP & hlw Keeble Hawson LLP where she gained a merit studying for a Diploma with the Institute of Legal Finance and Management.

Debbie Knight

Debbie Knight

Credit Controller

Debbie is a Credit Controller with over 20 years’ experience. She previously worked for law firms Benson Clegg and Wake Smith, and also spent 19 years with the finance team at Sheffield Newspapers Limited.

Linda Bartlett

Linda Bartlett

OnTap Manager

Linda is the manager of our global database as well as working with our lawyers on all aspects of our administration and secretarial support, making sure the lawyers have the support they need to provide excellent services to our clients. Linda was formerly Group Secretary at Linklaters.

Gabrielle Miranda

Gabrielle Miranda

ICSA Manager

ICSA Cert esp Course Manager and Administrator. Gabby supports the ICSA Course we have developed and run, its dedicated website and alumni activities. Gabby also issues all our client newsletters. Gabby was formerly at Linklaters.

Lisa Brook

Lisa Brook

Office Manager

Lisa is the Office Manager in our Sheffield and Leeds offices. She is responsible for ensuring the office runs effectively and smoothly. Lisa was formerly a Personal Assistant and Team Co-ordinator at Pinsent Masons for 28 years.

Jessica Wozencroft-Henderson

Jessica Cook

Team Secretary

Jessica is our Team Secretary and is based in our Leeds office. She previously worked for law firm Blandy & Blandy LLP in Reading. She is also a former, award winning, advanced ballroom dancer.