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.
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Chris Fallon

Board Member and Senior Associate

Chris was appointed to the Board when the firm became an employee owned business in October 2020. 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.

Carla Walsham

Carla Walsham

Board Member and Managing Associate

Carla was appointed to the Board when the firm became an employee owned business in October 2020. Carla is an experienced lawyer who advises big global companies on the design and operation of all employee and executive share plans globally. Carla works with companies like Unilever on their global compliance for their share plans. She also has a particular interest in UK and global remuneration regulations for financial services firms. Carla trained as a lawyer at London City law firm Lawrence Graham.

Education

  • Law LLB, Exeter University
  • Legal Practice Course, Kaplan Law School - London

Speaking and publications

  • Carla has presented at many industry events including GEO and ProShare
  • Carla speaks on our FS Remuneration training and roundtables

Interests

Netball, family.

Janet Cooper

Janet Cooper OBE (FRSA, FCIPD, FCSA)

Board Adviser

Janet co-founded Tapestry in 2011.

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

  • Global Equity Organisation: Co-founder and board member
  • ProShare: Board member
  • Share Schemes Advanced Studies Group: Co-founder and member
  • CGI (ICSA) Certificate in Employee Share Plans Course founder and director
  • In addition to these industry appointments, Janet is:
    • RNLI: Deputy Chair of the Trustees of the Royal National Lifeboats Institution, Chair of the Remuneration Committee
    • Roehampton University: Deputy Chair of the Council, Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

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
  • Editor of The Executive Remuneration Review - 4th (2015) to 10th (2020) Editions
  • Regular speaker at GEO and ProShare annual conferences
  • Speaker on Tapestry's Covid-19 impact series of webinars 2020

Interests

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

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Bob Grayson

Board Adviser

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

Speaking and Publications

  • NASPP Annual Conference: Translating Europe with Ameriprise and Dell
  • GEO Annual Conference: Global update with HSBC

Interests

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

Shirley Cooper

Shirley Cooper OBE (FCIPS, FRSA)

Board Adviser

Shirley was awarded an OBE in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours for "Services to Equality, Women's Empowerment and Procurement".

Shirley advises us on strategy, IT and procurement. Shirley was previously 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.

Appointments

Shirley has a number of non-executive appointments, including:

  • Ministry of Justice: Non-executive Director
  • UNWomen UK: Treasurer and board member
  • Chairman of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Fellows

She has been a long-standing champion for women for many years, including founding Blueprint Club to support women in procurement, board member of International Women's Forum UK, executive director of WE Connect International and board member.

Education

Qualified Accountant

MBA, University of Bradford

Harvard

Marianne Chalcraft

Marianne Chalcraft

Board Adviser

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 market intelligence. Marianne has two 1st class degrees from the University of Cambridge.

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Legal Director and Head of 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

  • Awarded Fellowship of the Global Equity Organisation (GEO) in 2019
  • UK Share Plan Lawyers Group: Co-Chair of the Corporate and Regulatory Committee
  • GEO: member of the Partner Alliance Council and UK Chapter Committee
  • Share Schemes Advanced Studies Group: Member

Education

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

Speaking and publications

Regular speaker at GEO and ProShare annual conferences

Interests

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

Sarah Bruce

Sarah Bruce

Senior Associate

Sarah has 12 years' experience specialising in tax and share plans. Before joining Tapestry, Sarah jointly headed the tax team at leading corporate firm Walker Morris. She works with both UK and global clients on the implementation of UK and global incentive plans, and specialises in UK tax-advantaged share plans. She has provided tax advice across a range of employment and corporate transactions and has particular experience in providing tax advice to management teams in the context of corporate transactions. Sarah has worked with Tapestry's network of overseas lawyers to provide due diligence and implementation support for clients in connection with global incentive plans.

Education

  • Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School
  • Business Management MSc, Loughborough University
  • English Literature and Language BAHons, Loughborough University

Interests

Snowboarding, hockey, cinema, travel, and spending time with family.

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Sharon Thwaites

OnTap Director

Sharon manages our online global database, 'OnTap'. Sharon previously trained and worked at Freshfields for a number of years, and has particular expertise in advising on global legal and tax compliance for a wide range of executive and employee share plans.

Lorna Parkin

Lorna Parkin

Managing Associate

Lorna 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 including advising on global due diligence and securities filings, stock plan design and drafting plan documents. Lorna also advises companies on the impact of transactions on their global share plans. Lorna trained as a corporate lawyer with international law firm DLA Piper before joining Tapestry and leads on a number of our large global clients such as Dell Technologies, Morgan Stanley, Rolls-Royce and TripAdvisor.

Education

  • Law LLB, King’s College University
  • Legal Practice Course, Sheffield University

Publications

The Executive Remuneration Review - EU Overview, 4th (2015) and 5th (2016) Editions

Speaking

Lorna regularly presents at GEO, ProShare and NASPP annual conferences, on webinars and at other industry events.

Interests

Yoga, cooking, travel, literature.

Sally Blanchflower

Sally Blanchflower

Managing Associate

Sally is a Managing Associate and specialises in all aspects of global stock plans for leading global companies and banks, including advising on global due diligence and securities filings, stock plan design and drafting plan documents. Sally has a broad corporate and commercial background, having trained as a corporate lawyer at an international firm and she leads on a number of our large global clients such as HSBC, Aviva, Weir Group, Trimble and TripAdvisor. Sally teaches on the UK's ICSA Certificate in Employee Share Plans, delivers inhouse training courses on share plans for companies, and is the co-lead of the Tapestry "OnTap" global compliance database covering the legal and tax requirements in over 140 countries.

Education

  • Law LLB, University College London
  • Legal Practice Course, University of Sheffield

Speaking and publications

Sally regularly presents at GEO, ProShare and NASPP annual conferences, on webinars and at other industry events.

Interests

Travel, netball, yoga and climbing.

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Emma Parker

Managing Associate

Emma specialises in all aspects of UK share plans, including advising on executive remuneration and UK tax-advantaged plans, the establishment of new share plans, plan rule drafting and reviewing the legal and tax aspects of plan awards. Emma also has significant experience in establishing and advising on overseas tax-qualified plans, working closely with our network of overseas lawyers to operate tax-qualified plans in France, Spain, Israel, the US and other countries. Emma leads on a number of our clients such as Coca-Cola European Partners, Howdens and Hays. Emma has a broad corporate and employment tax background, having joined Tapestry from the tax team at Pinsent Masons. Emma also leads on Tapestry's Chartered Governance Institute (formerly ICSA) Certificate in Employee Share Plans.

Education

  • Law LLB, University of Hull
  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law (now University of Law)

Speaking and Publications

  • Lead on Tapestry's Chartered Governance Institute (formerly ICSA) Certificate in Employee Share Plans
  • Regular speaker at Howells' Global Groups
  • Speaker at Willis Towers Watson's Reward Leadership Conference (Tax and Accounting module)

Interests

Travel, cooking and baking, 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.

Sonia Taylor

Sonia Taylor

Associate

Sonia advises companies on global compliance in relation to their executive and employee share plans. She advises many leading companies on global due diligence, securities filings and drafting plan documents. Sonia was previously a corporate lawyer with leading firm Walker Morris before joining Tapestry.

Education

  • Law LLB, University of Leicester
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, Leeds
  • Law LLM, University of Amsterdam.

Interests

Family, travel and yoga - Sonia is planning to qualify as a yoga teacher in 2020.

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Matthew Hunter

Associate

Matthew specialises in all aspects of global incentive arrangements and works with clients in a range of sectors. Matthew has a particular focus on financial services remuneration and 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

  • Speaker at the Global Equity Organisation Annual Conference, Amsterdam 2019
  • Speaker at the City & Financial Remuneration Summit, London 2019
  • Speaker at various other events in London, New York and Tokyo during 2019
  • Co-editor of the "EU Overview" chapter of 'The Executive Remuneration Review', Editions 4 to 8 (2015 to 2019).

Interests

Matthew has served on the governing board and resources committee of Broomfield South SILC, an all-age special school in Leeds, for the last two years.

Matthew also enjoys spending his time travelling and eating great food (preferably together).

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

Associate

Tom works 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.

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Emilie Sylvester

Legal Assistant

Emilie works with our lawyers in our Sheffield office with a focus on executive incentive plans and global legal and tax compliance reviews for some of our biggest clients. Emilie is also on our OnTap project team. Emilie joined our legal team having previously worked at international law firm, DLA Piper.

Education

  • Law LLB, University of Sheffield
  • ICSA Cert. ESP

Interests

Food, Photography, Technology and Travel.

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Lewis Dulley

Legal Assistant

Lewis works with our lawyers on global legal and tax compliance projects. Lewis joined our legal team having previously worked at CMS.

Education

  • Law LLB, University of Sheffield
  • Legal Practice Course, University of Sheffield

Interests

Ice and Roller Hockey - where Lewis has represented team GB at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.

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Olivia Rodrigo

Legal Assistant

Olivia is a legal assistant who works with our lawyers on all aspects of our client work. She joined us after completing a law degree at the University of Sheffield and a masters in international law at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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Richard Compton

Legal Assistant

Richard is a legal assistant who works with our lawyers on all aspects of our client work. He joined us after leaving Trinity College, Oxford, and completing his GDL, followed by an internship at Weil LLP.

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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.

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Christoper Waite

Co-Finance Manager

Chris is co-Finance Manager and looks after all aspects of the team's financial management. He trained at international law firm DLA.

Interests

Chris is kept busy by his 3 year old daughter and loves sports, particularly football, ice hockey and horse racing.

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Nichola Preston

Co-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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jessica Cook

Team Secretary

Jessica is one of our Team Secretaries 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.

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Ria Taylor

Team Secretary

Ria is one of our Team Secretaries and is based in our Sheffield office.