Our Team

Meet the experienced team driving great results for our clients

Rob Keyes

Rob Keyes (Director)


Email: rob.keyes@krecr.co.uk
Phone: 07500 933 022

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Rob was a founding Partner of KRE Corporate Recovery in November 2012 and now has over 30 years’ experience in the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency sector.

Rob has a clear philosophy when dealing with clients in a distressed position which is to find a commercially viable solution which benefits all stakeholders. Rob is very much a “hands-on” director and remains involved throughout the entire assignment along with his close-knit team.

Rob has been involved in almost every business sector acting for both owner-managers and an array of financial institutions. Rob has acted for clients nationwide who range from small businesses, turning over less that £500k per annum, to multi-million pound international organisations. However, the overriding principle remains the same – a commercially viable outcome for all stakeholders.

Recent cases include:

  • the winding-up of a large UK subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceutical company
  • the insolvency of an automobile spares and parts with leasehold premises through the United Kingdom
  • the liquidation of a Berkshire-based precision engineering company first established in 1974.

Rob is married with three kids and, away from the office, he is a keen golfer and generally a sporting nut. He is also a part-time personal trainer for adults and kids alike.

Paul Ellison

Paul Ellison (Director)


Email: paul.ellison@krecr.co.uk
Phone: 07967 471211

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Paul originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and commenced his insolvency career with EY, before setting up HMT Corporate Recovery in 1995.

HMTCR was acquired by RSM Tenon in 2007 and then, in 2012, Paul founded KRE Corporate Recovery with his partners, Rob Keyes and Gareth Roberts.

Having set up in business twice, sold a business once and spent over 12 years with “Big 4” firms, Paul has a breadth of experience to assist owner-managed businesses.

Specialising in corporate recovery and turnaround, many of Paul’s clients avoid the last resort of a formal insolvency appointment. Whilst a great deal of work is for owner-managed businesses in the Thames Valley catchment, high profile cases include:

  • Advising on Reading, Derby County and QPR football clubs
  • Acting as Administrator for a subsidiary of Euro Car Parts, a £80m turnover business
  • Acting as Administrator of the Mahabis slipper brand and implementing a sale of the
    business which will return 70p in the £ to creditors
  • Supervisor of the CVA and Administration of the UK franchise of Timberland
  • Throughout the pandemic, Paul has acted for a wide range of landlords and tenants and
    avoiding, where possible, any form of insolvency process

Paul is married with two daughters and his grandson, Noah. His leisure interests include golf (handicap rising to 18), fly fishing on the Kennet and following the trials and tribulations of Sunderland Football Club.

David Taylor

David Taylor (Director)


Email: david.taylor@krecr.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 7855 231 103

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David joined KRE as a Partner in April 2018 and has over 20 years’ experience in the insolvency and restructuring sector.

David started working in the Corporate Recovery team at KPMG in Reading where he qualified as an accountant. This was followed in 2006 with a move to Deloitte and subsequently RSM in 2009 where he qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner, obtained his licence, became a Partner and stayed until joining KRE.

Having worked within two of the “Big 4”, a mid-tier firm in RSM and now within a four-director firm, David has significant experience in assisting and advising directors and stakeholders in all sizes of businesses.

David provides advice on all aspects of insolvency and also undertakes Independent Business Reviews. In addition, following the introduction of the requirement for Evaluator’s Reports in connected party pre-pack Administrations, David has undertaken a number of these.

Career highlights include:

  • Acting as Administrator to a well-known online poker platform. Achieved a sale of the intellectual property and player database with a consideration which resulted in all player deposits being repaid
  • Acting as Administrator to a UK publisher with 120 staff. The engagement had significant cross border complications as part of global group and a subsidiary of a Netherlands based parent company
  • Liquidator in a Solvent liquidation of a medical products company with 13,000 shareholders
  • Supervisor of the CVA and Administration of the UK franchise of Timberland

In his spare time David enjoys golf, skiing and watching Bristol rugby but spends more time attending his three children’s activities and sports.

Gareth Roberts

Gareth Roberts (Associate Director)


Email: gareth.roberts@krecr.co.uk
Phone: 07979 706 392

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Gareth was a founding Partner of KRE Corporate Recovery in November 2012 and now has 35 years’ experience in the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency sector., having started his career with the Official Receiver in 1986.

Gareth then spent 13 years with Ernst & Young (qualifying as a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner in 1998) before joining Paul and Robert at HMT Corporate Recovery in 2001. The practice was sold to RSM Tenon in 2007, where they spent five years before incorporating KRE in 2012.

Gareth has considerable experience advising a wide range of businesses in the Thames Valley and M4 and M40 corridors with particular expertise in manufacturing companies, sporting clubs and travel agencies.

He acts for a variety of stakeholders including directors, lenders, investors, creditors and shareholders and will always look at aligning common interests wherever and whenever possible.

More recently, Gareth has also headed up the firm’s solvent winding up division and is also the firm’s Money Laundering Officer.

Career highlights include:

  • Acting as Administrator to London Welsh Rugby Football Club, managing the business and liaising with the Rugby Football Union. This culminated in the refinancing of the business via a new investor leading the solvent exit from Administration and handing the Club back to the directors
  • Acting as Receiver for Reynard Motorsport Limited, a leading motorsport company with a particular focus in Nascar racing in the USA. Various parts of the business were sold to competitors, leading to a significant and unexpected recovery for certain stakeholders
  • Acting as Administrator of a subprime lender with a loan book of over £10million realising sufficient value from the book to repay the secured creditors in full and making a significant return to the unsecured creditors
  • Solvent winding up of a company which owned a private toll bridge handling funds in excess of £6million and distributing these funds to over 40 shareholders spread across the globe.

Gareth is married with three teenage children and outside of work his interests include refereeing local football, fair weather golf and watching the Welsh rugby team win the occasional Grand Slam.

Vikki Claridge

Vikki Claridge (Associate Director)

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Vikki has been with KRE Corporate Recovery since inception in November 2012 and, in total, has 30 years’ experience in corporate recovery. She started her career at Grant Thornton before moving to a mid-tier firm. She has worked with the directors of for the last 17 years and is one of two Associate Directors within the practice.

Vikki deals with all types of corporate insolvency cases from commencement to closure. In addition, she also has the essential task of managing all aspects of the firm’s internal and external compliance procedures.

Vikki’s recent cases include:

  • the Administration of a large construction group with annual revenues of more than £20m and involving nearly 100 employees
  • the Administration of a long-established, large format lithographic and digital print firm with highly specialised and dedicated plant and machinery

Vikki is married with three children and, when she isn’t running around after them, she is running herself – either in the local parkrun, with a running club or competing in 10k or half marathon events.

Lee Lloyd

Lee Lloyd (Associate Director)

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Lee joined KRE Corporate Recovery in January 2013 and has over 22 years’ experience in corporate recovery.

Lee is an Associate Director within KRE and works on all aspects of cases from commencement to closure. He specialises in Members Voluntary Liquidations (‘MVLs’) and has dealt with over 200 formal appointments since joining KRE.

Lee’s recent MVL appointments include:

  • the winding-up of a game developer distributing £8m amongst 47 shareholders
  • a liquidation following the sale of a privately owned bridge distributing £3.5m amongst 53 shareholders
  • the liquidation of a company following the sale of land distributing £8m amongst 32 shareholders

Lee is married with four children and his leisure interests include Arsenal football club, attending music and comedy gigs, photography and movies.

Chris Errington

Chris Errington (Senior Manager)

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Chris has been with KRE Corporate Recovery since its inception in November 2012 and, in total, has around 14 years’ experience in corporate recovery and has passed his Joint Insolvency Examination Board qualifications.

Chris is currently a Senior Manager within KRE, working across a wide caseload of corporate insolvency procedures including Administrations, Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidations, Company Voluntary Arrangements and Members Voluntary Liquidations.

Together with the appointed Director, Chris handles all his cases from commencement to closure and will interact directly with stakeholders at all levels throughout any engagement. Chris also assists with compliance matters in the office.

Chris’ recent cases include:

  • the pre-packaged Administration sale of a large online slipper retailer, returning over 70p in the £ to creditors
  • the liquidation of a exclusive, high-end London based gym and members club
  • the pre-packaged Administration sale of the UK’s largest Timberland brand re-seller.

In his spare time, Chris’ interests include playing golf, watching live music and socialising with friends.

Alison Young

Alison Young (Manager)

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Alison joined KRE Corporate Recovery in April 2019 and, in total, has over 15 years’ experience in corporate recovery.

Alison is currently a Manager within KRE, working across a wide caseload of corporate insolvency procedures including Administrations, Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidations and Company Voluntary Arrangements. Together with the appointed Director, Alison handles all her cases from commencement to closure and will interact directly with stakeholders at all levels throughout any engagement.

Alison’s recent cases include:

  • the administration of Travel Agency with seven stores based in the South of England
  • the restructure of a chain of retailers via a pre-packaged Administration
  • the administration of a specialist cyber-security firm

In her spare time Alison’s plays rugby for Camberley RFC, she also enjoys running, skiing and traveling.

Ben Briscoe

Ben Briscoe (Manager)

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Ben joined KRE Corporate Recovery in November 2014 and, in total, has over 14 years’ experience in corporate recovery, including three years with a specialised litigation funding provider to the insolvency sector.

Ben is currently a Manager within KRE, working across a wide caseload of corporate insolvency procedures including Administrations, Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidations and Company Voluntary Arrangements. Together with the appointed Director, Ben handles all his cases from commencement to closure and will interact directly with stakeholders at all levels throughout any engagement. Ben has also led several IT projects within the office.

Ben’s recent cases include:

  • the winding-up of a large UK subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceutical company
  • the restructure of a London-based media agency via a pre-packaged Administration
  • the liquidation of a Berkshire-based precision engineering company established in 1974

In his spare time, Ben’s interests include investing in the stock market, following Formula 1 and attempts to play several racquet sports to a reasonable standard!

Paul Cripps

Paul Cripps (Case Administrator)

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Paul joined KRE Corporate Recovery in February 2020. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has, in total, over 18 years’ experience in corporate recovery.

Paul is currently a Case Administrator within KRE, working across a wide caseload of corporate insolvency procedures, predominantly Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidations and Administrations.

Paul works closely with case managers within KRE assisting with case progression interacting directly with stakeholders, in particular to agree claims and distribute substantial dividends to creditors and shareholders and undertaking specific investigation work.

Paul’s recent cases include:

  • the distribution of £1 million+ dividend to unsecured creditors of an international online retail company
  • the investigation of potential claims of creditors and shareholders relating to an Administration procedure which took place 17 years ago
  • the distribution of a significant preferential dividend to circa 100 former employees of a company whose records are incomplete

In his spare time, when he is not helping his two children pursue their many interests, Paul likes to play and follow golf, watch films and nature programmes and investing in the stock market.

Sarah Moppett

Sarah Moppett (Office Manager)

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Sarah has been with KRE Corporate Recovery since inception in November 2012 and, in total, has worked with Paul Ellison for 25 years, joining as the office junior before moving into the insolvency sector.

Sarah plays an integral role in the functioning of the firm undertaking various important tasks, not least being the organisation of the annual Spanish Conference.

Sarah has two young boys who keep her busy running around to various football and sports clubs. She enjoys going to the gym and relaxing with a glass of wine with friends and family at the weekends.

Maria De Freitas

Maria De Freitas (Office Administrator)

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Maria joined KRE Corporate Recovery in November 2019 as Office Administrator.

Maria is responsible for several parts of KRE’s administration, ensuring everything runs smoothly. Maria brings with her an extensive background in Account Management and Customer Service from corporate environments and has been excited to bring these experiences and enthusiasm to the team and clients.

Maria holds a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of East London. Maria is married with one child. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing more than long walks with her French Bulldog, Jamie.

What our clients think


“Robert Keyes is our first choice in dealing with clients requiring recovery assistance. He is a great communicator and is able to set out solutions to our clients in an efficient and straight forward manner. Having Robert on side during a complex process at a difficult time is a real advantage, he has a professional and courteous style.”

Yavan Brar (Managing Partner), Herrington & Carmichael