Knox Private Office Senior Management

Douglas Barrowman - Chairman

Chairman and Founder, Douglas Barrowman is the driving force behind the highly successful and dynamic Knox group of companies. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Douglas is an experienced businessman who has spent his entire career successfully investing in businesses and real estate. Having worked for the international private equity firm 3i in the late 1980s, he left to set up his own corporate finance practice, which he successfully developed and managed during the 1990s. He sold the practice in 1999 to concentrate on his own private investment vehicle Aston Ventures.

Over the next 10 years, Aston Ventures made 13 acquisitions of old economy businesses with a total turnover in excess of £400 million. Since 2008, Douglas has focused on developing the Knox group of companies that now collectively employs 350 staff and has funds under management and administration approaching £3billion.

Tim Eve – Director

After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance, Tim Eve qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Utilising his vocational training, Tim embarked on a career in Private Equity. His early career focused on advising the owner managed business sector and he successfully led a number of high profile acquisitions and disposals.

In 2004, Tim joined the Knox group of companies’ private equity company as a Partner. He has, over the course of the following decade, been heavily involved in sourcing, completing and managing transactions. In 2014, Tim was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Knox group of companies. Holding Board directorships on many of the Knox group of companies, he assists with their good running, devising and implementing strategy and where appropriate leading on key acquisitions.

Arthur Lancaster - Director

Arthur Lancaster is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. After qualification Arthur joined Deloitte Haskin & Sells, which became Coopers & Lybrand, initially working in the Private Client and Entrepreneurs Division where he provided tax advice to many high profile clients. Arthur then worked in their Corporate Finance Division where he advised on MBOs, listings and other corporate transactions.

In 1996 Arthur joined Ernst & Young, Isle of Man, and was appointed Head of the tax department and a Director of the trust company. In 2003 Arthur was invited to head up a newly formed Isle of Man Family Office. After successfully dealing with the transfer of the founding family’s affairs from their previous advisers, he built the company into a leading prosperous trust company.

In 2011 Arthur joined the Knox Group of companies, having worked as an adviser to the founder for nearly 20 years. Arthur helped to establish the fiduciary services business and the UK based tax consultancy. Arthur is now Senior Partner of the UK tax practice and focuses on the provision of tax advice to UHNW clients and their UK businesses.

Specialists

Anthony Page - Fiduciary & Family Offices Services

Anthony Page has spent most of his near 20 year career in the offshore fiduciary environment, much of which has been in senior management roles in both Guernsey and the Isle of Man. He has considerable experience of managing a multi-jurisdictional portfolio of structures on behalf of a number of high net worth individuals, families and corporate entities.

Anthony is the Managing Director of the Knox group of companies’ regulated Fiduciary business. Since 2014 he has headed up the Family Office with a specific focus on the acquisition, maintenance and enhancement of assets. Asset classes are varied and globally based, spanning commercial and residential property, superyachts, aircraft, classic cars, artwork, jewellery and watches, and more traditional holdings such as cash and investment portfolios. Anthony is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and holds a diploma in International Trust Management.

Dan Clay - Business Administration Services

Dan is the Managing Director of the Knox group of companies’ Business Administration Services business. He looks after the affairs of many private clients and owner-managed businesses in a wide variety of sectors. He has a wealth of experience in both corporate and personal tax matters as well as providing ongoing business advice, guiding clients through expansion, consolidation and eventual exits. Dan’s expertise and knowledge in international tax, residency and domiciliary matters is put to great use with clients having greater cross border issues, none so more than the sport and entertainment industry. He is a regular speaker at both the Production Guild and Personal Managers Association as well as many other one off events covering a wide variety of tax issues.

Dan graduated in 1999 moving into taxation shortly after. Having worked for a number of years at a both medium and national sized firms within Media and Entertainment sectors, he moved back to Worcestershire and set up an accountancy practice with his father. He is a member of the Association of Tax Technicians.

Ed Ogden – Financing Solutions

Ed Ogden has spent over 30 years in the banking industry with over 15 years in senior management roles, predominantly with regional director responsibility and focus. He is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and has extensive experience and knowledge that covers all aspects of corporate finance and banking. Ed has worked with the Knox group of companies for the past few years sourcing, structuring and raising finance for a diverse range of asset acquisitions for both corporate and private clients. He is the Managing Director of the Knox group of companies’ financing solutions consultancy business.

Ed Ogden

James Porter – Marine & Aviation Solutions

James Porter joined the Knox group of companies in 2015. With over 18 years of experience in the offshore corporate services industry working for 2 large international corporate service providers, James advises international entrepreneurs, expatriates, high net worth individuals and professional intermediaries on all aspects of corporate structuring, specialising in aircraft and yacht ownership, management, registration services, VAT planning and EU importation and exportation services.

James Heathcote – Private Client Advisory

James is a private client tax specialist, advising high net worth individuals, families and family offices. In particular, he has extensive experience of working with international private clients across a broad spectrum of areas, ranging from residence, domicile and trusts, to inheritance tax and succession planning. He has coordinated complex cross-border projects with a particular focus on multigenerational family businesses in the EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) region.

Having worked for both, Deloitte and Ernst & Young before joining Lancaster Knox in 2019, James has advised some of the largest, most influential and most recognisable names in the private client world.  He is a member of the Association of Tax Technicians, the Chartered Institute of Taxation (for whom he is also a Branch Chair) and the Family Firm Institute (FFI). In 2018, James completed the FFI’s Certificate in Family Business Advising, covering a diverse range of topics including; family constitutions and conflict resolution, along with managing complex succession issues for business-owning families.  James also holds a BA in Languages & Linguistics from the University of York, and has worked and studied in Beijing and Shanghai.

In his role as Associate Director, James also works closely with teams within the wider Knox group of companies, enabling clients in the UK, the Crown Dependencies and beyond to benefit from the group’s holistic approach to wealth management.

James Heathcote

Amit Puri – Tax Investigations

Amit Puri is a Director in the tax investigations and disputes practice of the Knox group of companies. With almost 15 years of focused investigative experience and previously a Senior Inspector of Taxes with HMRC, where he spent 11 years, Amit is uniquely positioned to assist his clients with the most serious investigations, including Code of Practice 9 (suspected serious fraud) and Code of Practice 8 (fraud and bespoke tax avoidance ), where HMRC perceive large sums of tax to be at risk. Prior to his current role , Amit was a senior policy and strategy adviser in Whitehall and led the tax and dispute investigations team in London for a Top 10 professional services firm. Outside of London, Amit has a regular presence in Monaco, Dubai and Mumbai.

Oliver Shuttleworth - Fine Art

Oliver Shuttleworth is a fine art consultant with over 17 years of experience in the trade. He has extensive knowledge of both auction house and gallery business practices. After eight years at Sotheby’s London, followed by four years at a leading Mayfair gallery and art broker, Oliver Shuttleworth Fine Art was founded in 2014. Oliver has brokered over $40m in works of art including the acquisition of paintings by artists as diverse as Claude Monet, Rene Magritte and Pierre Soulages.

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