5 Minutes With… Hollie Thompson, Tax Manager

We want you to get to know our team members in our new ‘5 Minutes With…’ blog series!

In the first episode of the series, get to know our Tax Manager, Hollie Thompson. She tells us what she enjoys most about her role, her favourite things about the North East, and you may not believe how many escape rooms she has completed..!

What is your role and how long have you been part of the MHA Tait Walker team?

I head up the R&D team here at MHA Tait Walker. I started working for the firm just over 18 months ago, having worked in various general practice roles in the North East. I manage the corporate tax team and mainly look after our clients involved in manufacturing, engineering, software development, pharmaceuticals and other innovative industries, particularly in terms of helping them to access innovation tax reliefs (like R&D and Patent Box). I also manage a compliance portfolio and get involved with general tax planning.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I love that I get to spend my days helping companies access tax relief which provides them with a much needed cash boost. More often than not, they are able to use the tax savings I help them get to directly benefit their business and workforce. The nature of my work means I also get to see and experience some really interesting activities at clients premises, ranging from watching molten metal being poured, to playing with virtual reality headsets! It’s a fun and interesting role which enables me to help bring economic benefits into the North East and beyond – it’s extremely rewarding.

What’s your favourite thing about the North East?

I love how much there is to do in the North East; we have the beach, the lake district, forests and all sorts of activities right on our doorstep. We also have really interesting history and amazing bars and restaurants. You can’t really be bored living in the North East and we’re a friendly bunch!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Aside from typical things like going to the cinema and eating out at restaurants, my hobbies include strength training, netball, and particularly, escape rooms. I have completed over 140 rooms in the UK and internationally! I actually created an MHA Tait Walker escape room for a team building event which we now use for clients.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

For years I wanted to be a doctor (although a singer would have probably been my secret preference). I studied Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University with a view to starting a medical degree when I finished, but I quickly realised that career path wasn’t for me. Little did I know that my science background would come in very useful for my future career as an R&D specialist! I still dabble in singing (not well), as my colleagues would be sure to tell you.

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday morning?

A nice early start, breakfast at somewhere like Olive and Bean or Quay Ingredient, followed by an escape room would be my ideal Saturday morning. This is often how I do actually spend Saturday mornings! Alternatively, spending the morning in the airport before jetting off to somewhere fun is always superb.