These are exciting times for The 79th Group as we are experiencing tremendous growth across all branches of our business, including new acquisitions, partnerships, and new team members.
We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our leadership team, Andy Cole, who recently joined us as a Non-Executive Director. Andy’s wealth of experience in tax and regulatory legislation will ensure we will continue to provide the best possible advice and guidance to investors and clients.
Now a retired independent tax consultant, Andy spent 40 years in public service and was most recently a senior member of HMRC. He was awarded a CBE for his services tackling offshore tax evasion and avoidance, which he was recognised for on the Queen’s 2011 New Year’s Honours list.
Andy began his career in the Civil Service in 1975 where he trained as a criminal and civil investigator. He went on to hold a variety of roles where he tackled some of the largest and complex fraud and avoidance cases by corporates, High Net Worth Individuals, offshore entities, and organised criminal gangs.
As Senior Director of Special Investigations at HMRC, Andy was accountable for the deployment and delivery of approximately 3,000 investigation specialists, technicians, accountants, and insolvency experts in stopping tax evasion and non-compliance. His leadership recovered approximately GBP3.5 billion in unpaid duties to the Exchequer and regularised assets in the region of GBP15 billion.
Being strategically sat on the board of, The 79th Group allows Andy’s extensive experience to be drawn down throughout the entire group. Advising on tax, compliance, and legislation across the property business, gold mining business and all future ventures. Our investors and partners can be entirely confident our policies and strategies are protected with continuous vigilance by the highest level of compliance.
“We could not have a better person on board to support our investors, partners and clients. Andy has a unique skill set and his extensive experience at HMRC at a senior level is of huge value in complex tax and wider-based matters,” said David Webster, Chairman of The 79th Group.
Andy commented, “I am delighted to be joining the 79th Group board at a time of exciting development for the business – particularly the gold mining initiative. I am looking forward to working closely with the team to ensure the highest level of regulatory advice and guidance.”
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