Our leadership team

A highly experienced multi-discipline business services team, led by Tony Stockdale, who previously grew one of the largest national accountancy practices in the UK.

Board of Directors

Tony Stockdale

Executive Chairman

Tony is a highly accomplished business leader with a track record of building and leading high profile professional services firms in the accounting/finance industry. He has extensive experience in directing and motivating management teams, devising and delivering strategies for profitable growth, shaping acquisition targets, due diligence, post-merger integration and divestment strategy.

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Wes Burrage-Jones

CFO

Leads the financial function at Metamorph, as well as HR and facilities. With over 12+ years of managing finance teams in the professional services sector, Wes is CIMA Qualified. Wes joined the business in September 2020, and has extensive experience of leadership in other professional services consolidator businesses.

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Alan Webb

Financial Director

Alan is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years high level experience in the Professional, Industrial & Financial Sectors. He has a solid track record in advising businesses with their development and strategic planning and has many successes to his name.

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Simon Goldhill

Director

With more than 30 years legal market experience, both as a practitioner and as a developer of legal businesses. He is a proven legal market entrepreneur and successful business builder, taking a new start from concept to VC investment in under 6 years.

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David Whitlock

Senior Non-Executive Director

David is a Corporate Finance Banker with some forty years’ experience, the last twelve years in the City of London as a Senior Managing Director in Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, which included being responsible for the Bank’s Professional Practices clients.

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Shaun Dixon

Non-Executive Director

Keith Ashworth

Non-Executive Director

Operations

Richard Ashton

National Head of Trusts & Estates

Richard Ashton is a Principal Lawyer in the Trusts and Estates department. Richard specialises in:

  • Estate planning
  • Wills
  • Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Court of Protection/Office of the Public Guardian
  • Deputyship
  • Trusts

One example of Richard’s success for clients was the arrangement to reclaim Inheritance tax of over £45,000 through preparation of a Will. Richard lives in Shrewsbury and enjoys the Shropshire life. He has a keen interest in motorsport, particularly Formula One. Year admitted: 1997 Education: Law degree (2:1) at Aberystwyth University, Legal Practice Course (LPC) in Chester. Languages: Basic Welsh Memberships: Richard is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly

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James Barron

Group IT Director

With over 25 years of knowledge and experience in IT across a number of legal firms, James joined Metamorph in January 2021.

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Neil Fearn

National Head of Dispute Resolution

Neil joined the team in May 2021 as the group head of dispute resolution. He is an accredited specialist clinical negligence lawyer and has been for the past 28 years. As previous CEO of Pryers and partner at Simpson Millar, Neil has experience of setting up, growing and managing teams of clinical negligence lawyers and particular expertise in Erbs Palsy and Cerebral Palsy claims. Outside of work, Neil enjoys keeping active by cycling or running, taking part in DIY projects and raising his three daughters.

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Sara Fildes

National Head of Family Law

Sara is an established senior solicitor with twenty years’ experience in all aspects of family law. After studying Podiatric medicine and working for the NHS for several years, she made a career change in her late twenties to enter the legal profession. After finishing her studies at Nottingham Law School, she began a training contract in 1998 at The Owen Kenny Partnership and joined its Family Team as a permanent, fully qualified solicitor two years later. ‘I am sure that my years of caring for patients, listening to their concerns and trying to work out the best possible solution contributed to my aptitude for family law,’ explains Sara. ‘I have always enjoyed advocacy, felt comfortable in a courtroom, but work very hard to find a practical and cost effective solution at the earliest stage. I find using a wide range of skills helps achieve the most amicable and well thought through settlements, saving stress and expense.’ Sara specialises in advising on all matters relating to relationship break down and family disputes and has particular experience in dealing with high networth separations, complex financial affairs and sensitive issues regarding children. Sara has successfully handled cases as far as the Court of Appeal including acting for the father in the reported case E v E (shared residence: financial relief) [2006] 1FLR 1228 concerning relocating of children. She is qualified in Collaborative Law, a Mediator and a past president of the Chichester District Law Society. Sara is also a member of the national organisation of Family Lawyers, Resolution. Away from the office, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, looking after twins with her partner.

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Ian Goddard

Chief Operating Officer

Ian joined the team in June 2019 as the Group Chief Operating Officer. As an experienced director and senior manager in professional services sector Ian oversees the day-to-day running of Metamorph. During Ian’s spare time he enjoys going for walks, watching sport or playing golf, badly.

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Victoria Hancox

Group Head of Compliance

An experienced compliance professional with a demonstrated history of working in the legal sector, Victoria joined Metamorph as Head of Compliance in August 2020.

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Paul Rawson

Group Marketing Director

Experienced marketing lead in Professional Services (20+ years) and a MBA from the University of Manchester. Extensive experience across sectors and over 10 years of global work experience. Leading the growth of the business through innovative sales and marketing approaches, including digital transformation and client lifetime value programmes. Paul joined Metamorph in January 2020. All round marketing guru.

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Rachel Walton

National Head of Conveyancing

Rachel has 35 years’ experience as a solicitor and is proud to be the Director of Legal Operations for our conveyancing department, leading a dynamic team that are committed to serve their clients. 

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