Geoff Cleaver

Geoff’s career in tax spans more than 30 years. After qualifying at Spice & Pegler (now part of Deloitte), Geoff spent 18 years at KPMG in Birmingham, his last five years as director of the Private Client department.

Geoff now spends the majority of his time advising wealthy families and entrepreneurs on all aspects of taxation, specialising in IHT and estate planning and capital gains tax mitigation.

Geoff decided to set up a private practice in 2006 which allowed him to focus on providing a more personal, cost-efficient service to his clients. His practice has grown substantially over the last ten years to encompass a team of like-minded, highly professional individuals, who are all focussed on client service.

In between work and family life, Geoff has a passion for playing golf and enjoys good food, fine wine and great company.

Martin Murray

A glutton for punishment, Martin Murray has racked up over 30 years’ experience in the tax profession.

Immediately prior to joining Cleaver Cook in 2013, Martin was a senior manager at KPMG, where he’d spent 12 years after previously qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser with top tier firm Kidsons Impey.

Martin continues to provide a professional service working closely with clients and advising HNW families and entrepreneurs on a wide range of tax issues, focussing specifically on capital taxes and succession planning.

In his spare time, Martin likes walking (with or without his dog), travelling and being an active spectator of a number of sports.

Sue Dixon

Sue started her career in tax in 1982, when she joined the offices of HMRC in Liverpool before transferring to the Midlands shortly afterwards. However, seeking a new challenge, Sue changed sides and moved into professional practice where she spent the next 25 years working in Big Four and top tier accountancy firms, specialising in personal tax compliance, attaining her ATT qualification in 1987.

Sue joined Cleaver Cook back in 2007, where she can continue to offer the same high level of professional service, but in a more friendly and personal environment.

Outside of work Sue enjoys travelling, eating out, cinema and live music. She even manages to squeeze in ballroom dancing classes.

Clare Cleaver

Clare joined KPMG in 1990 as a new graduate and as part of her training was seconded to the Private Client department of the Birmingham office. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Clare transferred her skills into industry, working for a Government quango as well as a private family trading company.

After taking a short career break, Clare was instrumental in supporting Geoff as he set up their private practice in 2006. Clare still has an active involvement in the firm, with a varied role that includes preparation of trust accounts and dealing with family office issues.

Maintaining a work life balance is something of a challenge with teenage children; nevertheless Clare manages to enjoy property renovation, gardening and tennis in her non-spare time.