We are a small team who are focussed on providing our clients with clear, uncomplicated IVA advice and support.
As a client of Johnson Geddes you will have dedicated staff dealing with your case that you will be able to get to know over the duration of your IVA.
We can promise that you won’t be dealt with in a call centre environment and that every effort will be made to make you feel at ease and to give you the confidence that we are there to help you.
Paul started his working life with Barclays Bank Plc before moving into insolvency in 1993.
He joined Levy Gee, where he met up with Neil Geddes, and worked in the Manchester office for 11 years. During this time, Paul completed his insolvency exams and qualified in 1995.
After a short spell with BDO Stoy Hayward, where he acted on several major retail insolvencies, he teamed up with Neil Geddes to head up a practise specialising in personal insolvency.
He has held a licence since 2006 and is a Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.
Paul has had over 25 years experience in personal and corporate insolvency, and has spent the majority of his career with BDO Stoy Hayward and latterly Grant Thomton in Dublin and Belfast.
Paul passed his insolvency exams in 1995 and had worked with Paul Johnson at BDO Stoy Hayward for several years between 2004 and 2006, specialising in significant corporate insolvencies.
He has most recently assisted in the set-up of the processes and controls relating to personal insolvency in Ireland, following the change in legislation in 2013. The changes allowed the Irish access to alternative personal insolvency solutions akin to Individial Voluntary Arrangements available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Paul joined Johnson Geddes in December 2014 and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Neil was one of the founder members of Johnson Geddes and sadly passed away in October 2014.
Neil began his insolvency career in London in 1979 with Price Waterhouse. Since then he developed a wide experience of all aspects of insolvency, both corporate and personal, and had held an insolvency licence since 1986.
He became a partner at Levy Gee in 1987 and moved north to Manchester in 1993 to help in the development of the practice. He had worked with Paul Johnson since 1994, mainly acting for banking clients on distressed corporate lending positions. Together with Paul they established the current niche practice, staffed by people who really know their job and where clients are treated with courtesy and respect. These traditions will continue to live on in the company.
Colin Burke BA (Hons), M.A
Colin is a former Insolvency Practitioner and leading advisor in the North West insolvency profession with a wealth of experience on all aspects of insolvency, both corporate and personal.
Colin provides consultancy services to Johnson Geddes and is an invaluable member of our team. We welcome his in depth knowledge and analysis, particularly on the more technical issues that crossover to corporate insolvency and Director responsibilities, to include Director’s personal liabilities.
Mike has worked in personal insolvency for 11 years and has been with Johnson Geddes since early 2010.
He is involved in initial advising and drafting proposals for both employed and self employed clients. He enjoys music, football and real ale!
Graeme has worked for Johnson Geddes since early 2012 and has been in the industry for approximately seven years, and now specialises in the pre-appointment side of IVAs, specifically in the process of drafting the proposals for clients.
Graeme previously taught Maths in secondary schools, but returned to the insolvency field. He has a keen interest in sports and teaches Taekwondo, and regularly takes part in tournaments.
Clare has worked in financial services since leaving school in 1986. She entered the insolvency industry in 2005 after helping a close friend with their bankruptcy.
Clare lives with her partner of 25 years and has two grown up children. When not working she enjoys socialising with friends, the gym, Manchester City FC and her Shih Tzu / Lhasa Apso puppy.
Jo joined Johnson Geddes in 2013 and has worked in the personal insolvency arena since 2008.
Her role includes completing the clients annual reviews and assisting the clients with any change in their financial circumstances during the IVA.
She has a young son and in her spare time enjoys socialising, days out and the odd bottle of wine.
Michelle has worked in personal insolvency since 2008 and joined Johnson Geddes in early 2015.
Her roles include completing annual reviews and proposing validations to client proposals, as a member of the supervisory team.
In her spare time she enjoys socialising with her family and friends, and long walks with her dog.
Ed joined Johnson Geddes in 2012 having secured a degree in accountancy from Newcastle Business School.
Ed's main roles include the management and allocation of client monies and assisting in the monthly payments to creditors. He is currently studying towards an ACCA qualification.
He is a keen musician and plays the bass guitar in a local band. The band are currently recording their first album.