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DTE Connect has been created for you by The DTE Payroll & Tax Centre Limited, which is part of the DTE Group, a leading national provider of business advisory and accountancy services.

DTE Connect has been running successfully for over 9 years. Over 5,000 accountancy practitioners have so far benefited from our service, which includes a technical helpline and regularly updated and relevant publications, tax guides, tax briefs, training seminars, plus Connect updates.  

 Meet the Team

George Lovell, Tax Partner

George is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.  He trained at Deloitte in London and then joined KPMG in Leeds where he spent eleven years, the last eight of which were in the Mergers and Acquisitions Tax Advisory team.  He has extensive experience of advising on acquisitions, disposals, management buy-outs, group reorganisations, demergers and private equity transactions.

In 2008 he joined RSM Bentley Jennison as a Tax Partner and during his time there focussed on advising owner managed businesses and their shareholders on their tax affairs, including tax efficient remuneration, international tax matters, acquisitions and disposals of private companies, large capital allowances claims and VAT reclaims.

He joined DTE in 2011 where he has developed the firm's specialism in R&D Tax Credits while continuing to advise owner managed businesses on a wider range of tax issues.

Alan McCann, Director & HMRC Tax Investigations Expert


Alan McCann is a director of taxation at the DTE Group and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He has been resolving client tax matters for over 35 years. Alan started his career in the then Inland Revenue and soon realised he was not made to be a civil servant. Alan has been with the DTE Group for over 15 years, previously with a national top ten firm at their Manchester office.

While Alan advises on all aspects of taxation, he specialises in all aspects of HMRC tax investigations. Alan prides himself on his hands-on working relationship with clients. He is also a regular presenter of seminars and workshops nationally. His regular tax clubs have, for over 15 years, proved to be very popular with smaller accountancy pratitioners.

Gareth Costello, Tax Senior Manager

Gareth joined the tax team in May 2017 to help bolster the senior tax advisory team.

Prior to joining DTE, Gareth has worked at a combination of top ten accountancy firms and smaller independent tax advisory boutiques, the focus throughout being support and advice to owner managed businesses and their owners on tax matters.

Specialisms: corporation tax, income tax, capital gains tax for individuals and companies, succession planning, share incentives and growth plans, corporate reorganisations and demergers.

Karin McDiarmid, Connect Administrator

Karin is the friendly voice you will usually hear when you first ring DTE Connect on our Local number 0843 506 6123. She has over ten years experience administrating the DTE Connect support network, organising seminars, marketing guides and publications, and generally helping our DTE Connect members with any non-technical support they need.

Karin is also here to help you with DTE Connect membership enquiries, booking seminars or webinars, and purchasing any of our tax publications.

Sarah Nicholson - Payroll Manager

Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the department ensuring that payrolls are paid on time and accurately.

Her duties include processing more difficult payrolls, transferring BACS payments, advising and guiding the Payroll Administrators on technical matters, dealing with client queries and complex issues, as well as keeping up to date with the latest payroll legislation and statutory procedures.

She joined DTE in 2005 from Ceridian where she was a Payroll Executive.  Previously Sarah worked at Birthdays Ltd for ten years as a Payroll Manager and Payroll Supervisor.