Director Profiles

Philip Ballard FCCA FNARA MIPA

Philip has extensive knowledge and experience in working with businesses in financial distress, providing restructuring solutions and, where necessary, administering all types of formal insolvency procedures including liquidations, administrations, voluntary arrangements, administrative receiverships and bankruptcies (including insolvent death estates).

Philip is also a Registered Property Receiver and fellow of NARA, accepting appointments as LPA or fixed charge receiver over property and other assets by secured lenders.

Outside of work Philip has a young family and is an avid Liverpool supporter.


Tony is a Chartered Certified Accountant and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and the founder of Cranfield Business Recovery. Formerly a Partner at one of the leading international accountancy practices, Tony has over 35 years' experience of working with lenders and with companies in financial distress. A Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and a member of NARA, he is also qualified to act as an LPA Property and Fixed Charge Receiver.

His family and an interest in all forms of motor sport fill his spare time.

Patrick Murtagh (Managing Director)

Having worked with both local and internationally based practices, Patrick’s career spans over 25 years in the accountancy and corporate recovery professions. His extensive experience and forensic skills gained over a varied range of business sectors contributes to the wealth of knowledge that Patrick brings to situations when seeking to resolve clients’ financial problems. Patrick’s friendly and pragmatic approach is reflected in his working relationships with clients when seeking to explore the options available to them.

Away from the office Patrick’s interests include golf, genealogy research and the cinema.