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Martin Gibbs AGN EMEA Chair

Martin is the managing partner of Dafferns LLP, driving the strategic development and growth of the firm
and helping clients maximise value, pay less tax and plan what comes next.

Joining the AGN EMEA Board

I was delighted to be elected as chairman of the AGN International EMEA regional meeting in Cyprus in June 2019, having only joined the board a year beforehand in preparation for the challenge of taking over from Richard Hempe.

Dafferns joined AGN in 2015 just before the Copenhagen ERM and is hugely committed to the organisation. Since joining I have attended 6 of the last 7 European and World meetings; Copenhagen, Vancouver, Munich, Dublin, Budapest, Edinburgh and Washington DC in Autumn 2018.

I look forward to working with you all over the next two years. As chairman, I hope to leverage my experience gained from previous board positions and bring energy, vision, passion, enthusiasm to the role.

My objectives with the EMEA board are: Unity, Clarity, Simplicity, Agility and Succession.

I thoroughly support Malcolm Ward’s statement in his Edinburgh AGM wrap up, recognising the need to accept and embrace change and look forward to working closely with him and Marlijn to shape the future of AGN in the EMEA region.

Delivering high quality, interesting, relevant, profitable Regional Meetings and IFRS/Tax Seminars is vital, along with supporting member firms in developing the Next Generation of leaders and partners and making the Next-Gen sessions accessible to more delegates.

AGN Excellent+, Malaga September 2019

About Martin

Born and educated in Leamington Spa, Martin joined Daffern & Co Chartered Accountants as a trainee in 1982, soon after leaving school. In 1989, he moved to a medium sized firm in Banbury, Oxfordshire, as a Manager and then Senior Manager and in 1999 rejoined Daffern & Co as a Partner. In 2007 Martin was appointed Managing Partner and led the incorporation of the partnership into Dafferns LLP. In 2010 the firm merged two offices into one large office in Coventry, with Martin leading the firm into this new chapter.

In 2019, Dafferns is one of the leading medium sized accounting firms in Coventry and Warwickshire, with a strong reputation and specialisms in Advisory, Audit, Assurance, Tax and Wealth Management.

Professional qualifications

  • ACCA qualified in 1988
  • FCCA since 1993
  • ACCA UK Practising certificate and Registered Auditor since 1999
  • Accredited Mindshop facilitator – AMSF since 2007

Board appointments

  • Dafferns Partner since 1999 and Managing Partner since 2007
  • Coventry and Warwickshire First board member since 2011 and Chairman in 2015
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Champions Place Board Member since 2014
  • AGN International EMEA director since July 2018

Martin’s BREXIT Blogs

Personal views on the BREXIT saga

The Dafferns Team and AGN

From Copenhagen to Prague via Vancouver, Munich, Dublin, Budapest, Utrecht, Edinburgh, Vienna and Washington DC

Business Strategy and Planning

As an accredited Mindshop facilitator, Martin has a keen focus on providing strategic business advice, taking a holistic or 360 degree approach, linking together personal and business tax and wealth planning.


Small Business

Martin leads the Dafferns Small Business Services team – leveraging technology and the cloud, with Xero and Sage accounts, to streamline the year end accounts and tax process.

Small Business

Corporate Finance

Martin also has extensive corporate finance experience, including buying, selling and restructuring businesses, due diligence reviews, advising MBO teams and exit route planning.

Corporate Finance

Assurance Audit and Accounts

Martin’s clients range from £40m plus turnover groups to small self-employed contractors and include UK subsidiaries of overseas groups, manufacturing, service, construction, consulting and software companies as well as third sector not for profit organisations and charities.


Supporting business in Coventry and Warwickshire

Martin was the 2015 Chairman of Coventry and Warwickshire First – the voice of business professionals in Coventry and Warwickshire and is also a Placeboard member of Coventry and Warwickshire Champions.