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Our team

Meet VATCalc‘s leadership, a team buzzing with decades of global tax tech expertise. We have collectively and individually built numerous automation solutions now used by thousands of customers around the world. Based in Belgium and the UK, the leadership oversees a growing workforce passionate about building tax tech for the digital age.  Contact us if you would like to hear more or even join the most exciting story in tax automation.

Richard Asquith, CEO

Richard works with the team to foster and drive VATCalc’s mission to digitalise VAT/GST and help automate the life out of tax headache for our customers.  Prior to VATCalc, he established Avalara’s VAT tech business, taking a major role in powering stellar growth.  Richard was on the leadership team for the 2018 Avalara IPO. Previously, Richard created vatlive.com, the world’s largest free VAT/GST Information site, purchased by Avalara in 2014.  In 2005, Richard formed TMF Group’s international VAT compliance service in 2004, which became its fastest growing unit. This is where he conceived and launched his first tax engine used by thousands of insurers globally.  Richard trained with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work with them and EY in Hungary, Russia and France.

Colin Matthews, Chief Product Officer

Colin is the imagination behind the game-changing innovations at VATCalc.  His vision of a single VAT/GST platform for determination, returns and live reporting is what sets us apart. Colin was previously a senior leader at Avalara’s global VAT Product team, building and launching a range of SaaS tax applications. He also led the EMEA Solutions Consulting team.  Prior to this, Colin spent a decade with TMF Group’s outsourced VAT compliance business, helping hundreds of businesses manage their VAT obligations.  He started his career with HSBC.

Stijn Saelens, Chief Technology Officer

Stijn is a pioneer of the international VAT tech sector. Today, thousands of businesses use the technologies that he and his teams have built. At VATCalc, his unique blend of tech and tax expertise is at the heart of why our tech is so exciting.  Stijn was one of the co-founders of VAT Applications in 2002, the Belgian tax automator Avalara acquired in 2015. He has conceived and built multiple VAT determination and reporting applications. He is a certified SAP ABAP developer.  Stijn is a civil engineer by training, and where he first learned to power of automation to build on a huge scale.

Andy Lee, Lead Engineer

Andy inspires a Belgian and British teams developing our next-gen tech at scale. He brings 25 years’ experience building and implementing real-time, fault tolerant, high availability systems in fintech and telecoms. Previously at Avalara Andy worked on the migration to cloud and was a Senior Technical Product Manager for e-invoicing.

Jacinta Caragher, Director of Global Marketing

Jacinta makes us loud and digital on global markets.  Her marketing team has already powered vatcalc.com to become one of the most-visited tax knowledge sites globally. This is underpinning our growth internationally. Previously, Jacinta has worked in some of the most prominent international tax and legal firms in the world. This included Baker McKenzie in London and PwC in Paris, developing go-to-market strategies with partners seeking to shape global tax thinking.

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