Michael Reid : Licensed Insolvency Practitioner
Michael trained with an international firm of chartered accountants in Glasgow and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981. Thereafter he worked in Paris, London and Toronto before returning to Aberdeen in 1986. He co founded Meston Reid & Co on 1 January 1990.
Michael has held a full insolvency permit since 1989 and has acted as principal in hundreds of formal insolvencies (administration, receivership, liquidation, sequestration and trust deed) and provided support/advisory services to numerous businesses and individuals who have experienced financial difficulty and required specialist help.
Michael served on the ICAS insolvency committee from 1996 to 2011, and served on the UK Joint Insolvency Exam Board from 1997 to 2010.
He is a keen squash player, a member of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Aberdeen Rotary club and a Burgess of Guild of the City of Aberdeen. He is married with one son and two grandchildren.
Michelle Byrne : Insolvency Manager
Michelle has specialised in the provision of insolvency advice since 1986, joining Meston Reid & Co in 1991. She has a wide experience of all types of personal/corporate insolvency and provides advice to both individuals and directors/businesses. Her experience also includes acting for companies where formal insolvency proceedings may be inappropriate and where creditor consultation/communication and a repayment programme are more suitable.
Michelle’s role includes developing the insolvency department’s technical excellence and overseeing development of the firm’s insolvency capability. She manages a growing and evolving department and ensures that the Meston Reid & Co insolvency service is delivered both efficiently and effectively.
Michelle was a member of the firm’s MR25 group which was established in 2015 to celebrate Meston Reid & Co’s 25th anniversary and helped coordinate successful fundraising events which raised approximately £30,000 for our two nominated charities: Charlie House and UCAN.
Michelle also acts as treasurer for a local charity: Aberdeen & District Cerebral Palsy. She assists with the charity’s parent/carer support group and is involved in fundraising events/activities.
Michelle is married and has three sons. In her free time, she enjoys exercise classes, socialising with friends and long walks with her dog.
Paul O’Donnell : Insolvency Supervisor
Paul graduated from Dundee University in 2010 with honours in accountancy and first joined the Meston Reid & Co insolvency team in 2011. He obtained his Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency in 2012 and is in the final stages of obtaining an ACCA qualification.
Paul’s experience covers both personal and corporate insolvency cases across many sectors including construction, oil & gas, transport and leisure industries such as pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Paul’s interests outside of the office include football (playing and watching), golf and socialising.
Sarah Bedford : Insolvency Supervisor
Sarah obtained an honours degree at Aberdeen University in 2009 and, after a period with the National Blood Transfusion Service, joined Meston Reid & Co in order to provide support to the insolvency team in terms of dealing with all administration aspects relating to both formal and informal insolvency assignments. She obtained her Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency in 2012.
Sarah is a new mum and is kept busy spending time with her husband and young daughter.
Anna Thomson : Insolvency Administrator
Anna is a recent graduate, having just obtained a BA Honours degree in Business from Glasgow Caledonian University.
She joined Meston Reid & Co as an Insolvency Administrator, providing support for her colleagues. In order to enhance her knowledge in insolvency, she intends to work towards obtaining her Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency in the near future.
Her interests include baking, cooking and socialising, having worked in hospitality throughout her student years.
Lena Wood : Insolvency Administrator
Lena joined Meston Reid & Co in 2008 and has experience in banking and administration over a number of years. She provides direct support for all cases, dealing directly with debtors, creditors, directors and all other parties linked to an insolvency process.
Her interests include gardening and cooking, and she was a Special Constable in Aberdeen for a number of years.