Meet the team

Peter Welch

Managing Director

Peter has worked in the finance industry for 20 years. Following a successful early career with Lloyds Bank, he joined Meridian in 1998. A management buyout was completed in 2006. Peter is driven and motivated by Meridian being the best, not the biggest.

Ian Harvey


Beginning his career in the finance industry, Ian spent a period working for a national charity where his responsibilities included implementation of an accounting and IT system. He was recruited by Meridian in 1998 and in 2002 became head of the telecommunications and data processing division.

David Lyon


David has a strong commercial and financial background. Qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young, David moved on to work with Price Waterhouse overseas. His career has included senior finance roles, first at Whitbread, and then at Nestor Healthcare (then a leading FTSE 250 company) where he was Group Finance Director and Clinovia where he was CFO. He then moved on to become Joint Managing Director and then Chief Executive of Carewatch Care Services, a leading domiciliary care provider until 2012.

Senior Team

Andy Cornish

Client Services Director

We recruited Andy from Accenture where he was ‘Service Delivery Lead’. Andy has been key in creating the professional, and evolving method of work practice that Meridian adopts.

He has over 10 years of Recovery Audit experience in the European and US markets.

Andy is enjoying the challenges of working in a growing business and is forever looking at ways in which we can continue to deliver the highest possible service to our clients.

Ian Welch

Senior Systems Accountant

A qualified accountant (ACMA) with considerable post qualification expertise in accounting systems and processes. Ian has worked in many industry sectors during his career, including Oil and Gas, manufacturing, IT and Biotech.

While with a software applications market leader and IT outsourcing specialist, Ian had principal responsibility for support and development of the financial accounting systems. Ian joined Meridian in 2006.

Clare Garrett

Joint Operations Director

Clare was highly recommended to us by the Head of Finance at Threshers. Clare had worked there for over 10 years in AP. She had specialised in EDI, been part of the data management team and was the AP supervisor when we met her.

Clare’s experience meant she was an ideal choice to head up the Statements team with Debbie, while also managing projects. Clare thrives on challenges and enjoys working on the more difficult claims.

Chris Hackett

Joint Operations Director

Chris Joined Meridian in August 2011, we headhunted him from Apex Analytics (American based audit firm). Chris was known to us, as he and Andy had previously worked together at Accenture.

Chris is a qualified accounting technician and has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry. Chris has been an AP Manager in the past and this experience along with his consultative approach enables him to understand our clients’ needs and obtain exceptional results.

As well as account management Chris heads up our VAT team.

Account Managers

David Knight

Senior Account Manager

David has been working in the recovery audit field for over 10 years including Accenture Profit Recovery and analytics. David brings a wealth of both AP and AR knowledge to Meridian. For the 10 years prior to working with us, David worked for Warner Brothers and the Financial Times as an AP Supervisor / Team Leader.

David has been with us since 2007 and has built up a reputation for dealing with complex claims.

David is also a qualified accounting technician.

Thierry Diebolt

Account Manager

Thierry was highly recommended to us by Lafarge (a long standing client of ours); he had been working as a contractor for them on internal audit projects which had been successfully completed. We met with Thierry and instantly liked his approach; he was hired and has now been with Meridian since January 2010.

Thierry has a French accountancy degree and prior to working with Lafarge was with Emerson Process Management as an AP team leader for 8 years, again bringing significant AP knowledge and is bilingual in French and English.

Debbie Eggleton

Account Manager

Debbie jointly heads up our Statements and Complex Suppliers team along with Clare.

Debbie has over 30 years of credit control and accounts payable experience. She started her career working with Argos and subsequently moved to Siemens working in credit control on large accounts such as ‘The Home Office’. Siemen’s assigned Debbie to work on a specific debt project and she reduced the outstanding debt by 50%! Debbie was given a company award for this work.

Prior to joining us Debbie was working for a large wholesaler (responsible for reconciling complex supplier accounts) which was relocating to another part of the country.

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