Michael O'Brien | Kreston Reeves


Accounts and Outsourcing Partner, Head of Technology and Head of North America Business



Special interests

  • Technology, digital and creative business
  • International operations
  • Owner managed businesses
  • Business consulting


  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians
  • Recognised as one of the UKs top accounting talents at “The 35 under 35″ Accountancy Age awards 2012


  • Tech, digital media and entrepreneurial business
  • Inward investment into the United Kingdom and Europe
  • Head of the firm’s North American specialist team
  • Out-sourcing of accounting, payroll and financial functions
  • Assisting business start ups
  • Professional services companies
  • Hospitality and leisure industry

Further information

Michael joined FW Stephens in 1999 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005 before being appointed a Partner in October 2008. He then went on to join Kreston Reeves following the merger of FW Stephens and Kreston Reeves on 1 June 2010.

Over the years Michael has built up considerable experience by working with a range of commercial clients in different sectors and assisting them with their accounting, tax and other financial needs. Michael specialises in clients looking to outsource their accounting, payroll and finance functions, many of these companies coming to the UK from overseas who he then assists in growing their businesses and enabling their further development into Europe and beyond.

Michael also specialises in working with clients in the technology, digital media and creative industries; including owner managed businesses and also large multinational corporations. Michael is located in the London office which is in the heart of capital’s “Tech City”, a hub for the nation’s digital and creative industry.

In 2012 Michael was named by Accountancy Age magazine as being one of “The 35 under 35″. This showcases a wide variety of achievements and skills held by the next generation of managing partners, CFOs and entrepreneurs.

Michael is also the Accountancy Startup Doctor for UKTN news, providing advice and insight to businesses in and around the Tech City community. Michael was a judge of the Cisco BIG Awards 2015 which looked to support the best technology companies in the UK. As part of his role he provided mentoring to the finalists and was part of the judging panel which decided how the prize fund of over $340,000 was awarded.

Michael is an active participant of the firm’s international accounting network, Kreston International (with particular interest in the North American region).

Personal interests

Michael enjoys running and going to the gym and then ruining all the hard work by a healthy love of dining out.