Ashley qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst Young (1986) followed by 15 years setting, growing and selling three businesses in IT, FMCG and Manufacturing in the fragrance industry.
Subsequently headhunted as CEO to turnaround a group of West Country family businesses, stream-lining everything into a market leading B2C timber conservatory manufacturer for the national self-build market. Nominated by Ernst Young for Entrepreneur of the Year award the business was successfully sold for the owners in 2004.
Subsequently involved with a speculative IT start up in VoIP and social media platform which did not succeed he became Financial Director of a foreign currency exchange business which grew, became profitable and subsequently sold. Continuing as a director (with sweet equity) helped develop the business further for the group to be sold onto Private Equity. He continues part time involved with special projects.
Very approachable, Ashley has a wealth of practical experience in dealing with problems, helping to create a vision and a plan, has a positive attitude and, as a lateral thinker, can often think of something!