Martyn Ifould, principal – Thames Valley
After studying Economics, Martyn began his business career with Price Waterhouse where he gained experience auditing both medium-sized and large plc clients. He worked in Leeds, London and Budapest before moving to the Manchester office. Following qualification as a Chartered Accountant, Martyn sought hands-on commercial experience working in the corporate finance and recovery team. As well as managing and selling insolvent businesses to maximize returns to creditors and other stakeholders he undertook in-depth business reviews and led teams of professional staff. Martyn has since had a long and very successful career in the clothing sector as the Finance Director of the Regatta Group, comprising the Regatta, Dare2b ski and cycle, Craghoppers and Hawkshead brands with combined turnover of £160m, operating offices across Europe, Asia and the US, with over 800 employees and exporting to 116 countries. During his time at Regatta the business grew eight-fold from a single brand importer and UK wholesaler to a multi-channel branded international business with high street and online retailing. His career has provided Martyn with extensive experience of international trade finance, currency and treasury management, negotiation of banking and other funding arrangements, commercial and legal agreements, brand licensing and trade marks, business acquisitions and turnarounds, investment appraisal and project leadership. He has been working in advisory roles since 2013 and has a great deal of experience of working with owner-managed businesses.