Background: A qualified Chartered Accountant with wide ranging business skills borne out of being an Owner/Director of a travel business for 25 years. Having witnessed the growth of the business from £1m to £70m revenue, he has vast financial and commercial experience of planning for growth and managing change in a rapidly expanding business environment. He is also an active investor in early stage Venture Capital backed businesses.
Steve is a Business Studies Graduate whose career spans PKF – Chartered Accountant (1980-1984); JAC Travel Ltd Owner/Director/CFO (1984 – 2009); Self Employed Consultant (2010 to date)
Power Solutions (UK) Ltd – Non Executive Director (2011 to date); Aquality Trading & Consulting – Finance Director (2011 to date) and Octopus Investments – Venture Partner (2010 to date)
Recent projects: JAC Travel Owner/CFO. In a 25 year career, he was heavily involved with:
Changing the business model from being an Inbound Tour Operator into a B2B Online Bedbank – selling worldwide to online hotel retailers
Preparing the company for sale and managing the sale process to Bowmark Capital (Private Equity)
Working for Private Equity owners in a highly leveraged financial environment
E Voyages Ltd – working with the CEO to enable the business to better plan and manage growth as it grows rapidly from a small to a medium sized business.
Another travel company – working with the owner and senior management to plan and implement a structure to re-distribute the equity from the entrepreneur to the management team
About Steve: Having represented England Universities and had a long career in amateur football, he now, unfortunately, spends more time watching live sport than playing it, albeit he is still a keen runner and cyclist. His other main passion is travel.