Steve O'Hara

Steve O'Hara - Finance and Travel Industry

Core Skills: Strategic Skills, Financial Planning & Reporting, Business Plans for an Onward Sale

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.


Douglas Grant
Hospitality Market Appraisals and Feasibility

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James Munro
Hotels & Resorts Operational Management

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Jim Fletcher
Tourism Economist

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Steve O'Hara
Finance and Travel Industry

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Geoffrey Dobson
Real Estate Investment & Asset Management

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Nigel Teasdale
Hospitality Asset Management, (Middle East, S.E. Asia)

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With extensive travel industry and finance skills Steve O Hara joins us as a partner providing a logical extension to our multidisciplinary offer which now befits from in depth strategic and finance expertise and links the ‘travel element’ of our offering to its established tourism experience provided through our Tourism Economist partner, Jim Fletcher.

Steve is a qualified chartered accountant who was CFO and part owner of JAC Travel heavily involved with changing the business model from being an Inbound Tour Operator into a B2B Online Bedbank – selling worldwide to online hotel retailers and preparing the company for sale and managing the sale process to Bowmark Capital (Private Equity) and subsequently working for Private Equity owners in a highly leveraged financial environment.

He is also an active investor in early stage Venture Capital backed businesses and more recently, alongside a passion for travel and sports, worked with the CEO at E Voyages to enable the business to better plan and manage growth as it grows rapidly from a small to a medium sized business. Other projects have included 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 and overseeing the financial reporting of the European Tour Operators Association.