Steve O'Hara

Steve O'Hara - Finance and Travel

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

James Munro
Hotels & Resorts Operational Management

Geoffrey Dobson
Real Estate Investment & Asset Management


Jim Fletcher
Tourism Economist

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

Steve O'Hara
Finance and Travel