Simon Ainley

About Simon

Chartered Accountant. University of Manchester. Charity Trustee. Mentor to budding entrepreneurs. Theatre. Bruce Springsteen. Photographer. Rugby (2015 Rugby World Cup volunteer).


  • VC backed multinational engineering group
  • 3 professional services businesses
  • Large scale hospitality start up
  • 5 varying property/construction companies
  • AIM listed pharmaceutical company
  • Very high growth private distribution business
  • Multinational listed logistics provider

How I help Clients

  • Understanding and improvement of cash flow and profitability
  • Transform finance functions: people, systems, and processes.
  • Commercial negotiations with customers, suppliers and banks
  • Manage stakeholder relationships
  • Develop Key Performance Indicators appropriate to the size and activities of the business along with Management Controls and Information.
  • Develop financial strategy with growth plans.
  • Integrate acquired companies.
  • Write or appraise business plans for major projects or new subsidiaries/businesses.

Clients Say

“Simon transformed our financial reporting and business planning processes.”

“Considerable commercial and leadership skills.”

“Combines financial expertise with exceptional business acumen.”

“Highest levels achieved on a constant and consistent basis.”

“He grasped our business very quickly and guided us in several operational areas – and not only finance.”

“Simon has a flair for operational and technical matters.”

“…the senior team found Simon to be the consummate professional; his unflappable and participative style complemented our own culture in a highly successful engagement.”

“We would not hesitate to recommend his services.”