Ian Brookes

Ian Brookes BA, ACA, MBA is a chartered accountant with a PwC background and over 30 years hands-on business finance, leadership and board-level roles in professional services, plc, technology and
start-up environments.

After eight years with PwC in a variety of consulting roles in the UK and overseas, he was founder CFO at an IT Services business, taking the business to a FTSE listing and latterly spent five years as CEO. In this time, the company grew from an £18m private company to a £200m turnover plc.

Today he guides and mentors exceptional entrepreneurs, helping them turn their innovative ideas and disruptive technologies into successful high-growth businesses. His focus is on technology and business services in digital, software development, consulting and web services sectors as an investor, advisor and non-executive director, and has helped raise £35m investment capital in this time.

Besides start-ups and high-growth businesses, Ian also works with established organisations who have got ‘stuck’ in their thinking and need an external catalyst to either stimulate a new direction or create breakthroughs, in more focused commercial strategies, re-energised sales focus, new product and services development.

Ian summarises his consulting style and approach to working with clients as ‘I help the blue sky thinking and washing the pots’ in terms of bringing discipline, clarity and focus to their strategic thinking, planning and execution.

A course tutor on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 SME Programme with Said Business School, Oxford University, Ian has worked as curriculum designer, tutor and mentor on undergraduate, postgraduate and executive learning courses and MBA programmes at Manchester, Lancaster and Sheffield University Business Schools.

Outside of work, Ian’s passions are sport (now a spectator rather than on the pitch), reading — he is curious and restless to know more about everything and as a result of Amazon and the Kindle, collects books and opens some of them, and visiting lighthouses — he’s curating a book on the story and history of the 200+ UK lighthouses. This makes for great outdoor treks, albeit frequently in cold, wet and ridiculous cliff top locations.