Ashley is Co-Founder and Director of Catalyst Growth Partners (CGP) an investment partnership focussed on working with innovative businesses and positive people in helping then to reach the next level of success. CGP sits on the Board of, and is invested in 12 businesses across a wide range of disruptive technology sectors including Preventative Health, Careers, Communication, Education, Property, Clean Energy, Cell Therapy and Social Gaming.
Ashley holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Director CDir from the IOD. He is Chair of Venturefest Wales 2016 (Innovate UK / KTN) and sits on the Welsh Economy Minister appointed MIT REAP Panel (Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program) focussing on Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship http://reap.mit.edu .He is also Chair of the Board of the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Program. https://businesswales.gov.wales/growth/ In 2015 he was awarded a place on the Centre for Entrepreneurs Maserati 100 Program https://themaserati100.co.uk for his services to Entrepreneurship in Wales.
Ashley is a founder member of the InspireWales http://www.inspirewales.com/ investment consortium which was formed in 2016 by 20 of Wales’ top business people focussed on giving financial and mentoring help to a range of exciting and ambitious growth businesses.
In 1995 he founded TES Aviation Group an aircraft engine asset management, trading and leasing business which he grew to $25m revenues by 2007 when he brought in majority equity partners (DVB Bank) and as CEO and minority shareholder lead the organisational growth through to 2012, exiting his final shareholding with the introduction of a Japanese Consortium headed by Mitsubishi Corporation. At this time the business was turning over $160M at 10% EBITDA margin based on 3 continents employing 150 people. He led the business as CEO for a further 2 years on behalf of the new shareholder group, departing and founding Catalyst Growth Partners in 2014.
Catalyst Growth Partners are actively focussed on the key elements of growing people, teams, structure, processes and ultimately profitable and valuable businesses, firmly believing that success in business is certainly about much more than having access to money.