A gunnercooke Partner is responsible for running either a geographic or sector focused area directing a team of Operating Partners and consultants, as well as undertaking both roles and assignments on behalf of clients.

Our Operating Partners are highly skilled and experienced with a background of directorships and CEO positions in both SME and/or Enterprise organisations.

gunnercooke Operating Partners have a demonstrable track record in high growth and turnaround situations, creating shareholder value with either M&A or public ownership experience. Credible, respected, well-connected and high profile in their industry sectors, they can either work with or join any Board, delivering experience, governance, advice and added value.

Our Operating Partners are the gateway into the gunnercooke Operating Sphere of expertise and resource. Brief profiles and contact details are below and they would be delighted to engage in understanding your organisation and the challenges and opportunities that you are presented with.

Alastair Swindlehurst
  • Operating Partner - North West Team

A strategic HR professional, Alastair has extensive experience in complex and dynamic organisations with a demonstrable track record in the development of HR Teams, Employee Engagement and Retention, System Implementations, Talent Development and Acquisition, M&A, Employee Relations and Organisational Redevelopment.

Acting as a partner to stakeholders, he influences, supports and challenges to ensure that HR acts as a true added value function, one that delivers the commercial and HR goals of the organisation.

Alastair operates as part of the North West Team

Andy Bate
  • Partner - Private Equity Hub

Andy is a qualified chartered accountant with in excess of 17 years’ experience working in corporate finance and private equity organisations.

Being a founding partner building a fast-growing e-commerce company, he has made the transformation to operate both in funding and in delivery roles.

The vast amount of businesses Andy has appraised and worked with in his corporate finance and private equity career provides an invaluable insight, across multiple industries in every aspect of funding through to business plan execution.

Andy is an excellent communicator, team builder and business coach, incredibly energetic with a passion and strong desire for any business he works with to succeed.

Daryl Woodhouse
  • Partner - London Hub

Daryl is a 26 x Award-Winning Business Growth Strategist, Productivity & Wellness Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Business School Lecturer & Non Exec Director.

His career began in a global top 10 FTSE corporation where he developed as a growth strategist and leader up to national level. He left the corporate employed environment in 2011 inspired to start and scale up his own international company.

His strengths include exit strategies, talent development, performance growth, productivity and employee wellness alongside my his unique '3E System' methodology and tools.

Daryl heads up the London hub, working alongside a number of Operating Partners providing support to clients across the South.

David Chandler
  • Operating Partner

David is a chartered tax adviser with background in the Big 4 accounting firms over the last 16 years. His focus has been on committing first class service to mainly large corporates across all sectors. Recent specialist focus has been providing technology-based solutions for complex tax issues and processes in the area of employment tax. This experience has involved managing bespoke teams and implementing complex projects into large and often complex corporates

David Joyce
  • Partner, North East Hub

David has a 30+ year track record of delivering profitable growth for consumer goods businesses, selling into multi-channel retailers, wholesalers and specialists.

With experience in domestic and international markets in both branded and own label merchandise, David has developed and successfully implemented growth/profit strategies that have transformed both PLC and privately-owned businesses based upon a strategy of establishing a clear differentiation, delivering added value to its customers through brand appeal, category management, supply chain efficiency and a passion for customer service.

David McIntyre
  • Partner

David is a chartered accountant and expert in financial strategy, business planning & improvement, and executive training.

He is a senior leader with a progressive career spanning 20 years in senior leadership executive and non-executive roles amassing a wealth of experience of improving and growing businesses.

A strong communicator with authority and clear vision, skilled at understanding highly complex operations and businesses with strong influencing and negotiation skills that are essential attributes in driving transformation programmes to success.

David’s broad range of experience covers a multiple of disciplines including finance, change management, organisational development, HR, IT & technology, project management, audit & assurance, business improvement and corporate venturing.

Fergal Roche
  • Partner, Home Counties Hub

  • Partner

Fergal has worked with central government, unions, local government and other critical stakeholders to understand the needs of public sector leaders in a highly complex, critical government-priority sector.

Her is an experienced board chair and non-executive director (NED), currently of a multi-site organisation with assets in excess of £50m and 750 staff, and a private equity backed company supporting schools.

He has led four different organisations and held senior business development roles in a FTSE 100 company and a $4Bn turnover privately held international group. This has provided him with an in-depth understanding of the education landscape, including maintained, academy, independent and international sectors.

He has built a fast growth, highly successful entrepreneurial business in the SME space, appearing in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list.

He holds an MBA from a leading business school, is a Fellow, Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT), 2019 and a qualified coach and mediator.

He heads up our Homes Counties hub.

Harvey Perkins
  • Partner

Harvey has over 30 years of experience helping employers manage employment tax compliance, domestically and for assignees, with a particular focus on how technology can help facilitate and improve process, risk and aid employee communication.

Ian Turmeau
  • Partner

Ian is passionate about helping organisations deliver value and achieve excellent results enabling them to compete in the global market. Applying innovation and new technologies to tried and tested methods enabling sustainable improvements in modern operations including delivering Smart Factories and Industry 4.0 solutions linking the enterprise to the shop floor to deliver true value.

Philip Barnes
  • Operating Partner

Philip has over 30 years experience helping organisations improve performance. Working across a diverse range of countries and cultures including: USA, Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and across mainland Europe, Philip brings a high level of energy and expertise to all his interactions.
Specialties: Conflict, Project Management, Leadership, Strategy, Compliance, Client Care, Business Development, Risk Management.

Simon Nestel
  • Partner

Simon is a NED and Fractional CEO, Marketing and Sales Director that works with Entrepreneurs CEO’s, HR, Finance, Marketing and Sales Directors and experienced professionals to bring new sales, growth, brand strength and profits.

Simon has extensive management, marketing, sales, operations, financial and compliance experience having achieved and sustained rapid growth in 3 companies, participated in an IPO, completed twelve on-balance sheet investments and three trade sales.

Simon works with entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies serving the Financial Services, Hospitality, Retail and Telecoms sectors. He has come to believe small and mid-sized businesses should merge their Marketing and Sales teams creating:

• Shared revenue targets and reward systems
• Integrated Marketing and Sales metrics
• A single pipeline that includes Marketing and Sales activities and event.

Simon’s approach shortens the sales cycles, creates stronger client relationships and over time results a common objective where marketing, sales and operations team participate in a single objective to achieve loyal customers and an increasing stream of recurring revenue.

Simon heads up the South East hub, working alongside a number of Operating Partners providing support to clients across the South.

Stewart McCombe
  • Partner

Stewart has previously enjoyed a successful career in corporate banking with the Bank of Scotland building a skill set and wide-ranging commercial experience gleaned from operating with a multitude of business challenges and opportunities.

Stewart commenced a transition into the not-for-profit sector ten years ago building a portfolio of Chair, Non-Exec and consultancy roles, primarily in the public and not-for-profit sectors including leisure and social care.

With an intimate knowledge and proven track record in operating within the North West corporate market, in roles covering both relationship management and business development. Stewart's core strengths are in building relationships across all stakeholders, getting the best out of management teams delivering quantifiable results.

Tom Robinson
  • Partner, Midlands Hub

Tom is an experienced commercial business leader with a passion for business excellence and B2B/B2G service delivery.

A track record of driving transformation and improvement, integration following acquisition, and delivering sustainable results in start-up/mobilisation and steady-state. Experienced in strategic review, team selection, structural change and supply chain management.

Driven by a desire to deliver commercial results and customer service through a values-driven and motivated team. A calmly responsive and committed natural leader with a positive and warm communication style who generates a culture of openness and trust which engenders collaboration and growth in an empowered team.

Tom leads our Midlands Hub and is developing a team of Operating Partners across the Region.

Tony Lockwood
  • Partner - North West Hub

Tony is an experienced Senior Manager with in excess of 25 years Project, Programme, Change Management and consulting experience.

Working with Executive teams with the objective of the formulation, development and delivery of strategic plans that improve operational efficiency and subsequent profitability, Tony has a track record in operating with major corporates across multiple industries and disciplines including business planning, procurement, supply chain management, information technology and implementing organisational and business change.

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