Mark Ashton

United Kingdom

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Mark Ashton

Professional Background

  • Mark has over 30 years’ business experience based in the UK and US, working throughout Western Europe and North America. He has held senior roles in company leadership, general management, management consultancy, and technical sales
  • Over the last 19 years Mark has tackled a tremendous variety of consulting challenges in many different industries and across companies ranging from £2m turnover to FTSE 100 plcs. Common themes are the use of flair and ingenuity to develop robust, lasting solutions to tough business problems, and coaching or equipping management teams and staff to perform better, individually and collectively
  • Mark’s passion is deploying what he terms the tried and tested principles of the Top 1%, most sustainably successful businesses, to help clients gradually build outstanding performance and become happier, healthier people who love what they do
  • Mark holds an MBA with Distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK, an Honours degree in Engineering Sciences from Cambridge University, and completed the ‘Achieving Outstanding Performance’ executive programme at INSEAD
  • He is based in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park in Northern England, close to Manchester and Leeds

Industry & Sector Experience

  • Mark has a comprehensive CEO-type skillset. He works easily at a broad strategic visioning level, yet quickly identifies business risks and grasps the critical detail which determines success. He consistently confronts brutal realities, is forthright but fair, and does not avoid tough decisions or giving difficult, honest advice to clients
  • He is a particularly skilled manager of stakeholders in complex, often multi-national organisations. He builds trust rapidly and sustains it, he invests time and effort in relationships, and he uses strong problem solving, influencing, communication and change leadership capabilities
  • Most recently he has become a principal associate on business strategy and its successful implementation to the Head of Finance Consulting at RSM UK, formerly Baker-Tilly, the UK’s No 7 accounting firm
  • Wherever he is working Mark builds and consistently nurtures teams of high calibre individuals. His style is enabling and confidence-building
  • Mark learns new concepts and methodologies rapidly and synthesises them creatively to solve problems uniquely and sustainably for clients. He has a wide range of functional skills including research and analysis, critical thinking, sales, business performance measurement, pricing, change management/transformation, continuous improvement of processes (Lean), sales-led turnaround, and business start-up
  • Mark is a diligent networker and has been described by several business associates as having the most comprehensive network they know of

Project Highlights

Engagements which Mark has worked on include:

  • £350 million plc, client of RSM UK (formerly Baker-Tilly) – diagnosis of post-acquisition problems in 3 business divisions, support on business planning and forecasting to achieve tighter integration
  • Federal-Mogul Aftermarket (UK & Ireland) – process mapping of business functions, specification of performance improvement opportunities, on-going trusted advisor to Managing Director
  • Bollhoff Armstrong – successful piloting and introduction of Lean continuous improvement culture in manufacturing and quality control, including coaching and development of managers, supervisors and teams
  • Network Rail – introduction of intelligent change management processes which rescued failing implementation of automated train planning system
  • BAE Systems – development of playbook for sustainable organisational transformation
  • Syngenta AG – multiple assignments over 6 year period, most notably tackling major post-merger integration challenges; long-term trusted advisor to Global Head of Product Safety/Product Development
  • Hanson plc (part of Heidelberg Cement Group) – pre-acquisition commercial due diligence on target companies in UK and US
  • DCS Group – turnaround of failing subsidiary leading to profitable trade sale
  • Sellafield Limited (formerly British Nuclear Fuels) – support on business planning and development of effective site KPIs integrating financial and operational performance
  • Altana AG – development of global manufacturing strategy, including acquisitions, for plastics compounding division

Sector expertise

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Business & Professional Services
  • Chemicals & Materials
  • Energy
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • IT Services
  • Product Manufacturing
  • Software
  • Technology Hardware


Service expertise



  • English