Beechcroft is a firm comprising three directors each of whom has many years of experience as a senior corporate finance adviser. Our policy is to ensure that clients always receive the direct attention of our directors. The Beechcroft team: Frank Lilley, James Terry, Simon Mollett and Tim Gerhard All our directors have at least 20 years’ experience of providing top level advice on mergers, acquisitions, fundraising and problem solving assignments of all sizes in the UK and abroad. Our objective is to offer clients personal attention throughout all transactions, irrespective of their size. As a client, you are assured of discretion, confidentiality and our personal commitment to all important issues. business. We have an excellent record of achieving results. We are all qualified Chartered Accountants and we deliver professional rigour, friendly and competent advice to you.
Director (since 1996)
A degree in Economics and Business Studies led to professional qualification at PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving internally into corporate finance, followed by a move into industry with Grand Met, now Diageo, in 1992.
“My business experience covers turnaround work, problem solving, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, with particular emphasis on SMEs.
“We illuminate the path that we recommend a business owner should follow to achieve his objectives – objectives that we have helped formulate in some cases – and we also make sure that a client knows how to travel along that path.
Director (since 1996)
Trained and qualified at PricewaterhouseCoopers, followed by a PhD in Geophysics from Cambridge University. He then moved into corporate finance, first at Schroders then at PwC as a corporate finance partner.
“My specialist interest is in technology-based companies, those where a degree of ‘know-how’ is required.
“Within the firm, I specialise in technical issues – law and regulations. I also write official Guideline papers for the Institute’s Corporate Finance Faculty, where I am a long-standing member of the Faculty’s technical committee.”
Director (since 1998)
Grounded in family business with Moores Rowland and Longcrofts followed by work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in business services and corporate finance.
“Our skills work across all business models and we have a matrix of capabilities. A background in solving problems and issues for businesses and their owners makes Beechcroft satisfaction engineers for entrepreneurs.
“We manage independently the interaction between specialist suppliers and clients, interpreting requirements to ensure satisfactory outcomes.”
Frank retired in 2017 having been a Director of Beechcroft since 1994. He now acts as a consultant to the business. His professional background includes an Oxford University degree in History and Modern Languages; partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Swiss associate; moved on as head of European corporate finance at Savory Milln; then a Director of James Capel Corporate Finance.
“I wanted greater independence and opportunities to work hands on with small and medium sized firms, and to offer them a combination of UK and cross-border financial advice from experienced corporate financiers to whom such companies normally cannot get access. Beechcroft is a different advisor in that we are a group of entrepreneurs advising clients who are often also entrepreneurs.