Having grown up in London and Chesterfield, Michael went to Bangor University and then moved to Liverpool to train as an accountant with Ernst & Young in Liverpool, joining Kelloggs (counting cornflakes) as a financial controller upon qualifying. After 2 years at Kelloggs Michael made a “dream” move into corporate finance, to work with entrepreneurial businesses.
In 2002 he established the forerunner of Meridian, in partnership with a regional law firm.
Michael asked Darren to join him in 2003, wanting to add Darren’s banking and VC skill set to his accountancy, industry and CF experience. During 2005 they changed the name to Meridian Corporate Finance and completed their own MBO of Meridian in October 2008.
Michael hold’s the Corporate Finance qualification and is retained by a number of his clients as a non-executive Director giving impact into strategy with an obvious focus on the numbers given his background.
I can’t believe, that I have been in CF since 1996, advising on over 150 transactions. All of these have been special but certain deals stand out, including advising on the UK’s 10,000th MBO; the sale of the business that invented touch screen technology and raising debt and equity for Starbucks’ first ever franchisee!
Outside of Meridian I enjoy running (slowly) playing golf (badly) and playing pool (expertly).
I also enjoy spending time with my wife and three grown-up children, watching films, listening to music, cooking and drinking with friends.
Meridian Growth Capital
CF Adviser of the Year 2016 - The Business Magazine’s Annual Solent Deals Awards
CF Adviser of the Year 2015 - The Business Magazine’s Annual Solent Deals Awards
CF Adviser of the Year 2014 - The Business Magazine’s Annual Solent Deals Awards
- Founder and Managing Director - Meridian CF Ltd
- CF Director - DHD Ltd
- CF Associate - Barrowman Associates
- Financial Controller - Kellogg Co of GB
- Auditor - Ernst & Young LLP