Specialist expertise

Mark is a corporate finance specialist; his expertise includes working for a wide range of clients across many sectors, enabling them to create, build, grow and ultimately realise their value. His sector experience includes manufacturing, logistics and distribution, business services, telecoms and IT as well as professional services.

Mark is a managing director and heads up the corporate finance team with Ian Barton. He has over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance and has a demonstrable track record of leading complex transactions of different sizes across a variety of sectors.

He is jointly focused on ensuring high-quality levels of service and offers his unrivalled expertise to guide entrepreneurs and businesses through a transaction or transition by successfully helping them fulfil their ambitions. He also plays a principal role in growing the Quantuma’s corporate finance practice and realising the firm’s ambition of it becoming the go-to advisory firm for mid-market businesses. Mark’s natural ability to build strong relationships, his appetite for success and the positive energy he brings to transactions makes him one of the most respected professionals in his industry.

Mark qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989 and prior to joining Quantuma in 2017, worked for one of the big four audit practices and a number of top ten accountancy firms where he held senior positions. He also was a partner at a corporate finance boutique, where he helped establish a wider advisory and compliance practice, which after four years, was sold with Mark leading the transaction.


About Mark

Mark is both a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as well as a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Outside of work, Mark enjoys a variety of sports such as golf, skiing and trekking. A holder of season tickets for both Arsenal and Southampton, Mark also frequently enjoys watching football with his sons. Built for stamina, not speed, Mark has ambitious plans to conquer the world’s highest mountain.


Memberships

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) - Fellow
Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)

Qualifications

Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA)





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My news articles

Quantuma appoints new director to Southampton team
Quantuma appoints new director to Southampton team

Business advisory firm Quantuma has bolstered its Southampton team with the appointment of director, Kelly Semke (nee Mitchell).

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Quantuma appointed as administrators to Capital Cooling Refrigeration Limited
Quantuma appointed as administrators to Capital Cooling Refrigeration Limited

Carl Jackson and Simon Campbell of business advisory firm Quantuma have been appointed as joint administrators to specialist commercial refrigeration supplier Capital Cooling Refrigeration Limited.

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Quantuma agrees £26.95m merger with listed K3 Capital Group
Quantuma agrees £26.95m merger with listed K3 Capital Group

Business advisory firm Quantuma has completed a merger with AIM-listed K3 Capital Group plc (AIM: K3C), for an initial consideration of £26.95m, to create an independent global advisory practice.

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Quantuma appointed administrations for Zest Food Ltd
Quantuma appointed administrations for Zest Food Ltd
Simon Bonney and Michael Kiely appointed over company that trades the healthy eating brands Tossed and Vital Ingredient.
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Quantuma strengthens Thames Valley team with director hire
Quantuma strengthens Thames Valley team with director hire

Business advisory firm Quantuma continues the expansion of its Thames Valley team with the appointment of new director, Michael Hall. 

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Quantuma completes pre-pack sale of Elev8 Interiors
Quantuma completes pre-pack sale of Elev8 Interiors
London company are specialists in commercial fit-outs
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Administrators called in at hotel group
Administrators called in at hotel group

Simon Bonney and Carl Jackson have been named joint administrators to six companies each owning a separate hotel which were part of the Shepherd Cox Hotel brand.

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Quantuma completes pre-pack sale of McMillan Williams Solicitors Ltd
Quantuma completes pre-pack sale of McMillan Williams Solicitors Ltd
Administration of a law firm
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John Anderson Hire Ltd enters Administration
John Anderson Hire Ltd enters Administration

Frank Wessely and Nick Parsk of business advisory firm Quantuma have been appointed as joint administrators of John Anderson Hire Ltd and associated Group companies.

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Quantuma invests further in restructuring and pensions advisory capability
Quantuma invests further in restructuring and pensions advisory capability
Darren Mason joins as partner in our head office in London
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Quantuma makes double partner promotion to support growth trajectory
Quantuma makes double partner promotion to support growth trajectory
Marketing expert, Marie Wadeson and restructuring specialist, Simon Campbell have been promoted to the position of Partner.
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Quantuma invests in its Corporate Finance Team with director appointment
Quantuma invests in its Corporate Finance Team with director appointment
Philippa Robinson joins the team as director
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Quantuma appointed as administrators to Lombok
Quantuma appointed as administrators to Lombok
Administration of Angora Retail
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Quantuma celebrates Manchester growth as it merges with Bell Advisory
Quantuma celebrates Manchester growth as it merges with Bell Advisory
Manchester merger
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COVID-19
COVID-19
A message from our Managing Partner
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Quantuma and Moore Kingston Smith appointed as joint administrators to Gate Ventures PLC
Quantuma and Moore Kingston Smith appointed as joint administrators to Gate Ventures PLC
Investment company in Administration
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Quantuma expands into Wales with new director appointment
Quantuma expands into Wales with new director appointment
Paul Slevin appointed as director to lead the firm’s expansion into Wales.
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Quantuma expands into Glasgow with WRI Associates merger
Quantuma expands into Glasgow with WRI Associates merger

Business advisory firm Quantuma has completed a merger with Scotland’s leading independent insolvency provider WRI Associates (WRI). 

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Quantuma bolsters Thames Valley team with director hire
Quantuma bolsters Thames Valley team with director hire
Nick Parsk joins the team as an appointment-taking director in the region.
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Quantuma leads on disposal of Purepoint
Quantuma leads on disposal of Purepoint

Business advisory firm Quantuma provided lead advisory services to the shareholder, Alex James, on the disposal of his shares in Purepoint to Ascent Software, an investee business of Horizon Capital.

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Quantuma appointed as administrators to Romsey World of Water
Quantuma appointed as administrators to Romsey World of Water

Andrew Watling and Carl Jackson of business advisory firm Quantuma have been appointed as Joint Administrators to Romsey World of Water.

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Quantuma advises MyWorkpapers on £3.4m Series A funding round
Quantuma advises MyWorkpapers on £3.4m Series A funding round
MWP was advised by the award-winning corporate finance team at business advisory firm Quantuma
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Quantuma team take part in charity skydive for mental health organisation Mind
Quantuma team take part in charity skydive for mental health organisation Mind

On 6th March nine brave members of our Quantuma team from around the UK have volunteered to take part in a skydive, raising money for mental health charity Mind.

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Quantuma invests in Bristol with new partner appointment
Quantuma invests in Bristol with new partner appointment
Louise Durkan joins as partner, continuing our growth in the South West.
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Articles I have written

The impact of Brexit on the UK retail market
The impact of Brexit on the UK retail market
Challenges faced by high street retailers
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Ten warning signs your business should not ignore
Ten warning signs your business should not ignore
Companies are treading a fine line between profitability and failure
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Personal Insolvencies in 2019
Personal Insolvencies in 2019
Quantuma's Mark Sands predicts a smaller rate of increase in Personal Insolvencies in 2019
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Trends in Cybercrime in 2020 and Beyond
Trends in Cybercrime in 2020 and Beyond
Mike Wright takes a closer look at the increase in online fraud
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What happens when a business needs to make redundancies but it can’t afford the payments?
What happens when a business needs to make redundancies but it can’t afford the payments?
Quantuma Partner, Maxine Reid-Roberts advises
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A Statement from Carl Jackson, Managing Partner, Quantuma LLP
A Statement from Carl Jackson, Managing Partner, Quantuma LLP

Whilst the measures announced today by the Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, are designed to provide further assistance to businesses who have been critically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, they will not remedy the significant changes which the business community currently face. 

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Lending and Business Borrowing in 2019
Lending and Business Borrowing in 2019
Carl Jackson discusses the trends within lending and business borrowing in 2019
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Business interruption insurance claims:
Business interruption insurance claims:
What now for policyholders?
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The Professional Services Sector in 2019
The Professional Services Sector in 2019
Quantuma's Sean Bucknall looks at future trends within the Professional Services Sector
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Private prosecutions in 2020
Private prosecutions in 2020
Predictions on fraudulent activity and the rise in private prosecutions
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Dealing with creditor pressure
Dealing with creditor pressure
Provision of advice to businesses unable to pay off debts
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Guidance for Lenders
Guidance for Lenders
The impact of the restoring of HMRC’s preferential status
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The Retail Sector in 2019
The Retail Sector in 2019
Quantuma's Managing Partner Carl Jackson takes a closer look at the retail sector
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Experts who aren't always experts
Experts who aren't always experts
An exploration of the role of expert witnesses
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Is rescuing football clubs a thing of the past?
Is rescuing football clubs a thing of the past?

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has called time on the 2019/20 season and now the boardrooms are fully focussed on planning for next season without the distraction of a league restructure.

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Restaurant chains facing multiple cost rises in oversaturated market
Restaurant chains facing multiple cost rises in oversaturated market
High street chains feeling the pressure amidst growing competition
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How will diligence findings impact value in 2020?
How will diligence findings impact value in 2020?
The impact of the current economic uncertainties on businesses is well-documented.
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Sector Spotlight: E-fulfilment
Sector Spotlight: E-fulfilment
A closer look at transaction activity in the e-fulfilment sector
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Managing your platform through the pandemic
Managing your platform through the pandemic
Frank Ofonagoro discusses the key scenarios for P2P platforms
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Cyber Crime in 2019
Cyber Crime in 2019
Quantuma's Investigations expert Mike Wright advises on the risk of Spoofing attacks to businesses in 2019
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Guarantee criteria see banks leave businesses standing at the altar as alternative lenders step up
Guarantee criteria see banks leave businesses standing at the altar as alternative lenders step up
Carl Jackson looks at the challenges faced by banks and the financial implications of lockdown
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Maximising business value
Maximising business value
How do you maximise the value of your business when considering future disposal plans?
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The changing face of financial services
The changing face of financial services
Simon Bonney examines the evolution and revolution of the industry
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Latest events

Key business decisions and challenges
Key business decisions and challenges
Webinar recording 17 Apr 2020
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Business valuations in a time of uncertainty (COVID-19)
Business valuations in a time of uncertainty (COVID-19)
Webinar recording 24 Apr 2020
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Questions & Answers on the economy
Questions & Answers on the economy
Webinar recording 1 May 2020
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Joint Webinar: Directors’ duties and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Joint Webinar: Directors’ duties and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Webinar recording 5 May 2020
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Joint Webinar: Reviewing your options as a stressed business owner
Joint Webinar: Reviewing your options as a stressed business owner
Webinar recording 12 May 2020
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Webinar: Shareholder Managed Exits
Webinar: Shareholder Managed Exits
Webinar recording 22 May 2020
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Webinar: Trading conditions for the professional services sector during the global pandemic
Webinar: Trading conditions for the professional services sector during the global pandemic
Webinar recording 29 May 2020
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Joint Webinar: Considering the options for distressed businesses
Joint Webinar: Considering the options for distressed businesses
Webinar recording 2 June 2020
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Webinar:  Loosening the lockdown - How will UK Government and businesses navigate the recovery?
Webinar: Loosening the lockdown - How will UK Government and businesses navigate the recovery?
Webinar recording 5 June 2020
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Webinar: Recovering from COVID-19: What we are seeing in the market
Webinar: Recovering from COVID-19: What we are seeing in the market
Webinar Recording 12 June 2020
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Webinar: Retail, food and beverage sector webinar: Can restructuring leases reinvigorate the high street?
Webinar: Retail, food and beverage sector webinar: Can restructuring leases reinvigorate the high street?
Webinar recording 19 June 2020
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Webinar: Buying a business out of administration: how businesses can take advantage of post-lockdown opportunities
Webinar: Buying a business out of administration: how businesses can take advantage of post-lockdown opportunities
Webinar recording 26 June 2020
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Webinar: The post-lockdown environment and options for businesses in distress
Webinar: The post-lockdown environment and options for businesses in distress
Webinar recording 2 July 2020
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Webinar: Key themes in the commercial real estate sector as we look to the 'new normal'
Webinar: Key themes in the commercial real estate sector as we look to the 'new normal'
Webinar recording 3 July 2020
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Webinar: A market round-up across the regions
Webinar: A market round-up across the regions
Webinar recording 10 July 2020
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Webinar: Construction and COVID-19: which projects have survived and which have been sidelined?
Webinar: Construction and COVID-19: which projects have survived and which have been sidelined?
Webinar recording 17 July 2020
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 Webinar: Aviation - The great comeback?
Webinar: Aviation - The great comeback?
Webinar recording 21 July 2020
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Webinar: The retail, food and beverage sectors in the wake of COVID-19: thriving or barely surviving?
Webinar: The retail, food and beverage sectors in the wake of COVID-19: thriving or barely surviving?
Webinar recording 31 July 2020
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Webinar: Hospitality and leisure sector: a long road to recovery?
Webinar: Hospitality and leisure sector: a long road to recovery?
Webinar recording 14 August 2020
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My case studies

Special situations team advises client on acquiring assets out of Administration
May 27th 2020
Special situations team advises client on acquiring assets out of Administration
Advising a private equity portfolio business
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V.N.A. Trucks Limited
June 5th 2019
V.N.A. Trucks Limited
Advisory Services
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Orla Healthcare Limited
May 31st 2019
Orla Healthcare Limited
Administration of healthcare company
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Adoption Investigation
May 15th 2019
Adoption Investigation
People Tracing
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Spark Ecommerce/Whistl
February 11th 2019
Spark Ecommerce/Whistl
Acquisition of Sparks Ecommerce Group
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Miles 33
January 7th 2019
Miles 33
Management Buyout
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Total Rail Solutions
December 20th 2018
Total Rail Solutions
Quantuma acted as lead advisor to the vendor on the sale of TRS
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Arch Angelz Ltd
December 17th 2018
Arch Angelz Ltd
Administration
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BOFA
November 26th 2018
BOFA
Quantuma advise on sale of BOFA International
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Heat Mat
Heat Mat
Management Buyout
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The Whyte Group of Companies
July 31st 2018
The Whyte Group of Companies
Administration
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ParcelHub / Whistl
July 9th 2018
ParcelHub / Whistl
Quantuma advise on the second acquisition Whistl have made in the fulfilment arena
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M.A.N.S. Location Services Ltd
June 5th 2018
M.A.N.S. Location Services Ltd
Pre-pack Administration
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Genus UK Ltd T/A Select Fashions
May 28th 2018
Genus UK Ltd T/A Select Fashions
Company Voluntary Arrangement
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International Logistics Group (ILG)
October 3rd 2018
International Logistics Group (ILG)
A corporate finance team at Quantuma provided lead financial advice to ILG on the sale of ILG to the UK division of global logistics provider Yusen Logistics.
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Tesla Energy Services Ltd
Tesla Energy Services Ltd
Investigation & Liquidation
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Creditor Services
Creditor Services
Early Intervention
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Specialist Engineering Systems Ltd
Specialist Engineering Systems Ltd
Pre-pack Administration
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Nationwide Commercial Vehicle Hire Company
Nationwide Commercial Vehicle Hire Company
Financial Advisory
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Employment Fraud
Employment Fraud
Suspicious Sick Leave
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Project EPC
Project EPC
Pre-pack Administration
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Huntswood Sports & Leisure Ltd
Huntswood Sports & Leisure Ltd
Company Voluntary Arrangement
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Asset Tracing
Asset Tracing
Hidden Assets
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Committed 2 Communications Ltd
Committed 2 Communications Ltd
Company Voluntary Arrangement
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I-Vapo Limited
I-Vapo Limited
Company Rescue
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