My Background

Guy J C Ashton FCA MSc BSc(Econ)



I have 29 years’ financial services experience; of which 19 were in investment banking.

I have successfully managed businesses, teams and departments in Europe, Asia and globally. The common thread in my work has been leading and managing talented, client-facing professionals whilst dealing with growth, restructuring, outsourcing, acquisition, disposals, multiple objectives and disparate stakeholders.

A managing director and member of the senior management group at Deutsche Bank for 12 years, I have long brought a coaching style to my work.

I set up Wolvesey Consulting Ltd to provide high quality, high impact professional coaching consulting services to senior executives. My areas of focus include:

My clients have included CEOs, owners, boards and senior executives in Banking, Asset Management, Construction, Media, Leisure, Management Consulting, Interior Design, Corporate Finance, Property, Manufacturing, Law, Private Equity, Academia and in the Voluntary Sector.

Career story

After a degree from the London School of Economics I qualified as Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell, now KPMG. After three years of conducting audits in the UK I went on to become a professional trainer teaching financial management, analysis and valuation to accountants, fund managers, corporate financiers and investment analysts in Europe, the US and Asia. This led to a role in equity research at HSBC James Capel in London in 1996, now HSBC Securities. I was appointed head of research for HSBC in Asia in 1998. After returning to London I became head of European Research, leaving to join Deutsche Bank as a managing director in 2003. As a senior member of the research management team I held roles such as Head of European Research, Head of Asia Pacific Research, Global Head of Equity Research and Global COO for Research. The teams I managed achieved the Number One ranking in each of Europe, Emerging Europe and Asia-ex-Japan. Over the years I have managed teams of up to 1,000 people operating in 32 countries and with budgets of up to EUR350m.

Hinterland

Married with one son, I live in Winchester. I am the drummer in a (gentle) rock band, Chalk Flowers. We write, record and perform our own material. I play cricket a few times a year, purveying very slow leg spin and batting left-handed even more slowly. Every now and then I wander around a golf course, or flick a fly from the banks of the Itchen, Test or Naver. Having learned to ski in Aviemore in the 70s, I still revel in the relative luxury of Alpine slopes. If I had more time and a wife who liked boats I would sail more, but have been lucky enough to crew other people's proper boats here and there, and I love bashing around in my dinghy, a St Mawes One Design. When not participating, I watch cricket (England & Hampshire) courtesy of MCC and HCCC membership. I go along to St Mary's to cheer on Southampton Football Club. My tastes in music, literature, film and art are eclectic, but if pushed would favour baroque, the American novel, British movies from the 40s, and Juan Gris.