Career Highlights

2008 - Present | Cofounder

Eggplant Ltd

1989 - 1997 | Chief Exec

Anite Group PLC

1992 - 1995 | Non-exec Chairman

NCET

1987 - 1989 | COO

UEI PLC

1981 - 1987 | MD

Miles 33 PLC

1978 - 1981 | Programmer

GEC

Aziz Mentor - UK

A seasoned technology specialist wit extensive M&A experience. Jon has a technology background, with software as his main focus. He has been involved in multiple company exits and has extensive M&A experience. Working with many successful growth companies, he has also turned around some highly challenges businesses.

Specific Expertise

  • The role of CEO or Director/working with a Chairman
  • technology trends
  • work/life balance
  • exit planning
  • talent spotting
  • working with a Chairman
  • working with private equity
  • M&A
  • international strategy

Career history

Jon started as a programmer and soon progressed into general management. He was CEO and Group CEO of public and private businesses for over 15 years. For 20 years he has been a chairman of mainly PE backed companies, working with many private equity houses, entrepreneurs and CEOs.

Current Portfolio

Jon has been the chairman and co-founder of Eggplant Ltd since 2008, which is backed by the Carlyle Group after exiting early stage external investors in late 2015.

Eggplant provide AI-based testing software and have global sales attracting the majority of their revenue from North America.

Private Equity Exits – £300million

Jon has been involved as NED or Chairman in 13 transactions since 2000, with a total value in excess of £300m:

  • Amtech Ltd – Trimble Europe
  • Belle Associates Ltd – Nord Anglia PLC
  • Blackbox IT Ltd – Transoft Ltd
  • CityMeeting Ltd – Meeting Zone Ltd
  • CSC Ltd – Trimble Navigation
  • GX Networks PLC – Pipex PLC
  • Holiday Autos Ltd – Lastminute.com
  • Interactive1 Ltd – Mbo
  • MM Group Ltd – SRT Teleperformance
  • Propero Ltd – Mbo
  • Quadstone Ltd – Portrait PLC
  • RedSky IT Ltd – LDC/Explorer Software

Personal Interests

family

golf

skiing

reading

Key Influencers

“Roger Holland, my first Chairman. He gave me my first MD role and was a fantastic action orientated entrepreneur.

Sir Peter Micahel, my second Chairman, was a highly talented businessman who kept many different & varied businesses under his watchful eye without getting involved in the day to day running.”

Mentoring Experience

Over the last 30 years, Jon has worked as a Group CEO and then Chairman for many companies.

He has mentored every CEO he has worked with.

Locations

Within 60 miles of Farnham, Surrey