John is affectionately known as ‘The Guru’. There isn’t much in the world of family business that John hasn’t seen. He has worked as Global Head of Family business for a large accountancy business, he created the first MBA and Masters programmes in family business in the World and has a passion for his work that you will struggle to match.
Nick Smith ACFBA
Nick has a background in Corporate Law but has left that career behind him to allow him to do more impactful work with family businesses. Nick has authored the book ‘Advising the Family Owned Business (aka the Text Book!) and he is currently completing a PhD at Bath Spa University.
Emma Rudge ACFBA
Emma has spent many years working alongside family businesses helping them to address and move beyond the challenges they face, in particular around succession and governance. She also runs bespoke training for families and their advisors.
Emma has a background in Law, and is one of the founding Fellows of The International Centre for Families in Business.
George Bryan ACFBA
George is a 3rd Generation family member at a large family business in the Midlands. He has held operational and Board positions within the business and is uniquely placed to use his own experiences to help other families with their challenges.
Our expertise is centred on being highly skilled professional practitioners, with a passion for the field of family business. Between us we have many years of training and experience in our chosen fields. We can offer a blend of skills and approaches, which enables us to handle sensitive problems in a confidential, ethical and professional way. We work long term or short term with clients depending on the nature of the challenge you are facing.
Our goal is to enable you to develop the tools and skills you need to manage the dual pressures of family and business.in order that your business thrives and your family relationships are a source of satisfaction and support.
The Institute for Family Business - Preferred Partner
The Institute for Family Business recognise the important role of advisers and service providers in supporting family businesses to prepare for the future, and addressing the challenges of today. They know how important it is for families to work with advisers they can trust, and who understand the unique family business outlook.
As a trusted organisation, families often approach the IFB for advice on who they should talk to when they need advice on family business issues. They have already helped numerous families and advisers build long term relationships, and this is a service which families are increasingly seeking from them.
To assist, the IFB have introduced a Preferred Partner scheme and we are delighted to have been through the robust due diligence process to be accepted onto this scheme.