Andrew helps clients identify and deliver their strategic and financial solutions through written research, financial due diligence, and business strategy. Over his 30 year career in banking, he has developed many long term partnerships in business and grown profitable businesses as MD at Credit Suisse and CEO at Evolution Securities. More recently, he has been Chairman at Leeds United. He has an Honours degree in Business Studies.
Doug qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG. He has worked on various corporate finance mandates, financial restructurings and fund raisings covering football, rugby, esports, sports marketing as well as general industry sectors over the last 22 years. Doug is an experienced corporate finance expert to the High Court of London and holds a first-class degree in economics and finance from Manchester University where he graduated top of his year.
Since joining Oakwell in 2015, Gordon has provided business strategy, financial analysis, investment memorandums, and run M&A processes for clients involved in Rugby, Football, Horse Racing, Golf and Cricket. He has graduated with a Double Major in Politics and Economics from the University of Virginia and has passed the first two levels of the CFA.
David is a Chartered Accountant. He was CEO of Wasps RFC until mid 2017 where he successfully acquired and moved Wasps to the Ricoh Arena site as well as successfully leading their £35m retail bond raise. His work at Oakwell encompasses strategy, funding, and restructuring. David is also currently CEO of the Racecourse Association (RCA) and Chair of Modern Pentathlon.
Tom leads the research and market analysis for all clients across sectors including cricket, rugby, esports, football, horse racing, and sports tech. He also assists the senior partners in sports valuation analysis in expert witness reports. Tom graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Economics and Politics and is currently studying for a diploma in corporate finance.
Andrew is a very well-known figure in the sports management and media business, with over forty years’ experience. He has worked with many of the biggest rights holders, media owners, agencies and sports brands in the world. He worked for Ladbrokes, Cheerleader - who introduced an unsuspecting UK audience to American Football, Sportal and Sportfive. Andrew was the first Head of Sport at BSB, the forerunner to Sky Sports, and started and ran IMG’s global football division.
In 2007, as Executive Chairman, he co-founded the digital sports rights agency, Perform Group, now DAZN, the live and on-demand sports streaming service. He remains an adviser to Stats Perform, the leading sports data and streaming service. He also consulted to Hawk-Eye for ten years until 2019, focussing on the introduction of technology into football, and was also Chairman of Play Sports Group, which included the Global Cycling Network - the world’s leading community of cycling fans - until its sale to Discovery Networks in 2019.
Mathew retired from professional rugby in 2019 after a 15-year career comprising club and country alongside representing player interests as an active RPA board member. He recently graduated from the University of Salford with a Masters distinction in Sports Directorship and is undertaking the CIMA cert BA.
Peter is Oakwell’s partner in the USA where he represents us to the many interested and significant sports owners and potential interested investors in UK and European Sports assets. Through his cross border advisory firm, Dunworth Capital, he has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai. This gives Oakwell access to sports investors in the Far East. Peter sits in on the Advisory Board of United Technologies Corp on the NYSE. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
Through Oakwell’s equity investment in Halfspace Ltd, where Rory is co-founder, we provide clients with revenue driving digital solutions across sponsorship, media rights, ticketing and ecommerce using advanced data technology and fan engagement expertise. Rory’s 20 years in the sports, entertainment and media sectors cover IMG Media and WPP owned Groupm.
Elliott graduated with a Master’s degree in Business with Strategic Economics at The University of Edinburgh in 2019. Elliott completed the summer internship at Oakwell in 2018 and he has already written reports on cricket and football for the Oakwell team.