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CV and

Other Interests

Curriculum Vitae

 

Born

 

MA

MSc

 

Member

 

 

2012 -

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2008 -

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2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

1987 -

Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982 -

1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merton College, Oxford

University of Sussex

 

 

23 November 1958

 

Physics

Operational Research

 

Chartered Management Institute

Operational Research Society

 

Broadgate West

Financial Analyst

 

Development & investment appraisals, valuations, market and leasing analysis, project financing, refinancing and budget reporting for projects of typical size £100 million - see case studies

 

Management of IT systems, insurance and non-domestic rating; project planning and in-house graphics

 

L’Anima Restaurant Group

 

Operating projections and analysis - see case studies

 

Ovation Data

 

Assistance with producing proposals for services to store oil well mapping data in UK and across Europe

 

Midas Corporate Consulting

 

Occupancy options analysis to help smaller tenants reduce accommodation costs by consolidating, relocating or renegotiating leases

 

Gemini Commercial Investments

Financial Analyst

 

Role generally as for Broadgate West; interim head of finance during a period of transition in focus from development to management & investment; management and statutory accounts - see case studies

 

Ashley Knowles Associates

Independent Consultant

 

Business planning and financial analysis for clients in commercial real estate, hospitality and IT services - significant projects described separately, and see case studies

 

Smoke & Mirrors Productions

 

Start-up business plan, corporate finance and interim financial management - see case studies

 

Reichmann International LP

 

Working in Canada and the UK, financial modelling of large mixed-use real estate projects in Canada, Mexico and Europe; creation of flexible project evaluation tools

 

Hotel and Marina Projects

 

Creation of a series of business plans for a private client wishing to invest in hotels and marinas in the UK

 

Leading Merchant Bank

 

Modelling the effect of a number of corporate finance and refinancing schemes for property developments in Europe, such as convertible debt / equity options

 

Leading TV Facilities House

 

Financial analysis and business plan for a proposed joint venture between a facilities house and a property developer to build a TV studio

 

Olympia & York Canary Wharf

 

Lead financial analyst within HQ of £4bn development; flexible budgeting and leasing support systems used throughout the company; analysis of transport projects, taxation and debt restructuring proposals - see case studies

 

Coopers & Lybrand Associates

Senior Consultant

 

Financial analysis for industry-leading clients in telecoms and media, operational simulation, network cost modelling, statistical testing, market research in construction and retail sectors in UK and Far East, project planning

 

Communications Studies & Planning

Consultant

 

Financial and operational analysis for most of the major companies in the telecoms sector; economic analysis in UK and Europe; quantitative and qualitative market research in electronics and telecoms sectors in UK, with fieldwork in USA; network planning; technical writing

Publications and Speaking

 

Conference presentations on spreadsheet modelling for real estate professionals and spreadsheets as a platform for dashboard systems

 

Articles on financial management in the arts and operational research  in the IT sector

Crossword Compiling

 

I’m better known to Guardian readers as Boatman and have a modest international following as a setter. I also compile bespoke crosswords for private clients and teach a well-regarded programme of one-day masterclasses for aspiring setters, several of whom have gone on to work for national newspapers.

 

You can find out more about my work as a setter by visiting my crossword website.

 

In partnership with another setter, I have an online business which introduces clients for bespoke puzzles to other setters, including a bank of up-and-coming talent from my masterclasses.

Quizmaster

 

Closer to home, I present quirky charity quizzes, including a mass-participation event for 350 people on Ditchling village green.

 

Music

 

I play something that can easily be mistaken for jazz piano, and have performed with an offshoot of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the South Bank Centre. I take little persuasion to bring out an accordion or bodhrán.

 

I have acted as recording engineer, both for my own material and in recording live poetry and music for the New Departures label.

 

Boating

 

I am a qualified barge skipper and fair-weather sailor. In pre-family days, I rebuilt a 30 metre working Dutch barge as a cruising home and studio.

Community

 

I sat on the management committee of Jackson’s Lane Community Centre, where I supervised the work of four of the six paid members of staff, meeting them every month to discuss their problems & achievements and to help them set targets and priorities for the coming month. At least two of these staff members have gone on to become senior figures in arts management.

 

I chaired the Greenland Dock berth-holders’ association and promoted schemes to enable the berth-holders to act together to buy the marina on its release from control by the LDDC.

 

I served as a parish councillor in Ditchling and sat on working groups responsible for producing a local area transport strategy and investigating ways of redeveloping council-owned properties.

 

I serve on the committee of our local cycling club, the Sussex Nomads, where I manage the club’s website and discussion forum and lead social group rides. I recently established an online shopping system for the club’s team clothing.

Ashley Knowles

Financial Analysis and Board Support