Adrian Jones



Adrian Jones is a highly experienced global CFO who, having graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1976, spent four years with Arthur Anderson in London, and a further four years in their Johannesburg office.  Returning to the UK in 1986 he spent the next 13 years in various financial roles with Belron International, the parent of Autoglass, the vehicle glass repair & replacement company, with 10 brands world-wide. The last seven years as Group Finance Director assisting a small Executive Team manage a group with turnover of $1.7Bn, profits of $100M, and over 13,000 employees.

In 1999 he was approached to take the Minit Group to full UK market listing.  At that time the retail chains of Mister Minit, Sketchley, Supasnaps and Jeeves of Bulgaria were both successful and profitable across most of the 26 countries in which they operated. However, the early discovery of significant accounting problems in the UK led to shareholder and director conflicts, legal and bank relationship issues. This required Adrian taking on a de-facto CEO role and resolve many of the problems as well as implement a rigorous repair programme.

Finally, from 2003 until 2016, when he established a portfolio of activities with ETL at its heart, he has assisted two Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and their international family businesses in a mix of FD/CEO/Chairman and consultancy roles across a range of non-synergistic industries, such as shipping, wine distribution & retailing, forestry, banking software, aluminium production, and oil & gas services.


Expertise & Achievements

Adrian’s areas of professional expertise are:


  • Bank Facilities & Fund Raising.  Bilateral and syndicated loan facilities from $1M to $300M.  Dealt with banks in over 20 countries. Prepared, and was responsible for, business plans and budgets, loan agreements and loan re-scheduling agreements, and negotiating term sheets, covenants and waivers.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions.  Concluded over 50 acquisitions across the UK, Continental Europe, Canada, Australia, North and South America, ranging in size from $1M to $250M.

  • Disposals.  Sold business in the UK, Italy, South America, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

  • Shareholder & Boardroom Conflict.  Assisted in situations of conflict, addressing issues such as insolvency or ‘trading while potentially knowingly insolvent’, and litigation between parties.

  • Financial & Management Reporting.  Operated under numerous GAAP environments.  Established year-end Consolidated Reporting systems for operations across 20 countries with over 30 subsidiaries. Responsible for numerous budget programmes and Three-Year Plans for businesses ranging from £5M to over £1B.

  • Risk.  Championed and established business risk management programmes.

  • Professional Adviser Selection.  Conducted ‘beauty parades’ for the selection of corporate advisers, syndicate banks, international relationship banks, lawyers, actuaries, auditors, insurance advisers, investment brokers, and corporate health providers.

  • Insurance, Remuneration, Pensions, Taxation (local & international) and Redundancy.

  • International Experience.  Operated in North & South America, across Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, West & Southern Africa, Indonesia and Taiwan.