Our Team

Tony Ford


Tony has a wealth of professional experience across many sectors, gained through his own business interests as well as those of clients. In any capacity, Tony always strives to create optimum value in a company, looking for exceptional results. Tony’s business interests each have their own core values, which are special and particular to each business, but Tony himself strives for three intimate core values when recruiting staff or when meeting people he wants to work with. These are most important to him and include:

  • Honesty
  • Confidentiality
  • Positive mental attitude (an absolute must when working with business owners).

Tony specialises in Corporate Mentoring where he can use his vision to influence changes in management, sales strategy, routes to market, implementation of barriers to entry and board composition. All of these strategies add value to the ultimate exit event, with the result that Triskell have more often than not exceeds clients’ expectations by over 500 percent. He has done this in a plethora of assignments over time, accruing significant capital gains for his clients and his firm.

Telephone : 0161 839 4471
Mobile : 07768 984050
Email : tony.ford@triskell.co.uk

David Gardner

Corporate Finance Director

Dave is a Corporate Finance Director with over 13 years of experience of advising entrepreneurial businesses. Dave develops strong relationships with his clients and their business processes which coupled with his financial and commercial skills, make him ideally placed to design and deliver robust strategies that maximise business performance and drive a transaction to completion.

Dave’s skills and expertise have successfully delivered a range of private equity, trade and management buy-out transactions across a multitude of sectors. His in-depth involvement in the transaction process focuses on adding value to the client through the enhancement of management information, fully integrated financial models, detailed business plans and information memoranda, end-to-end project management, co-ordination and control of due diligence streams and providing detailed input and direction into the legal process.

Telephone : 0161 839 4471
Mobile : 07736 457995
Email : david.gardner@triskell.co.uk

John Rigby

Corporate Director

Having previously worked in the commercial banking sector, both in the UK and overseas, John has spent over 15 years in the ‘company sales’ market place.

With substantial experience across an array of market sectors, John’s expertise lies in advising clients on all matters relating to their exit options including valuations, deals structures and timescales.

John is committed to working closely with clients to ensure they achieve their exit objectives.

Telephone : 0161 731 1213
Mobile :
Email : john.rigby@triskell.co.uk

Julian Coy

Corporate Finance Director

As Head of Corporate Finance in the North, Julian grew BDO into a major player, developing one of the strongest teams in mid-market deals and working on over 100 transactions.

In 2009 Julian launched his own consultancy and corporate finance firm, providing a unique blend of corporate finance expertise and industry-leading sector-specialists to work with a small core of clients.

Julian joined Triskell in 2014 in order to utilise the significant marketing capabilities, presentational expertise and buyer reach that Triskell offers to its clients.

Telephone : 0161 731 1213
Mobile : 07867 502 705
Email : julian.coy@triskell.co.uk

John Hunt

Corporate Finance Director

John has over 20 years corporate finance experience in the accountancy profession with Coopers & Lybrand (PwC) and BDO as well as working in industry at TXU Corp, an global utility company.

He has been Managing Director of a company in the renewable energy sector in the UK and has international experience having worked in Scandinavia and also the USA.

John’s financial and commercial experience allows him to add significant value to the client experience and he is focused on delivering maximum value for his clients.

Telephone : 0161 731 1213
Mobile : 07500 471 491
Email : john.hunt@triskell.co.uk

Tim Hastings

Search and Selection Director

Tim is a board level search specialist with over 20 years experience of placing exceptional talent helping good companies to become great. Tim has an enviable network of investment professionals, high net worth individuals, private offices and non-executive director contacts across a range of sectors.

Tim was the co-founder of Ford Hastings in 2003, which specialises in supporting entrepreneurial fast growing companies both pre and post transaction and with access to significant “off market” opportunities with equity stakes. Prior to establishing Ford Hastings, Tim worked in-house for an AIM listed investor. This followed an earlier career with Ernst & Young and KPMG, where he ran the search practice in the North of England.

Telephone : 0161 839 4471
Mobile : 07715 704907
Email : tim.hastings@triskell.co.uk