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Simon Lawton

Simon is a highly experience Finance Director who joined Next Phase at the end of 2016, in partnership with Miles Hunt. Simon has built an impressive track record within rapidly growing entrepreneurial businesses, notably Tribal Group Plc which he helped grow over ten years from a start-up to a £250m+ services business.

At Tribal Simon led its AIM float and initial £11m fund raising; a £21m capital fund raising; admission to Main listing; He co-negotiated the sale of Mercury Health for EV for £76m realising profit of £27m. Simon was integral to the execution of over 45 acquisitions and 6 start-up businesses with incentivised MI share structures. He negotiated and led over 11 debt finance rounds with largest revolver facility being £180m over five years. Simon built the finance team to over 120 finance professionals (incl. 20 senior FDs/FCs).

Simon left Tribal in May 2010 and became CFO of Cabo Delgado Investments where he worked on a business turnaround, recapitalisation and M&A projects in Africa. Since April 2012 he has provided senior board advice to 5 private companies. In March 2013, Simon co-launched a start-up business called Benula Capital in March 2013 with a close business partner, Miles Hunt. Benula then invested in Next Phase at the end of 2016 and have supported the company through a rebrand from SLS Services, as well as a repositioning of the organisation's strategy so it is 100% focused on life sciences.


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Simon has an extensive track record as a Finance Director in rapidly growing entrepreneurial businesses.