Team Members



Mark Russell



Steve Smith
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Ran Oren
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David Lightowler

Mark Russell

Mike Simpson

Nick Crampton

Steve works with both listed and private UK companies and international groups assuming board, advisory or executive roles during stabilisation and restructuring phases of turnaround projects. Steve also works with underperforming groups to deliver profit, cash flow and working capital improvement.

Prior to founding Icknield in 1995 Steve had a number of financial roles in UK listed companies including 6 years as group treasurer of The Rank Organisation plc. Steve is a chartered management accountant, fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, member of the Institute for Turnaround and a member of R3.

Roles include CRO at Ennstone plc, CRO at Vantis plc, chairman at Chez Gerard Restaurants Ltd and advising a professional services partnership.

Ran has worked with Icknield since 2007.

Ran works with AIM listed and family owned businesses as CRO or interim FD taking board positions when needed and focussing on turnaround, restructuring and cash management roles.

Prior to working with Icknield Ran had spent several years as an independent executive mainly in interim FD roles in the UK and The Netherlands.

Ran trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche in Israel. Ran is a member of the Institute for Turnaround.

David Lightowler has worked on a variety of projects since 2005 including an 18 month project with a loss making, over indebted financial services business. David specialises in distressed cash management and turnaround situations.

Mark Russell, ACA, spent 14 years in the profession at Arthur Andersen and KPMG. He has 9 years of experience as an independent executive working with SME’s.

Mark started working on Icknield projects in 2014 focusing on cash management and financial modelling.

As a turnaround specialist for Icknield Mike focuses on distressed businesses with cash flow issues. With over 23 years financial management experience Mike has previously owned a profitable business for 15 years, held the positions of MD and FD in SME’s and worked with international groups on interim projects.

Mike is a qualified accountant (FCCA) with over 23 years PQE.

Mike’s roles include a project advising an international business in the oil & energy sector on working capital management and business planning for an accommodation business.

After joining Icknield in 2019 Nick has undertaken various roles including several cash forecasting/management and interim Head of Finance roles within various industries.

Nicks experience includes preparing integrated financial models, financial process streamlining and management of due diligence processes in addition to cash forecasting/management. Recent projects include an electrical products distributor, multi-site printing business, plant hire business and a utilities generator/distributor.