Christopher has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate governance, banking
and housing finance. His career spans 35 years, first with Abbey National, where he held senior
executive positions in finance and operations creating and launching Cahoot, the internet bank.
He then joined the executive Board of Minster Trust Limited, a fully regulated banking institution
leading the development and launch of an affinity based internet banking proposition.
Christopher has extensive Non-executive experience recently chairing, amongst others, the Board
of London Strategic Housing and is currently deputy chairman of Network Housing Group where
he also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Financial
Management and is a visiting fellow at Kingston and Durham Business Schools. Christopher has
also worked with the NHS Commissioning Board on authorising the recently formed national
network of Commissioning Support Units, specifically assessing and developing business strategies
and the subsequent appointment of their managing directors. He currently chairs the advisory
Board for the NHS Yorkshire and Humberside Commissioning Support Units. Christopher is
Chairman of Ashley House’s Appointments Committee.
Non-executive Deputy Chairman
Stephen is a chartered engineer with a long career in design and development of commercial property.
Following the award of his degree in engineering he joined the London Borough of Harrow where he
gained chartered engineer status. He moved to George Wimpey & Co and learnt his main
“stock in trade” as a property developer before starting his own company in 1978. In 1991 he
co-founded Ashley House where his specialist knowledge is invaluable in the delivery of the Company’s
core product and the development of new services. Stephen chairs the Company’s Remuneration
Committee and is a Board member of a number of associated companies.
Antony has a BA in accounting and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992. He gained an Executive
MBA by evening study from Warwick University in 2004. He joined Ashley House in 2010 as Finance
Director having held various senior executive positions within the Lloyds Pharmacy group, including
leading the corporate acquisitions, property and development teams. Antony spent 15 months in a pan
European strategic development role based in Germany for Lloyds’ parent company Celesio AG.
Immediately prior to Ashley House, Antony was managing director of Sapphire Primary Care
Developments Limited which Ashley House acquired from Lloyds Pharmacy in 2009. Antony was
appointed Chief Executive in October 2014.
Prior to joining Ashley House in 1998 Jonathan worked in sales and marketing with an emphasis on setting
up new ventures. In the 1990s he worked in the City for Thomson Financial Services and latterly the capital
markets and Eurobond regulator ISMA. Jonathan leads the Ashley House teams that work with clients
and stakeholders to source, structure and develop our projects. Jonathan is a passionate advocate of
Ashley House’s ability to use its status as a profit making plc to create social value well in excess of its
size and has led Ashley House’s involvement as a Founder Member of the Social Stock Exchange.
Andrew has a BA in history from Keble College, Oxford and qualified as a chartered accountant with
what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1991. He has held senior financial roles in the retail and
wholesale sectors, including Waterstones and Hagemeyer (now part of the Rexel group). He joined
Lloyds Pharmacy in 2003, becoming finance director in 2007 and public sector and healthcare
services director in 2012, with responsibility for the delivery of pharmacy services and pharmaceutical
supply into NHS hospitals and other public and private sector organisations. He had Lloyds Pharmacy
Board responsibility for Sapphire Primary Care Developments until its sale to Ashley House.
Andrew is Chairman of Ashley House’s Audit & Risk Committee.
John has advised and invested in fast-growing companies for over 20 years including a period sitting
on the panel of Non-executive directors appointed by 3i plc to their investee companies.
In his industrial career he was both a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Management Accountant
and was Factory Manager and Financial Controller for Mars Limited and a UK and Northern Europe
Finance Director for Motorola Inc. He was the Finance Director of the successful management
buy-in of RHP Bearings. John provides strategic financial management skills and experience
to the Board.
Christopher Lyons, Stephen Minion and Andrew Willetts sit on all three of the Company's committees: