Amberside is an independent consultancy providing financial advice to large scale energy, infrastructure and accommodation projects. We support public services reform where social investment can be of benefit. We use financial modelling to make sense of projects with a variety of different structures. We produce simple, transparent models that are easy to understand, which we then use along with our commercial expertise to get deals done.
We specialise in providing financial advisory services to investors and companies involved in public service contracts. We support major infrastructure projects ranging across wind, solar and biomass, road and rail, schools and hospitals, as well as public service delivery contracts in sectors such as healthcare and justice.
Financial models are at the core of our service and the heart of every project. Our models are built by experienced team members, who bring to bear their financial and commercial expertise from working on over 600 assignments.
Through our market leading operational modelling service, we have gained unparalleled insight into the operational issues faced by public service and project finance transactions. We work closely with our clients providing robust advice, often on complex issues, based on our detailed knowledge and understanding of the project. This is why our models and advice meet and exceed expectations.
Paul has over 15 years’ experience acting as a financial advisor on project finance transactions. After training as a chartered accountant with Robson Rhodes, he moved to Mazars as one of the four founding members of its Project Finance team. In 2009 he then co-founded the team at Amberside and has since developed a market leading operational modelling service and built a respected team that regularly work on the largest international projects. An expert in financial modelling, Paul also brings a wealth of commercial, operational and accounting expertise to all our clients. He has supported projects at all stages of their lifecycle, including financial closes, major variations, refinancings, acquisitions and disposals. He has worked on many of the largest infrastructure, PFI/PPP and renewable energy projects ranging from the Thameslink Rolling Stock Project to Bart’s Hospital and Bluefield Solar’s £180m portfolio refinancing.
Neil has over 20 year's experience advising on public-private partnerships. A chartered accountant, following finance roles with regeneration and justice agencies, Neil developed Grant Thornton's infrastructure advisory practice and as partner, ran the Firm’s modelling and risk function, advising on a wide variety of PFI/PPP, energy and real estate projects, including 2012 London Olympic Games legacy. Experienced in restructuring infrastructure assets and handling disputes, he acted for the Indian government on the $2.9bn Dabhol Power project, coal and gas projects in Africa as well as assets affected by the Icelandic banking crisis. He has raised over £3bn of debt for greenfield PPP projects and acted on more than £2bn of brownfield acquisitions. With Amberside, he has focused on developing our advice to funds across portfolios of European PPP assets and renewables projects across EMEA and South America.
David specialises in providing corporate finance and financial consulting services, with over 20 years of industry experience. Prior to founding Amberside, David was an Associate Director at Navigant Consulting (incorporating ABROS) and before then a senior manager in RSM Robson Rhodes. David has advised on a wide variety of PFI/PPP, water and property transactions and has helped deliver over 300 infrastructure operational models. His background in financial modelling has seen him produce models and raised finance for a wide range of projects. Previously he has advised to the Office of the Rail Regulator on the £17bn proposed securitisation of Network Rail, and a £250m infrastructure fund on a portfolio refinancing. David has personal experience of purchasing companies and commercial properties and takes pride in finding the most efficient financing structures for companies. David is an active Director of 4 trading companies.
After gaining his PhD, Philip joined RSM Robson Rhodes (now Grant Thornton) gaining experience with a variety of corporate finance, regulated industry, and PPP/PFI financial models. Philip also has company-level experience including accounting, compliance and internal administration, together with public-sector experience gained working as an internal auditor at a Borough Council.
Richard has 25 years of experience advising on, lending to and investing in PPP projects. He spent the first 10 years of his career at Kleinwort Benson and Rothschild, advising on and lead arranging finance for infrastructure projects, and the last 15 years as Commercial Director and Head of Project Finance at Carillion, where he led, or oversaw, the financial close of more than 35 projects and helped raise more than £5bn of debt. Richard has worked on projects in the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East, and has experience of working with domestic financial institutions, international banks, multilateral organisations and export credit agencies.
Debra joined Amberside in August 2017 as PA to the Directors and to oversee our team administrators to ensure the smooth running of our office. She is responsible for office management, health & safety, organising diaries, scheduling meetings, correspondence and minute taking at board meetings, as well as liaising with clients to ensure all enquiries are dealt with promptly and efficiently. Debra also supports the Directors and the Management Team with tender submissions and is Company Secretary. She provides a friendly, professional point of contact within the office and is always willing to ‘go the extra mile’ to achieve the high standards the Directors expect. In her spare time Debra enjoys keeping fit, spending time with her family and hosting dinner parties for friends.
Alan is an Associate Director at Amberside with responsibility for providing senior oversight to the core modelling team and managing the advisory team. He is an ICAEW chartered accountant with 10+ years of financial modelling and advising experience having worked in the PPP/PFI industry since 2008. Since joining Amberside in 2010, Alan has worked on 230+ operational projects including acquisitions, refinancings, model builds and model audits. Alan has worked on projects in various sectors including transport, health, education and renewables, with projects based in the UK, Africa, Netherlands, France and Germany. Notable projects include a £6.2bn European high speed train link, a £1.4bn UK road, a €0.8bn+ fund valuation, a £0.1bn refinancing of a UK road and mobilising an international banks modelling team. Alan also heads up external training, having delivered training to 160+ infrastructure professionals including banks, corporates, funds and project sponsors. Alan also delivered a modelling lecture to University College London (UCL) MSc students.
Viet is a senior manager with responsibility for growing Amberside’s waste and renewables capabilities. He has returned to Amberside after a 4 year absence pursuing his career at an anaerobic digestion developer. Now part of our strong, senior management team, he brings his additional experience in project finance management to our clients to help build on all our successes. His extensive knowledge includes 8 years direct experience within industry covering the anaerobic digestion and waste to energy sectors. Viet also has 6 years experience working in advisory undertaking roles covering model audit, bid, operational, acquisition and refinancing for a range of international infrastructure project types.
Laura is the Human Resources Manager providing HR support, advice and guidance to the business. Laura's 12 years' experience in the corporate and voluntary sectors have given her an excellent grounding in all areas of HR including organisational development, reward and recognition, employee relations, resourcing, learning and development, wellbeing and management coaching. Since joining Amberside, Laura has established the HR and training function, including creating and delivering a number of training workshops to enhance employee learning and development. Additionally, she has provided valuable support to organisational development and Amberside projects. Laura holds a Bsc degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.
Lucy joined Amberside as Communications Manager in October 2018 to ensure that the company’s greatness is heard by all the right people whether that is via media, our website, social media or beyond. She brings 18 years of successful and enjoyable communications, marketing, advertising and PR experiences for a diverse range of 40+ companies in small and large PR consultancies, freelancing and in-house marketing departments. Recent organisations include the Government of Dubai, an estate agency and an app for making mum friends. Lucy holds a BA Hons degree in French and a CAM Foundation (Communication Advertising Marketing) Higher Diploma in Communication Studies. Outside of work, she is usually found chasing (her own) small children around the countryside or escaping to the relative sanity of a Zumba class.
Steven has worked at Amberside for over 5 years and has extensive experience producing a variety of financial models. He has created models to win bids for government contracts in both the healthcare and justice sectors, optimised models for the valuation of secondary market purchases, created consolidated models for funds, and built statistical models for both viability testing and accounting purposes. In addition to working on projects across the EU, North and Central America, and Africa, Steven has produced operational models for schemes in sectors covering Building Schools for the Future (BSF), fire stations, health, power transmission, prisons, transport, renewables, EfW and social housing. A background in programming enables Steven to approach very complicated projects, and build a user friendly product that fulfils all requirements. Steven graduated in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Since joining Amberside, Robert has worked on projects in a wide variety of sectors including healthcare, property, education, transport, social housing, hydroponics and renewables. Notable UK projects include a £200m+ property model, a £1bn+ hospital and a hydroponics viability model used for extensive sensitivity analysis. He has also developed complex bespoke payment mechanisms in models for a £100m roads project and a £60m social housing project. Robert has also provided fund valuation and analysis support for several large investment portfolios, totalling over €2bn in value, with assets in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Spain. Robert joined Amberside with a degree in Physics from the University of Warwick, and outside of work enjoys playing 5-a-side football and badminton.
Since joining Amberside, Philip has worked on projects across a number of sectors and services throughout the UK, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden. He has worked on a number of transactions including a capital expenditure variation pricing and refinancing exercise to a £1.4bn fleet of rolling stock, the £14m refinancing of a portfolio of solar assets and the model audit of a £88m refinancing for a roads network. Philip has also built complex payment mechanisms for road and waste projects. Using this combined experience, he has provided financial modelling training to institutions in Cote d’Ivoire and UK. He joined the company upon graduation from the University of Oxford with a Master's degree in Physics, and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant with the company in 2017. Away from work, Philip competes in target shooting and plays for a local brass band.
Since joining Amberside, Paul has specialised in fund services and bespoke model builds. He has been involved in valuing over €3bn of assets across 5+ funds and is responsible for managing key client relationships. He has developed a number of fund models for different purposes and ensured a smooth delivery of these. Using the modelling skills established at Amberside, Paul designed, created, and implemented a group forecasting model for a large corporate entity, capable of interacting with their financial reporting system. Paul is a University of Warwick graduate with a degree in Mathematics and has completed all of his CIMA exams. Away from work, Paul has a keen interest in trampolining and can frequently be found training, coaching, or competing for Levitation Trampoline Club.
Since joining Amberside, Sophie has worked on operational model builds for healthcare, education, streetlights, rolling stock and renewable energy projects, based in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. She has also supported the valuation of a large portfolio of European infrastructure assets. Sophie is a member of our internal IT team, a role which has recently seen her implement a significant software update throughout the Amberside team. Sophie joined Amberside with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick. In her spare time, she enjoys playing football, running and competing in Magic: The Gathering events around Europe.
Since joining Amberside, George has worked on operational model builds and audits across sectors such as education, healthcare, transportation, justice and emergency, biomass and waste networks. He has worked on several rolling stock bids including a successfully secured funding of £1bn for new trains. He has also been involved in building group models and reporting tools for large multinational companies. George was a key player in the creation of a sophisticated model to calculate penalty deductions based on a set of Big Data. He has assisted in the preparation of a successful bid to establish a CIC, delivering a positive social impact. George is a fluent Greek speaker, who has worked on projects based in the UK, the Netherlands, France and Germany. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Accounting and Finance and a Master’s in International Banking and Financial studies.
Since joining Amberside, David has worked on transaction, fund/valuation and operational modelling mandates in sectors including renewable energy and infrastructure. He has also worked on a wide variety of bespoke projects, ranging from dispute resolution to supporting the public sector termination of PFI contracts. David has model audit experience and has worked on projects based across Europe and North America. David is a member of CIMA. Prior to joining Amberside, he completed a PhD in Earth Science at the University of Southampton, having previously studied at the University of Oxford. Outside of work he enjoys football, running, reading and travelling.
Sean joined Amberside in September 2015 with a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southampton, since then he has worked on financial modelling engagements across an array of sectors, namely, healthcare, education, student accommodation and renewable energy. His financial modelling experience has seen him become more and more involved in the model audit space at Amberside. Sean's experience has increasingly become international, with a number of projects being based overseas in the USA, Africa and Europe. Away from the office Sean enjoys playing rugby and tennis, whilst also actively taking part in long-distance running events.
Since Peter joined Amberside he has worked on operational model builds for projects and businesses relating to: power generation, bulk liquid storage, rail depots, roads, public housing, hospitals, and school/university facility expansions. He has also prepared models to value portfolios of assets for a fund’s reporting purposes, and to help evaluate an appropriate selling price for planned disposals. Peter has been involved with numerous renewables sector projects, including template and financial close models for the refinancing of solar portfolios. He has also been involved in model audits, model reviews and wider due diligence engagements. This has covered operational projects, plus supporting acquisitions and refinancing of renewable energy assets in the solar, wind and anaerobic digestion industries across the UK and Europe. Other projects are based in Canada and Africa. Peter has a degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Bath and is ACA qualified. He is a football fan and enjoys music, tennis, poker and watching Formula 1.
Tom has worked with a number of Europe’s largest infrastructure funds for transactions across a range of sectors. His fund experience spans a range of services, including valuing over 50 infrastructure assets and building bespoke portfolio models for over £5bn worth of infrastructure funds. He has also spent time on secondment with two large European infrastructure funds. Tom has previously worked on multiple bid tenders and was a key driver behind Amberside's successful bid to get onto the Crown Commercial Service corporate finance framework. His public sector experience includes working on the development of a business case in line with HM Treasury's Green Book appraisal template structure. In addition to fund modelling, he has specialised in creating solutions for a variety of non-standard projects by utilising his strong commercial understanding. Tom has completed his ACA exams and has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick.
Since joining Amberside, Iñaki has worked on operational model builds for PFI and NPD projects relating to social housing, education, healthcare and renewable energy. Additionally, he has participated in a number of project valuations including bridging reports to show valuation impacts on individual assumption changes. Iñaki is a native Spanish speaker, who has worked on projects based in the UK, Ireland and USA. He graduated from the University of La Rioja (Spain) with a degree in Business Administration and completed a Master’s in Financial Markets at Madrid's IEB. Away from the office Iñaki enjoys travelling, cinema and playing tennis.
Prior to joining Amberside, Arthur worked in the finance department of a large, international perfume manufacturer and distributor, preparing management accounts and performance based financial reports, as well as managing indirect tax submissions for the group's companies. Since joining Amberside in 2016, Arthur has been involved in many projects from a wide spectrum of sectors, namely: renewable energy - solar, wind, OFTO, and energy from waste; infrastructure – healthcare, education, defence, transportation, data storage, and accommodation. Arthur’s experience predominantly lies in building operational and portfolio financial models, project valuation, and advice during financial closes. Currently studying to become an ICAEW chartered accountant, Arthur also holds a degree in Management and Leadership from The Open University. In his spare time, Arthur is a keen reader with a passion for literature, enjoys swimming and martial arts.
Since joining Amberside in 2016, Dominique has worked on operational model builds for healthcare and education projects and refinancing model builds for education and renewable energy projects. She has worked on projects based in the UK and France. Dominique joined Amberside after completing degrees in Medical Biochemistry and Mathematics at the University of Manchester. Outside of work she enjoys bouldering and has a keen interest in skydiving.
John started at Amberside in 2017 and has since worked on model builds and audits for various sectors including accommodation, education, healthcare, and waste. He has also worked on valuation and bridge exercises for large infrastructure funds. His projects have been based in the UK, Ireland, Spain, and the Netherlands. John joined Amberside with a degree in Physics from Imperial College London where he developed his analytical and problem-solving skills, which he now puts into practice at Amberside. Outside of work, John enjoys ballroom dancing, music, and drawing.
Conrad joined Amberside in August 2017 after graduating in Accounting and Finance from the University of Warwick, and has international working experience covering China, Hong Kong, and the UK. Conrad is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. He has worked on operational model builds, model audits, and valuation in various sectors including renewable energy, waste, education, and accommodation. He has also worked on a wide range of advisory engagements ranging from start-ups seeking funding, to large government infrastructure projects. Conrad is currently training towards an ACA qualification. Outside of work, he helps his family to run their own property development business. Conrad is an accomplished classical musician, and plays more than 6 instruments, although not at the same time!
A native German speaker, Phillip has been involved in valuing over 75 infrastructure assets, often in non-English models, and has built multiple fund models, tailoring each to the clients’ requirements. With a keen interest in VBA, he is a specialist in automating repetitive tasks, such as the loading of data into portfolio models. During his 4 years at Amberside Advisors, Phillip has amassed an expertise in complex modelling. Phillip is currently sitting his final AAT exam and will follow on from this by studying towards a CIMA qualification.
Since joining Amberside in November 2017, Paul has worked on operational model builds for projects in the health, renewables, and infrastructure sectors. He is currently training to become a CIMA qualified accountant, and is a member of the company’s IT team. Before joining Amberside, Paul completed a degree in Mathematics at the University of Bath. Outside of work, Paul is a competitive swimmer who has competed at a regional level and is a keen fan of motorsport.
Daniel joined Amberside in November 2017. He has since worked on operational model builds for projects in the education and healthcare sectors. He has also provided support to recent fund valuations undertaken by the company. Prior to joining Amberside, he worked in the accounts department at an insurance brokerage where he developed a thorough grounding in transactional finance. Daniel graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In his free time Daniel is a keen guitarist and enjoys attending music festivals and following football.
Since joining Amberside in February 2018, Thomas has worked on operational model builds across a variety of sectors including healthcare, energy and roads. He also has experience in international projects having worked on projects based in The Netherlands and Ireland. Currently studying towards becoming an ICAEW qualified accountant, he joined Amberside with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Bath. Outside of work, Thomas is a keen cricket scorer. He also enjoys participating in pub quizzes and drinking tea.
Since joining Amberside in March 2018, Jonelle has worked on operational model builds for infrastructure projects across Europe, and refinancing model builds for UK based renewable energy projects. She has also worked on the pricing model for a successful advisory project, and model reviews for due diligence mandates. Jonelle joined Amberside with a Master’s in Natural Sciences from University College London, and she is currently studying to become an ICAEW qualified accountant. Outside of work, Jonelle enjoys recreational scuba diving - she previously managed and taught in dive centres around the world.
Eduardo joined Amberside in November 2018. He is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent Italian. Prior to joining Amberside, Eduardo acquired extensive experience advising in M&A and restructuring transactions in various sectors including infrastructure, manufacturing, hospitality, and renewables. He graduated from the University of Alcala de Henares (Spain) with a degree in Business Administration and Management and completed a Masters in International Finance at Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles (Spain). Outside of work, Eduardo enjoys outdoor activities such as football, swimming, and surfing.
Glenn joined Amberside in October 2018 and is training to become a CIMA qualified accountant. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Physics. Outside of work he enjoys playing badminton, birdwatching, board games and quizzes.
Oscar joined Amberside Advisors full time in November 2018. Prior to this, he worked for another company in the Amberside Group, Amberside Accounting, where he was assisting part time with a group of four solar assets by keeping the operational models up to date. Oscar is currently studying for his AAT qualification. Outside of work he enjoys tabletop games and competitively playing video games.
Zak joined the Amberside Group in December 2016, originally with Clubfinance, and progressively moved onto working for Amberside Advisors in March 2018. Since then, he has provided support on multiple model audits/AUPs on various infrastructure projects in the UK and renewable energy projects in Europe. He has also provided support on two asset valuation projects in Europe and was responsible for updating two solar operational models in the UK. Since joining, Zak has completed a qualification in UK Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics and is currently studying for an AAT qualification. Outside of work, Zak enjoys playing and following football, going to the gym and travelling.
Alex joined Amberside Advisors in early 2019 bringing lots of valuable customer service and interpersonal skills with him. With his aptitude for numbers and a keen desire to work in finance and modelling, he will be following the company’s attractive finance apprenticeship programme - part of which is studying for an AAT qualification. Outside of work he is an avid boxer spending his time training and socialising.
Christopher joined Amberside in February 2018 to support the growing team with all projects and HR related administration. Christopher is responsible for administration in relation to maintaining personnel records, preparing documents, updating internal databases, as well as supporting the development of internal training. Christopher also provides ad hoc support to the team as and when required. In his spare time Christopher enjoys looking after his many exotic pets.
Ciara joined Amberside in December 2018 to support the growing team with all projects and administration. She is responsible for general office administration; preparing documents, reports and presentations; collating monthly expenses for the team; scheduling meetings and anything else the team may require. Ciara enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family and seeing as much of the world as she can.
We are an innovative, entrepreneurial company who are known for high quality services and products. Our success is due to our highly talented and motivated work force. Recruitment is focused on two key areas: graduates with an interest in project finance and who wish to complete an accountancy qualification; and qualified, experienced, individuals who can offer their skills to help to grow the company and support the modelling team to deliver.
We welcome speculative CVs for both our graduate programme and for qualified, experienced individuals who wish to work in an exciting, challenging and forward thinking company.
If you would like to speak to us about working at Amberside Advisors please contact us.