Ian Jakeways


Ian has been involved in education for the financial services industry since gaining his MBA from Manchester Business School. He remained with the School's International Banking Centre for 5 years, becoming Course Director.  He has worked in Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe, Western Europe and the United States with managers in financial institutions. He is a Fellow of the UK Association of Corporate Treasurers. For many years until end-2002 he was a Chief Examiner for the Association's Membership examinations.

Doug Williamson

Doug lives near Kendal in the Lake District. He has worked on the ACT's education programme since 2001 in a number of different roles, currently serving on the AMCT exam board. He was formerly an accountant with KPMG and an in-house tax manager with Virgin Entertainment Group. His other experience includes bank supervisory and corporate finance work with KPMG, and a number of interim financial management positions. He qualified as MCT exams in 2000 with two distinctions and a prize. He is a Fellow of the Association.

David Merrick


Having gained a doctorate in mathematics, David has been closely involved in the development of financial modelling and training for 20 years.  He specialises in developing models that can be used to provide practical insights and actionable advice.  Before becoming a consultant 10 years ago David worked in a number of senior positions in British Coal, including Head of Privatisation Group.  He is a founder partner of Business Economics Ltd.

Gordon Mandry


After a double first from Oxford and an initial career in marketing consultancy, Gordon was appointed IBM Research Fellow at Manchester Business School where he subsequently became lecturer in marketing and strategic management. He is a consultant to major banks and corporations in the UK, Europe and North America. He is also a visiting professor at INSEAD and a non-executive director of VNU Holdings (UK) Ltd.