Chris Ashworth

Director and Chairman

For over 30 years Chris had a career in the City of London as a M&A and Corporate Finance lawyer, as well as having been actively involved in management.

He was a partner and Head of M&A and Head of Corporate at Ashurst; head of European M&A and Managing Partner, London, for O’Melveny & Myers LLP  and was Head of Corporate Finance at Lovells LLP. Chris has a particular reputation for corporate governance, having been included in the Law Firm Directories and has been an active member of the International Bar Association both as a participant and speaker for many years, as well as having a number of publications to his name. He operated as an adviser, both legal and transactional, on specific projects for individual clients and as General Counsel of an asset management group based in Monaco. Chris originally worked with both Mow and Grow and The Grow Organisation on a pro bono basis before joining the board in 2009.

Chris Ashworth is used to dealing with high pressure situations, involving management judgment, merger proposals or combinations of culture and businesses and he is known to take a resilient and robustly independent position on difficult issues.

His strengths include: Judgment. Clear and confident decisions in difficult public or quasi public situations. Knowledge of processes, particularly M&A and other corporate finance processes. Detailed knowledge of corporate governance and the application of good corporate governance to organisations comprising not only companies, but also partnerships and not for profit entities. Business development. Merger situations.

Why Chris joined the Board:

“I joined the Board of both Grow and Mow & Grow because I liked the ethos of both companies and wanted to help their demonstrably positive efforts to bring vulnerable people back into confident, well adjusted lives in the mainstream; we want to extend and increase the range of activities and people reached.”