John Craven

With a background in engineering, John has nearly 30 years’ experience advising public and private companies across a wide range of commercial sectors. His entrepreneurial spirit, shown through his role in the development of Bridgewell as well as co-founding Smith Square Partners, also means that he brings a deep insight into the world of the owner manager.

John is an alumnus of J Henry Schroder Wagg. From there he joined the boutique advisory firm Phoenix Securities in 1994, which was subsequently acquired by Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and in turn by Credit Suisse First Boston where he was a Managing Director in the European M&A Group. He led the corporate finance team at Bridgewell, the mid market investment bank, for seven years from 2001 and was a main board director through the firm’s IPO and subsequent sale.

John has several external roles in the not for profit sector, including being a Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust. He has an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.