Led by Allison Thompson, the team at Ashmore Consulting specialise in transformational change for organisations, place and people. Taking a strategic approach, Ashmore creates value through improved business planning and performance, decision making, operational effectiveness, employee engagement and creating the conditions for talent to flourish and thrive.

At Ashmore, we’re passionate about making a positive impact through our work.

We believe strongly in helping people succeed and place the highest value on working with organisations to support them in creating a better and more productive environment in which to work. 

Every day, we are inspired to deliver great work for people, businesses and causes we believe in – an ethos that runs right through the company and underpins every decision we make.

We are based in Sunderland, and are committed to helping young people at risk in the area by providing pro bono coaching and mentoring support. We also give 10% of our profits to programmes that support that commitment.
 

Allison Thompson

Allison is Ashmore Consulting’s Director and Principal Consultant. She previously held executive positions as Marketing Director, Chief Operating Officer and HR Director at Northern Rock, playing a key role in leading the bank through considerable change following its collapse in 2007.

She now has a portfolio career as a Non-Executive Director of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. She also sits on the Sunderland Business Board of the NSPCC and on an advisory committee to the Northern Housing Consortium.

Her passion is social enterprise and creating employment to support those most vulnerable and disadvantaged, particularly young people. She is currently working on a number of projects to promote entrepreneurship to stimulate social change through employment and sport.

Mike Smith

Mike has vast experience in large scale, fast paced, operational environments delivering business performance and results improvements for a range of clients across the UK.

His background includes over 30 years in mortgage finance operations, servicing the fastest growing book in the UK, from cradle to grave. Mike has held line leadership responsibility for over 1,500 colleagues leading through significant restructure and transformation.

Mike has extensive experience in developing customer experience including digital development, influencing corporate culture, managing operational risk and fulfilling regulatory adherence. 

He also has a strong track record in people development, positive, enterprising workplace engagement and managing through growth as well as challenging, uncertain and traumatic times - transformation at its best and most challenging.

Mike has established his own company, Mike Smith Management Services Ltd and is a non-executive director at Durham Cricket Board Ltd.
 

Stacy Hall

Stacy Hall has over 20 years’ experience in developing successful communications and marketing strategies for place marketing, economic development, regeneration, local government, tourism and culture.

She has a wealth of experience and a successful track record in developing creative solutions to complex issues, working with partnerships across the public and private sectors. 

She is a member of the Sunderland AFC Foundation Development Board, the Heritage Lottery Fund North East Committee and Generator Music Trust Board in Newcastle.
 

Matthew Thompson

Matthew is a Northumbria University graduate in Sport management where he developed his leadership and marketing skills as well as the ability to deliver project outcomes.

He provides Social Media expertise across all digital platforms, develops video content, contributes to building Digital Marketing Strategies and has a passion to help small businesses grow.

As a digital native, Matthew is part of a balanced team of experienced executives and young graduates who bring a fast paced entrepreneurial spirit to all our client interactions.

Matthew also loves sport and all aspects of the health and fitness industry and along with other team members bring a youthful approach to our work which can be an added value in certain projects.