Vaughan Evans has been advising businesses and financiers on managing strategic risk and opportunity since the mid-1980s.
He has worked across the full range of sectors and on an array of assignments in strategy, business planning and investment transactions, varying in scale from <$10 million to >$10 billion. He is distinctly experienced in strategic due diligence, where he has worked for over 25 private equity clients on scores of transactions over the last 25+ years.
Vaughan is an economist by training and after university practised as an economic consultant for 12 years, working mainly overseas on the economic and financial appraisal of investment projects, before joining Bankers Trust Co in the mid-1980s. There he helped build Bankers Trust's leveraged buy-out business into European pre-eminence through advising his colleagues in Private Equity and Structured Finance on the strategic risks and opportunities of their transactions.
He left Bankers Trust to set up Vaughan Evans & Partners in 1990 and from 1992-2002 was a senior adviser to the corporate finance practice of Arthur D Little Ltd. There he specialised in advising corporates and financiers in managing risk and achieving value from acquisitions, alliances and strategic investments and helped grow the practice from five to 25 professionals.
He has an M.A. in Economics from Downing College, Cambridge, and is a Sloan Fellow with distinction of the London Business School, where he specialised in finance, business strategy, industry economics and international marketing.
Vaughan is a prolific author and has written many books, mainly on strategy and business planning and one on public speaking and presenting.
He has a wide range of interests, but especially singing and drama - acting, directing and writing. His trilogy of plays on the 2010s, Interesting Times, was published in 2020.
His summary CV follows.
Vaughan Evans: Summary Curriculum Vitae
1992-2002 Arthur D Little Ltd
1974-80 Economist, DfID (then Ministry of Overseas
Education and Qualifications
2022: The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan: How to Win Backing to Start Up or Grow Your Business, 3rd edition, FT Publishing
2020: Interesting Times: A Trilogy of Plays on the 2010s (Integrity, Integration and Internationalism or FU, EU!), Krimson Kestrel Press
2020: Key Strategy Tools: The 88 Tools for Every Manager to Build a Winning Strategy, 2nd edition, FT Publishing
2018: Strategy Plain and Simple: 3 Steps to Building a Successful Strategy for Your Startup or Growing Business, FT Publishing
2016: KISSTRATEGY: a Keep-It-Simple Guide on How to Build a Winning Strategy for Your Startup or Small Business, Business & Careers Press
2015: Stand, Speak, Deliver! How to Survive - and Thrive- in Public Speaking and Presenting, Little, Brown
2015: Let the Sun Shine! How Strategic Due Diligence is Key to Acquisition Success, Business & Careers Press
2015: The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan: How to Win Backing to Start Up or Grow Your Business, 2nd edition, FT Publishing
2014: 25 Need-to-Know Strategy Tools, FT Publishing
2014: The Standout Business Plan: Make It Irresistible--And Get the Funds You Need for Your Startup or Growing Business, with Brian Tracy, AMACOM
2013: The FT Essential Guide to Developing a Business Strategy: How to Use Strategic Planning to Start Up or Grow Your Business, FT Publishing
2012: Key Strategy Tools: The 80+ Tools for Every Manager to Build a Winning Strategy, FT Publishing
2011: The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan: How to Win Backing to Start Up or Grow Your Business, FT Publishing
2010: Backing You MBA!: How Thinking of Yourself as a Business Can Advance or Transform Your Career, Business and Careers Press
2009: Backing U! LITE: A Quick-Read Guide to Backing Your Passion and Achieving Career Success, Business and Careers Press
2009: Backing U!: A Business-Oriented Guide to Backing Your Passion and Achieving Career Success, Business and Careers Press
Memberships Institute of Directors, Management Consultancies Association,
Toastmasters International, Professional Speakers Association