Founder & CEO
Jim is our CEO and founded Shaw & Co in 2011 after developing his corporate finance career at PwC and Target. Jim is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is listed as one the Southwest regions’ 42 entrepreneurs under 42 to watch. In 2013 Jim was named South West Young Deal Maker of the Year and since then has grown Shaw & Co into one of the most dynamic specialist advisory businesses in the UK. Jim’s achievements saw Shaw & Co named as Business of the Year (1-10 employees) at the Business Leader Awards in 2021.
Over the last 15 years Jim’s dealmaking has seen him complete more than 70 M&A deals with a combined enterprise value exceeding £0.5bn. Following the appointment of a new Head of M&A in 2022, Jim has moved into a full-time CEO role which focuses on accelerating the growth of Shaw & Co nationally.
When he’s not running the business Jim’s first love has always been sailing. He’s raced sailing dinghies from the age of 8 and has competed at National, European and World level in several classes. He enjoys sailing dinghies at his local club as well as bigger yachts on the Solent.