Spark! and its associates

We have worked together in various capacities for more than a decade in turnaround engagements and distressed debt investments with great success - there are no strangers here!

Summary backgrounds and roles

Team Member Summary Profile Education Focus Areas
Ivan Uttley Ivan is based in Johannesburg. He has held senior rescue, transformation and turnaround roles over his 30 year career which has taken him from New York to Toyko, from London to Johannesburg with Paris, Houston and Frankfurt in between. He has worked across the spectrum of distressed interventions, from Informal Debt Workouts to Business Rescues. He has also worked in various industries from eCommerce (eBay where he worked on the integration and turnarounds of acquired businesses), Automotive (where he worked on Ford automotive's Visteon programme), Banking (Barclays/ABSA, where he worked on the turnaround of their Business Banking segment), Insurance (where he worked on the turnaround of Mutual & Federal's Group Scheme's business) In his spare time he pursues a wide range of activities, from travel to cooking. More successfully and with great enthusiasm he designs and builds multi-stage rockets with his two daughters. B.Sc Electronic Engineering- UCT - South Africa

INSEAD - France
Business Rescue but only where a turnaround is possible, with a oreference for distressed debt investmentin turnarounds.
Tim Loughton Tim Loughton is the high energy and uncompromising co-founder and Director of Corporate Delivery Consultants Pty(Ltd) Spark!'s strategic partner in Cape Town. He is the product of a successful family owned business and grew up in an entrepreneurial home. He takes a particular interest in the philosophy behind delivery, organizational behaviour and entrepreneurship. Tim has a habit of identifying and fixing company problems and would welcome understanding your particular business challenge. When he is not working, he typically will be spending time with his young family or climbing Table Mountain. Hons degree in Finance

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Business Turnarounds and Solution Delivery  Tim provides the Quality Assurance to the rest of the team on the Business Rescue Plan content
Matthew Mccrystal That rare lawyer with an Honors Degree in Finance, and a general comfort and familiarity with Cash Conversion Cycles and Self Funding Growth rates that most rescue plans will require. BCom Hons (Business Finance)|LLB Advisor and Strategy formulation with final QA of Rescue Plan and published notices.
Jessica Erens Jessica Erens is based in Cape Town and has worked at Ernst & Young, Barclays and until recently was the Finance Manager at PGBI Group Construction. She provides specialist accounting and tax ;input and also works with agriculture clients. She works part time as she rears her 3 young sons with her entrepreneur husband, Dylan. Her calm, no-nonsense practical approach.and her understanding of risk hint at her farming background. Her family still work the land on farms in Naboomspruit and outside Mahikeng/Mafikeng . B.Comm - Potchefstroom Accounting and Tax with additional input on matters agricultural.