Rupert Merson, Partner


Rupert specialises in helping ambitious businesses with organisational development, governance, strategy development and people management problems. He is a skilled consultant and facilitator and has a particular interest in the organisational problems caused by growth. Rupert has over 20 years experience working with businesses from a broad range of sectors and countries, including in particular entrepreneurial businesses, partnerships, family businesses and not-for-profits.


Rupert Merson is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Rupert took a first and a university prize from Oxford and studied at Harvard Business School


Rupert is an Adjunct Professor of London Business School where he has taught courses on the management of the growing business, new venture development, corporate turnaround, entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and family business. From the Summer of 2009 Rupert has also been an Adjunct Professor of INSEAD. He also teaches at CEIBS in Shanghai and ISB in Hyderabad. Rupert has led business education programmes on growth and entrepreneurship for clients in many sectors, and addressed international audiences in Australia, New Zealand, Continental Europe and South Africa as well as the UK. He won prizes for his teaching at both London Business School (2015 & 2018) and INSEAD (2015.) Rupert has also sat on the SME Council of the CBI.


For 16 years Rupert Merson was a partner in BDO Stoy Hayward, London.


Rupert publishes frequently in the national press on a broad range of business topics. He has published four books on the key roles in the growing business, and co-authored a fifth book on the family business. A sixth book, 'Rules are Not Enough', on Corporate Governance, was published in February 2010. His seventh book 'Guide to Managing Growth' was published by The Economist in the Summer of 2011. His latest book 'Growing a Business: Strategies for Leaders and Entrepreneurs' was published by The Economist in February 2016.


Contact Rupert Merson on: 07831 502574 or

Joanna Merson, Partner


Joanna specialises in helping owner-managed businesses and not-for-profits with their accounting, performance management, reporting and governance problems.  Joanna has over 20 years experience working with clients from a broad range of sectors, including start-ups and established businesses.


In addition to her advisory experience, Joanna has held senior accounting positions in a range of enterprises including property businesses and a leading multi-site not-for-profit in the South East. 


Joanna is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of Oxford University.


Contact Joanna Merson on: 07799 412212 or