Management Team

David Armes

Partner

Before founding Ivo Consulting Solutions in 2003, David held senior strategy, commercial and supply chain roles at Mars, Pepsi, Guinness and Tesco.

Educated in Engineering at Imperial College London, David went on to study for his MBA at the University of Cambridge. When not working with clients, he spends time at home, managing the demands of a dog, wife, three children and the need to keep his waistline in check.

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Stuart Blackley

Partner

Stuart joined Ivo in 2005 having previously held a range of senior buying, procurement and category management roles at Boots. 

He holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge and has training in negotiation and leadership from Harvard University. Stuart lives with his young family in Guildford and is a keen cyclist, having completed amateur stages of the Tour of Flanders and the Tour de France.

James Mercer

James Mercer

Director

With more than 20 years of experience in senior UK and international marketing roles, James brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise. Prior to working with Ivo, James spent time leading client services within WPP, as Marketing Director at KFC, Managing Director at ITG (USA) and Chief Marketing Officer at The Restaurant Group.

At weekends he can be found trying to match his cost-saving exploits with saves of a different kind, as goalkeeper for his local football team.

Lewis Barnes

Director

Prior to joining Ivo, Lewis led a team of investigators for the National Crime Agency developing intelligence and investigative strategies across major bribery and corruption cases. He has subject matter expertise in the management of whistleblowers and the development of proactive fraud intelligence insight projects. 

He holds an MSc in International Security and Risk Management from the University of South Wales. Lewis lives in Guildford and is a keen sportsman, with a particular passion for trail running and golf.

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