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Our Team

Meet the team:

Brian McCann ACA, CF:

After graduating in Economics at Liverpool University, Brian spent 18 years with KPMG working with some of the country’s major businesses as well as with some very dynamic private companies. He left KPMG to open the Liverpool Office of a regional accounting firm in 1998 and then led its growth as it became one of Merseyside’s leading advisory firms.

Brian set up Vanguard Corporate Finance in February 2007 to enable him to concentrate on working directly with clients.

Brian joined Mitchell Charlesworth as Partner in 2011, with the creation of MC Vanguard Corporate Finance, following the merger of Mitchell Charlesworth Corporate Finance and Vanguard Corporate Finance.

He has completed a wide range of transactions over the years with many of his clients retaining him as an adviser, after their initial transaction is completed.

Brian is a board member at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce where he chairs the Finance Committee, is a Director of Merseyside Special Investment Fund and is on the Board of Governors at Liverpool John Moores University.

Away from the office Brian is Chairman of Chester Swimming Association which operate two Victorian swimming pools. Whilst he should know better by now, he still regularly jumps in with one of the swim training groups and pretends to keep up.


Jerry Scriven:

Jerry-Scriven-CircleJerry qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 and subsequently went on to hold a key role as FD for a large Northwest Aerospace Engineering Group.

After completing his MBA at Cranfield in 2002, he has become a leading figure within the North West financial community, providing high level advice and support for businesses across the UK who are selling, acquiring or extending their businesses or require advice on funding and finance solutions. .

Latterly, Jerry is also responsible for sourcing investment opportunities for PHD Equity Partners (an independent investment and advisory private equity firm).  He has an extensive network of investors and other professionals who are also critical to making each corporate transaction successful.

Jerry joined MC Vanguard in May 2015.


Adam Bradbury:

Adam-Bradbury-circleAdam joined MC Vanguard in May 2016, coming from a banking background having spent 5 years with HSBC across the north west within retail, commercial and corporate banking, during which time Adam worked with a wide range of businesses across different sectors. Adam works with Brian McCann and Jerry Scriven on a wide variety of corporate finance projects.

Outside of work Adam enjoys going to the gym, travelling and skiing.



James Curtis:

James-Curtis_circle Since June 2016, James has been part of the MC Vanguard Corporate Finance team, primarily based from Manchester. James comes from a management consultancy background, where he worked with clients both in the UK and abroad on a wide range of projects ranging from corporate strategies, operational improvements and performance measurements – prior to this James spent 4 years in the British Army as part of the Defence Technical Officer Engineering Entry Scheme.

James currently works on a variety of corporate finance and strategic advisory projects; ranging from M&A, fund raising, valuations and strategic reviews. In his own time, James enjoys cooking and travelling.


Jean Hughes:

Jean’s career started in Financial Services and she has worked in accounting and corporate finance since 1997.  She was a founder member of Vanguard Corporate Finance in 2007.

Jean’s job is to ensure that our corporate finance projects keep moving forward, in line with the plan agreed with each client.

Jean’s role also includes marketing of our corporate finance services.

Jean is a “plant-a-holic” and her time away from the office is spent in garden centres or her garden (weather permitting) and she is a member of a local cycle group (also weather permitting)!!


Duncan McCann:

Duncan graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a 2.1 honours degree in Business & Economics in 2011, and joined MC Vanguard Corporate Finance following the merger of Mitchell Charlesworth and Vanguard Corporate Finance.

Qualifying as an ACA chartered accountant in August 2017, Duncan has, and continues to work within our Audit & Accounts department whilst remaining involved in a number of Corporate Finance projects including business sales, acquisitions, MBO’s and fundraising opportunities.

Outside of work Duncan enjoys playing football, golf and swimming.

Nan Zheng:

Since June 2016, Nan has been part of the MC Vanguard Corporate Finance team, primarily based in Manchester.

Nan is a former Corporate Finance Consultant with three years’ experience in ShineWing CPA, China, and spent one year in PWC Hong Kong. She gained extensive experience and valuable knowledge of the Chinese Market by working on several projects supporting her clients advising on Acquisition & Sale, Business Valuation, Financial Due Diligence and Business strategy.

Nan currently works with Brian McCann and Jerry Scriven on various fund raising and valuation projects. Nan is also working with a wide range of contacts to generate M&A transactions between companies in China and the UK.

Outside of work Nan enjoys travelling, skiing and fun-diving.