Award-winning, trusted professional advisers

WilliamsAli offers a tailored, professional service of the highest quality to ambitious businesses which are ready for their next step. Our unrelenting focus is on achieving our clients’ objectives and building long-term, rewarding and successful relationships.

Our award-winning team have developed significant experience in delivering successful lead advisory services for a wide variety of clients, of all shapes and sizes, across numerous sectors over many years.

WilliamsAli is committed to being a long-term, reliable and trusted presence in the North East market. Our brand is synonymous with quality, success, and excellent outcomes. The way we work with our clients, our colleagues and other advisers will always be positive, friendly, and engaging – we want people to enjoy their relationship with WilliamsAli while working together to achieve outstanding outcomes.

We approach every challenge with the same commitment. focus and enthusiasm. The WilliamsAli team thrives on making deals happen and on the successes that we and our clients achieve together.

Our founders

Phil Williams

Managing Director

Phil is a leading name in corporate finance in the North East, with more than 17 years of specialist experience in the field, and over 20 years as a qualified accountant. 

During his career, Phil has worked within both practice and industry in a number of senior roles, including several years as in-house head of corporate finance at Hargreaves Services plc and as finance director of a fast growing energy business. He has been involved in a number of major deals on a regional and national basis and is highly respected for his work.  

Phil, who was named as North East Young Dealmaker of the Year in 2011, has widespread experience of acting on a full range of corporate finance matters and is able to handle the most complex of transactions. 

Abu Ali

Managing Director

A chartered accountant, Abu had a decade of successful lead-advisory experience before co-founding WilliamsAli Corporate Finance in early 2019. He has significant experience of advising on company sales, management buyouts and fundraising, including several high-profile deals.  

Abu was named as the North East’s Emerging Dealmaker of the Year in 2018, in recognition of his work and commitment to client service.  

Abu is a passionate supporter of the North East business community and has become a key figure in expanding and developing the region’s networks of investors, entrepreneurs and advisers. 

Our team

Simon Hewitson

Corporate Finance Director

Simon qualified as a chartered accountant over 20 years ago and moved straight into corporate finance.  He also spent 4 years working in the banking sector for a leading ABL provider.  During his time at BTG Corporate Finance he advised Mill Garages on their MBO from Inchcape plc and later joined the business as Finance Director. Simon was instrumental in selling Mill Garages in 2018 and has a wealth of advisory experience across both practice and industry.

Tristan Woolcock

Executive

Tristan has significant lead advisory and deal execution experience from his background in an M&A role based on Oxford, advising owner-managers on business sales and private equity buy-outs.  He has advised on a multitude of transactions across a diverse range of sectors including Construction, Facilities Management, IT and E-Commerce.  Tristan is passionate about achieving the best outcome for his clients and providing exceptional levels of service.

Tristan was a key part of the deal team that delivered a successful transaction for Tyne Tees Vehicle Repair Group in November 2021.

Niall Choat

Executive

Niall’s financial background in both practice and industry roles contributes a broad range of experience to the team.  He has acquired over 8 years of varied accounting and financial analysis experience, including spells in Deloitte and RSM, followed by an in-house position within a fast growing IT services business.  During his career to date, Niall has worked in a variety of sectors, including real estate, fintech, retail and leisure.

Niall has developed particular expertise in the specialist area of business valuations in a variety of scenarios, including exit planning, employee share schemes, and equity investment rounds.

Maxine Fox

Head of Business Operations

Maxine has over 20 years experience delivering grant support to businesses on behalf of both the public and private sector. As part of this she has advised on, and appraised,  applications and claims for funding for businesses of a variety of sizes and sectors.

In previous roles she has also been part of marketing teams delivering events and managing partnerships.

An independent, tailored approach for businesses, delivered by experts

WilliamsAli is committed to building close, long-standing relationships with our clients. We want to talk to business owners, management teams and entrepreneurs about their ideas, plans and what comes next. It is never too early to have those conversations about the future, and we are always happy to talk. What’s your plan?

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