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Current: Oyster Yachts Ltd, LocalEyes Ltd, and Eden Project Ltd

Ashley is Chairman of Oyster Yachts Limited, playing a hands-on role since early 2018 in the successful turn around of Oyster Yachts, makers of the world's finest blue-water luxury sailing yachts. 


Since March 2019, Ashley is also founder & CEO of Google-backed Ad-tech start-up LocalEyes, in partnership with media agency Mediaforce.


In March 2020, it was announced that Ashley was joining the board of Eden Project Limited as a Non-Executive Director.


Ashley is further involved in a number of consultancy & investment projects directly through HenleyPartners Ltd.


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The i newspaper

Whilst CEO of what is now JPI Media, Ashley led the acquisition of the i newspaper, and launched inews.co.uk. Print circulation increased, and the website grew to 5 m users a month (from scratch). The paper and website have won multiple awards, and profits doubled within two years. Bought for £24m in 2016, and sold to DMGT plc for £50m in November 2019.

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BBC iPlayer

Ashley was the main BBC Board Director responsible for the development and launch of the BBC iPlayer, the UK's leading video-on-demand platform

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