Henley Partners Limited is the vehicle for Ashley Highfield's board level advisory, consultancy, and investment business
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. New boat sales revenue has doubled in the last year (2021), and we have launched our new 595 (60') yacht and are about to premiere our latest - a new breed of 50 foot blue-water sailing yacht, being made in our new facility at Hythe, Southampton.
In March 2020, it was announced that Ashley was joining the board of Eden Project Limited as a Non-Executive Director. in 2021, he was asked to also join the EdenProject Board of Trustee's Finance Committee.
Ashley is further involved in a number of consultancy & investment projects directly through HenleyPartners Ltd, and has been working for the past 3 years with boutique consultancy Vendigital on a number of assignments including Vodafone UK.
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.
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