Management Team

Our Executive Consultants offer expert advice in a wide variety of sectors, ensuring the correct strategy for your project, whether you are buying or selling.

Steve Retford

Managing Director

Steve has held several top-ranking positions with SMEs and global corporations within the water and energy sectors over the last 30 years. 

In his most recent role as CEO of a leading energy management consultancy, Steve grew the company’s client base by 60 per cent over a three-year period through astute acquisitions and diversification into new markets.

Never afraid to innovate, Steve has a very strong background in renewables and biogas technology and has consistently delivered growth wherever he has been.
Overseas acquisitions undertaken whilst CEO of a water technologies company enabled the start-up to become a big player in the market in a short space of time, turning over 12 million pounds.

A ‘people-person’, Steve has boundless energy and enthusiasm and is highly-skilled at bringing teams together to create a winning culture and an enjoyable working environment.

However, he is only the second-best golfer in his family as son, Joe, is due to start a professional golf scholarship in America.

Neil Bailey

Executive Consultant

Neil is a Chartered Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the Energy Sector and a real expert in his field.

He spent 14 years with Veolia leading a team responsible for developing new industrial and commercial energy solution services before moving to BP International where he managed the divestment of BP Energy to Suez, and then headed up and re-structured a £3billion energy trading contracts portfolio.

Neil then spent time working with and advising RWE Npower and was responsible for a team focused on the development of biomass and renewable projects, organically developing projects and also acquiring developed projects on both fronts.

From 2012 to 2018, Neil supported Centrica by providing expert assistance with the transition of their business into their distributed energy model – this involved the acquisition of many energy companies and disposal of non-core assets.

Neil also supports and is retained by many private equity companies in the renewable and energy sector, assisting them with operational, commercial and financial re-engineering challenges.

A Batchelor of Applied Science from Bath University, Neil has been involved with or led major asset/energy company acquisitions and disposals for the past 20 years.

Alex Stephenson

Executive Consultant

After over 40 years’ experience in the drainage, water, wastewater and construction industries, Alex decided to set up his own consultancy, H2O Intelligence, in 2016.

Providing direction, advice and support to water and drainage related companies, H20 Intelligence also has a proven track record in growing businesses and improving their standing in the industry.

Before setting up H20 Intelligence, Alex spent 17 years at Hydro International plc working his way through the ranks to become Group Market Development Director.
This followed a similarly lengthy spell at Wavin Building Products, where, at the time of his departure in 1999, he was solely accountable for an 18-strong team of Design Engineers producing over 1200 sewer, drainage and plumbing design schemes per annum.

For the first five years of his working life, Alex gained invaluable experience of the public sector in the Durham County Council Highway Design Section.

Alex has recently become Chair of British Water’s SuWM (Sustainable Water Management) Technical Forum Group, which closely monitors industry regulations and technical issues, channelling relevant work through various focus groups. He is also currently a non-exec board member of British Water.

A hugely respected figure in his field, Alex has chaired and presented at many water and wastewater conferences and seminars including All-Party Parliamentary Group meetings in Westminster.

Guy Forrest-Hay

Executive Consultant

A proven, experienced business development executive with extensive contacts and a strong profile across the water, energy/renewables, process and food & beverage, and associated industrial sectors.

Before coming on board with IMA, Guy helped to establish a new-start engineering projects company in the biogas sector, securing £12m of orders by the end of Year 2. During his time there, he was also integral to the successful acquisition of two overseas companies, and the subsequent integration of staff and aligned brand development.

Meanwhile, as business development manager at a leading Italian water technology firm, Guy secured £3m of new business over a 12-month period, whilst also executing a growth-focussed project for a leading Scottish Water retailer entering the English market.

Highly motivated with well-developed interpersonal and analytical skills, Guy is a lucid communicator – and a long-suffering Stoke City fan – who enjoys bringing energy to new enterprises and relishes the challenge of delivering results in a pressurised environment.

Jamie McNeil

Executive Consultant

A Chartered valuation surveyor, arbitrator and independent expert specialising in UK commercial property.

Jamie brings with him more than 15 years commercial property experience acting for clients Prudential, Blackrock, Threadneedle, Gallagher, Ashtenne, Bristol University and the Archdiocese of Washington in the United States.

Prior to joining the IMA team, Jamie undertook leasehold advisory, restructuring and landlord and tenant work for both owners and occupiers across the UK. In addition to regularly working on major shopping centres and retail parks, notable projects included advising on landmark offices such as The Shard, Millbank Tower and St. Katherine Dock in London.

Jamie is on the RICS Presidents Arbitration Panel and is an RICS accredited Mediator and has acted as an Independent Expert. He is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

As an enthusiastic volunteer with the Team Bath AS Performance Swimming Club, Jamie is not afraid to dive in at the deep end and has held a variety of roles including Chairman, Open Meet Co-ordinator and Head of Communications.

Jon Maguire

Executive Consultant

Jon is a highly experienced, multiple award-winning CEO/Managing Director with success across numerous sectors and international territories.

An excellent communicator, he has succeeded in some of the most challenging environments, securing high levels of business growth and exceeding short and medium-term financial targets for both FTSE100 businesses and start-ups.

His legacy in Malawi, Africa, is particularly impressive and includes building up a thriving honey brand, Darling Honey, from scratch, as well as heading up hugely successful ventures in Agribusiness and renewable energy.

Jon’s background also includes top management-level roles in investment, legal and insurance sectors, while recently he worked as an independent consultant for New Motion (Shell) to create a report on the development of destination charging in the commercial EV charge point market.

When he is not acting as an advocate against climate change or helping stimulate the economies of some of the world’s less well-developed nations, Jon has an aptitude for writing and is a published novelist.