John O’Connell

As a serial entrepreneur and having built and sold seven businesses (five of which were acquired by major PLC’s including Sensormatic Inc and Chubb), John O’Connell returned to education in his 40s and graduated from Bristol University in 2000 with a BA in Marketing and Business Studies.

John O’Connell

Specialist Sector
Security, Fire Safety

Strategy, Business Improvement, Acquisitions, Services


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Andrew Bailey C.Eng. MRINA IMC
Jim Rathbone
Cora Lynn Heimer Rathbone
Marcia Marini
Anthony King, CSMP, MIoD
José Lehmani
Brian Walder
Clive Wragg
Martin Watson
Ayes Amewudah
Paul Main


In working with John I have found his insights, guidance and sector knowledge has allowed me to develop a business plan far ahead of what I could ever have expected to achieve of my own accord. He has been able to rapidly allow me to put in place the business development framework that could very well last the lifetime of my business.

Colin Campbell
app Solute Survey Ltd

With nearly 30 years experience in the Security Industry worldwide, nine years in the Police force, and the last three years in the Renewable Energy Business.

John joined Rathbone Results as a partner to work predominantly with businesses in the Security and Fire Industry.

John has extensive experience in company restructuring, turnarounds, business management and has successfully prepared and coached 6 companies for acquisition.

Some of John’s professional highlights include:

  • Having one of his companies voted 10th in the Fast Growth Top Fifty Companies in the UK.
  • Being a leader in Business Development Strategy implementation and fast growth programs.
  • Developing & Designing the Body Worn CCTV “Eyewitness999”
  • Turning around a West & Wales branch of Sensormatic and increasing their turnover by 270% and moving from a loss to a £1.8m profit.
  • Developing the Silent PTZ Dome Camera in 1997 for the WorldWide Casino Industry.
  • Preparing a “White Paper” in 2002 on the potential terrorist anthrax attack on the UK’s water supply and reservoirs.
  • Brought “Passive Man Guarding” to Camden Town, London via Chubb Plc. (£2.2m pa)
  • Designed and implemented “An Action Plan” for AC Controls, Slough, to be acquired by G4S some 16 months later.

John prides himself on being able to monitor trends and spot gaps in the market, to increase sales and to inspire others to maximise profits.

Martin Allen, Partner at Faithful Alarms LLP, had this to say about working with John:

"My business partner Julian and I just wanted to say how professional and helpful you have been during the sale of our company.

Without your help and support, I doubt that we would have found a buyer of such quality, and we certainly would not have achieved such a high asking price.

You have been polite, efficient and when needed, effective in getting the message across to us where we needed to compromise. That is a skill that few have nowadays.

Your charges have been reasonable and justified through the hard work that you have put into this sale, and I would not hesitate to recommend you to others."

If you would like to unlock your business potential contact John O’Connell directly. See contact details above.