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ACA, BSc.Econ Hon’s, PGCE


  • 1990 -1993, Chartered Accountant: Deloitte and Touche
  • 1994-2007 , Senior Lecturer, University of Glamorgan,
  • 2007-2012, Head of Professional Programmes, University of Glamorgan
  • 2015 – present, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA (Hons) Forensic Accounting Course Leader


I am the course leader for the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA (Hons) Forensic Accounting degree courses. Prior to that I was the Head of Professional Programmes at the Business School and also the ACCA programme leader. My teaching role at South Wales involves teaching on the BA (Hon’s) Accounting and Finance / Forensic Accounting degree courses and various Masters courses (where my research interest underpins some of the teaching and has a practical application in the material we cover). I am also the person responsible for professional body accreditations for our degree courses. My guest lecturer roles have involved me giving lectures at various universities throughout the world, including Germany and China.


Micro-Sized Enterprises, Innovation and Universities: a Welsh perspective; Indutstry & Higher Education, February 2014 (Vol 27 No 1). (with paul Jones, Brychan Thomas and Raplph Platz).

Book Chapter: The potential of and framework for promoting a business angel university and intellectual property exploitation: A case study from Wales; Handbook of Research in Entrepreneurship Education, Vol 4 – The Entrepreneurial university handbook 2014. With David Pickernell and Gary Packham.

Book Chapter: E-Fulfilment and Offshore Centres: Economic Policy Implications in the book “E-Commerce Adoption and Small Business in the Global Marketplace: Tools for Optimization” (with geoff Symonds and Brychan Thomas).

Davies, JR and Snee, H and McCarthy S. A comparison of South Wales with major financial centres and UK regions. (Welsh Economic Trends. Winter 1996/7).

McCarthy S and Patton R. Consolidated Accounting Problems: Goodwill (Student Accountant January 2002).

McCarthy S and Patton R. Consolidated Accounting Problems: Minority interest and group reserves (Student Accountant February 2002).

McCarthy S and Patton R. Consolidated Accounting Problems: Adjusting for proposed dividends (Student Accountant March 2002).

McCarthy S and Patton R. Consolidated Accounting Problems: Consolidation adjustments (Student Accountant July 2002).

McCarthy S and Patton R. Manufacturing Accounts
(Student Accountant October 2002).

Conference Papers

The Evolution of an ”Intellectual Property Pipeline” Engaging Business Angels in the commercialisation of University Intellectual property.
Institute for small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2010

Innovation and Micro-sized Enterprises: A Multi-site case study in South Wales. Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference 2010

The Potential Role of Business Angel Networks in Exploiting University Generated Intellectual Property -BAN Managers perspectives
Institute for small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2009

The Jersey Finance Industry and the formation of offshore financial structures:
Institute for small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2008

Business Angel Investment in Wales: What motivates Business Angels to invest in Welsh Business: Institute for small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2007

Financial Motives in League Restructuring: The case in Wales.British Accounting Association, South West Accounting Group September 2003


  • A review of Welsh Ruby Finance: Eye on Wales: BBC: January 2009

Newspaper Articles / Interviews

  • You don’t have to rely on the bank for funding to make your business grow. Western mail October 20 2010
  • Ridsdale earned his £1m, says top money man: Western Mail; interview Jul 4 2008.

Radio Interviews

  • Radio Wales: Eye on Wales: Discussing the financial implications of professional rugby in Wales.
    September 6th 2003
  • Radio Wales: Wales at Work: Discussing the financial motives for league restructuring.
    September 12th 2003


Engaging business angels in the commercialisation of university research (2009-11): This project is funded by the Academics for Business (A4B) Innovative Action Programme to develop a sustainable University Intellectual Property Pipeline, in order to increase early stage interaction between potential business investors and academics in Wales to accelerate the commercialisation process.The project for which Simon McCarthy was the project manager, was undertaken with Professor Gary Packham and Professor David Pickernell (both Glamorgan Business School) and the XENOS business angel network.

The creation of an Intellectual property pipeline, engaging business angels in the commercialisation of university IP (2008-9):The aim of this A4B feasibility study was to map out a mutually beneficial framework which will allow Business Angels to contribute to the commercialisation of University research.

KEF (Knowledge Exploitation Fund), This project involved the provision of small business finance information to the Welsh digital media industry. The project was disseminated through the production of business dvd’s for distribution within the Wales Digital Media industry (2007)

Industrial Society Outsourcing: This consultancy involved advising them on the outsourcing of the accounting function, identifying possible outsourcing partners and preparing tender bid documentation.

Welsh Water: The consultancy for Welsh Water involved financial appraisal and costing advice to a division (sub contracting) of Welsh Water.

WDA: Financial services provision within Wales: A project on the Financial Services availability in South Wales was carried out for the Welsh Development agency.

Work Based Learning: This project involves evaluating the recognition of work based learning by professional bodies. In particular, the focus was on whether accredited work based learning can be used in order to gain exemptions from certain levels of professional body qualifications (2008-2009).


Main Research Areas Include: Business Angel Networks and the commercialisation of university research, Small Business Finance, Sports Finance, the use of Online assessment on accounting courses.

Areas of Expertise

Small and Medium Sized (SME) Business, Sports Finance and Financial Analysis

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