Perry Ashwood qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1971, training with Spain Brothers & Co. and KPMG. Shortly after qualifying he spent five years with British Oxygen Ltd in their Corporate Office before moving to Rank Xerox Ltd in 1978. Perry was with Xerox for 20 years and held various positions ranging from Group Chief Accountant to Finance Director, Central & Eastern Europe. During his time with Xerox, he held both technical accounting roles, including involvement in internal controls and audit, and operational roles with extensive involvement in: Turkey; Egypt; India and Russia. He also spent three years on assignment in the USA at corporate headquarters as Manager, Xerox Business Arrangements where his major focus was on acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures. He joined Intermec International Inc in 1998 as Finance Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa before becoming an independent consultant in 2000 taking on various interim roles with small to medium sized businesses.