Ashley graduated from Birmingham University in 1971 with a MCom in Business Administration. He has over 40 years management experience. In 1974 he established and developed the group of companies (Ashley Page Insurance Brokers Ltd; Ashley Page Financial Services Ltd; and Ashley Page International Insurance Brokers LLC) over which he retains ownership. The Group employs around 20 members of staff with offices in London and New York.
He was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Business Economics and a Senior Industrial Tutor at the Polytechnic of Central London (now Westminster University); an Assistant Company Secretary with responsibility for insurance and pensions at Bambergers plc (now part of Saint-Gobain); an Examiner in Monetary Theory at the Institute of Bankers; an Examiner in Economics at Trustee Savings Bank Institute; and a Non-Executive Director at Mysis Insurance Marketing Ltd.