Howard graduated in Economics and after a short spell in UK merchant banking, joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He transferred to the corporate tax department where he further qualified with the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
In early 1986, Howard established Deloitte's Mergers and Acquisitions Group and developed an expertise in company sales. In May 1988 he left to set up Cavendish Corporate Finance.
Howard is a frequent lecturer, author and broadcaster on mergers and acquisitions and has written the "Good Practice Guideline: Selling a Business", published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Howard was until recently the Chairman of the Faculty of Corporate Finance of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, which represents some 5,000 corporate financiers. In 2008, he was awarded the Faculty’s Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Finance award. Howard has served as an alternate to the President of the Institute serving on the Takeover Panel.
Howard has been a Vice President of M&A International Inc, the world's leading independent and largest corporate finance network, covering some 47 firms in 41 countries. Howard chairs a number of charitable concerns and was appointed as a Treasurer of the Conservative Party in 2000 and more recently as Senior Treasurer.