A Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in Industry and Commerce in senior financial management, I offer a part-time Finance Director service for growing businesses who wish to take control of their own financial management but cannot yet afford a full time Finance Director. WIth considerable experience of financial management and project management in a range of sectors including manufacturiing, chemicals, logisdtics and food processing I can provide solutions to a range of business problems and bring a comeercially based approach. Areas of interest include business planning and raising finance, budgets and forecasts, cash management, systems, procedures and controls, stock control, acquisitions and integration, product costing and profitability, management information and accounting, payroll, VAT and taxation and cost saving.I also have an in depth knowledge and understanding of rented transit packaging solutions particularly in the FMCG sector.

Contact me on 01457 871098; 07769 350886 or at


Business planning
Budgets and forecasts
Product costing and profitability
Cost reduction
Statutory Accounting
Management Accounting;
Corporate Taxation;
HMRC Investigations;
Payroll Services;
Business Start Ups and raisng Finance;
Interim Management;
Returnable Transit Packaging Control Systems


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Education History

  • Law

    University of Leicester
    1971 - 1974
    LLB Hons
  • Law Society Part 2 Examinations

    The College of Law, London
    1974 - 1975


Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, admitted 1980. LLB (Hons) University of Leicester

Clubs and Associations

Busines for Breakfast Tameside (Co--Ordinator)

Interests and Hobbies

Football, Motor Sport, Resding, Crosswords and Brewing

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