Summary

After a brief digression gaining a double first-class honours degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography, I kicked off my career in Finance by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 with what is now Ernst & Young.

My career has been diverse; I’ve worked as a Finance Director for several companies ranging from a division of General Electric with a turnover of around £120 million to my own management consultancy, which had a turnover of just under £1 million.

I have had the pleasure of experiencing the industry in all its shades, learning how to take positive, profitable steps in good times and bad. You could say that I’ve spent most of my career at the sharp end, which has given me a commercial edge and a penchant for rescuing sinking ships!

Through my company, The Mobile FD, I now focus on helping bring financial clarity and understanding to the smaller enterprise by providing outsourced Financial Directors. By bypassing agencies and other third-party organisations, smaller companies can gain expert knowledge and assistance at a sensible cost.

I believe that all business owners should have a full understanding of, and be comfortable with, the numbers generated by their business. Translated and displayed correctly, they hold the information required to make successful business decisions.

I also run workshops tailored to the individual business owner and their delegates, which work to demystify and enlighten them to the authority of their company’s numbers.

Expertise


An experienced Board-level Finance Director / Management Consultant with a track record of leading business transformation projects for blue chip companies. Both hands on & strategically focussed, key expertise includes: developing robust financial systems, controls & procedures; designing complex financial / business models, data mining, analysis & forecasting; re-engineering processes to deliver operational efficiencies; strong business partner & stakeholder management skills; and providing financial consultancy to business heads to achieve commercial objectives.

Key Expertise:

Management Consultancy
Organisational & Financial Restructuring
Contract / Commercial Negotiations
Business Transformation
Change Management
Programme & Project Management
Stakeholder Management
Leadership & Performance Management

Full £multi-million P&L Management
Mergers & Acquisitions
UK & International Tax
Regulatory Compliance
Developing Financial Systems & Controls
Strategic Formulation & Execution
Business Model Design & Implementation
International Banking / Legal Requirements

Experience

  • The Mobile FD Ltd

    Managing Director
    - Current
    The Mobile FD Ltd

Qualifications

ACA (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) BSc Marine Biology & Oceanography: 1st Class Honours

Interests and Hobbies

I’m pleased to say my degrees in Marine Biology and Oceanography were not in vain; I remain enthralled by the marine environment and enjoy sailing and diving when time allows. I also have two teenage children who help to make my free time scarce!

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