I am a versatile Interim CFO/Finance Director with a strong commitment to delivering strong financial and operational strategies which underpin significant business changes, which lead to the realisation of financial stability. I consider myself commercially astute with high levels of business acuity, utilising over 20 years's of financial management experience spanning risk, financial controls, new acquisitions, raising
I am a versatile Interim CFO/Finance Director with a strong commitment to delivering strong financial and operational strategies which underpin significant business changes, which lead to the realisation of financial stability. I consider myself commercially astute with high levels of business acuity, utilising over 20 years's of financial management experience spanning risk, financial controls, new acquisitions, raising new capital funding and regulatory complaince to provide strategic financial services across diverse business sectors.
During my extensive career I have worked with leading organisations including Virgin Money, Manchester Airport, NEC, First Rate, Barclays Bank and WYG. My accomplishments to date have included:
-> Driving a key business transformation for NEC to restructure their finance functions to ensure resources were 'fit for purpose', which delivered a overhead cost saving of £1m+.
-> Seamlessly integrating Stansted Airport into existing financial landscape following its acquisition by Manchester Airport, including the conversion to International Financial Reporting Standards
-> Spearheading the corporate turnaround of WS Atkins following severe liquidity issues, rapidly addressing issues with their Shared Service Centre and implementing critical operational improvements which realised a £100m+ profit.
By nature I am confident, innovative and highly motivated, and my strengths lie not only in driving financial stability and growth, but also in delivering strategic visions which transcend finance, operations, commercial and technology.
Key Expertise: Financial/Commercial Strategies, Driving Change & Transformation, Managing New Company Acquisitions, Working Capital & Cost Reductions, End-to-End System Implementations, Corporate Finance & Debt Capital Issuance,Programme Management, Stakeholder Relationship Management, Regulatory Compliance, Operational Risk Management, Company Turnaround & Re-Organisations, Finance Systems & Reporting
Director @ Operating since 1996 as Actinium Blue which provides Executive Interim Management services to clients in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Specialising in Change Management and Corporate Improvement from a Financial perspective, Actinium Blue professionals work with clients across multiple sectors including Financial Services, Aviation and Consulting to provide real bottom-line benefit during times of major change.
Leading clients include: Shawbrook Bank, Danske Bank, P45.com Ltd, TCA Consulting PLC, Nomura International, Bank Austria, Svenska Handelsbanken and HSBC. From April 1996 to Present (19 years 8 months) Guildford, United KingdomHead of Strategic Projects @ Virgin Money plc is a UK-based bank and financial services company owned by the Virgin Group and founded by Sir Richard Branson in March 1995. Virgin Money was seeking additional capital for their strategic route to IPO. I was primarily engaged to manage a series of high profile, complex projects to deliver these funds and subsequently entrusted to manage RMBS process. From February 2014 to October 2014 (9 months) Edinburgh, United KingdomGroup Financial Controller @ Shawbrook Bank is a retail and commercial bank in the United Kingdom. I was appointed as Interim Financial Controller to this fast growing “challenger” bank, which specialises in providing Asset Finance, high interest savings accounts and lending to SME’s & individuals. Set up Shawbrooks COREP (CRD IV) regulatory reporting programme; defined the banks accounting policies for provisioning and capitalisation and planned the accelerated production & revised styling of the group’s annual report and accounts. From September 2013 to January 2014 (5 months) Group Financial Controller @ Manchester Airport, is an international airport in Ringway, Manchester, England. In 2014, it was the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers, and the 22nd busiest airport in Europe.Manchester Airport Group (MAG) had acquired Stansted airport in a Private Equity-led deal and required them to be financially integrated whilst driving the overall conversion to International Financial Reporting Standards. From March 2013 to September 2013 (7 months) Manchester, United KingdomDeputy Financial Controller, UK Retail & Business Banking @ Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. Barclays needed to strengthen their Finance function to meet a number of structural/regulatory challenges. Appointed as Deputy Financial Controller to lead the Finance team and manage high profile projects. From 2011 to 2012 (1 year) London, United KingdomGroup Financial Controller @ WYG is a global programme, project management and technical consultancy. WYG had over £50m O/S debt following rapid growth, appointed as Interim Group Financial Controller to address debt recovery. From 2009 to 2011 (2 years) Leeds, United KingdomChief Financial Officer @ NEC Corporation is a Japanese multinational provider of information technology services and products, with its headquarters in Minato, Tokyo, Japan.Following the European HQ of NEC restructuring it had resulted in inappropriate staffing levels within Finance. Appointed as Interim CFO to lead a vital re-organisation of finance functions to ensure 'fit for purpose'. From 2008 to 2009 (1 year) Financial Controller @ First Rate is the UK’s largest supplier of foreign currency and a top 5 currency wholesaler globally. The business had been exposed to normal operational risks, which needed managing more effectively. Engaged as Interim Financial Controller to design and implement a practical/cost effective solution to drive down losses. From 2007 to 2008 (1 year) Director Sarbanes-Oxley Project @ BOC is the largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment in the United Kingdom. Due to the organisation being part of a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed manufacturing group it therefore needed to be Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliant. Appointed as Interim Programme Director to design/deliver processes to prove compliance. From 2004 to 2007 (3 years)
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