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Freelance Finance Advisor and Business Coach Ashtead, Surrey, UK

An experienced CIMA qualified Finance Professional with a record of success in operations, finance and manufacturing. Inc. business turnaround and restructuring, M&A, funding, leadership and coaching

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Hourly Rate / Cost:£105.88 per hour (ex. VAT)
Daily Rate / Cost:£847.06 per day (ex. VAT)
Available From:Now
Candidate ID:349685
: Offers a discounted hourly rate to registered charities
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CV (Curriculum Vitae) / Résumé

• Strategic Development, management and stewardship of troubled organisations
• The transformation of businesses into profitability, new ownership and cash generation
• Implementing improved business processes, financial reporting and allied computer systems
• Extensive experience and expertise in business takeovers, transfers and closures
• Bank negotiations including asset finance, currency hedging, import trade finance, and invoice discounting
• Coaching and mentoring of start-ups and small businesses

Employment History

(Sep 2010 & ongoing)

Finance Advisor and Business Coach


• Interim Finance Director and provider of ad-hoc consulting & mentoring services to SMEs in the South East.
• Clients include Furniture designer, Audio distributor, Meat importer and housing association.
• Have advised on funding & cash-flow, start-up marketing & mission, and business reorganisation.
• I also have a coaching and mentoring program for ambitious new Finance Directors.
• Author of articles on business for, amongst others, James Caan’s Entrepreneurs Business Academy

(Oct 2008 to Sep 2011)

Interim Finance Director

High Wycombe

• Steered company back from the brink of financial collapse into growth and £2.2M profit for YE June 2010
• Responsible for restructuring and redundancy programme within Finance and Logistics
• Re-build of incomplete statutory accounts and Audit close
• Partnered with business stakeholders to maintain / improve credit limits, trading terms and trust.
• Extensive negotiations with Banks to maintain and increase LC and asset based funding facilities.
• Implemented working capital transformation, taking debtor days from circa 150 to circa 75, and driving available funding from zero to circa £2M
• Was right-hand and confidant to Owner/CEO during extremely tough times
• Responsible for the implementation of reporting systems and financial processes

(Mar 2008 to Oct 2008)

Interim General Manager


• Responsible for re-energising and re-focusing a £17million t/o pharmaceutical co. following acquisition
• Took full business responsibility during major restructuring and redundancy programme
• Responsible for greater employee engagement and empowerment in times of rapid corporate change
• Lead strategic review and development of 5 year programme resulting in goal of 20% growth per annum
• Implemented new processes & SAP to bring costs control costs, drive revenues and improve cash flow
• Participated in UK Group Board meeting and was Britannia lead on MBO spin-off of non-core division

(Apr 2005 to Oct 2007)

Commercial and Finance Director

Sunbury on Thames

• Responsible for all IT, logistical and operational aspects, sourcing, purchasing, warehousing, distribution and customer service for a £17million fragrance and cosmetics organisation
• Doubled profit to £1M in first year of responsibility by improving systems, processes and reporting
• Responsible for exceeding annual cash targets and applying strict controls thus keeping group solvent
• Oversaw transfer of company from ‘distressed’ Irish holding company to ownership by Hedge Fund
• Responsible for management and motivation of entire business while MD was seconded to sister company
• Due diligence for sale of fragrance brand to Netherlands based MBO as part of turnaround strategy
• Oversaw the closure of the Sunbury offices and subsequent relocation to Skelmersdale

(Dec 2001 to Apr 2005)

Financial Controller

Remington Consumer Products Ltd, Staines

• Interim role – later made perm - to assist in urgent year end close and subsequent business transformation
• Dealt with financial year end close producing fundamental and detailed balance sheet and business review
• Clean up of outstanding statutory accounts, corporation tax, saving £200k on PAYE/NI settlement.
• Implemented new processes, headcount reductions and changes to reporting and accounting processes
• Reversed a £10m loss into a £3m profit on a £30m turnover after full organisational reviews
• Direct responsibility for entire finance team of UK division with a T/O growing to £50 million by 2005
• Rationalised business transferring export distributor, French and Italian businesses to German holding company
• Preparation of budgets and 5 year plans as part of strategy of VC owners to sell the business
• Post sale rationalisation and integration with new European parent including SAP implementation.


(Sep 1981 to Jun 1986)

Nottingham Trent University

BSc in Engineering
BA in Business Studies

Assignment History

(This Candidate has recently been shortlisted or contracted for the following people4 assignments)

  • Financial Modelling Coach: Financial Modelling Coach. Areas of interest includes: Building Financial Model for Start-ups, Valuating Existing Business, IRR & NPV analysis..etc Advanced Accounting Rules.
  • Strategy & Innovation Excellence Trainer: We are looking to fill the position of Key-note Speaker & Workshop Presenter at our Strategy & Innovation Excellence workshop series in London, Shanghai, Mumbai and Johannesburg. The successful applicant will lead a team providing workshop-training services 2 days every month, in addition to 1 days preparation and 1 day of de-briefing. The first project will be in London in May.
  • Financial Modelling Excellence Trainer: We are looking to fill the position of Key-note Speaker & Workshop Presenter at our Financial Modelling Excellence workshop series in London, Shanghai, Mumbai and Johannesburg. The successful applicant will lead a team providing workshop-training services 2 days every month. The first project will be in London in May. The role requires flexibility - the candidate will be required to travel across the world and may be requested to support the consulting department as and when required.
  • Have you got what it takes to help entrepreneurs realise their business dreams? Would you like an opportunity to be part of a team supporting entrepreneurs in business? Would you like to join us helping people decide if they have the personality profile to run their own business, decide what business they can run, give them the tools to start and run the business and remove the loneliness of being an entrepreneur?

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