Alice is an analytic and strategically focused Finance Director with a track record of growing divisional business’s for blue chip companies both in Europe and Asia. She is a University of Surrey Graduate with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics, and a Qualified Chartered Management Accountant since 1991.
Alice spent the first 20 Years of her career with Philips Electronics, holding various senior Finance positions within Philips businesses (Lighting, Domestic Appliances and DVD/Bluray Optical Components). Roles included Regional Controller, Country Controller and Financial Director/CFO, with 10 years located in Asia (Hong Kong, Tokyo & Shanghai) during a tumultuous but high growth period for the region. Highlights include managing rapid business growth, protecting import prices during severe currency devaluations and selling a Philips business (R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales) to a local buyer.
After returning to London in 2007 with a young family in tow, Alice joined Assurant Solutions, a US owned Insurance company looking to grow in Europe. Although the parent company was long established, the European subsidiary had been created through M&A activity across five countries, so the challenge was to establish unified financial processes and reporting which Alice led as Head of Financial Strategy. This was a dynamic environment as the focus on market growth involved exploring new distribution channels such as D2C e-commerce as well as ongoing acquisitions and divestments. Most recently Alice has spent 3 years in charge of UK Commercial Finance for Hays Specialist recruitment, business partnering with the regional MD’s to grow fee income and meet challenging profit targets.
Alice Joined the FD centre in May 2019 with the intention of using her business experiences and knowledge gained over the past 30 years to support start-ups and SME’s achieve sustainable profitable growth to be the blue-chip companies of tomorrow.
When not working Alice spends time with her family, travelling to new destinations, learning to sail, skiing, scuba diving and cycling.