I spent the first half of my career in large FTSE 100 companies in a variety of financial and operational roles. The grounding and experience gained in these large companies has been very transferable and helpful in my more recent roles as FD in the SME sector, allowing me to fully contribute to the wider business decisions as well as run an effective and efficient finance function.
I have since worked as FD for 2 SMEs, one in hospitality and visitor attractions, and the other being a branded drinks business in the FMCG sector selling B2B including major supermarkets. Within these businesses I led various strategic changes including setting up a European company, managed supply and distribution with very large businesses, resolved disputes with a major supermarket, conducted valuations for new products and major capital decisions, led on contract negotiations, and contributed fully to all Board debate and decisions in all areas of the business.
My experience is broad ranging, including large and small acquisitions and investments, business modelling and business planning, governance, HR, company secretarial, as well as finance management. I would describe myself as a clear-sighted problem solver, who finds it impossible to leave a problem unsolved. I also enjoy developing the finance skills of those around me and to inspire the finance team to contribute positively to the business.