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Chris Sparkes – FD, The West Country

Chris Sparkes – FD, The West Country
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Chris Sparkes – FD, The West Country

Chris began his career in practice then internal audit before moving into industry. He qualified with CIMA in the early 1990s and is now a Fellow of the institute of Management Accountants.

Chris has been a Finance Director for the last 14 years with various divisions of BAESystems and was CFO of Airbus in the UK. He was also a Pensions trustee for the last 7 years.
He has extensive experience at Board level developing strategic planning and responsible for all financial information and governance. Whilst a Finance Director he built a successful track record of driving performance across a wide range of business areas including; financial, operations and manufacturing. He delivered business performance on behalf of multiple stakeholders, whilst working with numerous external advisors. He led significant sized multi-site Finance teams providing a comprehensive service in support of the business. He is used to dealing with complex issues in a fast-changing environment and has international experience.

Chris builds positive relationships at all levels and mentored a number of Finance professionals and graduates. He is energetic with strong communication skills and drives business performance seeking continuous improvement at all times. Chris is an effective leader used to leading and developing teams by creating an open and enjoyable working environment.

Chris is married with 3 children and enjoys all sports and regularly plays golf and goes to the Gym.

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