Chris has a broad range of financial and operational leadership experience and has worked in manufacturing, sales and distribution businesses in sectors as diverse as clothing and textiles, paper and packaging, electrical wholesaling and printing. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, his experience enables him to look at business from an operational and commercial perspective in addition to a financial one.
Working as a Finance Director for a global clothing business Chris led the customer service and distribution and finance functions through a period of business expansion and acquisition in Scandinavia, Ireland and Russia. Subsequently, when working as FD for a venture capital-owned paper and packaging producer he led the production, customer service, logistics and purchasing teams in addition to finance. He also developed relationships with large customers and trading partners in the UK and USA. As the MD of a clothing supplier to M&S he delivered a business turnaround which include site rationalisation, workflow efficiency, and culture change as its core elements for success.
In his recent roles Chris has led the design and implentation of business change projects in complex multi-divisional Plc groups, including the creation of shared service operations for finance and IT, as well as a range of ERP system and business process change projects. He has also had significant roles in business acquisition and sale processes including the transition from a privately to an employee owned trust structure.
Chris has a “hands on” approach and has extensive experience of profit improvement and cash management as well as creating business plans and financial forecasts. He is a strong believer in developing people and teams and in the power of building relationships and engaging with external stakeholders as well as employees.